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NEW! 8-DAY Photography Workshop Paris to Normandy on Viking River Cruises

NEW! 8-DAY Photography Workshop Paris to Normandy on Viking River Cruises


Washington Photo Safari is pleased to offer a special photography training experience with instruction provided by Washington Photo Safari director, E. David Luria--an 8-day Viking Cruises riverboat cruise in France from Paris to Normandy on October 12-19 of 2018.


The $599 round-trip air rate is from selected U.S. airports.  The airports listed on the Viking website are:

Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Newark, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa and Washington, DC.

(Clients coming from Canada, Mexico, Central or South America must first fly to one of the cities listed above to take advantage of these $599 RT fares to Paris.)

The $599 rate is also for arriving the day of the departure.  If someone wants to come earlier and not do pre-hotels through the cruise line, Viking will charge an air deviation fee of $100 per person.  This will also mean that the client is responsible for getting transfers on their own.

If someone has to cancel before 121 days prior to the sailing, the cancellation fee is only $100 per person.  If you cancel closer than 121 prior to the sailing, there could be a penalty for the air if it is already ticketed as well as the standard cancellation fee schedule. 

If you do the Viking air to arrive on the ship departure date, but choose to extend your vacation and fly home later than the cruise end date, there will be a deviation fee of $100  You would get the transfers to the ship at the beginning of the cruise but not to the hotel or airport at the end.  If you want to arrive early and do hotel on your own but fly home on the scheduled cruise end date, there would be the deviation fee.  They would not get transfers to the ship but would get transfers to the airport at the end.

You can book this air travel and the cruise through our travel agent, Renee Gerber at Dream Vacations, by going here.


  • Once there is money on the booking there will be a cancellation penalty of $100 per person as long as the booking is cancelled no later than 121 days prior to departure.  Even if the booking is paid in full, the penalty is $100 per person as long as the cancellation request is received no later than 121 days prior to departure.
  • The penalty increases as you get closer to the departure date.  Terms and conditions attached with the cancellation schedule. 
  • Air can be deleted from a booking at any time without a penalty as long as it hasn’t been ticketed.


On this unique photo safari on the Viking Longship "Kadlin," limited to 12 participants, Mr. Luria will provide individual and group instruction on all aspects of travel and people photography during special sessions onboard the riverboat and at each of the 7 stops along the way.  The subjects will include travel and landscape photography, candid portraits of people you know and people you don’t know, architectural and event photography, abstract photography, nighttime cityscapes, interior church and stained glass window photography, plus many tips on camera use and photographic composition.                                                                                                           

The cruise begins in Paris, where we photograph Monet’s paintings at Paris' Musee d'Orsay, then discover his inspiration at the artist's garden in upriver in Giverny. (We've been told that the gardens look EXACTLY like the paintings!) Later we trace the footsteps of Jeanne d'Arc in Rouen. We then walk and photograph hallowed ground at the American Military Cemetery and World War II beaches of Normandy.

We also savor Normandy cuisine and photograph a working farm where these delicacies are produced.

This 8-day cruise celebrates history, art, food, customs and all things Francais in the country’s most dazzling urbane and pastoral settings , all of it captured in your camera with guidance from Mr. Luria so that you will return with really great images from your cruise.

Here is the day-by-day itinerary with personal photography instruction provided by Mr. Luria at each location:

Day 1  Paris (Le Pecq), France

Arrive in Paris, romance capital of the world. Transfer from the airport in Paris to your ship.*  After boarding, take free time to explore Paris, or join our "welcome walk" to stretch your legs and get oriented.

Note: The Paris port authority assigned Viking a docking location in Le Pecq, a western suburb of Paris. To help maximize your time in the city center, we are offering complimentary shuttles for Viking guests throughout your stay.

Day 2  Paris (Le Pecq), France

After breakfast, embark on a tour of this dazzling city and take in its most remarkable sights, including the iconic Eiffel Tower. You’ll also see the Ecole Militaire, Orsay Museum and Latin Quarter and the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral. Then we’ll drive past the Louvre and Opera House and along the famed Champs-Elysee. Return aboard for dinner and start your cruise on the Seine this evening. (B, D)

Day 3  Vernon, France

Arrive in Vernon before breakfast; take a short ride into the town of Giverny, where Claude Monet resided from 1883 until his death in 1926. Visit the beautiful gardens and charming stone farmhouse where he lived and worked; see the water garden with the recognizable Japanese bridge, water lilies, wisteria and azaleas that inspired many of his masterpieces.

