The Côte d'Albâtre and the Palais Bénédictine

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We’ll leave by coach for the beautiful Côte d'Albâtre, a natural heritage within the Pays de Caux and the estuary of the River Seine. We’ll pass by the high white cliffs bordered by the beaches and stones found in Impressionist paintings. As Guy de Maupassant wrote: “Nature has made these valleys; the rains of storms have ended with them in the shape of these ravines, trimming what was left of the cliff, excavating down to the sea, the bed of waters which acts as a passage for mankind.” Our first stop will be Etretat - a romantic location overlooking the Channel that has provided inspiration to some of the most illustrious artists. Even a brief visit is enough to understand why. The astonishing verticality of the cliffs contrasts perfectly with the gentle roundness of the shore. In addition to its natural beauty, Etretat also has some marvelous manors, villas, sites and monuments. After our visit, we’ll continue to Fécamp. Fécamp developed over the centuries to become the leading French cod-fishing port. It’s also famous for its Bénédictine liqueur. The fishermen's houses can be seen by the port, and their chapel sits on the cliffs. The Bénédictine and Ducal Palaces, as well as the vast collections in the art museum, are testimony to its rich past. We’ll have a tour of the Palais Bénédictine and enjoy a tasting of its famous spirits. At the end of our visit, we’ll return to the ship by coach.

 

  • Length: Approx. 5 hours
  • Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes.
  • The stops at Etretat and Fécamp will be done according to the weather conditions.
  • Alcohol can be dangerous to your health. Please drink in moderation.