The inviting Seine Valley
Between wooded river banks and chalk cliffs through a superb valley whose variations in light have inspired countless painters and poets of all ages.
Paris - Vernon - Duclair - Honfleur - Rouen -
Les Andelys - Paris
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02 July 2016
Day 1: Paris
Boarding between 6.00 and 7.00pm in Paris. Time to settle comfortably in your cabins before meeting the crew during a welcome cocktail reception. Dinner on board before departing on a cruise by night (depending on the water level) to tour the sights of the French capital. Overnight stop.
Day 2: Paris
Breakfast on board. The day will be dedicated to the discovery of Paris. Morning optional guided tour of Paris, which will begin with famous landmarks as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées. Lunch on the ship followed by a free afternoon to stroll round Paris. Dinner and a free evening or go on to a cabaret (optional).
Day 3: Vernon
Buffet breakfast on board before cruising on to reach Vernon around 12.30pm. Lunch on board. In the afternoon, take the opportunity to visit the Claude Monet Foundation in Giverny, a charming pink house with green shutters which has been patiently restored and reveals the painter’s daily life. As you wander round the house, visit Monet’s huge workshop, bathed in the light that he che-rished so much, the blue living room, the yellow dining room and the famous garden full of flowers and finally the Japanese style water garden. Return to the ship for dinner before cruising off towards Duclair.
Day 4: Duclair
Buffet breakfast on board while cruising along through magnificent scenery and steep cliffs at the foot of which nestle charming little villages Lunch on board before arriving in Duclair. In the afternoon, leave on a guided tour (optional) to discover the abbeys trail beginning with the abbey of Saint-Wandrille, then on to Jumièges, and the ruins of one of the most beautiful abbeys in France, not forgetting the church of St Pierre, one of the finest examples of 10th century Norman architecture. Return to the ship for around 6.00pm for dinner before sailing on towards Honfleur (subject to the tides)
Day 5: Honfleur
After breakfast guided visit of Honfleur (optional). Lying at the foot of the Côte de Grace, the town will enchant you with its old port, the church of St Catherine entirely made out of wood, its picturesque streets and outer harbour dotted with little fishing boats. The afternoon will be spent on an excursion (optional) to the “Côte Fleurie” (flowered coast) and the towns of Trouville and Deauville including a stop on the way to visit a Calvados distillery and tasting. Return to the ship for lunch. Or full day guided tour (lunch included) to the landing beaches (only as a pre-booked tour and a minimum of 30 participants). Departure by coach to reach Pointe du Hoc passing the towns of Omaha Beach, Coleville sur Mer and its American cemetery. We stop in Arromanches after lunch to watch the film “The Price of Liberty”. Return to the ship for dinner and a free evening.
Day 6: Rouen
Early morning start and breakfast while cruising along a superb valley whose light variations inspired not only the impressionist painters but also many poets, before passing under the splendid Normandy Bridge. Lunch on board before arriving in Rouen around 2.00pm. Depart on a guided tour of the town (optional) to discover the cathedral, its historic quarters and the “Place du Vieux Marché” where Joan of Arc was burnt alive at the stake. Return to the ship for dinner and an entertaining evening. Overnight stop.
Day 7: Rouen - Les Andelys
After breakfast, cruise off towards les Andelys, through the lock in Amfreville, arriving around midday. Lunch on board. The afternoon will be spent visiting the Martainville château (optional). Discover this rich house, the holyday home that belonged to a wealthy banker of the XVth century. Today it has become the museum of Norman arts and traditions. In the castle you will find a unique collection of objects made and used in Normandy between the XVth and the XIXth century. Return on board. Gala dinner and evening while cruising.
Day 8: Paris
Breakfast on board before arriving in Paris around 8.00am before disembarking. End of our journey.