Highlights of Normandy & the Seine 2021 Scenic River Cruise
A journey on the Seine River is an experience you’ll never forget, from the glittering lights of Paris to riverside villages dating back centuries.
Let the luxurious Scenic Gem take you on a journey through the highlights of northwestern France. Explore magnificent châteaux and quaint seaside towns, see the sights that have inspired world renowned artists for centuries and experience the emotion of visiting heart warming memorials to those fallen in World War II.
Welcome to Paris. Enjoy a delicious welcome dinner before cruising out with the beautiful city as a backdrop.
This morning we arrive into the charming medieval town of Conflans, with its distinctive barge houses docked within easy 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 amid beautiful parklands.
This afternoon, enjoy the amenities of your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship. Perhaps relax on the Sun Deck with a drink in hand and enjoy the scenery as you cruise past charming riverside villages, or take the opportunity to visit the Wellness Centre.
Freechoice: Enjoy a walking tour of Rouen, the capital of the Normandy region. Take in the famous sites of Joan of Arc and the historic Rouen Cathedral. Walk the winding medieval laneways and admire the city’s half-timbered houses. Alternatively, join a guided cycling tour along the Seine River to the beautiful 19th century botanical gardens that boast a number of exotic and rare plants.
This afternoon we set sail to the picturesque coastal village of Honfleur.
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, take the opportunity to explore Honfleur, with its quaint architecture, relaxed coastal atmosphere and colourful fishing boats bobbing up and down on its waters.
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. Or travel through picturesque landscapes that were once dotted with over 100 abbeys. Along the way, visit some of the incredible abbeys still standing and in operation.
Back on board your Cruise Director will organise a special treat for you, with a tasting of Calvados, a locally produced Apple Brandy.
In a region rich in visual treasures, it’s easy to understand why this part of France inspired paintings by many of history’s most famous artists.
Freechoice: Visit Giverny and Monet’s former residence and gardens. Admire the beauty of the landscape as you walk the paths exploding with colour and life. Or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, you can explore by bike, with a self-guided cycling tour to Giverny.
Enrich: Built into a steep rock face overlooking the mighty Seine River and the small village bearing the same name, Château de La Roche-Guyon is a sight to behold. The château dates back to medieval times and you’ll experience the opulence and grandeur of yesteryear as you enjoy a live classical concert.
Choose to spend time exploring France’s most celebrated city or embark on a discovery beyond the city limits.
Freechoice: Shop with a Chef when you visit one of Paris’ local food markets and enjoy exquisite tastings, or walk through the trendy Marais district with a resident expert and hear tales that only the locals know. Alternatively, you may wish to explore beyond Paris and tour the 17th century estate of Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, Louis XIV’s inspiration for the Palace of Versailles. Featured in the James Bond movie Moonraker, the Palace of Vicomte has been leaving visitors in awe of its magnificence for centuries.
With remarkable attractions at every turn, you’ll have a chance to explore Paris at leisure this afternoon.
Your trip concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll disembark and transfer to Paris airport. Make sure you remember to pack up all those wonderful memories before you leave..
|29 August 2021||£3,745|
- Save £1,500 per couple & free VIP chauffeur transfers
- Return flights from a selection of up to 16 UK airports with a choice of airlines or travel via Standard Premier Eurostar with upgrades available
- 7 nights on board a 5-star Scenic Space-Ship
- 20 superb meals: including 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 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