DAY 1: PARIS
Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. in Paris. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. We’ll enjoy dinner on board and cruise along the Seine (water level permitting) to take in enchanting Paris by night. 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 and the Impressionist stomping ground
All meals served on board. This morning, join us for a guided audio tour of the Château d'Auvers-sur-Oise. A fact-filled stroll through the time of “Haussman’s Paris” will bring you to the Impressionists’ preferred hangouts: the edge of the rivers, cafés, bars, and the beaches of Normandy. Afterwards, we’ll return on board. This afternoon, we’ll visit the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris, featuring a collection of over three hundred Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works by the celebrated artist—the largest collection of his works in the world (closed Mondays; a guided visit of the Orangerie will be offered instead). Tonight we’ll cruise the Seine by night and enjoy a "Titi Parisien” evening of entertainment on board. We’ll remain in port overnight.
DAY 3: PARIS - GIVERNY, the home of Claude Monet - VERNON
We’ll begin to cruise early in the morning. All meals served on board. As we leave Paris, we'll pass the impressive concrete and glass buildings of the futuristic business district of La Défense. Our morning will be spent visiting Claude Monet’s house and garden in Giverny. Monet spent half his life here and designed several exuberantly colorful gardens, including one with lily ponds that led to his very finest paintings: Les Nymphéas, a series admired and studied across the world that put little Giverny on the map. You’ll be on your own to tour the house and gardens at your own pace. We’ll then visit the Musée des Impressionnismes before returning on board. We’ll begin to cruise to Vernon. Enjoy an evening of entertainment on board.
DAY 4: LES ANDELYS or VERNON - ROUEN
All meals served on board. The morning cruise will treat us to splendid landscapes of gorgeous white cliffs. During this time, feel free to join us for a unique sensorial activity using sound and touch. Once we arrive, we’ll have a guided tour of Rouen following the footsteps of the Impressionists, including a visit to the cathedral and Musée des Beaux-Arts (when closed on Tuesdays, this tour will be replaced by a visit to the Musée Eugène Boudin in Honfleur on Day 2). Tonight is our festive gala evening.
Typical Gala 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 5: ROUEN - DUCLAIR
All meals served on board. This morning, we'll follow the river bends as the Seine slowly reveals the gorgeous landscapes that have inspired so many painters over the centuries. This afternoon, we’ll leave on a guided tour of The Norman Abbey Circuit, first exploring Jumièges and the ruins of one of the most magnificent abbeys in France, as well as the Church of Saint Peter and the Fontenelle Abbey. Both Eugène Delacroix and J.M.W. Turner, who heavily influenced the Impressionists with the ideas of color contrasts, travelled through Jumièges. Turner used the abbey as a subject for experimenting with new techniques. We’ll enjoy an afternoon snack of local products before our ship casts off for Honfleur (depending on the tides). Tonight’s entertainment will be provided by the crew.
DAY 6: HONFLEUR
All meals served on board. Once we arrive in Honfleur, we’ll have a guided tour of this quaint historic town that would radically alter the history of art by hosting artists such as Eugene Boudin, Johan Jongkind and Claude Monet at the Ferme St. Simeon. This afternoon, we'll visit Etretat, Fécamp, and the Côte d'Albatre, with its magnificent white cliffs lined with pebble beaches. The unusual rock formations on this impressive coastline inspired many Impressionist painters, including Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. We’ll also have a tour of the Palais Bénédictine and enjoy a tasting of its famous spirits. Afterwards, we’ll return to the ship for dinner and traditional entertainment on board. 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 7: HONFLEUR
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m.