DAY 1: PARIS
Passengers are welcome to board our ship at the Quai de Grenelle in Paris at 6 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Afterward, we’ll enjoy our “Titi Parisian” evening together. Our boat will begin to cruise during the night.
DAY 2: PARIS - LES ANDELYS - HONFLEUR
All meals served on board. During our morning cruise towards Les Andelys, we'll have a magnificent view of the Roche Guyon. In the afternoon, we’ll set off on a visit to 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. Our ship will begin to cruise to Honfleur and arrive during the night.
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 3: 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 Étretat, Fécamp, and the Côte d'Albâtre, 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 4: HONFLEUR – DUCLAIR - ROUEN
All meals served on board. Once we arrive in Duclair, 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 in Rouen. This afternoon, we’ll have a guided tour of the 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 3). We’ll return on board and leave for Paris. Tonight is our festive gala evening. Our ship will cruise through the night.
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 - PARIS
All meals served on board. After drifting past the lovely riverbanks, we’ll arrive in Paris in the afternoon. We’ll leave by coach for a guided panoramic tour of Paris and a visit to the Musée Marmottan Monet 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). This evening we’ll cruise through Paris by night.
DAY 6: PARIS
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m.