Paris, Normandy and the River Seine - 8 days
From Paris - Paris
The 8-day round trip with embarkation and disembarkation in Paris will initially set off in search of the famous masters of impressionism, Gogh, Cezanne and Gaugin, heading downstream from Paris via Rouen and Caudebec-en-Caux to Normandy. Passengers can enjoy a full-day excursion to the impressive Normandy beaches which entered the history books following their lively past during the Second World War.
|1 Paris||20:00||Check-in from 16:00
|2 Conflans||01:30||17:00||Excursion to Auvers-sur-Oise in the morning
Leisure time in the afternoon
|3 Rouen||08:00||17:30||Rouen walking tour in the morning
Excursion along the "Abbey Trail" in the afternoon
|4 Le Havre||03:30||Excursion to Etretat in the morning
Excursion to Honfleur in the afternoon
|5 Le Havre||09:00||Full-day excursion to the D-Day landing beaches of Normandy* or full-day excursion to "Fascinating Normandy"*|
|5 Caudebec-en-Caux||15:00||22:00||(each from Le Havre/to Caudebec-en-Caux, includes lunch)|
|6 Les Andelys||08:00||09:00||Excursion to Chateau Gaillard and Giverny|
|6 Vernon||11:30||13:30||(from Les Andelys/to Vernon)
Excursion to the Palace of Versailles
|6 Poissy||19:30||20:30||(from Vernon/to Poissy, only bookable in advance)
Captain's Gala Dinner in the evening
|7 Paris||03:00||City tour of Paris in the morning
Guided walking tour of the Montmartre district in the afternoon
"Paris by Night": illuminated cruise on the Seine
|8 Paris||Disembarkation after breakfast|
|*Excursions operate at the same time; only one may be booked.
We reserve the right to make amendments to the timetable and program.
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY PARIS TO PARIS
DAY 1 FRANCE: PARIS
This afternoon, embark the vessel and get settled into your cabin. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a specially prepared Welcome Dinner.
DAY 2 CONFLANS
Arrive in Conflans, at the confluence of the Oise and the Seine. Visit the little town of Auvers-sur-Oise, an inspiration to many of the famous Impressionist masters, including Cezanne, Pissarro and Daubigny. The most famous of these artists is Vincent van Gogh, whose final resting place is located here.
Visit Auberge Ravoux, where Van Gogh lived in a very simple and small room only lit by sky light. Inspired by the picturesque site with its inhabitants and surroundings, Van Gogh painted close to 80 canvases here, which come alive in the winding streets of the village.
DAY 3 ROUEN
?This morning we reach Rouen, often called the “Ville mus?e” (Museum Town). If you enjoy museums, visit one of the many art, history, and antiquities museums scattered through the city. Visit the cathedral that inspired Claude Monet and the modern Church of Joan of Arc with its magnificent 16th-century stained glass windows. See the “Gros Horloge”, the astronomical clock, and the Parliament of Normandy. Also in Rouen is the “Place du Vieux March?”, the site where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. This afternoon venture down the romantic “Abbey Trail” for a view of countless churches, castles, and abbeys.
DAY 4 LE HAVRE
Although the harbor of Le Havre was greatly destroyed in World War II, it was rebuilt and continues to be an important port city in Normandy. Explore the Normandy coastline with a walk along Etretat’s cliff-top paths for a view of steep chalk rocks with impressive needle-like formations, which have inspired many well-known artists. Nearby, is the city of Honfleur, where the Seine meets the Atlantic. This harbor town is regarded as a jewel on the C?te Fleurie and is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
DAY 5 LE HAVRE - CAUDEBEC-EN-CAUX
Today, visit some of the most important places in recent history - the Normandy landing beaches. See Ponte du Hoc, Omaha Beach, the American military cemetery in Colleville, and the remains of the artificial harbor in Arromanches. If you prefer, explore the rural you can explore the rural charms of the Normandy region. Visit the historic towns of Caen and Bayeux, following the footsteps of William the Conqueror, the Duke of Normandy, and the subsequent King of England, Discover the richness of Calvados and the famous cheese of Pont l’v que.
DAY 6 LES ANDELYS - VERNON - POISSY
Today, your vessel anchors in the little town of Les Andelys in the shadow of Chateau Gaillard, the one time home to Richard the Lionheart. Relax in town or venture farther afield to nearby Giverny, home to Impressionist Claude Monet, until his death in 1926. The beautiful surroundings and vivid flora, were inspiration for some of his most famous works.
Return to the ship in Vernon for lunch. Round out your Normandy experience with a visit to the spectacular Palace of Versailles. Originally a small hunting lodge, the palace was extended to its current size by the “Sun King” Louis XIV. and is now one of Europe’s largest palaces. Onboard, the Captain’s Gala Dinner is a wonderful finish to a fantastic day.
DAY 7 PARIS
In the early morning, it is once more “Bienvenue” to the French capital. Explore the sights of the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, and the bustling Champs Elyeles. Another interesting area to explore is quirky artists’ district of Montmartre and the Sacre-Coeur, located on the highest hill in northern Paris.
On your last evening, enjoy an illuminated Paris from the ship or the streets, where you can fully see the “City of Lights” in all her glory.
DAY 8 PARIS
After breakfast, we bid you farewell. We hope to welcome you back again soon!
2018 Rates in US Dollars
|Paris to Paris|
|Excursion Auvers sur Oise||106 US$ p.P.|
|City Walk Rouen||18 US$ p.P.|
|Excursion Abbey Trail||70 US$ p.P.|
|Excursion Etretat||54 US$ p.P.|
|Excursion Honfleur||54 US$ p.P.|
|Excursion to the D-Day landing beaches of Normandy||188 US$ p.P.|
|Full-Day excursion Fascinating Normandy||194 US$ p.P.|
|Excursion to Chateau Gaillard and Giverny||83 US$ p.P.|
|Excursion Versailles||107 US$ p.P.|
|City Tour Paris||54 US$ p.P.|
|Guided walking tour of the Montmartre district||54 US$ p.P.|
|Paris by Night Illumination cruise on the Seine||71 US$ p.P.|
|Total:||338 US$||439 US$||703 US$|
|Packages booked in advance with 15% discount:||288 US$||373 US$||598 US$|
|Airport - Hotel $60
|Airport - Port $60|
|Train station - Port $50|