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8 Days | Highlights of Normandy & the Seine


Day 1 | Paris, France. Embark. Welcome to Paris. Enjoy a delicious welcome dinner before cruising out with the beautiful city as a backdrop. (D)

Day 2 | Conflans. Sainte-Honorine. This morning we arrive into the charming medieval town of Conflans, with its distinctive barge houses docked within easy reach of the quaint main square. This afternoon enjoy the amenities of the Scenic Gem, perhaps relax on the Sun Deck with a drink in hand and enjoy the scenery as you cruise by charming riverside villages or perhaps take the opportunity to visit the Wellness Centre. (B,L,D)

FreeChoice. Discover the charms of Auvers-sur-Oise and see Vincent van Gogh’s room, or step inside the magnificent Chantilly Castle for a guided tour of this remarkable château, set amidst beautiful parklands.

Day 3 | Rouen. This afternoon we set sail to the picturesque coastal village of Honfleur. (B,L,D)

Freechoice. Enjoy a walking tour of Rouen, the capital of the Normandy region. Take in the famous sites of Joan of Arc and the historic Rouen Cathedral. Walk the winding medieval laneways and admire the city’s half-timbered houses. Alternatively, join a guided cycling tour along the Seine River to the beautiful 19th century botanical gardens that boast a number of exotic and rare plants.

Day 4 | Honfleur. (B,L,D)

FreeChoice. Walk the historic Normandy beaches, the site of the D-Day landings, before visiting the Landing Museum at Arromanches. You’ll be struck by the sombre ambience surrounding the 9,387 graves of the Normandy Cemetery and whilst there, take a moment to reflect on the momentous impact of that day, as you look out from your hilltop position above Omaha Beach. Alternatively, take the opportunity to explore Honfleur, with its quaint architecture, its relaxed coastal atmosphere and the many colourful fishing boats bobbing up and down on its waters.

Day 5 | Honfleur. Caudebec-en-Caux. (B,L,D)

FreeChoice. Visit Fécamp and its mighty palace. Situated in spectacular surrounds, the city’s natural setting contrasts perfectly with its architectural centrepiece, the Benedictine Palace. Or, travel through picturesque landscapes that were once dotted with over 100 abbeys. Along the way we will visit some of the incredible abbeys still standing and operating throughout this magnificent region.

Sundowners. Surrounded by lush countryside, the estate of Château d’Etelan is the perfect venue for an afternoon aperitif. The château was built in renaissance style and dates back to 1494. Its grand history includes famous guests such as the French writer Voltaire and several members of the French royal family.

Day 6 | Vernon. In a region rich in visual treasures, it’s easy to understand why this part of France inspired paintings by many of history’s most famous artists. (B,L,D)

Freechoice. Visit Giverny and Monet’s former residence and gardens. You will be blown away by the beauty of the landscape as you walk the paths exploding with colour and life. Or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, you can explore by bike, with a self-guided cycling tour that starts at Vernon.

Enrich. Built into a steep rock face overlooking the mighty Seine River and the small village bearing the same name, Château de La Roche Guyon is a sight to behold. Experience the opulence and grandeur of yesteryear as you enjoy a live classical concert performed by the region’s most reputable musicians. The château dates back to medieval times and is so special that you’ll have fond memories of the experience for a very long time.

Day 7 | Paris. Today you have the thrilling choice of either time spent exploring France’s most celebrated city or for a discovery beyond the city limits. Featured in the James Bond movie Moonraker, the Palace of Vicomte has been leaving visitors in awe of its magnificence for centuries. With remarkable attractions at every turn, you’ll have a chance to explore Paris at leisure this afternoon and create your own memories. (B,L,D)

FreeChoice. Shop with a Chef when you visit one of Paris’ local food markets and enjoy exquisite tastings, or walk the city with a resident expert and hear tales that only the locals know. Alternatively, you may wish to explore beyond Paris and tour the 17th century estate of Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, Louis XIV’s inspiration for the Palace of Versailles.

Day 8 | Paris. Disembark. Your trip concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll disembark and transfer to Paris airport. Make sure you remember to pack up all those wonderful memories before you leave. (B)

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change without notice. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the itinerary schedule you receive with your final documents. The Gironde, Dordogne and Garonne rivers are part of a tidal river system which results in changing water levels in the region. Every effort is made to keep the brochured itinerary however based on tides it may be amended or modified as required.

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