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Magnifique Ryder Cup River Cruise Excursions

June 18, 2018
Ryder Cup

This is not your typical river cruise.

The Premier Viking Ryder Cup River Cruise through northern France is a phenomenal way to immerse in the enviable French lifestyle of exceptional cuisine and wine, attend the 2018 Ryder Cup matches at Le Golf National in style and enjoy exciting and moving experiences at all of the stops on the cruise.

“The highlights are the D-Day beaches, Omaha Beach, Utah, Juno and Gold Beach,” says Ann Mabry, Premier Golf’s managing director. “The emotion you feel on this tour is absolutely overwhelming. It brought me to tears, a very powerful experience. It’s a bucket list trip.”

You’ll luxuriate at trendy sidewalk cafes, stroll the cobblestone streets of historic villages, shop at charming boutiques and do so much more on this one-of-a-kind cruise that’s been specifically designed to enhance the entire Ryder Cup experience by offering an amazing selection of excursions along the way.

Here’s a list of the top options:

D-Day Landing Beaches Along Normandy Coast–One glance at the sheer cliffs framing these beaches and you’ll quickly realize the amazing bravery of our American soldiers during the D-Day invasion. You’ll be truly inspired as you drive by Gold Beach, Courseulles sur Mer and Juno Beach and visit legendary Omaha Beach and the Arromanches Debarkment D-Day Museum.

Normandy American Military Cemetery and Memorial–The first American cemetery on European soil in World War II, it contains 9,385 of our military dead, most of whom lost their lives in the D-Day landings and ensuing operations. The $30 million visitor center built in 2007 features exhibits, letters and three films.

Claude Monet’s Home and Gardens in Giverney–A must visit for all Claude Monet art lovers, these brightly colored gardens served as inspiration for many of the artist’s most famous works. You’ll wander through the flower garden called Clos Normand and a Japanese inspired water garden.

Village of Rouen–From its stunning Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral to Joan of Arc’s Market Square, this wonderful medieval city will take you back in time. You’ll walk past ancient half-timbered buildings, the 14th century courthouse where Joan of Arc was sentenced to death and Gros Horloge, the 16th century astronomical clock. Enhancing its appeal are great sidewalk cafes, museums and antique shops.

Napoleon’s Chateau Malmaison–Set on the western bank of the Seine River 10 miles west of the center of Paris, this stunning Renaissance style mansion served as the headquarters for the French government from 1800 to 1802 and Napoleon’s last residence in France at the end of the Hundred Days in 1815. Redecorated in an antique style in 1800, it contains impressive art works from the Consular period.

Chateau Gaillard Guided Walk in the Village of  Les Andelys–This quaint small town is renowned for its spectacular castle, Chateau Gaillard, which was built by Richard the Lionheart in 1196.

Van Gogh’s Home Tour and Mantes de Jolie–First a stop at Auvers-Sur-Oise, where Vincent Van Gogh painted over 70 paintings, including the famous Notre Dame D’Auvers and later a walking tour of Mantes de Jolie, a commune located in the western suburbs of Paris.

Leisurely and comfortably paced, the Premier Viking Ryder Cup River Cruise is the ideal way to pay homage to our American D-Day heroes, create lasting memories of visits to French landmarks, socialize with like-minded passengers and immerse in a luxurious cruising lifestyle of great food and wine, and, of course, Ryder Cup talk.