Romantic Seine River Cruise with Paris & Normandy


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Featuring Sail the Seine through Paris, city of light & love, then Vernon, Duclair, charming Honfleur & the Côte Fleurie, Rouen & Les Andelys
Style Value VacationTravel in larger groups than our Small Group tours, but at fantastic value prices. These group tour packages are operated by our carefully selected partners and may be shared with other English speaking passengers ensuring guaranteed departures. More of these packages
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures Scheduled Dates
Price Includes
  • Flights
  • Cruise
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round trip flights from New York on scheduled carriers, including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • All ground transportation and transfers
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in lower deck cabin on first class MS Botticelli
  • 20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Complimentary unlimited beverages including bottled mineral water, coffee, tea, wine, beer and spirits on board throughout cruise
  • Evening entertainment, including Crew Team show
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Complimentary Samsung Galaxy Tablet for use during cruise
  • Included daily Classic Shore Excursions
  • Wireless audio system during Shore Excursions
  • Daily briefing on the ports of call
  • Professional, English-speaking cruise manager and local guides
  • All port charges and local taxes
  • Cruise the Seine River
  • Welcome cocktail and Farewell Gala Dinner
  • Superb French Cuisine
  • Shore excursions to Paris, Monet’s Giverny, Norman Abbeys Trail, Rouen, Chateau de Martainville
  • Evening entertainment on board
Departs New York City (NYC); other gateways on request
Themes History & CultureRiver Cruises
What to Expect This moderately-paced, escorted river cruise/tour includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness.

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Romantic Seine River Cruise with Paris & Normandy itinerary

Experience picturesque Normandy while cruising the Seine, including two nights in Paris, the City of Light. Dine on superb French cuisine paired with an unlimited selection of wine and beer. Take part in daily shore excursions to explore the sites that inspired the famous Impressionist artist, Claude Monet, including the water lilies of Giverny and the Cathedral of Rouen. Visit Abbeys and castles built by the Normans centuries ago. After dinner relax on board with musical entertainment or venture into the quaint towns for an evening stroll. 


Day 1: Depart USA

  • Depart the USA on your flight bound for Paris, France

 Day 2: Paris

Accommodations: 7 nights on board MS Botticelli. Included meals: Dinner.

  • Arrive in Paris meet the cruise representative and transfer to your river cruise ship.
  • This evening, an introduction to the crew over a welcome cocktail
  • Dinner on board
  • Cruise Paris by night (depending on water level)

Full Day Itinerary: Arrive at Paris Airport, where you will be met by a cruise representative and transferred to the centrally located port.  Luggage can be stored as of noon, and check-in is at 6:00pm.  After settling into your cabin, get to know the crew over a welcome cocktail, and dinner on board.  Later, enjoy a cruise through Paris by night (depending on water level). 

Day 3: Paris

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner. 

  • Morning guided tour of Paris
  • Afternoon at leisure in Paris

Eiffel Tower, ParisFull Day Itinerary:
Depart by coach for a guided tour of the mythical sites of the capital. Two thousand years of history have left their mark on Paris, since it was founded as Lutèce on the Ile de la Cité, with many churches, monuments, palaces, museums, and boulevards, as well as theaters and famous cabarets. Couturiers, perfumers and jewelers have built Paris’ reputation for taste and elegance. Drive past Bercy, the F. Mitterrand National Library, the Bastille, the Marais, the Latin Quarter, St Germain, the Louvre and Pyramid, the Opéra Garnier, Place Vendôme, the Concorde, the Champs Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe, the Invalides, the Trocadéro and of course the famous Eiffel Tower.  The remainder of the day is at leisure in Paris. Lunch and dinner on board.

Day 4: Vernon

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Morning cruising to Vernon
  • Afternoon guided tour of the Fondation Claude Monet in Giverny.