After lunch, spend some time with your Program Director in the provincial town of Vernon. Take a stroll to see the Maison du Temps Jadis (House of Past Times), Vernon’s oldest house, and the 11th-century Church of Notre Dame. Dinner is served aboard. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Rouen, France

Indulge in leisurely morning cruising along the Seine. You’ll spend the afternoon in the medieval city of Rouen, preeminent capital of Normandy. Begin with a walking tour through the center of Old Town, where you see the spectacular Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral, often painted by Claude Monet, and the famous Gros Horloge, a 16th-century astronomical clock. As you walk among the half-timbered storybook buildings, you’ll feel transported back through time; see the 14th-century courthouse where Joan of Arc was sentenced to death and the nearby Market Square where she was martyred.

Take free time to discover more of Rouen or visit one of its museums of art or antiquities. Dine aboard or at a sidewalk café. Your ship remains docked overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 5  Normandy, France

After breakfast, begin your full-day tour to the historic beaches of Normandy. Drive past Gold Beach, Courseulles sur Mer and Juno Beach on your way to visit such World War II landmarks as Omaha Beach, the American Military Cemetery and Arromanches Debarkment D-Day Museum. Alternatively, you may take a tour of Bayeaux, where you can admire the magnificent tapestry that chronicles the pre-“Battle of Hastings events. Afterward, continue to Normandy's coast and enjoy some free time at Juno Beach after your visit to the museum; then visit the Pegasus Museum. Return to your ship for dinner and relax aboard, or take an evening stroll in Rouen. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Les Andelys, France

Enjoy a leisurely morning cruise to the small town of Les Andelys, known for its imposing castle, Château Gaillard, built in 1196 by Richard the Lionheart. After lunch, join a guided walk to this fatally flawed masterpiece of Middle Ages architecture before returning to your ship. (B, L, D)

Day 7  Paris (Le Pecq), France

After breakfast, disembark for a visit to Chateau de Malmaison, where Napoleon Bonaparte spent his final days in France. Along with the Tuileries, this elegant manor house, purchased by the emperor’s wife Josephine in 1799, served as the seat of Napoleon’s French government from 1800 to 1802. Or, join an optional tour to the luxurious Palace of Versailles, former home of Louis XIV. (B, L, D)

Note: The Paris port authority assigned Viking a docking location in Le Pecq, a western suburb of Paris. To help maximize your time in the city center, we are offering complimentary shuttles throughout your stay.

Day 8  Paris (Le Pecq), France

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the Paris airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your time in France’s romantic capital with a 3-night Paris extension. (B)

The following meals are included: B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner * Airport meet & greet transfers included when air is purchased from Viking River Cruises.

Here is what is included in your cruise fee:

8-day cruise visiting 1 country & 5 ports

  • Visit 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • 7 included shore excursions with local guide & headset
  • Culture Curriculum®: taste French cheeses; learn how to create your own tarte au citron; attend lectures on Jeanne d™Arc & French Impressionists; learn to say a few words en Franais; visit a local market
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Beer, wine and soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • All onboard meals featuring regional specialties & always available American classics
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception & Farewell Dinner
  • Multiple dining venues with open seating
  • Most al fresco dining on Europes rivers
  • 24/7 specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • Organic herb garden
  • River-view stateroom
  • Room steward & twice-daily housekeeping service
  • Evening turndown service
  • Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows
  • 40" flat-screen LCD TV, with interactive programming
  •  Complimentary Movies On Demand
  • Security safe
  • Hair dryer
  • 110/220 volt outlets & USB port
  • Direct-dial satellite phone
  • Refrigerator
  • Bathrobes & slippers (upon request)
  • Heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirrors
  • Glass-enclosed shower
  • Premium Freyj toiletries
  • Open-air walking track
  • 24/7 Guest Services for special requests
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Airport transfers on date of embarkation/disembarkation with Viking Air program


The per person cost for the 8-day Viking cruise including the cruise, cabin berth, all meals, and excursion tours booking by May 31, 2018, start at $2,724 or $340 per day,  plus RT airfares of $599. (The per person berth fees go as high as $3,624, depending upon the cabin selected.)  A 2-person cabin can be reserved with a $500 per person deposit (or $1,000 for a single cabin)  If a reservation is cancelled before June 10, 2018, there is a $100 per person fee.  If cancelled after June 10, 2018, the cancellation fee schedule will apply.



