Normandy and Gems of the Seine


Cruise along the Seine on an 11 day journey from Paris to Honfleur. Tour the historic Normandy beaches and visit Giverny where you can see Monet's gardens.

Members from: $6,395 P.P Twin ShareNon-members from: $6,495 P.P Twin ShareSolo traveller from: $15,790

  • Type

    River Cruising

  • Destination

    United Kingdom & Europe

  • Supplier

    Scenic

  • Booking Code

    SEI

  • Departs

    17 August 2022

    10 September 2022

    20 September 2022

    30 September 2022

    17 October 2022

    8 April 2023

    25 April 2023

    5 May 2023

    15 May 2023

    25 May 2023

    1 July 2023

    28 July 2023

    7 August 2023

    20 September 2023

    17 October 2023


Includes


  • Let history come to life on a hike to Richard the Lionheart’s Château Gaillard

  • Commemorate those who lost their lives during the World War I Battle of the Somme

  • Sail to the beautiful village of Honfleur, the Gateway to the English Channel

  • Let the grandeur of yesteryear come to life at an exclusive classical concert at Château de La Roche-Guyon

  • Indulge in the extravagance of the ornately decorated rooms of the Opera Garnier in the heart of Paris

  • 5-Star Scenic Space-Ship with up to 124 guests

  • Spacious Balcony Suites with an innovative Scenic Sun Lounge

  • 1 Scenic Enrich experience with a private classical concert in the beautiful Château de La Roche-Guyon – Exclusive to Scenic

  • Personalise your trip with 27 included Scenic Freechoice activities

  • Dine at your choice of up to five on board venues, from casual to fine dining
    29 meals – 10 breakfasts (B), 9 lunches (L) and 10 dinners (D)

  • Complimentary premium beverages all day, every day – not just at meal times


Take a journey down a river of dreams


The Seine isn’t the largest river in Europe, or even 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 are steeped in history and brimming with charm. However, we’ve saved some highlights – charming Giverny and medieval Conflans – for the return trip, including one last unforgettable fling in Paris.

Itinerary


Day 1 - Paris

Enjoy a welcome dinner before cruising out of Paris with the beautiful city as a backdrop.



Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 - Les Andelys



Freechoice

Join a hike with a difference and visit King Richard the Lionheart’s Château Gaillard, or journey to Lyons la Forêt, one of the most beautiful villages of France, and visit a local farm to sample cider, the region’s specialty. Alternatively, join your local guide for a walking tour of the quaint village of Les Andelys, or take a bicycle tour through this beautiful village, set on the banks of the Seine.



Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Rouen



Freechoice

Enjoy a walking tour of Rouen, the capital of the Normandy region. Take in the famous sites relating to Joan of Arc, and admire the city’s half-timbered houses and the historic Rouen Cathedral. Or learn about the Viking Warlord Rollo ‘the Walker’, who will host a guided walking tour through the medieval laneways of Rouen.



This region is also the gateway to the historic Western Front, and this afternoon you’ll have the opportunity to gain fascinating insights into the Somme battlefields and learn about what life was like for a soldier during WWI with a fascinating lecture.



After dinner, a local pâtissier will come on board with a selection of their finest desserts for your dining pleasure.



Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Rouen



Freechoice

Get a glimpse of what the Somme battlefields might have been like for those caught up in this terrible World War I battle, which claimed the lives of more than 150,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers. You may choose to visit the Australian National Memorial, containing the Sir John Monash Centre as well as the Caterpillar Valley Memorial, dedicated to the New Zealand citizens who perished during the Battle of the Somme. Or, you may choose to visit the Lochnagar Crater, the Newfoundland memorial park and the Thiepval memorial. Alternatively, stay in Rouen and explore the collection of impressionist paintings, including masterpieces by Renoir and Monet, at the Museum of Fine Arts which was founded by Napoleon Bonaparte (please note: alternate option when Fine Art museum is not available is Joan Of Arc Historical visit).



Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Rouen > Honfleur

Relax on board this morning as you cruise toward the open waters of the English Channel.



Freechoice

Explore Honfleur on a guided walking tour, with its quaint architecture, relaxed coastal atmosphere and colourful fishing boats bobbing on the water, or visit charming Norman villages and discover their traditional Cheeses and Calvados. The small town of Pont l’Eveque is renowned for producing a cheese of the same name, and you will get to sample this and more during your guided tour.



Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Honfleur



Freechoice

Visit the historic Normandy beaches, the site of the D-Day landings that took place in June 1944. Here you have three equally fascinating options to choose from. Explore the involvement of the British forces as you visit the Bayeux War Cemetery, Museum of the Battle of Normandy and the Landing Museum in Arromanches, finishing at the British Normandy memorial, or learn about the US contribution to the battle at Utah Beach and Memorial before a visit to the Normandy American cemetery and visitor centre or view the battle through the eyes of Canadian forces as you visit Juno Beach Centre, a museum that focuses on the Canadian war effort as well as the Bény-sur-Mer Canadian cemetery and Pegasus Bridge & Museum. Alternatively, learn about history of a different era and visit Bayeux including its famous Tapestry, a hand embroidered masterpiece that depicts the tales of the Norman conquest of England and dates back to the 11th century.



Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Honfleur > Caudebec-en-Caux



Freechoice

Visit Fécamp and its mighty palace. Situated in spectacular surrounds, the city’s natural setting contrasts perfectly with its architectural centrepiece, the Benedictine Palace. Afterwards visit the beautiful seaside town of Étretat, sitting proudly between dramatic rock faces. Or travel to the hilltop village of Bolbec and view fabrics at the fascinating Textile Museum before visiting a traditional Normandy farm nearby. For the more adventurous, join a guided cycling tour to the charming village of Villequier and visit the Victor Hugo Museum to learn more about the famous French writer.



Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Vernon

In a location rich in visual treasures, it’s easy to understand why this region of France inspired many of history’s most famous artists.



Freechoice

Visit Giverny and Monet’s former residence and gardens. Many of the artists most famous art works were inspired by this impressive location, or get your heart pumping on a self-guided cycle through Vernon to Giverny where you have the opportunity to visit Monet’s garden. After exploring these spectacular gardens you may feel inspired to join a painting class on board this afternoon



Enrich

Built into a steep rock face overlooking the Seine River and the small village bearing the same name, Château de La Roche-Guyon is a sight to behold. Experience the opulence and grandeur of yesteryear as you enjoy a classical concert performed by the region’s most reputable musicians. The Château dates back to medieval times and you’ll be sure to have fond memories of this experience for many years to come.



Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - Conflans > Paris



Freechoice

Discover the charms of Auvers-sur-Oise and see Vincent van Gogh’s room, or step inside the magnificent Chantilly Castle for a guided tour of this remarkable château, set amidst beautiful parklands (available on selected dates only). Alternatively, visit the great stables on the grounds of Chantilly. The stables also house a museum dedicated to the relationship between man and horse throughout time.



Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 - Paris

Today it’s your choice to either spend time exploring France’s most celebrated city, or embark on a discovery beyond the city limits.



Freechoice

Walk through the trendy Marais district with a resident expert and hear tales that only the locals know, or admire the extravagance and grandeur of the famous Opera Garnier on a guided tour. Alternatively, see the highlights of Paris during a city tour and marvel at the many iconic sights of the city, or you may wish to explore beyond Paris and tour the 17th century estate of Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, Louis XIV’s inspiration for Versailles Palace.



Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 - Paris

Your trip concludes after breakfast as you disembark and transfer to Paris airport.



This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions.



Meals Included: Breakfast


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