The Seine Valley, Normandy, and the Côte d'Albâtre

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HONFLEUR - DUCLAIR - THE NORMAN ABBEY CIRCUIT - ROUEN - MANTES-LA-JOLIE - POISSY - PARIS

DAY 1: HONFLEUR

Passengers are welcome to board our ship between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Dinner will be served, and the evening is free to do as you please, or join us in the lounge for an evening of Norman entertainment. We’ll remain in port overnight.

Fisherman’s Catch
Seafood salad with a streak of balsamic
Cod loin filet with Normandy sauce and assorted vegetables
Floating island with caramel sauce and toasted almonds

DAY 2: HONFLEUR - DUCLAIR

All meals served on board. Enjoy a guided tour on foot of Honfleur, the cradle of Impressionism. We’ll visit Saint Catherine's Church, built in the 15th century by the city’s marine carpenters, and the famous salt warehouses. Our tour will finish with a visit to Saint Léonard Church. Destroyed during the Hundred Years War, it was rebuilt at the end of the 15th and beginning of the 16th centuries–only to be partially burned down again during the Wars of Religion. This afternoon we'll have an optional visit to the Côte d'Albatre and its magnificent white cliffs lined with pebble beaches. We’ll pass by the high white cliffs bordered by the beaches and stones found in Impressionist paintings. We’ll travel over the modern Pont de Normandie, and through Étretat and Fécamp, taking in the must-see sites that line the coast. Our ship will cast off when the tides are right.

A Taste of Normandy
Fish in puffy pastry with beurre blanc
Roasted boneless chicken leg cooked “Auge-style”
in cider, with country-style potatoes and yellow beans
Local Camembert
French toast, apple-caramel sauce

DAY 3: DUCLAIR -ROUEN

All meals served on board. We’ll take off on a guided tour of The Norman Abbey Circuit, discovering the majestic edifices along the way. At the height of their glory, there were one hundred and twenty religious buildings in the region; the sixty which have survived the centuries represent a priceless architectural heritage. We’ll spend the afternoon cruising towards Rouen. Upon arrival, we’ll take a guided tour of the city, which possesses the most historically classified buildings in France, a rich and exceptional heritage, and original and creative gastronomy. Towering above the city is the highest spire in France. We’ll then head to the market place where Joan of Arc was burned alive for heresy in 1431 and see the Gros-Horloge, or Great Clock—one of the most emblematic monuments in the city. The current archway and the double sided clock faces were rebuilt between 1527 and 1529. The clock was restored in 1997, and again in 2003. We’ll return on board in the late afternoon. Tonight is our festive gala evening. Our ship will cruise through the night.

Typical menu
Duck foie gras, spiced caramel sauce,
and brioche roll
Veal cutlet with shallots and tarragon
Mashed Vitelotte potatoes, fries and vegetables
Grilled Cabécou on toast, assorted greens, honey vinaigrette
Baked Alaska with Grand Marnier

DAY 4: MANTES-LA-JOLIE - POISSY - PARIS

All meals served on board. Join us for a visit to the Château de Malmaison, once owned by Joséphine de Beauharnais, Napolean’s first wife. She had once endeavored to transform the large estate into "the most beautiful and curious garden in Europe." The property achieved enduring fame for its rose garden. Malmaison was fully restored in the early 20th century, and is now considered an important historical monument. We’ll spend the afternoon cruising to Paris, passing alongside the futuristic business district of La Défense. Tonight, we’ll enjoy a “Titi Parisian” evening and Paris-by-night cruise. We’ll remain in port overnight.

DAY 5: PARIS

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m.

For navigational safety reasons, the company and the captain are the only authorized persons who can modify the cruise itinerary. The cruise schedule may vary according to tides and arrival times at ports of call may be subject to change. (1) Transfers valid for a minimum of 20 passengers only. (2) Total transfer cost up to €120 (not including taxes; 2015 rates) included in price; customer is responsible for all costs beyond this amount. (3) Subject to availability of performers. Alcohol can be dangerous to your health. Please drink in moderation.
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