Travel to Paris
Bienvenue en France! Upon arrival to Paris you will be met by our local guide and transferred to the centre of Paris to begin your holiday with a city tour. Marvel at the famous monuments of this beautiful city such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum and the Arc de Triomphe, located on the top of the iconic Champs Elysees boulevard.
Embark on your River Cruise
In the afternoon you will be transferred to Paris port with assistance to join your cruise. Settle into your cabin and explore the range of facilities your Amadeus vessel has to offer on board as you set sail along the Seine River. Sit back with a welcome cocktail in one of the lounge areas, followed by a tasty welcome dinner.
This morning arrive into Conflans- Sainte-Honorine. Located at the confluence of the Seine and Oise rivers, Conflans is known as the capital of the French inland waterways. Admire the barges turned houseboats along its quays as you spend the day here. Alternatively take an optional excursion (payable locally) to Auvers-sur-Oise. This small town is famous for being the final resting place for the famous painter, Vincent Van Gogh, as well as being home and inspiration to many of the 18th century impressionists such as Pissarro and Cezanne.
Today, your ship will reach the city of Rouen, a city filled with fascinating heritage with Gothic churches and mansions, restored, half-timbered houses and beautiful French style public gardens. Start the morning with an included walking tour, including a visit to the magnificent Rouen cathedral that inspired Claude Monet, and the Church of Joan of Arc with its ornate 16th-century stained-glass windows. Other highlights include the astronomical clock of Rouen and the Place du Vieux Marche, the site where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. You will then have the afternoon free to further explore Rouen.
Today you will arrive into the main port town of Normandy, Le Havre. Rebuilt after WW2 bombings in a modernist style, Le Havre embodies more than any other French city, France’s postwar energy and optimism. You will have the morning free to explore this fascinating town.
In the afternoon enjoy an included excursion to Honfleur where the changing light on the Seine estuary inspired Monet. Your walking tour will lead you through its narrow streets, steeped in history, as you follow in the footsteps of the sailors, painters, artists and musicians who used to frequent this town. Highlights include the world-famous Vieux Bassin (old port), the Lieutenancy building, from which Samuel de Champlain set out to discover Canada and St Catherine’s Church, with its unusual architecture and separate bell tower.
This morning cruise along the Seine and admire as the scenery of Normandy floats by. In the afternoon arrive to Caudebec-en-Caux, home to a magnificent Gothic style chuch. You can also take an optional excursion (payable locally) to the Normandy landing beaches of D-Day during WW2 and Bayeux, home to the famous Bayeux tapestry.
Château Gaillard and Giverny
Today enjoy an included excursion to Château Gaillard and the gardens of Giverny. First visit Château Gaillard, home to King Richard Lionheart of Robin Hood fame. Built in the 12th century, admire the views of the Seine available from its fortifications. Afterwards you will continue to Giverny, home to one of the most famous of the impressionist painters Claude Monet. Visit the house and gardens which inspired some of his greatest works, such as his water lilies paintings, before returning to your ship in the evening
This morning, return to the French capital and have the day at leisure to enjoy the delights of this magnificent city. Watch the world go by with a coffee in the Latin quarter, see the Mona Lisa in the Louvre or admire the views of Paris from the top of the Eiffel tower. Your ship will be docked in Paris overnight.
It is time to say goodbye after a full week of delights aboard your cruise vessel. After breakfast, you will meet with your local guide be transferred to Paris airport for your return flight home.