When you settle on the deck of a canal barge gliding under a tunnel of trees, you’ll feel your pulse slow and your mind relax to a pace that invites in new sights and sounds and tastes. Spend six days on the barge, floating past medieval cities and castles and vineyards, and reset your internal clock to the rhythms of the French countryside. A train ride to Paris plunges you back into the modern world, but one rich in culture and beauty, to explore for a few days. Next you’ll be transported to Normandy with its dramatic cliffs, engrossing role in world history, and charming coastal towns. During this 17-day journey, National Geographic has arranged meetings with winemakers, trips to the market with local chefs, and a journey on a WWII transport vehicle to enrich your experience. You’ll even get to visit a NatGeo photographer in his Paris studio.