Christmas on the Seine, France, Air/Cruise, 7 Nights, From $1,895
Save $300 on this holiday-themed river sail along the banks of Paris, Rouen, and Vernon.
The Real Deal Round-trip flight on Air France or Delta to Paris; seven nights in an outside cabin aboard Grand Circle Travel's private river ship the M/S Bizet, as you sail along the banks of Paris, Rouen, and Vernon; daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner (including wine); round-trip airport-pier transfers; sightseeing in Paris and Rouen; a series of cultural activities, such as a presentation about French cheese, a discussion about Monet and his work, a Christmas concert at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Rouen, a French language lesson, and a home-hosted visit in Vernon; services of three English-speaking program directors; fuel surcharges; and a $300 per person discount; from $1,895 per person—plus estimated airport taxes, fees, and port charges of $280.
When Depart Nov. 23, 30, Dec. 14, 21, 2011.
Gateways New York City; add $200 for Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, and Miami; $250 for L.A. and Seattle; additional gateways available.
The Fine Print Airport taxes and fees of $135 and port charges of $145 add up to an additional $280. Based on double occupancy; single supplement starts from $545. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book By May 2, 2011.
Contact Grand Circle Travel, 800/959-0405, gct.com.
Why It's a Deal According to a recent search on Kayak, round-trip River Seine cruises with a similar round-trip Paris itinerary start from about $1,782 (CroisiEurope) for seven nights in an outside cabin, not including taxes. Add to that $669 (Aer Lingus) with tax for a round-trip flight between New York City and Paris in mid-December and you'd be paying a total of $2,451 if you were to book the package components individually. For $276 less, this Grand Circle Travel offer includes the seven-night sail and round-trip airfare, plus transfers between the airport and port, guided sightseeing, cultural activities, services of knowledgeable tour directors, and all taxes and fees. What's more, purchasing this package by the book-by deadline will save you $300 per person off the regular rate.
More Optional activities include an excursion to Versailles ($95 per person), a visit to the Benedictine Abbey de St-Wandrille ($50 per person), or a tour of Montmartre ($75 per person). A pre-cruise three-night stay at the Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacré Coeur starts from $545 per person. A post-cruise extension also starts from $545 per person for three nights at Hotel Aquabella in Aix-en-Provence.
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