A FULLY INCLUSIVE SEINE CRUISE
Explore the scenery along the Seine as we travel from Normandy to Paris on this 4-night river cruise. On board we are treated to some gastronomic delights accompanied by fine French wines. Along the route you get to see Paris by night, a guided tour of Versailles or Château de Malmaison, as well as explore the fishing village of Honfleur, famous for inspiring artists such as Monet.
From London St Pancras International we take the direct Eurostar to Paris, after having met our group at our dedicated Departure Office. We transfer by coach from the Gard du Nord station to Honfleur, a charming port town located on the southern bank of the Seine Estuary in the Calvados region of France - an area famous for its eponymous apple brandy. We step aboard our floating hotel, home for the next four nights, and are welcomed warmly by the crew with a drink on arrival before our first on-board dinner together.
Our cruise takes place aboard either the MS Seine Princess or one of her sister ships of a similar size and quality.
After breakfast this morning we enjoy a guided tour of Honfleur, which is centred on its charming historic port and marina - the 'Vieux Bassin' - and boasts a number of preserved traditional buildings. The port area comes to life as darkness falls, with numerous restaurants, cafés and bars spilling onto the street beside the harbour. There is also a beautiful, illuminated carousel in situ almost all year round. Additionally, the town is famous as being the inspiration for many artists, including Monet, Courbet and Boudin. They chose this historic fishing port as the location for the Ecole de Honfleur, an artists' colony which inspired the Impressionist movement. We return to the ship for lunch, after which you may wish to take the optional excursion to the Côte Fleurie, or 'Flower Coast'. This 40 kilometre stretch of the Northern French seafront is famed for its far-reaching, sandy beaches and traditional seaside towns. Once a holiday hotspot for the rich and famous during the late 19th century, it is so named partly because of the landscapes that many consider to be a wonderful example of Normandy's lush countryside, but also bacause of the number of extravagant gardens built here during the Belle Epoque era. If you choose to join this trip you will return to the MS Seine Princess in time for dinner, and after sailing upriver we spend tonight moored in Duclair.
This morning we begin sailing through a landscape of steep cliffs and timeless villages. Here there is the chance to set out on an optional, guided excursion along the Route des Abbayes, exploring the abbeys that line the route of the river by coach. Stretching between Rouen and Mont-Saint-Michel, the historic trail takes visitors on a journey back in time. With this region of Northern France playing home to religious orders from the 5th century onwards, at one point the scenic trail we follow boasted 120 sites of worship. We continue upriver on our way to Rouen. Here we take an included guided tour of the city, discovering more about its history from the Roman period to the Middle Ages, as we take in the Gothic architecture and medieval buildings.
This morning we set off along the Seine as we make our way firstly to Poissy, passing Paris's La Défense District. After mooring at Poissy, you have the opportunity to take a visit to the famous Versailles Palace, on an optional excursion. Here you can enjoy an guided tour of the former Royal home, once the seat of the French monarchy up until the Revolution. This spectacular building is awash with awe-inspiring interiors, rich in colour and jewels, including the historically important Hall of Mirrors, a meeting place of French government and famously the site of the Treaty of Versailles signing, which brought an official end to the conflict of World War One. The grandeur of the palace is matched only by its rich history and importance throughout the everchanging political climate of this historic country. The gardens are equally as impressive, and the grounds are some of the most recognisable in the world, featuring a web of manicured lawns, extravagant fountains and dramatic sculptures.Much is built around a series of lakes and canal waterways that feed the mesmerizing fountains in the centre of the park. On the 1st September 2017 sailing, your day includes an optional excursion to Château de Malmaison instead, the former headquarters of Government and home of Napolean's wife Josephine. Tonight a sumptuous Gala dinner will be served as we sail towards Paris.
After sailing past some of the French capital's most famous landmarks, we disembark for the final time this morning at Paris, where we join the Eurostar back to London St Pancras. On arrival your tour comes to an end.
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An escorted experience and all travel arrangements
Delicious meals included
Exciting excursions and free time to explore
A FULLY INCLUSIVE SEINE CRUISE