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Overview

Paris, the capital city of France, is one of the world's most popular vacation destinations. Paris is one of the world leaders in fashion, fine dining, science, art and entertainment. There's truly something for everyone in Paris, whether you're looking to eat, shop or just walk around and take all of the beautiful sites in...you're sure to find something enjoyable to do!

The warmest months of the year in Paris are typically July and August, while the coldest months are usually January and February.

Cruise ships do not typically port in Paris itself. Most major cruise lines opt to port in Le Havre, due to its ability to accommodate large ships. Le Havre is a historic city in northwest France, located right on the mouth of the Seine River. It's about two and a half hours between Paris and the port in Le Havre. Aside from visiting Paris, another popular option for cruisers arriving in Le Havre is to visit Normandy. Normandy is the historic site of the famous World War II (D-Day) beaches. It's about a two hour drive from the port in Le Havre to that area.

Viking River Cruises is the only major cruise line offering cruises leaving from Le Havre (besides Costa Cruises doing a single departure). However, many cruise lines offer itineraries with a port of call in Le Havre during their cruise.


Destinations
The following destinations can be visited on a cruise leaving from Le Havre, France:
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Western Europe



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Currency
The official currency is the Euro. ATM machines are available, but make sure you use one that works with the card you're using. ATM machines will usually give you a better exchange rate than a bank or hotel. Using a credit card is a great way to avoid having to exchange currency.


Language
The official language of France is French. However, in the major tourist areas you'll most likely find a few people that speak English.


Tourist Attractions
Paris is filled with popular tourist attractions. The most famous of them is probably the Eiffel Tower, which was built in 1889. Located on the Champ de Mars (along the Seine River), this iron tower is a true icon of France and is the city's tallest building. You can access the first two levels of the tower via stairs and lifts. There is a ticket booth at the base of the tower that sells tickets to gain access to the tower.

The Louvre is one of the world's most famous museums. This architectural masterpiece is located on the Right Bank, and was originally a palace. Within the Louvre are some of the world's most revered works of art, including Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa and Madonna of the Rocks.

Notre Dame, also known as Notre Dame de Paris, is a famous Gothic cathedral located in the Île de la Cité in Paris. It's the seat of the Archbishop of Paris. This amazing structure is one of the best examples of French Gothic architecture. In fact, it was one of the first Gothic cathedrals ever built.

The Champs-Élysées is an avenue in Paris that is one of the most famous streets in the world. It is particularly popular because of the various luxury shopping stores located along it. Besides the shopping there are also cafés, night clubs, fast food venues and cinemas.

Le Lido, the Moulin-Rouge dance hall located on the Champs-Élysées, hosts a staged dinner theater show that is famous for its exotic cabaret and burlesque performances.

The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It's located in the Place Charles de Gaulle, at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. This monument honors those that fought for France, especially during the Napoleonic Wars. The tomb of the unknown soldier is located underneath the arc. It's the largest triumphal arc in the world.

Located at the end of the Champes-Élysées, the Place de la Concorde is one of the main squares in Paris. In the center of the area is an ancient Egyptian obelisk, one of Cleopatra's Needles.
The obelisk is the oldest monument in Paris.

The Palais Garnier, also known as the Paris Opéra, is a opera house (and landmark) in Paris. It's a truly magnificent work of architecture. The Opéra Bastille is a more modern opera house, and is the home of the Opéra National de Paris.


Port Location
There is usually a shuttle service available, provided by the cruise line (sometimes for a charge), into the city center of Le Havre. It's about a 20 minute walk (if you're allowed to do it - sometimes the port doesn't allow it). Many taxis will be available too.

The commercial port in Le Havre is located about 2 1/2 hours from Paris. Many travelers will accomplish the commute by train.

Another popular destination to travel to from Le Havre is Normandy, to visit the famous D-Day beaches (from World War II) and more. It's about a 2 hour drive from the port to the beaches.
 
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The Eiffel Tower
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