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

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

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.

Key Features

Culture & Riverscapes
Excursions Included
Drinks Included
No Single Supplement

UK Tour Manager

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 (£45). 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)

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


Cabins are available from 6pm 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.


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per person in a twin/double Main Deck cabin 
Eurostar from London St. Pancras

Date Price
May 21 £2295
August 11 £2195
September 22 £2295
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Regional Flight Options
Early Booking Offer

For all 2023 bookings made by 31 October 2022, deduct £50 per person

Single Supplement

(limited availability)
2023: Aug 11

Single supplement £625

Cabin Upgrades

Upper Deck (twin/double) £195
Upper Deck Single (double for sole use) £820

Optional Excursions

Morning tour of Paris £45

Flight & Rail Options

Air France from Manchester from £50 (May £195)

Eurostar Standard Premier Class £225

Independent Arrival

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, UK Tour Manager, 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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