Gems of the Seine11 days & 10 nights, Private Journey
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Paris, Les Andelys, Rouen, Honfleur, Caudebec-en-Caux, Vernon & Conflans
The Seine isn't the largest river in Europe, or even in France, but it may be the most renowned - and for good reason. This splendid waterway cuts through the heart of Paris, before winding its way along some of the most celebrated sites in Northern France. There are few superlatives that do justice to beautiful Paris, as you'll have ample opportunity to discover. Beyond Paris, you can look forward to a serene cruise to Honfleur, by the open waters of the English Channel, pausing at the most beautiful landmarks along the way. Les Andelys, Rouen, Caudebec-en-Caux - all the key points in this itinerary showcase fine historic settings and beautiful environs. However, we've saved some highlights - evocative Vernon and charming Conflans - for the return trip, including one last unforgettable fling in Paris.
Enjoy a welcome dinner before cruising out with the beautiful city of Paris as a backdrop.Scenic Space-Ship - 10 Nights (D)
Day 2Les Andelys
Enjoy the opulent amenities of your floating hotel as she glides her way peacefully through the Ile-de-France region to Les Andelys.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Hike to King Richard the Lionheart's Chateau Gaillard, or journey to Lyons la Foret, one of the most beautiful villages of France, and visit Fleury-la Foret Castle. Sample cider, the regions specialty, after touring this exquisite example of 17th century architecture. For nature lovers, walk the forested paths of the beautiful L'Arboretum de Lyons nature reserve, celebrating the diversity of flora.
Day 3Les Andelys - Rouen
This morning we awake in Rouen.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Enjoy a walking tour of Rouen that takes in the famous sites of Joan of Arc and the historic Rouen Cathedral. Or, if you'd prefer, enjoy a cooking demonstration and tasting to learn exactly why French baking and patisseries are so world renowned. This region is also the gateway to the historic Western Front, and you're able to gain fascinating insights into the Somme battlefields with an on board lecture from a local expert. It's a great opportunity as you'll be visiting the sites tomorrow.
Freechoice: Experience what the Somme battlefields might have been like for those caught up in this terrible World War I battle. This full-day excursion commemorates the 101 years since, and includes a visit to the Australian National Memorial and Victoria School in Villers-Bretonneux. Alternatively, explore the collection of Impressionistic paintings, including masterpieces by Renoir and Monet, at the Museum of Fine Arts, which was founded by Napoleon Bonaparte.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Day 5Rouen - Honfleur
You'll love cruising toward the open waters of the English Channel, so simply sit back and enjoy the trip.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Later, take the opportunity to explore Honfleur, with its quaint architecture, its relaxed coastal atmosphere and the many colorful fishing boats bobbing up and down on its waters. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the beautiful la Cote Fleurie region on France's northern beaches, and discover dashing Deauville, playground of the rich and famous.
The estate of Manoit d'Appreval exclusively welcomes Scenic guests for a unique cocktail event showcasing their prestigious apple spirits in a setting you'll remember fondly for many years to come. Celebrate your visit to the picturesque Calvados region with a beverage of the same name, and let your eyes drink in the surrounding beauty, from the many flowering apple trees to the blue waters of the English Channel in the distance.
Later, back on board, kick up your heels on the dance-floor as a fabulous local swing band performs the best of the 1920s in the Panorama Lounge. What a wonderful day.
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 somber ambience surrounding the 9,387 graves of the Normandy Cemetery and while 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, explore Normandy's famous Calvados Route, and delight in the many charming villages that dot the landscape. It's also a great opportunity to sample the region's famous varietals.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Day 7Honfleur - Caudebec en-Caux
Freechoice: With steep limestone cliffs that plunge dramatically towards the emerald waters of the English Channel below, the beauty of the Alabaster Coast will leave you breathless. Sitting proudly atop this dramatic seascape is the town of Etretat, where you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a guided tour and time at leisure. Alternatively, travel to the hilltop village of Bolbec and view fabrics at the fascinating Textile Museum before visiting the Normand Traditions Museum nearby. Or visit the new Seine Museum for an insight into this fascinating river system. For the more adventurous, join a guided cycling tour to the charming village of Villequier and visit the Victor Hugo Museum.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Be treated to a truly unforgettable experience in Fecamp this evening. Situated in spectacular surrounds, the city's natural setting contrasts perfectly with its architectural centerpiece, the Benedictine Palace. Experience the opulence and grandeur of yesteryear when you dine exclusively within Abbots Hall while enjoying a live classical concert performed by the region's most reputable musicians. This romantic Renaissance palace is so special that you'll be sure to have fond memories of the experience for a very long time.
Day 8Caudebec-en-Caux - Vernon
In a region rich in visual treasures, enjoy a full morning of relaxation and take in the incredible scenery as you cruise into Vernon. It's easy to understand why this region of France inspired beautiful paintings by many of history's most famous artists.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Visit Giverny and Monet's former residence and gardens. If you're feeling more adventurous you can explore by bike, with a self-guided cycling tour that starts at Vernon. You can also discover Vernon with Scenic Tailormade at your own pace.
Day 9Vernon - Conflans - Paris
This morning we cruise to the charming medieval town of Conflans, with its distinctive barge houses docked within easy reach of the quaint main square.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Discover the charms of Auvers-sur-Oise and get to see Vincent van Gogh's room, or step inside the magnificent Chantilly Castle for a guided tour of this remarkable chateau, set amid beautiful parklands. After a leisurely afternoon of cruising, the evening will see us returning to Paris, the 'city of light', and you'll have the chance to view the illuminated skyline, and the soaring Eiffel Tower. Make sure you have your cameras ready.
Today you have the thrilling choice of either spending time exploring France's most celebrated city, or a discovery beyond the city limits.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Shop with a Chef when you visit one of Paris's 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 Vicomte Palace, Louis XIV's inspiration for Versailles Palace. 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 unique memories.
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)