Sept 17-24, 2024
Paris Ext. to 27th






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About This Tour

Ah, gay Pareé! One visits this city and gets happily lost in the endless variety of activities and sights, thinking it is indeed the essence of French life. This beautiful land and its people, however, cannot truly be appreciated until one ventures into the pastoral countryside. There is no better way to experience the tranquil essence of France than during our six-day cruise through the Oise Valley, an incontestably captivating region of France.

The Oise River meanders through a wooded countryside it has carved meticulously throughout history. This cruise includes a multitude of historic sites and guarantees an in-depth look into France’s colorful culture. Enjoy the works of pre- and post-Impressionists at the Pissarro Museum in Pontoise. In Auvers-sur-Oise, follow the footsteps of Van Gogh to the Musée de l’Absinthe and learn about the café atmosphere influencing the artists at the time. The Château de Chantilly gives you a good idea of what the French consider their art de vivre. Pay your respects to those who sacrificed their lives over a hundred years ago at the Armistice Memorial in Compiègne. Of course, our cruise will be filled with French cuisine delights, including a masterclass on making crème chantilly by a member of the Confrérie des Chevaliers Fouetteurs. Our floating residence through this idyllic land will be the 11-cabin, 22-passenger hotel barge, MS Raymonde.

Mornings begin with the enticing aroma of hot brewing coffee and freshly baked croissants that will accompany our sumptuous buffet breakfast. Luncheon is a three-course meal served aboard the barge. As the sun sets, enjoy an aperitif on deck before the evening’s four-course dinner prepared by our expert chef. The fine wines, delicious food, historic châteaux and tableaux are the true image of France. Whet your appetite for a taste of the very best of France.


All plans for this tour are made considering the COVID procedures in effect at the time of publication. Entry requirements and vaccination requirements are subject to change at any time without notice. Please be sure you comply with the latest French entry requirements at the time of departure. For the safety of our groups, we encourage our tour participants to be fully vaccinated, and current with their covid vaccines (including any recommended boosters) by one month prior to departure. We ask our travelers to tell us about their vaccination status four weeks prior to departure.

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Tour Highlights

  • Welcome reception and dinner in Paris
  • Panoramic overview tour of Paris
  • Montmartre and Sacré-Cœur Basilica
  • Welcome cocktail boarding the barge
  • Night-time cruise through Paris, the City of Lights
  • Guided tour of the Château de Malmaison in Bougival
  • Guided tour of Pontoise and the Pissarro Museum
  • Guided tour of Auvers-sur-Oise and the Musée de l’Absinthe
  • Cooking class for those who would like to learn how to prepare France's legendary Crème Chantilly
  • Guided tour of the magnificent Château de Chantilly.
  • Guided tour of Compiègne and the Armistice Memorial.
  • Visit to Noyon and its Cathedral
  • Festive Gala Dinner at conclusion of the cruise

  • Extension Highlights

    • Saint-Germain-des-Pres artisan district
    • The Latin Quarter
    • Champagne at Montparnasse Tower
    • Dinner at “Le Train Bleu”
    • Guided tour of the Louvre Museum
    • Notre Dame Cathedrale (exterior view only)
    • Sainte-Chapelle
    • Le Marais District
    • Place de Vosges
    • Optional “Moulin Rouge” dinner and show
    • Guided tour of the Musée d’Orsay
    • Arc de Triomphe
    • Fondation Louis Vuitton
    • Farewell dinner at the Eiffel Tower