Paris is a dazzling package just waiting to be unwrapped. The “City of Light” glows with extra magic during the holidays. Every town in France boasts a marché de Noël in December, but Paris—naturally—boasts many, each one emblematic of its neighborhood. Stroll down the Champs Élysée for your Christmas shopping this year, or visit one of the boutiques on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Walk through the Tuileries Gardens and marvel at the spectacular holiday décor of the great department stores in the city where they were invented.
Experience winter in the majestic countryside, too, with a visit to Rouen, where you can experience a “Taste of Christmas,” Normandy style. Sample the seasonal delights with a visit to a historic café for tarte tatin and then peruse the artisan ceramics on display at the Rouen marché de Noël, which takes place directly in front of the famous cathedral. Medieval cobblestoned squares, the Sun King’s Versailles, sacred music sung in a legendary cathedral—it all adds up to a special gift that’s just for you.
And those sailing over New Year’s will be in for an extra- special treat with a wonderful New Year’s Eve celebration. Plan now to welcome in 2016 in Parisian style as the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower brighten up the sky.
Who will enjoy this cruise Romantics will relish this chance to see Paris dressed up in all her holiday splendor. Art lovers, history buffs, and shoppers will all find special gifts on this winter holiday.