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 typical of its neighborhood. Ramble 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. For a quieter moment, discover the lovely, serene snow scenes of the Impressionists at the Musée d’Orsay.
Sample the seasonal treats of Normandy as you peruse the artisan ceramics on display at the Rouen Marché de Noël, which takes place directly in front the famous cathedral; if you feel like revisiting your childhood, take a spin on the skating rink.
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. Cruise through the heart of northern France for the most memorable holiday of all.
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 in this winter holiday.