Claude Monet's house photo by Foundation MonetFull Day Itinerary: Enjoy the morning cruising. After lunch, board your coach and travel to the home of Claude Monet in Giverny, where he lived from 1883 until his death in 1926.  His passion for gardening and colors led him to see his flower garden as a piece of art. See the water lilies that inspired some of Monet’s most famous paintings. Monet said:  "It took a while for me to understand my waterlilies... I grew them without thinking of painting them... A landscape doesn't sink in in one day... And all of a sudden the enchantments of my pond struck me. I took my palette. Since then, I've never had any other model."  Visit the house with its pink façade, the warm tones of the interior, the intense blue of the kitchen, and the yellow walls and furniture of the small living room. See some of his private collection of Japanese prints. Return to the ship in Vernon.

Day 5: Duclair, Caudebec-en-Caux

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Morning cruising
  • Norman Abbey Circuit

Jumièges AbbeyFull Day Itinerary: Cruise during the morning. After lunch on board, set off by coach from Caudebec-en-Caux with your guide. Visit Jumièges Abbey, built in 654 in the early days of Christianity and destroyed by the Vikings, it was restored in the 11th century. During the Romantic period, Victor Hugo described it as the “most beautiful ruin in all of France”, and it became well-known again. See the cloisters and ruins of the Church of Saint Peter, followed by an exterior view of the Abbey of Saint Wandrille (or Wandregisel). A congregation of Benedictine monks settled in the Abbey in 1931, and today there are approximately 40 monks living here. Return by coach to the ship.

Day 6: Honfleur

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

    • Discover the Côte Fleurie and enjoy a Calvados tasting
    • Walking tour of Pont l'Evêque and Honfleur with cheese tasting

Artist painting the harbor, Honfleur photo by Pir6monFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, depart from Honfleur to discover the Côte Fleurie (Flowery Coast), from Deauville, an upscale holiday destination since the 1800s, to the Château du Breuil. Situated in the heart of Normandy, the Château, built in the 16th and 17th centuries, is used today as a Calvados (apple brandy) distillery. After a Calvados tasting, return to the ship for lunch.  This afternoon, leave by coach for Pont l’Evêque, a charming Norman city. Enjoy a guided tour, including the gardens of the former Dominican convent. Stop for a tasting of the small, square-shaped cheese, named for the town since the 12th century. Return to Honfleur, situated where the Seine meets the English Channel, for a walking tour of the city and to visit Saint Leonard Church.

Day 7: Rouen

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Morning cruising to Rouen
  • Afternoon guided tour of Rouen

Gros-Horloge, RouenFull Day Itinerary: Spend the morning cruising and enjoy lunch on board. Depart on foot for a guided tour of Rouen, whose historic center is about a 5 minute walk from the ship. Rouen is the cultural, historical and gastronomical capital of Normandy. See the Gothic façade Notre-Dame Cathedral, painted many times by Monet. The cathedral was destroyed by Viking invasions in 841, rebuilt many times, and damaged by allied bombardments in 1944. Then, head to the market place where Joan of Arc was burned alive for heresy in 1431. See the Gros-Horloge, or Great Clock, one of the most emblematic monuments in the city, whose Gothic belfry has housed the communal bells and clocks since the 14th century.  Visit the Saint Joan of Arc Church, completed in 1979, located in the Old Market Place. Return to the ship on foot.  

Day 8: Rouen, Les Andelys

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

  • Morning cruising to Les Andelys
  • Afternoon tour of Château de Martainville
  • Gala evening on board

Château de Martainville photo by Tristan NitotFull Day Itinerary: Spend the morning cruising and lunch on board.  Dock in Les Andelys, situated on one of the loveliest bends on the Seine River. Depart by coach, passing through Le Petit Andelys and other quaint villages along the Andelle River, arriving at Château de Martainville, built in the 15th century and has been a museum of Normandy history since 1961. See many artifacts from everyday life, such as copper pans and pottery, furnishings, as well as the famous Norman Armoires. Return to the ship in time for the gala evening.

Day 9: Depart Paris/Arrive USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Disembark from the ship
  • Transfer to the airport for your return flight
  • Arrive in the USA later today

Full Day Itinerary: This morning you will disembark from the ship at 9:00 am and transfer to the airport for your return flight home. 

Later today, you will arrive in the USA. 




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