Our travel agent, Renee Gerber, with Dream Vacations-Gerber & Associates will process all payments via credit card with Viking Cruises.

All passengers must have a valid Passport.  The passport must be valid until 6 months after the return date of the cruise.

Travel protection insurance is highly recommended.  This will be quoted depending on the cabin you choose to book.  If you have a pre-existing condition that you need covered by insurance, the premium for the insurance must be paid at the time of deposit for the cruise. Once a deposit is paid and space is confirmed, all changes are subject to a $30  charge per change through Viking Cruises.


Cancellation received                                      Charges will apply
121 days or more prior to time of departure: $100.00 per person
120-90 days prior to time of departure:         15% of Full Fare
89-60 days prior to time of departure:           35% of Full Fare
59-30 days prior to time of departure:           50% of Full Fare
29-0 days prior to time of departure:             100% of Full Fare

We have booked 12 cabins on the river boat, so you can bring a companion if you wish. The cost of the 2-person cabin ranges from $5,448 to $7,248, depending upon the cabin chosen. If you are not bringing a companion, we can double you up with another participant of the same gender

If you do not wish to share a cabin, a single person would pay the two person rate.

To book your cabin berth through Dream vacations, go here.


With daily sessions on board the cruise ship and individual hands-on instruction in architectural and travel photography at each of our stops, Mr. Luria will help you come away with professional quality images of your trip. The cost for this photography instruction is $1,200 per client, $75 per non-photographer companion, and $600 for a photographer companion, paid directly to Washington Photo Safari upon registration.

The photography fees can be paid with a $50% deposit for the photographer and companion, with the balance paid by June 30, 2018,  it will be fully refundable up until August 31, 2018, after that a $100 service charge to Washington photo Safari would apply.

To pay your photography instruction and companion fees to Washington Photo Safari, click on Book Now.

This is a really unique photographic adventure opportunity in one of the most interesting and photogenic areas of Europe. We hope that you can join us!

About the Instructors:

Instructor E. David Luria, a Paris-trained professional architectural photographer, founder and director of Washington Photo Safari,  is a DC-based professional commercial photographer specializing in architecture, landmarks, restaurant and event photography. Trained in Paris at the Parsons School of Design by a protégé of Henri Cartier-Bresson, he is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, the Association of Independent Architectural Photographers, and the Society of Photographic Educators. His images of Washington, DC have appeared on 30 magazine covers, on 80 postcards and in over 100 publications, including calendars of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society and in the coffee-table book "Washington DC Visions".

In addition to serving as the prime instructor for Washington Photo Safari, Mr. Luria has also done photography instruction for the Capital Photography Center, the National Cherry Blossoms Festival, the National Spelling Bee, the Kreeger Museum, Things to Do DC, Professionals in the City, and many local camera clubs. Mr. Luria has appeared as a photographic expert on WAMU.FM's Kojo Nmandi Show, an NPR affiliate, and also as a luncheon speaker at the National Press Club. An honors graduate of AmherstCollege, Mr. Luria is a U.S. Army veteran fluent in Spanish, French, and German. Prior to becoming a professional photographer, Mr. Luria spent a long career as a senior executive with several international non-profit organizations, such as CARE, Partners of the Americas, and World Learning. Since 1996 he has also served weekly as a volunteer information specialist with the Travelers Aid Society at Reagan Washington National Airport.

Washington Photo Safari is one of the country’s oldest and largest photography training programs, top-rated in all the travel review sites, annually awarded Certificates of Excellence by Trip Advisor and ranked by Trip Advisor reviewers among the top 5 out of 39 outdoor activities in Washington, DC. Founded by E. David Luria in 1999, Washington Photo Safari has trained over 32,500 amateur photographers in camera use and composition on 4,600 photo excursions in and around the nation’s capital and has helped professional photographers in 20 other U.S. cities set up similar programs. 

"I have always been interested in photography but never took the time to learn much about it until now. David Luria is a wonderful instructor. He not only makes the class informative he also makes it fun. The first class I took with David was a night shoot. My camera skills were nonexistent and I was sure I was going to come away from the class with my usual OK looking pictures. Instead, with David's knowledge and patience, I was able to take some beautiful photographs while learning about many of the key features of my camera."  ~ C. Boykin, Trip Advisor 2017