DAY 1 PARIS
Passengers are welcome to board between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabin, enjoy a welcome cocktail with the crew. We'll remain in port overnight.
DAY 2 PARIS
CLASSIC: Half-day guided tour exploring the legendary places in the city, such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées.
DISCOVERY as a supplement: Stroll on the banks of the Seine and over the bridges of Paris. We'll set out from the Quai de Grenelle for a stroll along the banks of the Seine. The banks of the Seine were added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1991.
Excursion not included in the packages: Tour Paris in a vintage 2CV. Experience true vintage style as you cruise in a comfortable and completely refurbished 2CV. It's fun, it's fabulous, and it's so French! Relax in the comfort of a refurbished 2CV while you listen to your guide tell you all about the “City of Light.”
Enjoy a free afternoon in Paris.
Join us for a cruise through Paris by night (depending on the water level). We'll remain in port overnight.
DAY 3 PARIS - LES ANDELYS OR VERNON
We'll begin to cruise early in the morning past the futuristic La Défense district.
CLASSIC: Tour of the Palace of Versailles (1) (reservation in advance is essential - see your travel agency). Closed on Monday; replaced by visit to the Château de Malmaison (2).
DISCOVERY as a supplement: Bike tour through Versailles gardens. Visit Versailles in a whole new way: on a bicycle! This bike tour will bring you to the most beautiful parts of the park and gardens.
Back on board in Mantes-la-Jolie, our cruise will continue to Les Andelys or Vernon (depending on moorings available). We'll remain in port overnight.
DAY 4 LES ANDELYS OR VERNON - ROUEN
Enjoy the morning cruise through broad limestone cliffs. We'll arrive in Rouen around 2:00 p.m.
Excursion for both packages: Guided tour of the city, including the cathedral, historic neighborhoods, and the “Place du Vieux Marché" where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake.
After our tour, we'll return to the ship. We'll remain in port overnight.
DAY 5 ROUEN - DUCLAIR
Today, we'll journey through magnificent landscapes of steep cliffs with charming villages nestled below. After our arrival in Caudebec, join us for an excursion for both packages: Guided tour on the Norman Abbey Circuit to see the Abbey of Saint Wandrille (exterior). We’ll discover Jumiège and the ruins of one of the most magnificent abbeys in France, as well as the Church of Saint Peter.
We'll return on board at 6:00 p.m. Tonight is our gala evening. Our ship will depart for Honfleur (depending on the tides).
DAY 6 HONFLEUR
Our arrival time in Honfleur will depend on the tides.
Excursion for both packages: Honfleur and Pont l'Evêque. Leave by coach for Pont l'Evêque, a charming Norman city. We'll take a guided tour and see such sites as the gardens of the former Dominican convent. We'll continue our tour with a tasting of the small, square-shaped cheese that has carried the town's name since the 12th century. We'll then return to Honfleur for a guided tour on foot. Our tour will finish with a visit to Saint Léonard Church.
Afternoon excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: We'll leave from Honfleur by coach for an excursion along the Côte Fleurie. Our first stop will be Deauville, one of the most prestigious seaside resorts in all of France. We'll continue on to the Château du Breuil. After this tour, enjoy a tasting of Calvados!
DISCOVERY as a supplement: Visit of the Côte Fleurie and Deauville through its villas—authentic masterpieces of architecture. The visit ends with a tasting of Calvados!
Or full-day guided tour (lunch included) to the Landing Beaches (only as a pre-booked tour and a minimum of 30 participants). Departure by coach to reach Pointe du Hoc, seeing Omaha Beach and Coleville-sur-Mer and its American cemetery on the way. We'll stop in Arromanches after lunch to watch the film “The Price of Liberty.”
DAY 7 HONFLEUR
Enjoy breakfast before disembarking at 9:00 a.m.