Visit Normandy Beaches on River Cruise in 75th Anniversary Year

As the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings approaches on June 6, 2019, Saga guests can visit Omaha Beach and the cemetery for American soldiers at Colleville sur Mer, in Normandy, during a seven-night river cruise with a choice of eight departures

The Impressions of the Seine sailings on 202-passenger A-Rosa Viva, along the Seine from Paris, also include a tour to Arromanches, where a 360-degree ‘circular cinema’ screens footage from the events of June 1944.

In Rouen, which suffered extensive damage and civilian casualties from bombing raids and a brutal battle between Canadian and German battalions, a walking tour reveals how the city was rebuilt after the infamous ‘Red Week’ of bombing, when its cathedral roof was consumed by fire.

Visitors can also explore the city’s historic links with the Vikings, the Dukes of Normandy, novelist Gustave Flaubert and Impressionist painter Claude Monet, and see distinctive abbeys, the modern Church of Joan of Arc and a 14th-century astronomical clock.

Further destinations are Caudebec-en-Caux, which has a 15th-century church; Les Andelys, a former stronghold of Richard the Lionheart in Normandy’s Calvados region, and Vernon, with an included excursion to Monet’s house and garden at Giverny.

Guests travel from London to Paris by Eurostar and the all-inclusive A-Rosa Viva features a free 13-hour bar serving spirits, beer, wine and soft drinks.

The seven nights’ all-inclusive costs from £1,249 per person departing on April 13, June 1, August 17 and 31, September 7 and 21, and October 5 and 12, 2019, travelling on Eurostar from St Pancras International.

Price includes UK travel service, return Eurostar travel and transfers, all meals, free 13-hour bar, welcome cocktail party, free wifi, entertainment and activities on the A-Rosa Viva, Saga cruise assistant, porterage, optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights or a discount if passenger has own insurance.