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Classic
2019

From the Heart of Paris to the Cliffs in Étretat: The hidden treasures of the Seine Valley

7 Days - RHF_AIPP
# Description

Cruise

PARIS - POISSY - ROUEN - DUCLAIR - CAUDEBEC-EN-CAUX - HONFLEUR

The Seine River welcomes you to its protected banks. Fall in love with this surprising itinerary that takes you along some of the most beautiful hiking trails weaving through the Seine Valley. This cruise brings you way off the beaten path, where you’ll discover hidden peaceful havens far from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Croisi +
All inclusive on board

THE CROISIEUROPE DIFFERENCE

  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Onboard activities
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hiker's program - Hiking on the best trails in the Seine Valley with a certified mountain guide:
    • Urban hike in Paris
    • The Calidu Trail
    • Boucles de la Seine Normande Natural Regional Park
    • The Côte d'Albâtre
  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED
    • Château de Malmaison, a stroll through history
    • Rouen, capital of Normandy
  • For non-hikers, alternative excursions are included.

Cruise

Day 1

PARIS

Passengers are welcome to board at 6:00 p.m. in Paris. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail and present your hiking program for the cruise. We'll have dinner, and the rest of the evening is yours to do as you please.

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Day 2

PARIS

This morning, join us for a panoramic tour of Paris. We'll set of by coach to discover the legendary sites in the capital: Bercy, the François Mitterrand National Library, the Bastille, the Marais and the Latin Quarter, Saint-Germain, the Louvre and its pyramid, Opéra Garnier, Place Vendôme, Concorde, the Champs Élysées, l'Arc de Triomphe, Les Invalides, the Trocadéro, and of course, the Eiffel Tower.

This afternoon, join us for:

Hiking program: Hiking along an official French trail, known as the GR2, through the capital is the best way to discover the out-of-the-way aspects of the city. You'll pass in front of the Jardin des Plantes botanical garden, the Bassin de l'Arsenal, and the Bastille. The labyrinth of small streets in the Marais District, the beautiful mansions, and the charming courtyards in the St. Paul District are all quite a contrast to the modern structure of the Pompidou Center. We'll continue past Les Halles, the Louvre, and the Tuileries Gardens up to the Place de la Concorde. We'll return along the banks of the Seine, crossing several famous bridges. You'll no doubt recognize the Paris that is so beloved by artists and travelers. (2.5-hour tour, 5 miles (8 km), no elevation gain).

Non-hiking program: Free time. Discover Paris at your own pace.

This evening, we'll enjoy a cruise through Paris at night.(1)

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Day 3

PARIS - POISSY - LA ROCHE-GUYON

We'll begin to cruise early in the morning before passing through the impressive futuristic business district of La Defense. We'll stop in Poissy at the beginning of the afternoon, which will be the departure point for the excursion to the Château de Malmaison. Once owned by Napoléon Bonaparte, this majestic palace includes what many consider to be the most stunning gardens ever conceived. We'll return on board and continue cruising to Roche-Guyon. Join us for an evening of entertainment.

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Day 4

LA ROCHE-GUYON - ROUEN

Our ship will begin to cruise in the early morning (depending on the tides). We'll spend the morning crossing through the steep limestone cliffs, arriving in Rouen, the former capital of Normandy, at the beginning of the afternoon.

Hiking program: You be transferred by coach to Duclair, the starting point of your hike to Jumièges. This itinerary travels along forest paths-particularly lovely during this season-and will give you the opportunity to discover how well preserved the sites are. The Seine is still crossed by ferryboats, quaint hamlets still hold old stone houses, and the cherry, apple, pear, and plum trees benefit from the microclimate created by the river and add a touch of color to the springtime countryside. After our hike you'll be transferred back to Rouen. (2.5-hour tour, 6.2 miles (10 km), 492-foot elevation gain).

Non-hiking program: Guided tour of Rouen. We'll begin at the historical center of the city in front of its famous cathedral. Rouen has the most historically classified buildings in France, a rich and exceptional heritage, and original and creative gastronomy. The cathedral, built between the 12th and 16th centuries, is an excellent example of Gothic architecture. The Gros-Horloge, whose movement was made in 1389, remains one of the major sites to see. The current archway and the double-sided clock faces were rebuilt between 1527 and 1529. The clock was restored in 1997, and again in 2003.

