We join CroisiEurope aboard one of their wonderful ships for a delightful seven-day cruise from Honfleur to Paris. We travel in comfort along the Seine through beautiful Normandy countryside, visit picturesque villages along the way, and arrive in Paris to take in the sights. Enjoy full board while on the MS Seine Princess with house wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks included throughout the cruise.* Please note: For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, CroisiEurope reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise. *All drinks during meals and at the bar are included. Not included: Champagne, Perrier, wine from the wine list, drinks on excursions. Details and prices of the optional tours shown in the itinerary will be sent to you closer to the date of departure. **Must be prebooked. For deposit and cancellation Terms & Conditions, please see page 68 in our brochure.
Day 1 An early pick up by taxi is required to meet our coach and transfer to Dover for the Channel crossing to Calais. We arrive early afternoon and travel to Honfleur for embarkation late afternoon. Meet your crew at a welcome cocktail party before dinner.
Day 2 This morning is free to explore the picturesque fishing town of Honfleur. Stroll along the narrow streets lined with quaint houses, sip coffee in the many cafés, or visit the Church of St Catherine, the largest wooden church in France. There is also an optional guided tour of the town. After lunch on board, we travel by coach to Trouville, where you can explore the pretty harbourside. Alternatively, there is an optional excursion to Côte Fleurie and a Calvados Distillery. Return on board for dinner and an evening sailing.
Day 3 Free time in Rouen or an optional guided walking tour of this historic city. Visit the cathedral, the historic quarters and the Place du Vieux Marché where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. After lunch on board, we explore the Abbey Trail by coach – Jumièges to see the ruin of one of the most beautiful abbeys in France, and the Church of St Peter, a wonderful example of 10th-century Norman architecture.
Day 4 An optional excursion to the Foundation Claude Monet in Giverny, where you can visit his famous studio and explore the water gardens which were the muse of the founder of French Impressionism. This afternoon we cruise from the countryside into the urban, as we enter the outskirts of Paris and the futuristic district of La Defense. Toward evening we arrive in Paris in all her lighted splendour, and cruise along the Seine to take in the city by night (water level depending).
Day 5 This morning enjoy an included guided coach tour of Paris taking in the Place de la Concorde, Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. After lunch, relax on board as we cruise south to Melun.
Day 6 In Melun you could join an optional excursion to the Castle de Vaux-le-Vicomte**. This 17th-century masterpiece was built for Louis XIV's Superintendent des Finances, and inaugurated with great pomp in 1661 in the presence of the Sun King. The Chateaux boasts magnificent formal gardens, is remarkably well-preserved and houses an exceptional collection of furniture, tapestries and works of art. After an afternoon cruising, we have our Gala Evening.
Day 7 We disembark after breakfast and make our way to Calais for our afternoon Channel crossing. We return to the local area and our taxis in the evening.
Our ship is a member of the wonderful CroisiEurope fleet. The 67 cabins all have private facilities with showers, and are equipped with TV, safe, hairdryer and airconditioning. There is a delightful panoramic lounge with a dance floor and a bar, a comfortable restaurant (set menu), and a sundeck. There is no lift, and main deck cabins are accessed down stairs.