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Cruising the scenic Seine, explore the world of the Impressionist artists

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2024 Tour code: SER24

About the tour

Cruising the romantic Seine on board the MS Renoir, explore the world of the Impressionists - from Monet's famous garden at Giverny to the city galleries of Paris and Rouen. With flexible shore excursions, you can choose what you want to do enroute. Visit the D-Day landing sites and the enchanting cities and towns which inspired an artistic movement.

Unforgettable Experiences

Giverny
Giverny
Enjoy an expert’s onboard talk; 'A Definition of Impressionism' as we sail to Monet’s village of Giverny.
Rouen
Rouen
Explore the medieval city of Rouen on a guided tour, visiting the Museum of Fine Arts and the Rouen Cathedral.
Paris
Paris
Discover the celebrated monuments, museums, and architecture of Paris on a guided tour of the French capital city.
Route des Abbayes
Route des Abbayes
Embark on the historic Route des Abbayes admiring the stunning architecture of these centuries-old buildings that line the river Seine.
Honfleur
Honfleur
Tour the charming port town of Honfleur, which influenced Monet, or visit two of the D-Day landing sites.

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - London to Paris

We meet our Tour Manager and group at London St Pancras before our journey to Paris on the Eurostar*. In Paris, we transfer to our ship, the MS Renoir, where we are welcomed with a relaxing drink before dinner.

Includes
  • Day 1 - Dinner
Day 2 - Paris

This morning we enjoy a guided tour of the splendid French capital. After lunch aboard you have some free time before we set sail for a cruise along the Seine, admiring the illuminated attractions along the way (weather permitting).

Includes
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 - Giverny or Versailles

We start the day cruising to Poissy, and are treated to an expert talk on board - 'A Definition of Impressionism' before we transfer to Giverny. Now synonymous with Monet, the town of Giverny almost missed out on getting its name on the map. It was during a train journey in 1883 when the artist saw the area and decided this was where he wanted to live and work. With its instantly recognisable lily ponds, the gardens are the image of how they were when Monet first painted them, almost like stepping into one of his artworks, and the house still has the atmosphere of a creative retreat. Alternatively, you may prefer to visit the opulent Palace of Versailles today. We rejoin our cruise ship and tonight there's a traditional French 'guinguette' evening onboard.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - Rouen

Our destination today is Rouen, former capital of Normandy, where we enjoy a guided tour which follows in the footsteps of the Impressionists. This medieval city is home to the Museum of Fine Arts and a vast collection of Impressionist compositions. We make a visit to the gallery as well as taking in Rouen Cathedral, which was depicted in oil paint by Claude Monet. His series of over 30 paintings show the building at different times of day. Following an insightful few hours, we return to our ship for tonight's dinner.

Includes
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - Route des Abbayes

We make our way to Caudebec-en-Caux today, sailing through a landscape of steep cliffs and timeless villages, fleeting views of which influenced the Impressionist style itself. On arrival in Caudebec we embark on an excursion along the Route des Abbayes, exploring the abbeys that line the route of the river by coach. Stretching between Rouen and Mont-Saint-Michel, this historic trail has seen religious orders being built here from the 5th century onwards, and at one point there were up to 120 sites of worship. Later we continue upriver to Honfleur, where we moor for the night.

Includes
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Tour Honfleur or discover the beaches of WWII

The charming port town of Honfleur, on the southern bank of the Seine Estuary, is in the Calvados region of France famous for its apple brandy. Centred on its historic port and marina - the 'Vieux Bassin' - today you can choose to take a tour of Honfleur. The town was an influence on the work of many artists, including Monet, Courbet and Boudin, who set up the Ecole de Honfleur, an artists' colony and melting pot for the whole Impressionist movement.

Otherwise you might choose to join our excursion to the nearby beaches of Gold and Juno, two of five D-Day landing sites. Following some free time this afternoon, tonight we celebrate the end of our cruise at the captain's special gala dinner.

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  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - Rail back to London

We transfer by rail to Paris this morning, after a final breakfast together. From here we catch the return Eurostar service back to London.

Includes
  • Day 7 - Breakfast

Additional information

Info - Travel Options

We offer a Standard Class and First Class rail options for departures on this tour. You can find out which class each departure is by clicking on the information button in the pricing grid. (Look for S - Standard Class and F - First Class)

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

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Eurostar

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MS Renoir

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