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15 hours ago, katie scarlette said:

Thank you Peregrina651 and Host Jazzbeau for your thoughts.  My companions and I plan to go to Versailles independently on Day 2, stay as long as we like and return to the ship or go to Paris, and then go to Paris on our own on Day 7.

 

While we were in Paris pre cruise we went to Versailles . We went on a Sunday with our pre bought timed entry tickets for 9 AM. Splurged and took a taxi for 50 euros and got there in 20 min around 8:30. We were near the front of the line. Have great pictures of us in the Hall of Mirrors with no else around. It was a rainy day but still very enjoyable. The palace was empty and it was great watching the fountain show with so few people around. Took the little train to see Marie Antoinette Petite Trianon. The day was fantastic. When we left the lines were miles long to get in.

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You are right, Peregrina651 - Day 7 is the included Paris tour.  We were going to take the RER into Paris, but your suggestion would get us to the desired geographic area and save time.  Thank you!

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7 hours ago, dolllover said:

Splurged and took a taxi for 50 euros and got there in 20 min

 

A bargain considering that the Viking tour to Versailles was $160 on our March, 2019 sailing.

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For anyone whose itinerary has Day 2 in Paris (LePecq), do you remember what time the ship leaves LePecq for Giverny?  Thanks for you time.  

Katie 

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I believe that the exact times will differ from cruise to cruise because of the locks on the river but you might figure that you won't sail before 5pm. Viking will have afternoon tours out until that time and the shuttle from Paris leaves at 4:30pm.

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Thank you, Peregrina651.  A conflict has just occurred to me: one of our companions has tickets to a soccer game in Paris that night - after the ship leaves LePecq.  I am now looking into accomodations for that night and will see about transportation to Vernon or Giverny the next morning.  It didn't occur to me that we would leave so early with such a short distance to the next port.  Shame on me!

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1 minute ago, katie scarlette said:

Thank you, Peregrina651.  A conflict has just occurred to me: one of our companions has tickets to a soccer game in Paris that night - after the ship leaves LePecq.  I am now looking into accomodations for that night and will see about transportation to Vernon or Giverny the next morning.  It didn't occur to me that we would leave so early with such a short distance to the next port.  Shame on me!

 

Before you go crazy making plans, write to the folks at tellus@vikingcruises.com. Explain your dilemma and ask them what information they can give you about timing. Include your booking number and a phone number.

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First, a huge thank you for being a partner in support on these two stories about Seine River cruising. This is a link to our new Viking River Cruises'  hub, and then you can see there's a day-by-day story about our Seine River trip and also a port guide. I did 'em both and might have missed stuff you've discovered, so please don't be shy! And if you're considering other rivers -- Danube, Rhine, Rhone -- they're covered here, too. Thanks again -- and hope you'll share with your friends!

 

Carolyn

 

https://www.cruisecritic.com/sponsored-content/viking-rivers-europe

 

Edited by editor@cruisecritic

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We have just received notice from Viking River concerning a change of our Paris Hotel for our 3-night pre-cruise in July.   We were originally scheduled for the Le Meridien Etoile and now we are in the Hotel Rochester Champs Elysees.  Has anyone stayed in this property, and if so, what can you tell me about this hotel and its location.  I appreciate whatever information anyone might be able to share.

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On 12/4/2019 at 12:33 PM, cruisegal#116 said:

We have just received notice from Viking River concerning a change of our Paris Hotel for our 3-night pre-cruise in July.   We were originally scheduled for the Le Meridien Etoile and now we are in the Hotel Rochester Champs Elysees.  Has anyone stayed in this property, and if so, what can you tell me about this hotel and its location.  I appreciate whatever information anyone might be able to share.

I can't actually tell you about the Hotel Rochester based on experience, but based on a quick Google Maps search and view of the photos, I would be delighted if they move us there for our start to the Paris to the Swiss Alps cruise in April. It is much more central to the sights of Paris for walking, and still convenient to the Metro. Ratings on Tripadvisor are at 4.5 / 5 for 1200 reviews, so I think you will be fine.

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Lackcreativity — Thank you for your response.  I too had looked at Trip Advisor and read the reviews on the Hotel Rochester and checked out its location.  I do feel it is a better option than our original hotel assignment.  I guess I was just hoping that someone on this board had stayed there already and could confirm my findings.  Perhaps someone will stay there before we go in July of 2020 and report back to this board.  Again, thank you for taking the time to look at this property and responding.  Happy Holidays!

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