Optional Pre-Cruise Extension to Normandy
Explore Normandy, whose quality of light so attracted the Impressionists. In Caen, visit the Memorial for Peace, which documents the 1944 Battle of Normandy; then see the Abbaye aux Hommes, a Romanesque masterpiece, founded by William the Conqueror. Stroll through the gardens of Château de Canon and Château de Brecy with horticulturist Patrick Bowe. A poignant highlight is an excursion to Omaha Beach to see the American Military Cemetery and the monument to the Allied soldiers who stormed these shores on D-Day. In Bayeux, enjoy lunch at the historic Lion d’Or, then view the 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry. Accommodations are at the seaside Normandy Barrière Hotel in glamorous Deauville.
Includes two nights at the Hotel Barrière Normandy, Deauville. Breakfast daily, two lunches, and one dinner. Sightseeing as noted.
Double occupancy: $1,295
Single occupancy: $1,755
Optional Post-Cruise Extension to Hamburg
Enjoy the lively port of Hamburg on a three-night postlude with accommodations at the Hotel Atlantic Kempinski. View a varied collection of paintings at the fine arts museum. In a former warehouse, the Maritime Museum documents thousands of years of sea-faring history. Tour the rising glass Elbphilharmonie, an impressive concert hall being constructed on the harbor. Attend a performance of the renowned Hamburg Ballet. Experience local color on a morning walk through the fish market. During an excursion to Lübeck on the Baltic Sea, visit the Baroque Büddenbrooks House, ancestral home of Thomas Mann, and tour Gottorf Castle. An architectural tour highlights Hamburg’s historic center with its richly decorated town hall and landmark St. Michael’s Church.
Includes three nights at Hotel Atlantic Kempinski. Breakfast daily, two lunches, and one dinner. Sightseeing as noted.
Double occupancy: $1,595
Single occupancy: $2,090