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An Impression of the Seine (Fly & Cruise)

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Cruise the scenic Seine and explore the world of the Impressionist artists

Cruising the scenic Seine on board the MS Renoir, explore the world of the Impressionist artists, from Monet's famous garden at Giverny to the city galleries of Paris and Rouen. With flexible shore excursions available, you can choose what you want to do whilst enjoying the romantic scenery of what is arguably France's best-loved waterway. Experience the very best of Northern France, from the world-changing D-Day landings to the enchanting cities and towns which inspired the artists of the Impressionist movement.

Highlights
  • MS Renoir
  • Paris
  • Giverny or Versailles
  • Rouen
  • Duclair
  • Honfleur
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 6-night cruise on board the MS Renoir
    6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners
  • On board talk on the Impressionists

An Impression of the Seine (Fly & Cruise) 2020Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Notre Dame
Notre Dame

Board the MS Renoir in Paris

Your holiday begins with a flight to Paris. On arrival we transfer by coach to our ship, the Ms Renoir, where we are welcomed with a relaxing drink before dinner.

On the morning of Day 2 we enjoy a guided tour of the splendid French capital. After lunch aboard you have some free time before we set sail for a cruise along the Seine, admiring the illuminated attractions along the way (weather permitting).

Includes:
  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Monet House In Giverny
Monet House In Giverny

Giverny or Versailles

We start the day cruising to Giverny, during which time we are treated to an expert talk on board; 'A Definition of Impressionism'. Now synonymous with Monet, Giverny very nearly missed out on getting its name on the map. It was during a train journey in 1883 when the artist saw the area and decided that this was the spot he wanted to live and work in. With its instantly recognisable lily ponds, the gardens are the image of how they were when Monet first painted them, almost like stepping into one of his artworks, and the house still has the atmosphere of a creative retreat.

Alternatively, you may prefer to visit the slightly more opulent Palace of Versailles. We rejoin the boat where tonight there's a traditional French 'guinguette' evening held on board.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Rouen
Rouen

Rouen

Our destination today is Rouen, former capital of Normandy, where we enjoy a guided tour that follows in the footsteps of the Impressionists themselves. This medieval city is the proud home of The Museum of Fine Arts and its impressive collection of Impressionist compositions. We make a visit to the gallery as well as taking in Rouen Cathedral, which was depicted in oil paint by Claude Monet. His series of over 30 paintings show the building at all different times of day. Following an insightful few hours, we return to our ship for tonight's dinner.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Jumieges Abbey
Jumieges Abbey

The Route des Abbayes

We make our way to Duclair today, sailing through a landscape of steep cliffs and timeless villages, fleeting views of which helped inspire the Impressionist style itself. On arrival in Duclair we embark on an 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, this historic trail has seen religious orders being built here from the 5th century onwards, and at one point there were up to 120 sites of worship. Later we continue upriver to Honfleur, where we moor for the night.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Honfleur
Honfleur

Tour Honfleur or discover the beaches of WWII

The charming port town of Honfleur is located on the southern bank of the Seine Estuary in the Calvados region of France famous for its apple brandy. Centred on its adorable historic port and marina - the 'Vieux Bassin' - Honfleur boasts a number of preserved traditional buildings and today you can choose to take a tour of this quaint destination, famous as being an important influence in the work of many artists, including Monet, Courbet and Boudin, who set up the Ecole de Honfleur, an artists' colony and melting pot for the whole Impressionist movement.

Otherwise you might select our excursion to the nearby beaches of Gold and Juno, two of five landing sites utilised for the D-Day landings on June 6th 1944, a pivotal event in the eventual Allied triumph over the Axis powers. Following some free time this afternoon, tonight we celebrate the end of our cruise at the captain's special gala dinner.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Flights
Flights

Return home

We transfer to Paris after a final breakfast together. On arrival in the French capital, we head to the airport for your flight back home.

Includes:
  • Breakfast

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included
  • Escorted throughout your tour by an on board Tour Manager and Cruise Director
  • Return flights from London to Paris with return transfers from the airport to your ship 
  • 6-night cruise on board the MS Renoir
  • 17 meals including 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners
  • On board live music every night
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Tours of Paris, Rouen and along the Route des Abbayes
  • On board talk on the Impressionists
  • Unique flexible excursions allowing you to choose how you spend your day with options including: A guided visit to Giverny or Versailles and a tour of Honfleur or the beaches of WWII
  • Choose your cabin number at no extra cost

Not Included

  • Although we pride ourselves on excellent service as standard, we also firmly believe that tipping should be at the discretion of the guest - therefore we don't include tips in the price of our cruises, nor do we add a daily gratuity to your bill. If you do wish to tip, an envelope will be left in your cabin on the final evening for your convenience.

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Lynne Broadley
Lynne
Helen Laverack
Helen
Luke Simpson
Luke
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