Duration: 9 Days
Begin your panoramic French river cruise on the Seine with a visit to Paris—"The City of Light.” Discover the true heart of Paris on a guided walk through the sites of Paris’ rich history, or explore the city by bike or enjoy a walking food tour. Cruise to Conflans and choose between an excursion to visit Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s Château de Malmaison. As an alternative, you may want to join an e-bike tour to the Château de Maisons-Lafitte or learn how to prepare a Chantilly cream. In Vernon enjoy a food walking tour or experience the city by bike. Your river cruise on the Seine sails on to Les Andelys where you have plenty of choices, from a guided tour to a hike experience or a visit to Lyons-la-Forêt. Continue to Rouen for a walking tour of the village where Joan of Arc was martyred, as well as the Notre-Dame Cathedral, and Astronomical Clock. Alternatively, enjoy a guided kayak tour. You’ll cruise to Caudebec and take an excursion to Normandy. Choose from a selection of excursions, including a tour of the WWII landing beaches at Normandy, with the memorials and monuments to the allied forces, or a “Taste of Normandy” tour to discover the farming traditions and culinary specialties of this area. The last stop of your Seine River cruise is Le Havre, where you can choose between a city sightseeing, a bike tour or a visit to the Palais Bénédictine in Fécamp. Your French river cruise concludes with a transfer to Paris for an overnight stay to celebrate your Seine River experience.
Please note: Itinerary is based on 2022 and is subject to change. Full details will be confirmed in 2022.
Welcome to France. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Paris must arrive by 2:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Your day is free to explore the world's most romantic city before embarking on your cruise on the Seine. Get acquainted with the City of Lights today with some shopping, strolling, or with a croissant and cafe au lait to watch the world go by amid the Parisian cityscape.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PARIS (D)
Cafes, Cathedrals, and Canvases-The City of Lights Truly Shines
ACTIVE - Hop on a bike to explore Paris like a local. Coast along the banks of the Seine, and go where the Parisians, young and old, come out to play, OR:
DISCOVERY - Immerse yourself on our Food and Cultural Tour of Paris where you will find out why the French food and culinary tradition has been even added to the UNESCO heritage list, OR:
CLASSIC - Join a Guided Sightseeing, which will show you magnificent must-see sights.
This afternoon, you may want to choose among the Guided Optional Excursions available. Alternatively, stroll through Paris on your own or linger over wine in a literary cafe on the Left Bank.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN CONFLANS (B,L,D)
Walk in the Footsteps of Van Gogh and Bonaparte
Join your Adventure Host for today's special activities.
ACTIVE - This Guided E-bike Tour will take you to the Chateau de Maisons-Lafitte where you will enjoy a special snack, OR:
DISCOVERY - Travel to the Chantilly Castle on your own where the experts of the Confrerie des Chevaliers Fouetteurs de creme Chantilly will show you how to prepare your own Chantilly cream, OR:
CLASSIC - Join a Guided Tour of Auvers-sur-Oise, and walk in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh, who lived, worked, and is buried here. See the landscapes and village scenes captured in his paintings, OR:
CLASSIC - Take a Guided tour of the opulent Chateau de Malmaison-home of Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine.
Enjoy an afternoon sailing to Vernon. This evening, enjoy onboard live entertainment after dinner.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VERNON (B,L,D)
Monet's Muses, Castle Courtyards, and Crepes du Jour
ACTIVE - Enjoy a scenic Guide Bike Tour from Vernon to the picturesque Giverny, OR:
DISCOVERY - Enjoy and learn all about the Normandy cheese trail and traditional French pastries during this Guided Walking Tour, OR:
CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour of Giverny, home and inspiration of the master impressionist painter Claude Monet. Walk the grounds and see Monet's charming residence, and the flower and water gardens captured in his masterpieces.
DISCOVERY - While sailing, enjoy a traditional French luncheon of authentic French crepes, followed by a Pastry Demonstration.
This afternoon, enjoy a beautiful cruise to the picturesque town of Les Andelys.
LES ANDELYS: Serenity on the Seine's Most Beautiful Riverbends
ACTIVE - Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins of Chateau Gaillard-historic home of King Richard the Lionheart and a masterpiece of medieval military architecture, OR:
DISCOVERY - Visit one of 'most beautiful villages of France' situated in a beautiful forested setting in Normandy. Afterwards discover the legends of the haunted Abbey de Mortemere and the fountain of singles, OR:
CLASSIC - Take a Guided Walking Tour of Les Andelys-one of France's most picturesque spots on the Seine. Visit the Saint Sauveur's Church of Le Petit Andely.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROUEN (B,L,D)
The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, and a Heroine for France
ACTIVE - Spend a fun and active day kayaking. Join an expert guide and paddle your way through areas accessible only by water, OR:
CLASSIC - Take a Guided Walking Tour of Rouen-home of the martyred Saint Joan of Arc-and see the medieval quarter with its 16th-century Astronomical Clock, and Notre-Dame Cathedral.
In the afternoon, you're free to explore the city on your own or to join one of our Optional Excursions.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ROUEN (B,L,D)
Heroic Bravery on Normandy Beaches and French Farming Traditions
ACTIVE - Enjoy a relaxing bike ride along the river with your Adventure Host, OR:
DISCOVERY - Join "A Taste of Normandy" Guided Tour for an in-depth look at this rich agricultural region. See the famous Bayeux Tapestry, visit the beautiful village of Beuvron en Auge and taste Calvados apple brandy at a local distillery, OR:
CLASSIC - Join a Guided Visit to the WWII landing beaches of Normandy.
CLASSIC - Take a full-day tour of significant U.S. sites, including Omaha Beach, the Pointe du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery, OR: Take a full-day Guided Tour of the British and Canadian commemorative sites, including the British cemetery, Pegasus Memorial, the seaside town of Arromanches, the Juno Beach centre, and the Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LE HAVRE (B,L,D)
20th Century Architecture and White Cliffs of Normandy
Visit the Adventure centre for today's activities with your Adventure Host.
ACTIVE - Explore the city as only a local would: by bicycle. Cycle up to the quartier Saint Francois, OR:
DISCOVERY - Travel to Fecamp to visit the Palais Benedectine where the world famous Benedectine liquor is made. Enjoy a short Self-Guided Tour followed by a cocktail workshop focused around the famous liquor, OR:
CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour to Le Havre and discover the modern architecture of its city centre, rebuilt by Auguste Perret and part of the World Heritage of Humanity.
This afternoon, you may want to choose among the Guided Optional Excursions available.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LE HAVRE (B,L,D)
Au Revoir, River Seine. Bonjour, Paris! Bid farewell to your ship's crew and take a transfer to Paris. Take time to linger in a sidewalk cafe, shop for mementos, or take photographs of the city's picturesque bridges. (B)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)