This fabulous river cruise combines time in France’s unparalleled capital of Paris with beautiful scenery along the Seine River and the picturesque and historical region of Normandy.Embark on your adventure in Paris and sail to Vernon where you can choose between two exciting guided visits—Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or the remarkable Bizy Castle or participate in a painting class. You may choose to go on an excursion to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, the Point du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery; or join a “Taste of Normandy” excursion; a guided tour of Le Havre, or along the “Normandy Abbeys” route; a chance to hike, or visit pretty little Honfleur. In Rouen, best known as the home of Joan of Arc, you’ll go on a guided walk through the medieval quarter and visit the gothic cathedral, once the tallest building in the world. From Conflans, an excursion takes you to the quaint and inspiring town of Auvers-Sur-Oise, associated with several famous artists, including Vincent Van Gogh or to visit Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison. In Paris, one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities, we offer a choice of guided walks, a visit to the Louvre or to Montmartre, and an unforgettable panoramic view of the city from the Eiffel Tower.Then leave your ship and take the opportunity to add other memorable destinations to your list. Head north to one-of-a-kind Mont St. Michel, surrounded by water at high tide, and to the Loire Valley to visit the Château of Chenonceau and to admire its sumptuous gardens. En route to Paris for one last night, stop in Chartres to visit the magnificent cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this French river cruise, you’ll enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful scenery, and stops in charming and historical parts of France.
Day 1 Paris (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Vernon–Les Andelys: choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle or painting class; guided walk in Les Andelys, visit the Parish Church of Le Petit AndelyDay 3 Caudebec: choice of excursions to Normandy landing beaches or “A Taste of Normandy” Day 4 Le Havre: choice of excursions along the “Normandy Abbeys Route” or Le Havre and Etretat; choice of hiking routes or HonfleurDay 5 Rouen: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral Day 6 Conflans: choice of excursions to visit Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s Château de Malmaison; visit the Palace of Versailles; gala dinner onboardDay 7 Paris: choice of Paris walk experiences; choice of included excursions; ascend the Eiffel Tower Day 8 Paris (Disembarkation): travel to Mont St Michel; guided visit of the abbeyDay 9 Mont St Michel–Loire Valley: visit Chenonceau Castle, overnight at Château du Breuil Day 10 Loire Valley–Chartres–Paris: visit Chartres cathedralDay 11 Paris: your vacation ends this morning
In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.