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HONFLEUR - CAUDEBEC-EN-CAUX - ROUEN - VERNON - PARIS

DAY 1: HONFLEUR

Boarding around 6:00 p.m. in Honfleur. Crew presentation and welcome drink. Dinner, free evening. Overnight.

DAY 2: HONFLEUR - CAUDEBEC-EN-CAUX

Full board on board. Guided tour of Honfleur and its fishing port. You'll discover narrow, picturesque streets and old houses, the salt lofts, and Saint Catherine's Church (15th - 16th century), the largest wooden church in France. In the afternoon :
Hikers' Program: Hiking along the Alabaster Coast where you'll enjoy exceptional views. Return to Honfleur at the end of the afternoon.
Non-hikers' Program: Discovery tour of the “Côte Fleurie” (Flowered Coast). During the second half of the 19th century, it became the hot spot for well-to-do Parisians and film stars from all over the world.
Cruise departure time will depend on the tides.

DAY 3: CAUDEBEC-EN-CAUX - ROUEN

Full board on board. In the morning :
Hikers' Program: The Calidu route : discovering forests, open country and protected countryside where the Seine coils and meanders.
Non-hikers' Program: Guided tour on the Route des Abbayes”. Some abbeys are still monasteries, living history of Normandy, others are grandiose ruins.
Return on board and cruise to Rouen. Our journey takes us past many charming typical villages, nestled at the foot of steep cliffs. Arriving in Rouen.
Hikers' Program: Guided tour of the town, the city will seduce you by its charm and lifestyle.
Overnight.

DAY 4: ROUEN - VERNON

Full board on board.
Hikers' Program: Hiking to Jumièges. The route along forest trails particularly pleasant allowing to discover an area almost untouched by modern ways.
Non-hikers' Program: Guided visit of Rouen, the ancient capital of Normandy.
Afternoon spent cruising gently through the picturesque countryside towards Vernon, passing broad chalk cliffs so typical of the area. Gala evening. Overnight in Vernon.

DAY 5: VERNON - PARIS

Full board on board. Cruise to Mantes-la-Jolie, guided visit of the Malmaison Château. Purchased in 1799, this château was very dear to Napoleon's Josephine, and it became the seat of the Government, along with the Tuileries, from 1800 to 1802. Return on board in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. Afternoon spent cruising to Paris, through ever-changing landscapes that announce our imminent arrival in the City of Light. We'll pass the impressive concrete and glass buildings of the futuristic business district of La Défense. Arriving in the illuminated capital, which looks particularly beautiful from the water. Overnight.

DAY 6: PARIS

Full board on board. Guided tour of Paris. Symbols and famous monuments of the capital is made the international reputation of the city. Afternoon free to explore the city on your own.
Hikers' Program: To take the GR2 path, it is guaranteed to discover the unexplored facets of our wonderful city.
Overnight.

DAY 7: PARIS

Buffet breakfast on board. Disembark at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.
 

For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary. The itinerary of this cruise can be affected by the tide, and the timetables of arriving at our stops may have to be modified. Alcohol can damage your health. Please drink in moderation.
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Hiking: Level 2 (on a scale of 1 (easy) to 5 (difficult))
Cruise-hike
Level
The hikes proposed during this cruise are short half-day strolls (2 to 3 hrs.), without significant changes in elevation (around 150 to 250 m / 490 - 985 feet). During the hike, you'll get a chance to see and discover some of the natural and cultural areas on your cruise's program.
The lengths of time indicated for the hikes in the program are given as rough estimates and do not include time taken for breaks. No athletic training is necessary for these hikes, but you should be in good shape and well-rested to fully enjoy this cruise.

Equipment needed
Backpack
You'll need to bring a backpack (max 30 liters / 1,830 cubic inches) to carry the things you'll need for the hike: sweater, raincoat, picnic, bottle of water and sunscreen.
So that you'll be comfortable and enjoy your hike, make sure that you choose a good backpack. We recommend a backpack that is well-made and of the appropriate size, with padded straps, and made of strong fabric that is waterproof. You must carry all materials for your hike yourself, as no porter services are provided.
Shoes
Most importantly, you should bring a pair of good-fitting, comfortable shoes. It is best that you use these shoes prior to leaving for your cruise. It is important that you be comfortable in them.
Regardless of the level of difficulty of the hike, your shoes should have a good quality, well sewn-on and non-slip sole for wet or uneven terrain. It is best to choose shoes that provide ankle support and that have shock-absorbing soles to prevent injury to ankles, and back and joint problems.
Clothes
You'll be well-prepared for your hike with these essentials:

  • Undergarments / base layers that are appropriate for the planned hike
  • Lightweight, quick-drying pants
  • Warm sweater or fleece jacket
  • Rain pancho or raincoat
  • Hat or cap
  • Thin gloves and a knit cap for the beginning and the end of the season

Equipment
Do not forget to bring:

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Small personal first-aid kit (refer to the following paragraph)
  • Water bottle
  • Toilet paper
  • Folding knife
  • Telescoping hiking poles if you are used to using them

First-aid needs
Your guide will have a first-aid kit for each hike.
Even so, you must bring your own first-aid kit, which differs according to the destination, but will at least include:

  • Plastic strip bandages
  • “2nd Skin” or similar blister treatment bandages
  • Pain reliever
  • If necessary, mosquito repellent
  • Eye drops
  • Anti-diarrhea medication, etc.

You should also include any of your personal medication that you require (prescriptions, for example).