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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.

11 Day
From (AUD)
$ 7,490
  • 2018 Paris > Paris

    Tour Code:

    SEI

    Duration:

    11 Days

    Departure City:

    Paris

    Return City:

    Paris

    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 showcase fine historic settings and beautiful environs. However, we’ve saved some highlights – evocative Vernon and charming Conflans – for the return trip, including one last unforgettable fling in Paris.

  • 11 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Paris

      Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner aboard the luxurious Scenic Gem. Later, cruise out against the Parisian city backdrop.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Les Andelys

      Enjoy leisurely cruising to Les Andelys this morning.

      Freechoice

      Hike to King Richard the Lionheart’s Château Gaillard, or visit Fleury-la-Forêt Castle for cider tasting, or walk the paths of L’Arboretum de Lyons nature reserve.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Les Andelys > Rouen

      Awake in Rouen today.

      Freechoice

      Enjoy a walking tour of Rouen, taking in the famous sites of Joan of Arc and Rouen Cathedral. Or, enjoy a French baking and patisserie cooking demonstration and tasting.

      Enjoy an on board expert lecture about the Somme battlefields tonight ahead of your chance to visit this region tomorrow.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Rouen
      Freechoice

      Spend a full day touring the WWI Somme battlefields region. Visits include the Australian National Memorial and Victoria School in Villers-Bretonneux. Or, marvel at masterpieces by Renoir and Monet, at the Museum of Fine Arts, founded by Napoleon Bonaparte.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Rouen > Honfleur

      Delightful cruising to coastal Honfleur today.

      Freechoice

      Later, choose to tour Honfleur with its relaxed coastal atmosphere and quaint architecture. Alternatively, immerse yourself in France’s northern beaches, and discover dashing Deauville.

      Sundowners

      The estate of Manoir d’Appreval welcomes Scenic guests exclusively for a unique cocktail event showcasing their prestigious apple spirits in a setting you’ll remember fondly for many years.

      Later, back on board, kick up your heels on the dance-floor as a fabulous local swing band belts out the best of the 1920s.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Honfleur
      Freechoice

      Tour the historic Normandy beaches and allow your imagination to replay the D-Day landings where they took place. Visits include the Landing Museum at Arromanches, and Omaha Beach Cemetery.  Alternatively, explore Normandy’s delightful Calvados Route to sample the region’s namesake.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Honfleur > Caudebec-en-Caux
      Freechoice

      With steep limestone cliffs that plunge dramatically to the emerald waters of the English Channel below, the beauty of the Alabaster Coast will leave you breathless. Explore the tourist and farming town of Étretat which sits proudly atop this dramatic seascape.  Alternatively, travel to the hilltop village of Bolbec to discover the fascinating Textile Museum and a charming estate housing a museum of ancient Normand traditions. Or visit the Seine Museum for an insight into this fascinating river system. For the more adventurous, join a guided cycling tour to the charming village of Villequier and visit the Victor Hugo Museum.

      Enrich

      Be treated to a truly unforgettable experience at Fécamp’s famed Benedictine Palace this evening. Experience the opulence and grandeur of yesteryear when you dine exclusively within Abbots Hall while enjoying a live classical concert.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Caudebec-en-Caux > Vernon

      In a region rich in visual treasures, enjoy a full morning of cruising to Vernon.              

      Freechoice

      Visit Giverny, and gain entry to Monet’s former residence and gardens. If you’re feeling more adventurous, cycle to Giverny for the tour.

      You can also step ashore with Scenic Tailormade and discover Vernon at leisure.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Vernon > Conflans > Paris

      This morning we cruise to the charming medieval town of Conflans, with its distinctive barges.

      Freechoice

      Discover the charms of Auvers-sur-Oise and get to see Vincent van Gogh’s room, or step inside the magnificent Chantilly Castle for a guided tour of this remarkable château.

      After a leisurely afternoon of cruising, the evening will see us gliding into Paris, ‘the city of light’, and you’ll have the chance to view the beautiful illuminated skyline, and the soaring Eiffel Tower.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Paris

      Today you have the thrilling choice of either spending time exploring France’s most celebrated city, or a discovery beyond the city limits.

      Freechoice

      Shop with a Chef when you visit one of Paris’s local food markets, and enjoy exquisite tastings, or walk the city with a resident expert and hear tales that only the locals know. Alternatively, you may wish to explore beyond Paris and tour the 17th century estate of Vicomte Palace, Louis XIV’s inspiration for Versailles Palace. Featured in the James Bond movie Moonraker, the Palace of Vicomte has been leaving visitors in awe of its magnificence for centuries.

      With remarkable attractions at every turn, you’ll have a chance to explore Paris at leisure this afternoon and create your own unique memories.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Paris

      Your trip concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll disembark and transfer to Paris Airport. Make sure you remember to pack up all those wonderful memories before you leave.

      Meals included: Breakfast