A river journey from Paris to the coast of Normandy through the magnificent scenery that inspired the Impressionist painters, visiting Monet’s house at Giverny, Honfleur & Rouen
Day 1 - Paris
Day 2 - Paris
Day 3 - Vernon / Giverny
Day 4 - Duclair
Day 5 - Honfleur
Day 6 - Rouen
Day 7 - Les Andelys
Day 8 - Return Journey
The sights and sounds of the River Seine were the inspiration for great French painters such as Monet, Manet, Cézanne, Gauguin and Renoir. Their paintings evoke a romantic image of France that epitomises the appeal of this area and is an enlightening theme of this river cruise.
The modern visitor cannot fail to be enchanted by the landscapes that inspired those great masters, whereby every twist and turn in the river reveals monasteries, abbeys, villages and châteaux. Paris, the birthplace of the French language, art and civilisation, has the best selection of museums.
Monet lived in his retreat at Giverny for 40 years and drew inspiration from the beautiful gardens. Rouen, the capital of Upper Normandy, evokes thoughts of Joan of Arc being burned at the stake, Monet’s paintings of the cathedral and Flaubert’s Madame Bovary.
The coastal region of Normandy is an area of enchanting beauty with gentle undulating woods, orchards, pastures and clear streams where the painters and Parisian high society retreated in summer.
Culture & Riverscapes
No Single Supplement
UK Tour Manager
Group Size: 6 – 28
Day 1 Travel to Paris by Eurostar or fly from your chosen airport. Transfer to the vessel for seven nights. Welcome drink and crew introduction. (D)
Day 2 At leisure in Paris, perhaps to view the Impressionist works at the Marmottan, Orsay or Orangerie museums. Optional morning panoramic tour of Paris (£40). Pre-dinner Jules Verne drinks party. (B, L, D)
Day 3 Cruise to the Vernon area. Visit the Claude Monet Foundation in Giverny, a colourfully restored house which depicts the painter’s daily life and maintains his inspirational garden. Continue towards the Duclair area. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Arrive for a guided tour and visit of the region’s most spectacular abbeys. Visit the abbey of Saint-Wandrille, Jumièges and the church of St Pierre, a fine example of 10th-century Norman architecture. Sail to Honfleur. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Visit the ‘Côte Fleurie’, Deauville and Château du Breuil including a Calvados tasting. Guided visit of Honfleur town which lies at the foot of the Côte de Grace. The old harbour is lined with 16th- 18th century townhouses, a subject for Claude Monet. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Morning cruising passing a beautiful valley which inspired impressionist painters and poets alike. Pass under the splendid Normandy Bridge. Afternoon arrival in Rouen for a city tour including the cathedral and historic quarters. Farewell Jules Verne drinks party. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Cruise to Les Andelys. Travel by coach through villages along the Andelle River. Visit Château Martainville which includes a history of Norman arts and traditions. Gala dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Return journey. (B)
Cabins are available from 5pm on arrival and until 9am on departure (before/after this, luggage storage on board is possible).
Whilst the vessel carries more, the group size specified refers to transfers and excursions.
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.
A Premium vessel launched in 2001 and refurbished in 2012 to a high standard. The MS Seine Princess is registered in France with a mainly European crew and announcements in French and English. For 20 years Jules Verne has been the main UK partner of the innovative French cruise company, CroisiEurope, established over 40 years ago, now boasting the largest European river fleet (over 40 ships), yet still operated by the same family. All drinks, except premium brands are included throughout the cruise. Enjoy International and French cuisine with a choice of wines in an elegant one-sitting dining room. Breakfast is a buffet, lunch and dinner waiter service with the occasional buffet. Reception, lounge bar with small dance floor, sun deck, lift and WiFi (free/limited). 67 air-conditioned cabins over two decks with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, satellite TV and picture windows. 24 twin/double cabins (140 sq. ft.) on the Upper Deck and 43 twin/double cabins (140 sq. ft.) on the Main Deck.
Launched in 2004 and refurbished in 2016 to a high standard, the MS Botticelli is registered in France with a mainly European crew and announcements in French and English. For 20 years Jules Verne has been the main UK partner of the innovative French cruise company, CroisiEurope, established 40 years ago, now boasting the largest European river fleet (over 40 ships), yet still operated by the same family. All drinks, except premium brands are included throughout the cruise. Enjoy International and French cuisine with a choice of wines in an elegant one-sitting dining room. Breakfast is a buffet, lunch and dinner waiter service with the occasional buffet. Reception, lounge bar with small dance floor, sundeck and WiFi (free/limited). 75 air-conditioned cabins over two decks with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, satellite TV and picture windows. 24 twin/double cabins on the Upper Deck and 50 twin/double cabins and one single cabin on the Main Deck.
Jun 6, Aug 14 & Sep 16 2021 will cruise on the MS Seine Princess.
Jul 25 & Oct 4 2021 will cruise on the MS Botticelli.
A 4-star hotel in the centre of Paris close to the Opera and La Bourse. Bar, WiFi (free) with 50 air-conditioned rooms with mini-bar and satellite TV. An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently €2.88 per person per night.
per person in a twin/double Main Deck cabin
Eurostar from London St. Pancras
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
2021: Oct 4
Single supplement £495
Upper Deck £195
Flight & Rail Options
Air France from Heathrow £125
Air France from Manchester & Birmingham from £50
Eurostar Standard Premier £195
Extra nights – Paris
Chess Hotel (per night) £145
Single supplement £125
Arrival or departure transfer £45
Arrival or departure transfer add £65
Rail or air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 7-night cruise, full board and drinks on cruise vessel, excursions, UK Tour Manager, local expert guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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