After our tour, we'll return on board for dinner.

Hiking program this evening: Guided tour of the city.

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Day 5

ROUEN - DUCLAIR - CAUDEBEC

Our cruise this morning will take us through some magnificent scenery, with steep cliffs rising above charming typical French villages. We'll arrive in Duclair at the end of the morning.

Hiking program: The Calidu Trail. The Seine coils through deep forests and wild countryside in the bucolic Boucles de la Seine Normande Natural Regional Park located between Rouen and Le Havre. Leaving from Duclair, we'll take a path that partially follows one of the official French trails, the GR 211, which offers lovely panoramic views of the surrounding valley. As we come back, we'll follow the Seine along a beech-tree lined path dotted with old chapels here and there. (2.5-hour tour, 5.2 miles (8.5 km), 820-foot elevation gain).

Non-hiking program: Join us for an excursion along the Norman Abbey Circuit. We'll discover the ruins of one of the most magnificent abbeys in France, as well as the Church of Saint Peter. We'll then head to the Abbey of Saint Wandrille, where Benedictine monks still live under the strict tradition of work in silence, solitary prayer, and communion.

We'll return on board the ship at 6 p.m. before our ship casts off for Honfleur.

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Day 6

CAUDEBEC - HONFLEUR

Once we arrive in Honfleur, join us for a guided tour of the city. We'll begin at the old harbor, the Vieux Bassin, one of the most charming areas. Next, we'll see Saint Catherine's Church, the largest wooden church in France. The salt warehouses are impressive structures erected using shipbuilding techniques. The Flamboyant Arch on the facade of the Saint Leonard Church is not to be missed.

In the afternoon:

Hiking program: You'll be transferred by coach to Étretat for a hike along the Côte d'Albâtre and its exceptional views. Walking along another official French trail, the GR21, you'll discover the impressive cliffs and see the immortal symbol off the coast of Étretat, the "Needle". We'll return to Honfleur at the end of the afternoon. (2-hour tour, 5 miles (8 km), 820-foot elevation gain).

Non-hiking program: The Côte Fleurie. We'll take a coach to Deauville, where you can have a stroll along its famous boardwalk and catch more than a glimpse of the massive Barrière Casino and Hotel. We'll then head to the Château du Breuil, one of the most prestigious Calvados distilleries in the region. We'll finish up our tour with a tasting, of course!

We'll return on board. Tonight is our festive gala evening.

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Day 7

HONFLEUR

Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. Possibility of a transfer(2) by coach from Honfleur to Paris (for an extra fee). End of our services.

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Dates & Prices

START IN 2019
Departure 06/08/2019
Arrival 06/14/2019
FROM $ 2,670 PP
Ship : MS Seine Princess Ship category : PREMIUM

* Price based on double occupancy

Sales

  • Child discount (2-9 years) : - 20%

Formalities

Valid passport required. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate.

Included :
Not included

Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day - onboard drinks (except for drinks from our special lists) - accommodations in double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom - welcome cocktail - onboard entertainment - the assistance of our on-board host/hostess - gala dinner  - guided tours and/or hikes mentioned in program (with certified mountain guide) - transfers for the hikes on Day 4 and Day 6 - emergency/repatriation insurance.

Drinks from our special lists, or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers - cancellation and baggage insurance - personal expenses.

Shore Excursions

7 Shore excursions
Included in the excursions package : Panoramic tour of Paris Urban hike in Paris The Château de Malmaison Hike towards Jumièges The Calidu Trail Guided tour of Honfleur Hike on the Côte d'Albâtre
Classic

Hike across the cliffs of the Alabaster Coast

We'll leave from Honfleur by coach for the beautiful Alabaster Coast, a natural heritage within the Pays de Caux and the estuary of the River Seine. We'll pass by Le Havre. The high white cliffs bordered by the beaches and stones were made fa...

