DAY 1: PARIS
Passengers are welcome to board between our ship between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabin, join us once again for a welcome cocktail. Dinner on board followed by a thematic presentation: “A Definition of Impressionism, its Origins, the Technique, and the Context”. Overnight.
DAY 2: PARIS, discover the Impressionists' favorite places
The tour of the Château d’Auvers-sur-Oise will be replaced by a guided tour of Auvers-sur-Oise and the Daubigny Museum as the castle is currently closed for renovation. Follow us on a guided tour of the city following the footsteps of the impressionists, and on to a visit of the Daubigny Museum that houses the works of Charles François Daubigny in the setting of the Manoir des Colombières, a beautiful 17th century manor. In 2017, we’ll celebrate the bicentennial of Daubigny’s birth. In the afternoon, you will get the chance to visit the Musée Marmottan in Paris. This museum houses the largest collection of paintings by Claude Monet and provides an overview of how his work developed, from the first caricatures of his youth to the water lilies, his mature works (museum closed on Mondays, replaced by the visit of Parc de l'Orangerie). After this visit, we will return on board for a cruise on the Seine by night. We’ll remain in port overnight.
DAY 3: PARIS - GIVERNY - In the footsteps of Claude Monet - VERNON
Morning spent cruising to Poissy. Entertainment on board. Second thematic presentation: “Claude Monet, the quintessence of Impressionism”. This afternoon is devoted to the visit to Claude Monet's house in Giverny. The artist spent half his life here, dividing his time between working on his garden, a living painting if ever there was one, and the great passion of his final years, the Water Lilies series. You will be free to explore the house, which houses Monet's private collection of Japanese prints, and the garden, a haven of greenery. Back on board in Mantes la Jolie and onwards to Vernon. Overnight stopover in Vernon. “Guingette” evening board.
DAY 4: ROUEN in the footsteps of the Impressionists
Departure early in the morning to sail to Rouen. Entertainment and lunch on board. Our chef's menu takes its inspiration from the recipes of Claude Monet (who was a great lover of food!). In the afternoon, thematic guided tour of Rouen in the footsteps of the Impressionists (cathedral and Impressionist collection in the Musée des Beaux-Arts). Tonight is our gala evening. Overnight stopover.
DAY 5: DUCLAIR - HONFLEUR
Morning spent cruising. Decidedly the most beautiful section of the Seine with its numerous meanders and its sleepy villages which have inspired many a painter. Third thematic presentation: “The geography of Impressionism: Paris and the suburbs, Honfleur and the Norman coast”. In the afternoon, departure by coach to the "abbey trail". The visit will start with the abby of Saint-Wandrille (outdoor), then we will continue our visit to Jumièges where stands the ruins of one of the most beautiful french abbey, as well as the Saint-Pierre Church which represent one of the finest example of the architecture of the 10th Century. Back to the boat at 6.00pm. Departure for Honfleur in the evening (depending on the tides).
DAY 6: HONFLEUR - ETRETAT - the Alabaster Coast
Tour of Honfleur on foot: the cradle of Impressionism where Boudin, Monet, Bazille, Jongkind would meet at the famous Saint Siméon farm and try to capture the changing light of the estuary. The afternoon will be devoted to the tour of the Alabaster Coast, the natural heritage of the Pays de Caux and the Seine estuary: Etretat, Fécamp. Unmissable sites that you will view differently after this cruise. Back on board in the evening. Overnight stopover.
DAY 7: HONFLEUR
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9.00 a.m. End of our services.