You'll travel between wooded river banks and chalk cliffs through a superb valley, whose changing light has inspired countless painters and poets of all ages.
DAY 1: PARIS
We'll board between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. in Paris. After you've comfortably settled in your cabin, we'll introduce our crew during our welcome cocktail party. We'll enjoy dinner on board before we depart for a "Paris by night" cruise to see the sights of the capital. We'll remain in port overnight.
DAY 2: PARIS
You'll enjoy breakfast on board. We'll spend the day discovering Paris. You can join us for an optional guided tour of Paris, which will include famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysées. We'll return on board for lunch, and you'll have the afternoon free to stroll around Paris at your leisure. We'll have dinner back on board, and you can enjoy a free evening, or you can join us for an optional cabaret performance.
DAY 3: VERNON
You'll enjoy a breakfast buffet on board before we continue our cruise, and we'll reach Vernon around 12:30 p.m. We'll have lunch on board. In the afternoon, you'll have the chance to visit the Claude Monet Foundation in Giverny, a charming pink house with green shutters which has been patiently restored and reveals aspects of the painter's daily life. As you wander around the house, you'll visit Monet's huge workshop that is bathed in the light that he cherished so much. You'll also see the blue living room, the yellow dining room, the famous garden full of flowers and finally, the Japanese-style water garden. We'll return on board for dinner before we cruise on towards Caudebec-en-Caux.
DAY 4: CAUDEBEC-EN-CAUX
You'll enjoy a breakfast buffet on board while you cruise through magnificent scenery and steep cliffs, at the foot of which nestle charming little villages. You'll have lunch on board before we arrive in Caudebec-en-Caux around 1:00 p.m. In the afternoon you can join us for an optional guided tour during which you will explore the "Route des Abbayes" (the Abbey Trail) with the abbey of Saint-Wandrille (exteriors), and then on to Jumièges where the ruins of one of the most beautiful abbeys in France can be found, along with the church of Saint Pierre, which is one of the most beautiful examples of 10th century Norman architecture. We'll return on board around 6:00 p.m., and then have dinner before sailing on towards Honfleur (depending on the tides).
DAY 5: HONFLEUR
After breakfast, we'll depart for an optional excursion to the “Côte Fleurie” (Flowered Coast), Trouville and Deauville. We'll then take a tour of a distillery that makes the famous Calvados. We will return on board for lunch. You can then join us for an optional guided visit of Honfleur. The town is at the foot of the Côte de Grace, and will enchant you with its old port, St. Catherine's Church (made entirely of wood), its picturesque streets, and its outer harbor dotted with little fishing boats. Or you can join us for a full day guided tour (lunch included) to the beaches of the Normandy landings (only as a pre-booked tour and a minimum of 30 participants). We'll depart by coach to reach Pointe du Hoc, passing through the towns of Omaha Beach, Colleville-sur-Mer and its American cemetery. We'll stop in Arromanches after lunch to watch the film “The Price of Liberty.” Then we'll return on board where you'll enjoy dinner and a free evening.
Day 6: ROUEN
We'll start early in the morning, and you'll enjoy breakfast while cruising along a superb valley. Its changing light inspired not only Impressionist painters but also many poets. You'll then pass under the splendid Normandy Bridge. You'll have lunch on board before we arrive in Rouen around 2:00 p.m. You can then join us for an optional guided visit of the town, the former capital of Normandy, where you'll discover the splendid cathedral, the delightful old quarter, and the historical market square where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake, among other sites. Then we'll return on board where you'll enjoy dinner and an evening of entertainment. We'll remain in port overnight.
DAY 7: ROUEN - LES ANDELYS
After breakfast, cruise off towards les Andelys, through the lock in Amfreville, arriving around midday. Lunch on board. The afternoon will be spent visiting the Martainville castle (optional). Discover this rich house, the holyday home that belonged to a wealthy banker of the XVth century. Today it has become the museum of Norman arts and traditions. In the castle you will find a unique collection of objects made and used in Normandy between the XVth and the XIXth century. Return on board. Gala dinner and evening while cruising.
DAY 8: PARIS
You'll have one last breakfast on board before we arrive in Paris around 8:00 a.m. and disembarking.
(1) Optional excursions.
Alcohol can damage your health. Please drink in moderation.