March 27, 2024 - April 3, 2024
Solo only cruise with no single supplement.
From Paris, we slip our moorings and commence our wonderfully scenic cruise along the beautiful and majestic Seine into the heart of one of France's most historic and picturesque regions, Normandy. With time to enjoy the historic little town of Les Andelys en route, we continue our journey along the Seine’s sweeping meanders, before exploring the delights of Rouen, one of Europe’s finest medieval cities with its stunning cathedral and tangle of atmospheric winding streets.
Passing the legendary Jumiege Abbey, we moor in the pretty village of Caudebec with time after dinner for an evening stroll in this most typical of French villages. Then to Bayeux, spared significant war damage, it retains its wealth of splendid buildings as well as the legendary and stunning tapestry for which it is so famed. We also see some of the many thought-provoking monuments and places along the Normandy coast and reflect on the remarkable story of the D-Day landings on our visit to Gold Beach and the remnants of Mulberry Harbour. Our cruise would not be complete without a visit to charming Honfleur - its near perfect waterfront of tall pastel-colored 18th-century houses, traditional shops and maze of streets providing the inspiration for the Impressionist painter Claude Monet to paint here many times.
Countless sleepy villages silently drift by as we arrive in delightful Vernon, from where we take the short drive to Giverny visiting Claude Monet’s home and one of the world’s most famous and most painted gardens. Enjoy the quintessentially half-timbered streets of Vernon before we continue on to our final destination, one of the world’s most iconic and romantic cities, Paris. From the Arc de Triomphe to the Sacre-Coeur to the Eiffel Tour, the Louvre to the Pompidou Centre, the smart shopping of the Galleries Lafayette to bohemian Montmatre, the list is endless and the variety arguably unmatchable; this breathtaking city never fails to inspire no matter how many times you get the chance to visit.
Emerald Deck Standard (Lower) Cabin $3,399.00
Ruby Deck Standard (Middle) Cabin $4,199.00
Ruby Deck Superior Suite (Middle) Cabin $4,699.00
Diamond Deck Standard (Upper) Cabin $4,599.00
Diamond Deck Superior Stern Suite (Upper) Cabin $4,749.00
Diamond Deck Superior Suite (Upper) Cabin $4,899.00
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Day 1 Embark in Paris
On arrival, your cruise ship is moored on the River Seine in the heart of the city. The friendly crew will welcome you on board, helping you settle into your spacious and exquisitely furnished accommodation – you’ll immediately feel at home. This evening you enjoy your Welcome Dinner, served in the ship’s restaurant.
Day 2 LES ANDELYS
During the night our ship slips her mooring and, as you enjoy breakfast, the landscape passes by serenely and you quickly get used to this luxurious sightseeing experience. Rounding a sweeping bend so typical of the Seine, we reach the town of Mantes-la-Jolie with its imposing church – so large and architecturally impressive it could be a cathedral – while straight ahead is a medieval stone bridge. The central section of the bridge was destroyed during the Second World War and never repaired – it’s the first of many poignant reminders that this region of France has been a battleground for centuries.
We’re truly in the heart of one of France’s historic and stunningly attractive dukedoms – Normandy.
While you’re enjoying your first delicious lunch, the captain has skillfully berthed at Les Andelys, a small town dominated by one of the most spectacular sights along the entire valley – Château Gaillard. This afternoon we discover the story behind this remarkable castle, with entrance fee included. The remarkable Château Gaillard guards the apex of the river bend and was built by Richard the Lionheart in the 12th-century to defend Rouen from the French. Besieged many times during the turbulent history of northern France, Château Gaillard is now one of the most dramatic ruins in the region.
Day 3 ROUEN
We awake in Rouen, Normandy’s capital, one of Europe’s finest medieval cities and the scene of many momentous events over the centuries. Pride of place on our guided tour of the city belongs to its stunning Gothic cathedral, which was immortalized by the great Impressionist Claude Monet in a series of 28 paintings showing the facade at varying times of the day and in different weather conditions.
The Place du Vieux-Marché is one of the city’s most poignant spots; a large cross marks the point where the ‘Maid of Orléans’ Joan of Arc was burned at the stake for her beliefs.
Day 4 BAYEUX & ARROMANCHES
After breakfast you’ll be ready for a full-day tour exploring two of the most important aspects of European history – the Bayeux Tapestry and the D-Day landings. (Please note lunch is not provided today.) Bayeux itself is a delightful town with a historic core that escaped the ravages of war, so you can marvel at its many splendid buildings including the grand Gothic cathedral.
This afternoon we drive to nearby Pointe du Hoc, the highest point between the American sector landings on D-Day, dominating the sea from its vertical cliff with Utah Beach to the west and Omaha Beach to the east. We continue to Omaha beach, the most intensely fought after beach on June 6th, 1944. At six miles wide, the whole of the beach at Omaha was overlooked by cliffs which made attacking the area very difficult. The American troops were given the task of doing just this, and by the end of the day they had landed 34,000 troops, suffering 2,400 casualties. At the eastern end of the shoreline is the Normandy American Cemetery, established by the U.S. First Army on June 8, 1944 as the first American cemetery on European soil. We take the short drive to visit this memorial honoring the American troops who died in Europe during World War II, located on the site of the former temporary battlefield cemetery of Saint Laurent.
Day 5 HONFLEUR
Honfleur is often regarded as the most picturesque spot on the northern French coast, and after breakfast, we make the short journey to this delightful town and enjoy a guided tour. Its old harbor, sheltering both fishing boats and luxurious pleasure craft, is beautifully preserved and surrounded by a perfect waterfront of pastel-colored 16th- to 18th-century houses, many converted to seafood restaurants.
Day 6 GIVERNY & VERNON
This morning the ship has moored in delightful Vernon, and we take the short drive to Giverny to visit Monet’s garden and house. The artist himself called his garden his ‘most beautiful masterpiece’, and it’s certainly one of the world’s most photographed and painted, ideally viewed in the delicate morning light. In the Japanese-inspired water garden, shaded by great weeping willows and surrounded by bamboo, rhododendrons, and azaleas, is the lily pond where he painted his extraordinary Les Nymphéas (Water Lilies) series.
Day 7 PARIS
We have arrived in Paris and this morning we take a sightseeing tour of this amazing capital, one of the world’s most iconic cities. The Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées, Sacré-Coeur – you’ll see all these and much more. Then there’s the eccentrically modern and yet stylish Pompidou Centre, famous not only for its exhibits but also for street entertainment. Notre-Dame Cathedral and the delicate spire of the sublime Saint-Chapelle dominate the Ile de la Cité, while the exquisite Tuileries Gardens are perfect for a stroll.
This evening is the Captain’s Dinner, hosted of course by the Captain himself. Featuring specialties of the regions through which we have traveled, it’s a truly memorable experience.
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