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

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Impressions of the Seine - 2024

Sailing through scenery which inspired Impressionist artists, Monet and Manet, Gaugin and Renoir, this is a river cruise through the romance of France, from the country’s inimitable capital, via historic towns, abbeys, chateaux, and harbours, to coastal Honfleur

Rolling round the Paris basin, about midway on its 776km route to the English Channel, the splendid Seine cuts through the capital at just 24m above sea level; held between high embankments, busy with bateaux-mouches boats, crossed by the 17th century Pont Neuf (among 37 bridges), and passing Notre Dame Cathedral, the Musée d’Orsay and Eiffel Tower. From its ‘traversée de Paris’ section, it becomes the Basse (lower) Seine, looping and meandering through beautiful bucolic scenery, passing orchards, abbeys, and grand chateaux, and dropping through locks on its slow flow to Rouen. Now deep enough for oceangoing vessels, it is the tidal Seine Maritime until journey’s end beneath the impressive Pont de Normandie, the long bridge linking Honfleur and Le Havre. Your river cruiser for this return journey is either the elegant MS Seine Princess or MS Botticelli, which carry you in style to visit Claude Monet’s house and garden in Giverny; haunting monasteries on the Road of Abbeys; Honfleur’s old harbour, chic Deauville, and a castle distillery of Calvados on the Coast of Flowers; medieval monuments in the heart of historic Rouen; and a glimpse of rural Normandy life in riverbank villages and the Château Martainville museum.

Key Features

Culture & Riverscapes
Excursions Included
Drinks Included
Jules Verne Representative

Day 1 Travel to Paris by Eurostar or fly from Manchester. Transfer to the mooring to board the river cruiser for your seven-night cruise, which begins with a welcome drink and introduction to the crew. (D)

Day 2 Spend a full day at leisure in Paris, to take in the sights and sounds of the city. Perhaps combine a stroll in the Place de la Concorde and Tuileries Gardens, with a viewing of Impressionist works at the Orangerie Museum; see the superb Monet collection at the Musée Marmottan (closed on Mondays); or join us on an optional morning tour by coach, which shows you the past and present of Paris through its religious, prestigious, and cultural monuments, from the Louvre to the Latin Quarter, the Bastille, Marais and Trocadéro to the Champs Elysée, Arc de Triomphe, and Eiffel Tower (£55, pre-bookable). This evening, enjoy a pre-dinner Jules Verne drinks party aboard. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Cruise to the Vernon area to visit the Claude Monet Foundation in Giverny. The artist’s home from 1883 to 1926, the charmingly restored house and gardens seem still to be steeped in the calm and character of his tenure, when his passions for plants and painting came together in exquisitely colourful compositions, on canvas and in the equally artistic works of his flower and water gardens. Continue downriver toward Duclair, sailing through timeless bucolic landscapes in the Loops of the Seine Natural Park. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Arrive at Duclair for a guided tour on the Route des Abbayes, to visit awe-inspiring medieval monasteries including the Benedictine abbey of Saint-Wandrille (aka Fontenelle), one of the earliest in Normandy, its current church housed in a 13th century barn; the atmospheric ruins of Jumiéges Abbey, founded in 654, destroyed and rebuilt through wars and sieges, its 500-year-old yew tree still standing in the cloisters; and the church of St Pierre, an impressive example of 10th century Norman architecture. Sail to Honfleur, ‘the cradle of Impressionism’, at the mouth of the Seine Maritime. (B, L, D)

Day 5 A guided tour of the ‘Côte Fleurie’ takes you to the glamorous resort of Deauville, famed for its fine sand beach, luxury shops, charming villas, and boardwalk beach huts; and to the 16th/17th century Chateau du Breuil, a beautiful castle and prestigious distillery of Calvados Pays d’Auge, where we include a tasting. Return to Honfleur for a walking tour of the town, its St. Catherine Cathedral the country’s largest wooden church, its picture-perfect old port lined with 16th-18th century townhouses. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Return upstream this morning, sailing under the Normandy Bridge and passing peaceful valley scenery, the inspiration of painters and poets for centuries. Afternoon arrival in Rouen, the ‘City of a Hundred Bell Towers’, for a city tour including the Gothic façade of Notre-Dame Cathedral, many times painted by Monet; the iconic Great Clock in its 14th century belfry; the marketplace where, in 1431, Joan of Arc was burned for heresy, and the Jeanne d’Arc Church in the Place du Vieux-Marché, built 550 years later to celebrate the saint. Farewell drinks party this evening. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Cruise to Les Andelys, with its 12th century fortress, high on a hilltop, built by Richard the Lionheart. Travel by coach through rural villages along the Andelle River, and visit the 15th century twin-towered Château Martainville, now a museum of 500 years of Normandy’s history, artistry, traditions, and everyday life. Continue cruising to return to Paris. Gala Dinner aboard. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Disembark in Paris and transfer to the airport or Eurostar station for your return journey. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


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.


May 2024 will cruise on the MS Botticelli.
July & September 2024 will cruise on the MS Seine Princess.


per person in a twin/double Main Deck cabin 

Eurostar from London St. Pancras

Date Price
May 21 £2125
September 18 £2125
Early Booking Offer

For all 2023 bookings made by 31 October 2023, deduct £60 per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £555

Cabin Upgrades

Upper Deck (twin/double) £165

Optional Excursions

Morning tour of Paris £55

Flight & Rail Options

easyJet from Manchester - On request
Eurostar Standard Premier Class £225

Tour Only

Save £125
Arrival or departure transfer (airport) £75
Arrival or departure transfer (train station) £65

Price Includes
Rail or air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 7-night cruise, full board and drinks on cruise vessel, excursions, Jules Verne Representative, local expert guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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