Normandy & Gems of the Seine 2022 Scenic River Cruise
This splendid waterway cuts through the heart of Paris, before winding its way along some of the most celebrated sites in northern France. There are few superlatives that do justice to beautiful Paris, as you’ll have ample opportunity to discover. Beyond Paris, you can look forward to a serene cruise to Honfleur, by the open waters of the English Channel, pausing at the most beautiful landmarks along the way. Les Andelys, Rouen, Caudebec-en-Caux – all the key points in this itinerary are steeped in history and brimming with charm. However, we’ve saved some highlights – charming Giverny and medieval Conflans – for the return trip, including one last unforgettable fling in Paris.
Enjoy a welcome dinner before cruising out of Paris with the beautiful city as a backdrop.
Enjoy the opulent amenities of your floating hotel as you glide peacefully through the Île-de-France region to Les Andelys.
Freechoice: Join a hike with a difference and visit King Richard the Lionheart’s Château Gaillard, or journey to Lyons la Forêt, one of the most beautiful villages of France, and visit a local farm to sample cider, the region’s specialty. Alternatively, join your local guide for a walking tour of the quaint village of Les Andelys, or take a bicycle tour through this beautiful village, set on the banks of the Seine.
Enjoy a walking tour of Rouen, the capital of the Normandy region. Take in the famous sites relating to Joan of Arc and the historic Rouen Cathedral. Walk the winding medieval laneways and admire the city’s half-timbered houses. Alternatively, learn about the Viking Warlord Rollo ‘The walker’ who will host a guided walking tour through the medieval lanes of Rouen.
This region is also the gateway to the historic Western Front, and this afternoon you’ll have the opportunity to gain fascinating insights into the Somme battlefields and learn about what life was like for a soldier during WWI with a fascinating lecture. After dinner, a local patissier will come on board with a selection of their finest desserts for your dining pleasure.
Freechoice: Get a glimpse of what the Somme battlefields might have been like for those caught up in this terrible World War I battle, which claimed the lives of more than 150,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers. This full-day excursion commemorates the 103 years since. You may choose to visit the Australian National Memorial, containing the newly built Sir John Monash Centre as well as the Caterpillar Valley Memorial, dedicated to the New Zealand citizens who perished during the Battle of the Somme or, opt to visit the Lochnagar Crater, the Newfoundland memorial park and the Thiepval memorial. Alternatively, explore the collection of impressionistic paintings, including masterpieces by Renoir and Monet, at the Museum of Fine Arts, which was founded by Napoleon Bonaparte.
Relax on board as you cruise toward the open waters of the English Channel.
Freechoice: Explore Honfleur, with its quaint architecture, relaxed coastal atmosphere and colourful fishing boats bobbing up and down on its waters. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the beautiful La Côte Fleurie region on France’s northern beaches and discover dashing Deauville, playground of the rich and famous.
Back on board, kick up your heels on the dance floor as a fabulous local swing band performs the best of the 1920s in the Panorama Lounge tonight.
Freechoice: Walk the historic Normandy beaches, the site of the D-Day landings, before visiting the Landing Museum at Arromanches. You’ll be struck by the sombre ambience surrounding the 9,387 graves of the Normandy Cemetery. From here you have two options, take a moment to reflect on the momentous impact of that day, as you look out from your hilltop position above Omaha Beach or visit the Juno Beach Centre, a museum that focuses on the Canadian war effort. Alternatively, learn about history of a different era and visit the Bayeux Tapestry, a hand embroidered masterpiece that depicts the tales of the Norman conquest of England and dates back to the 11th century.
Freechoice: Visit Fécamp and its mighty palace. Situated in spectacular surrounds, the city’s natural setting contrasts perfectly with its architectural centrepiece, the Benedictine Palace. Afterwards visit the beautiful seaside town of Étretat, sitting proudly between dramatic rock faces. With steep limestone cliffs that plunge dramatically towards the emerald waters of the English Channel below, the beauty of the Alabaster Coast will leave you breathless. Or, travel to the hilltop village of Bolbec and view fabrics at the fascinating Textile Museum before visiting a traditional Normandy farm nearby.
For the more adventurous, join a guided cycling tour to the charming village of Villequier and visit the Victor Hugo Museum to learn more about the famous French writer.
In a location rich in visual treasures, it’s easy to understand why this region of France inspired beautiful paintings by many of history’s most famous artists.
Freechoice: Visit Giverny and Monet’s former residence and gardens. Many of the artists most famous art works were inspired by this impressive location, or get your heart pumping on a self-guided cycle through Vernon to Giverny where you have the opportunity to visit Monet’s garden.
After exploring these spectacular gardens you may feel inspired to join a painting class on board this afternoon.
Enrich: Built into a steep rock face overlooking the Seine River and the small village bearing the same name, Château de La Roche-Guyon is a sight to behold. Experience the opulence and grandeur of yesteryear as you enjoy a classical concert performed by the region’s most reputable musicians. The Château dates back to medieval times and you’ll be sure to have fond memories of this experience for many years to come.
Cruise to the charming medieval town of Conflans, with its distinctive barge houses docked within reach of the quaint main square.
Freechoice: Discover the charms of Auvers-sur-Oise and see Vincent van Gogh’s room, or step inside the magnificent Chantilly Castle for a guided tour of this remarkable château, set amidst beautiful parklands. Alternatively, visit the great stables on the grounds of Chantilly, essentially a palace for the horses living on the estate. The stables also house a museum dedicated to the relationship between man and horse throughout time.
After a leisurely afternoon of cruising, the evening will see us returning to Paris, the ‘City of Light’, and you’ll have the chance to view the beautiful illuminated skyline, and the soaring Eiffel Tower.
It’s your choice today to either spend time exploring France’s most celebrated city or embark on a discovery beyond the city limits.
Freechoice: Walk through the trendy Marais district with a resident expert and hear tales that only the locals know, or admire the extravagance and grandeur of the famous Opera Garnier on a guided tour. From the ornately decorated theatre to the opulent chandeliers and the ceiling painted by Chagall, the interior of this building will take your breath away. Alternatively, you may wish to explore beyond Paris and tour the 17th century estate of Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, Louis XIV’s inspiration for Versailles Palace.
With remarkable attractions at every turn, enjoy time at leisure this afternoon to explore Paris and create your own unique memories.
Your trip concludes after breakfast as you disembark and transfer to Paris airport.
|8 April 2022||£2,745|
|25 April 2022||£2,929|
|5 May 2022||£3,529|
|15 May 2022||£3,929|
|25 May 2022||£3,745|
|11 June 2022||£4,245|
|21 June 2022||£3,845|
|18 July 2022||£3,745|
|28 July 2022||£3,745|
|7 August 2022||£3,745|
|17 August 2022||£4,145|
|10 September 2022||£4,429|
|20 September 2022||£4,245|
|30 September 2022||£4,245|
|17 October 2022||£4,079|
- Save up to £2,000 per couple, free VIP chauffeur transfers & free deposit protection
- Return flights from a selection of up to 16 UK airports with a choice of airlines or travel via Eurostar on selected itineraries
- 10 nights on board a 5-star Scenic Space-Ship
- 29 superb meals: including 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 10 dinners
- All your drinks wherever, whenever whilst on board your cruise
- An on-board butler service for every guest
- Breath-taking excursions hosted by local expert guides
- Complimentary WiFi