Duration 4h00 Classic

Guided tour of the Château de Malmaison

Guided tour of the Château de Malmaison. Built in the 17th century, Joséphine de Beauharnais acquired this castle in 1779. In 1800, it became the headquarters of the government and a conference room. The library restores the industrious atmosphere by...

Duration 3h00 Classic

Hike in Jumièges

You’ll be transferred by coach to Duclair, your starting point for your hike to Jumièges. The trail winds through the forest and is particularly stunning at this time of year. The Seine is usually dotted with ferries, the hamlets seem fr...

Duration 2h30 Classic

Hike through the Parc Naturel Régional des Boucles de la Seine Normande

This natural reserve cradles the Seine River as it passes through its verdant valley. Leaving from Duclair, you’ll follow a portion of the GR 211 trail, which offers ravishing views of the Sainte-Gertrude Valley. On your way back, you’ll...

Duration 2h30 Classic

Guided walking tour of Honfleur

We'll meet up with our guide and set off on our walking tour. Honfleur, the cradle of Impressionism, is located at the mouth of the Seine as it flows into the English Channel. Untouched by the passage of time, this small port has kept the landmar...

Duration 1h30 Classic

Urban hike in Paris

Hiking along an official French trail, known as the GR2, through the capital is the best way to discover the out-of-the-way aspects of the city. You’ll pass through the Jardin des Plantes, along the Bassin de l'Arsenal, up to the infamous P...

Duration 2h30 Classic

Panoramic guided tour of Paris

Departure by coach with a guide to discover the mythical sites of the capital. Since its foundation as Lutèce on the Ile de la Cité, two thousand years of history have seen ecclesiastics, sovereigns and heads of state leave their mark on the city, bu...

Duration 3h30 Classic

Ships

Several ships available for this cruise

Additional information

Level of Difficulty: Level 2 out of 5.

The hikes proposed during this cruise are half-day excursions (2 to 3 hours of walking) with little altitude differences. They allow discovery on foot of specific natural and cultural sites during the cruise.
The time mentioned in the programs are for informational purposes only and do not take into consideration any breaks.
To do these hikes, you do not need any training; nevertheless, you need to be in good health and well rested if you want to take advantage of this cruise as fully as possible.

Equipment youll need

Backpack

You must carry a backpack (max. 30 liters). In it, you'll need a sweater, rain gear, room for your picnic, water bottle, and sunscreen (extremely important when hiking).

A well-chosen bag will bring the most comfort and pleasure during your effort. Chose a well-sized, solid bag made of resistant, waterproof materials and with padded shoulder straps.
You will be responsible for carrying your own bag and gear at all times.

Shoes/boots

Above all, good hiking shoes must be comfortable and not cause pain or blisters. Break in your shoes before leaving on your trip. Your shoes should have a high-quality sole that will not slip on varied and/or wet ground. The best shoes are high-top boots with absorbent soles.

Clothes
Hiking clothes must include:
• Proper undergarments depending on the weather during each hike
• Quick dry pants
• Warm sweater (polar fleece)
• Raincoat or cape
• Hat or baseball cap
• Thin gloves and a winter hat are good for spring or autumn weather

Extras
Don’t forget:
• Sunglasses
• Sunscreen
• Personal first-aid kit (see below)
• Water bottle
• Toilet paper
• Swiss-army knife
• Telescopic hiking poles for those who are used to using them

First-aid

Your guide will have a first-aid kit on hand during the hikes.
Nevertheless, you must also carry a personal first-aid kit with you with the following items (varies according to destination):

• Adhesive bandages

• Moleskin for blisters

• Pain medicine

• Mosquito repellent

• Eyewash

• Intestinal antiseptic

And any personal prescriptions if you are under medical treatment.

For safety reasons, the company and/or the captain of the ship are the only authorities who can modify the cruise itinerary. The cruise schedule may vary according to tides and arrival times at ports of call may be subject to change.

(1) Depending on the water level.

(2) Group transfer guaranteed for a minimum of 15 passengers. For private transfers, please contact us.

*Alcohol can be dangerous to your health. Please drink in moderation.

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