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2023 2024

Medieval France, Romance of Fontainebleau and Paris (port-to-port cruise)

7 Days - SNP_AIPP
# Description



This cruise brings you gently from the edges of Burgundy to Paris.  Discover prestigious monuments and famous sites. The architectural treasures of Provins—a medieval city listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site—and Sens unfold before your eyes. You'll fall in love with Barbizon, the timeless painters' village. Travel back in time at the Fontainebleau and Vaux-le-Vicomte castles. You'll pass the famous beautiful forest of Fontainebleau—once the hunting grounds for French royalty and a natural inspiration for many artists.

Croisi +
All inclusive on board


  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi onboard
  • Bicycles available on board
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included


A magnificent journey including quaint ports of call, historical cities and excellent local cuisine


  • Peaceful Sens, its cathedral and covered marketplace
  • Medieval Provins
  • The Palace of Fontainebleau and its splendid gardens, one of the most beautifully decorated and furnished in France
  • Visit the village of Barbizon
  • Vaux-le-Vicomte, a 17th-century masterpiece


Day 1

Paris(1) - SENS

Possible transfer(1) by coach from Paris to join our ship in Sens (duration ~2:00.) Passengers are welcome to board our ship in Sens at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner.

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Day 2


In the morning, visit the city, home to a variety of historical buildings with impressive architecture. The cathedral in Sens was the first of the great Gothic cathedrals in France and was the inspiration in layout and design for many others, including Canterbury Cathedral in Great Britain. Strolling through the street and along the promenades, you’ll take in the remarkable homes, buildings and wall fronts that are testimony to the town’s rich past. Take some time to browse in the market and taste the local products. We’ll return on board and begin to cruise on the Yonne River, a tributary of the Seine. During our peaceful journey, we'll pass by several lakes and ponds. We’ll arrive in Montereau-Fault-Yonne in the late afternoon. The evening is free to do as you please.

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Day 3


We’ll spend the morning cruising to Moret-sur-Loing. In the afternoon, we’ll leave for a guided visit of Provins and its exceptional heritage and 58 listed monuments, including ramparts and towers, keeps and barns, and sumptuous 13th-century homes and wooden façades. At the end of our tour, we’ll have a tasting of one of the most renowned specialties in the town: rose honey. After our visit, we’ll return to the ship. The evening is free to do as you please.

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Day 4


We’ll spend the morning cruising to Melun.

In theafternoon, join us for a tour of the Palace of Fontainebleau and its magnificent gardens. All the kings and queens of France passed through Fontainebleau at one time or another. The château is a unique example of a residence that was inhabited regularly for more than eight centuries. The French gardens, fountains and flowerbeds will transport you back to the palace’s days of glory. We’ll also visit the cosmopolitan town which sprung up around the château to round out your tour.

After our visit, we’ll return to the ship. The evening is free to do as you please.

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Day 5


We’ll spend the morning cruising to Evry. In the afternoon, visit the village of Barbizon. Around the year 1820, Edmée and François Ganne set up a grocer’s shop in the hamlet of Barbizon. In 1827, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot discovered the village, paving the way for other painters to come here, including Théodore Rousseau and Jean-François Millet. A whole generation of young artists decided to paint “from nature”, leaving their studios to work in situ, like their two great English precursors, John Constable and Turner. Stroll through the cobbled streets and push the door of small shops and art galleries! Afterwards, we'll return on board. Tonight is our gala dinner and evening.

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Day 6


In the morning, visit of the sumptuous Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. The architect Louis Le Vau was already widely celebrated when Fouquet called on his services in 1653. As the King’s “Principal Architect,” he had erected a number of Parisian mansions including the Hôtel Lambert. Considered the greatest ambassador of the Italianate style in France, Le Vau also drew inspiration from classical antiquity. Drawing on these traditional sources, he then created a powerful new style of his own, starting with Vaux-le-Vicomte – and thus lay the foundations of French architecture for the next 150 years. After our tour, we'll return on board on Evry. We’ll spend the afternoon cruising to Paris. Tonight, we'll cruise through Paris to take in the romantic City of Light at night (depending on water level).

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Day 7


Enjoy breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.

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Dates & Prices

On request
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  • Child discount (2-9 years) : - 20%
Included :
Not included

Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day - onboard drinks included (except for drinks from our special lists) - double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom - the excursions mentioned in the program - assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess - welcome cocktail - gala dinner - travel assistance and repatriation insurance- all port fees.

Drinks from our special lists, or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers - cancellation and baggage insurance - the transfer by coach from Paris to Sens(1) - personal expenses.

Shore Excursions

Tour of Barbizon

We will leave by coach for Barbizon, tucked along the western corner of the forest of Fontainebleau. This charming village found fame in the 19th century through the works of art created by landscape painters who were members of the Barbizon School a...

Duration h00 Classic
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Guided tour of Fontainebleau

Join us on a guided tour of Fontainebleau for a look at its historic château, gorgeous town squares, lavish theater, and magnificent church. This tour reveals the secrets and anecdotes of times gone by. We’ll then visit the castle and its...

Duration 4h00 Classic
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We will leave by coach for Provins, once the former seat for the powerful Counts of Champagne.  Our guided tour will bring you to the top sites in the town, including the imposing 12th-century fortified walls, the Cesar Tower on its rocky outcro...

Duration h00 Classic
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We’ll leave on foot for a guided tour of Sens to get a feel for its remarkable history as told through its medieval and Renaissance-style architecture. Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket, the “meddlesome priest” who was a thorn...

Duration h00 Classic
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Vaux-le-Vicomte Château

We’ll leave by coach for a visit to the splendid Vaux-le-Vicomte Château. Nicolas Fouquet transformed the small castle he purchased in 1641 into the masterpiece it is today. To achieve this dream, he brought together architect Louis Le Va...

Duration 3h30 Classic
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Several ships available for this cruise

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

For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary.

(1) Transfer on request at an additional charge, contact us.

Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.

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