During the last two years with so much free time, I have closely studied the changing protocols of my travel partners. There is so much to consider. From their cancellation policies to health&safety and the support they offer the Traveler, Agent and their own staff.
After a few of my personal trips had been cancelled I decided to try something new. France was welcoming travelers and Viking was high on my list of suppliers. It was time to see for-myself how difficult leaving the country was.
Prior to leaving home we had to get our approved COVID tests and upload the documents with our Passports and Vaccine Cards. The level in France had changed from 3 to 4 and back again a few times prior to our trip. Similarly the US had also had increased numbers.
We had a perfect view. Looking out at the Eiffel Tower all lit up from our dinner table on the Aquavit Terrace.
Nightly before dinner we visit and share drinks before a short discussion by the Program Director of the upcoming activities. The Chef also gives a brief description of what is being served. After Dinner, time for more drinks and a little music if you are not exhausted.
Each evening we travel up the canal to our next port.
The Chateau de La Roche-Guyon
This fortress was built in the middle ages and later occupied by the Germans in World War II. During the Renaissance it was turned into a country house. In 1659 it was purchased by the La Rouchefoucauld Family which still owns it.
If you have traveled around Europe, you already know they are on their own time. Since they were late in opening the day of our arrival we only had an hour to look around. To see every part of the property you need at least three hours.
I would estimate less than 1000 people living in this unique tiny village.
What a nice surprise to arrive back to the
ship where our Captain and staff are outside to greet us with complimentary hot
chocolate and rum.