DAY 1: PARIS
Passengers are welcome to board our ship between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. You’ll meet the crew during a welcome cocktail party, and we’ll enjoy dinner on board. At this time, the ship will set off and begin a cruise along the Seine (water level permitting) to take in enchanting Paris by night. "Titi Parisian” evening of entertainment on board. We’ll remain in port overnight.
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: PARIS - VERNON
We’ll begin to cruise early in the morning. All meals served on board. We'll pass alongside the impressive concrete and glass buildings of the futuristic business district of La Défense, before mooring in Poissy. Join us for a visit to the Château de Malmaison, once owned by Joséphine de Beauharnais, Napolean’s first wife. She had 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. Afterwards, we'll return to the ship in Mantes-la-Jolie and continue cruising to Vernon. We’ll remain in port overnight.
DAY 3: VERNON - ROUEN - HONFLEUR
Our ship will leave early in the morning. All meals served on board. After arriving in Rouen, 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 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. After our visit, we’ll return to our ship and cruise towards Honfleur. Tonight is our festive gala evening.
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: HONFLEUR
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. Join us in the lounge for an evening of Norman entertainment. We’ll remain in port overnight.
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
French toast, apple-caramel sauce
DAY 5: HONFLEUR
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking.