An Impression of the Seine (Rail & Cruise)
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Cruising the scenic Seine, explore the world of the Impressionist artists, from Monet's famous garden to the galleries of Paris and Rouen. And with flexible shore excursions you can pick and mix your favourite excursions. This tour is operated by our sister company Great Rail Journeys.
Make the journey to Paris on the Eurostar. On arrival, transfer by coach to your ship, the Ms Renoir. On the morning of Day 2, enjoy a guided tour of the splendid French capital and see major attractions such as the Louvre, Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Bastille and of course, the Eiffel Tower. After lunch you have some free time before setting sail in the evening for a cruise along the Seine, admiring the illuminated attractions along the way (weather permitting).
Start the day cruising to Giverny, during which time there's an expert talk on board; 'A Definition of Impressionism', the perfect warm up for a visit to the delightful village of Giverny. With its instantly recognisable lily ponds, visit the Monet's garden and house. Alternatively, you may prefer to visit the opulent Palace of Versailles. Rejoin the boat where tonight there's a traditional French 'guinguette' evening held on board, an 18th century take on cabaret.
Your destination today is Rouen, former capital of Normandy, where you enjoy a guided tour that follows in the footsteps of the Impressionists themselves. This medieval city is the proud home of The Museum of Fine Arts and entrance is included to the gallery as well as Rouen Cathedral. Make your way to Duclair on Day 5 and embark on an excursion along the Route des Abbayes, exploring the abbeys that line the route of the river by coach. Later, continue upriver to Honfleur, where you moor for the night.
The charming port town of Honfleur is located on the southern bank of the Seine Estuary. Here you can choose to take a tour of this quaint destination, Otherwise you might select our excursion to the nearby beaches of Gold and Juno, two of five landing sites utilised for the D-Day landings. Tonight, celebrate at the captain's special gala dinner. Transfer to Paris on Day 7 for the return journey to London.
Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.
Cruising the scenic Seine, explore the world of the Impressionist artists