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

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PARIS - VERNON - ROUEN - DUCLAIR - HONFLEUR

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.

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: 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.

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: 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
Local Camembert
French toast, apple-caramel sauce

DAY 5: HONFLEUR

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking.

Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day - drinks included in this price are water, wine, beer, fruit juices during the meal and coffee after both lunch and dinner for meals eaten on the boat — drinks from the bar, except for champagne or wines from our special list - double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom - all entertainment - assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess - welcome cocktail – the excursions listed in the program - gala dinner, folklore entertainment, and "Titi Parisien" evening – transfers up to €120/person not including tax (2015 rates) - travel assistance and repatriation insurance- all port fees.
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