DAY 1: HONFLEUR
Passengers are welcome to board our ship between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. in Honfleur. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. We’ll enjoy dinner on board and 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: HONFLEUR - DUCLAIR
All meals served on board. In the morning, we’ll have a guided tour of Honfleur, a 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 have an optional visit to 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 on board for dinner and traditional entertainment on board. (2) Later this evening, our ship will begin to cruise (depending on the tides).
DAY 3: DUCLAIR -ROUEN
All meals served on board. We’ll begin our day with 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 returning on board and cruising to Rouen. Enjoy the view of the steep cliffs and typical villages along the coast before we arrive in Rouen at the end of the afternoon. Take advantage of some free time to explore the city on your own. 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 4: ROUEN - VERNON
All meals served on board. The morning will be dedicated to 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). We’ll then cruise towards Vernon. The afternoon 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. Tonight’s entertainment will be provided by the crew. Overnight stay in Vernon.
DAY 5: VERNON — GIVERNY, the home of Claude Monet - PARIS
All meals served on board. 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. Afterwards, we’ll return on board and start to cruise once again. Towards the evening, we’ll arrive in Paris in all its lighted splendor. Tonight is our festive gala evening. We’ll remain in port overnight.
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 6: 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 7: PARIS
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m.
The 06th of July on the MS France. The “Musée des Impressionnismes” in Giverny will be closed during one week in July to change their exhibition and will be replaced by the Museum of AG Poulain in Vernon