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Seine Experience The Normandy

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Visit: Paris to Les Andelys, Caudebec-en-Caux, Rouen and Vernon to Paris

Day 1: Paris

Arrive: 1:00 am  |  Depart: 8:30 pm

Arrive into paris and make your way to your ship for embarkation.  

Even if you’ve never been to Paris before, you’ll feel like you recognise every corner of the city. Countless films, books, paintings, poems and songs have been set in the city of love. Yet there’s always more to discover.  Paris is a city whose beauty never fades. The Arc de Triomphe, Notre-Dame, La Madeleine, Opéra, Louvre, Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre, Dôme des Invalides and Centre Pompidou are just some of the sights exemplifying this city’s fame and grandeur. But in addition to these outstanding attractions, there are many other wonderful things to see.

Meals: Welcome Dinner

 Day 2: Les Andelys

Arrive: 11:00 am  |  Depart 6:00 pm

This morning you'll arrive into Les Andelys around 11:00 am.  You'll have the day to explore this beautiful Normandy town that is dominated by the imposing form of the emblematic Château-Gaillard Castle.  The castle is now just a ruin, nevertheless, it’s easy to imagine Richard the Lionheart keeping watch here for the advance of the enemy – the French – through the Seine valley.  Les Andelys enjoys a peaceful, picturesque location amid rugged limestone rocks, green fields, the river island, the Hôpital Saint-Jacques and the Saint-Sauveur church tower. From the ship, you can go for wonderful walks through the small town’s blossoming lanes towards the Gothic abbey church and, of course, the castle complex.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Caudebec-en-Caux

Arrive: 4:00 am 

This small town located in the Normandy region in northern France, has one of teh most beautiful Gothic churches in all of France. Notre Dame Caudebec-en-Caux, built in the 15th and 16th centuries has a finely decorated west portal with 333 sculptured human figures, representing saints and aspects of daily life.  You'll be enchanted by the restaurants and cafés on the river promenade, from where you can watch the comings and goings on the Seine. There are also plenty of interesting excursion options here, including Honfleur, an idyllic fishing town, that has gorgeous little lanes and a picturesque old port quarter which has hardly changed since the 17th century. Another tour option takes you to the region’s venerable monasteries. Some of these are still inhabited, while others – such as the dramatic skeleton of Jumièges Abbey – survive as stunning ruins. They demonstrate that even back then, the Seine functioned as France’s lifeline for culture and education.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Caudebec-en-Caux - Rouen

Depart: 8:00 am  |  Arrive Rouen: 12:00 pm

This morning say goodbye to Caudebec-en-Caux as you sail onto Rouen, Normandy’s capital.  A vibrant city defined by beautiful architecture, you can quickly lose track of time as you discover its Gothic churches, such as Saint-Maclou and Saint-Ouen, and not to be missed, the 600-year old “Big Clock”. This is one of the world’s oldest astronomical clocks and has just one hand. For the hours. Minutes and seconds were just not as important back then. With this laid-back attitude in mind, the best way to while away the time here is by strolling towards the city centre past the medieval façades of the timbered-framed houses. Rouen goes by several names, such as “The Gothic City” or “The City of 100 Bell Towers”. Rouen Cathedral is partly responsible for both these names. Thanks to the work of Claude Monet, this Gothic wonder is world-famous. And there’s something else the world associates with Rouen: it’s where the ashes of a peasant’s daughter were scattered into the Seine. This was an attempt to prevent a martyr cult from developing around the young woman who was burned at the stake here in 1431. The name of this woman was Joan of Arc.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Rouen

Depart 8:00 pm

You have another day to continue exploring Rouen, one of Normandy’s most engaging and historically rich destinations.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Vernon

Arrive: 4:30 am  |  Depart: 9:00 pm

Early this morning we sail into Vernon, situated on the banks of the Seine River, about midway between Paris and Rouen.  This endearing little town was founded in the 10th century by Rollo, the first Duke of Normandy and is well-known for the mill that straddles between pillars, seemingly suspended in mid-air over the Seine. While its roof sags like an old worn-out horse, Claude Monet painted the mill, and reassuringly, included the visible sag in his paintings, which date back to 1883. Other sights include a Gothic abbey church with stunningly colourful stained-glass windows, half-timbered houses, and the nearby Château de Bizy (also known as “Little Versailles”), where you can revel in the luxurious Renaissance décor and go for a delightful stroll around the elegant park. Claude Monet’s house in Giverny is another magnet for culture enthusiasts and romantics – and rightly so. Unsurprisingly, the lush garden looks like a wild field of flowers from an Impressionist painting. The crowning glory: the enchanting pond of water lilies, the subject of one of the most valuable paintings in the world.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Paris

Arrive: 2:00 am

The fashion capital of the world, a mecca of art and culture, an oasis for gourmets, a metropolis for media, political and economic power and education – Paris is all of this and more.  Enjoy some old Parisian charm in the tiny lanes of the artists’ quarter, Montmartre, and the Jewish quarter, Marais. Or just drink a café au lait and people-watch in one of the city’s magical bistros. Or, for a true taste of Parisian joie de vivre, soak up some sun in one of the magnificent parks or on the beach by the Seine.

Historical Paris’s surface area is 20 km2, but if you add the whole city, its suburbs and its satellite towns, you arrive at 1,800 km2. Twelve million people are probably very proud to call themselves Parisians. The Seine’s curved path through Paris is 13 km long, and from the ship you’ll get a good overview of some of the most important sights. There are around 160 museums, and in the Louvre alone, you’d have to walk 17 km to see everything. So it’s best to trust the wise saying “Anyone who’s been to Paris once comes back again”. Enjoy the things you manage to see, and look forward to the things you postpone until your next visit.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Paris

Arrive: 1:00 am

After breakfast disembark from your ship.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Cruise Package Includes:

  • River cruise in the booked cabin category; choose your favourite cabin and cabin number (depending on availability)
  • Full Board Plus: With breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets and live cooking
  • On many cruises seasonal additions, such as a light meal or midnight snack
  • High-quality drinks included throughout the day: tea, coffee and coffee specialties, soft drinks, beer, as well as sparkling wine and a selection of wines, cocktails and longdrinks. Also outside of the meal times. Some specialities such as champagne and rarities are excluded and will be charged extra.
  • English speaking tour guide and hotel management
  • Free cabin water
  • Children (2–15 years) who are accompanied by a parent travel free of charge in the same cabin (limited allotment)*
  • Cabin greeting and farewell present
  • Bathroom products and bath robe in cabin
  • Free use of board facilities (SPA, gym etc.)
  • Daily varied onboard entertainment programme
  • Port charges
  • Free choice of travel date, ship, itinerary, cabin category and cabin number

 

Not Included:

  • Tips
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Arrival and departure transfers to / from the ship

 

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*at least one parent or adult with parental consent in the cabin, only valid with the "Premium all inclusive" rate and for the cruise portion of the journey. 

 

Cruise Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and cruises are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. 

Package Information

  • Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights
  • Type: River Cruise
  • Departures: April & May 2019
  • Cities Visited: Paris to Les Andelys, Caudebec-en-Caux, Rouen and Vernon to Paris
  • Price From: $ 0.00
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