Find abundant serenity, history and culture on this epic river journey through the heart of France, including Paris and Honfleur. From charming harbor towns to Paris’ distinctive spirit to utopic beauty, each day of this Seine River cruise offers a narrative of France’s past. Wander amid Monet’s inspiring property and let legends unfold at medieval chateaux and abbeys. Poetic verses sweep through the streets of Rouen and Honfleur, and the stirring, historic sites of Normandy will leave an imprint on your heart. This classic journey through northern France is sure to be a favorite!
The freshly christened MS Renoir is the latest star in the Croisi Europe fleet of fine river and coastal ships. It’s part of a new generation of ships sailing on the Seine River that employs innovative advanced marine design to allow for a high degree of safety and comfortable passage right into the heart of river cities and villages in France. The ship’s staff and crew will welcome you as part of the family and work to make each day onboard a memorable travel experience. The congenial atmosphere found aboard is in perfect harmony with the stylish décor that features contemporary design and furnishings with European elegance.
Claire Lesourd is a certified national guide and lecturer, with more than 30 years of experience in the Normandy tourism industry. She worked for the Caen Memorial Museum and was a founder of the museum’s excursions on the D-Day Beaches. She also was in charge of the guided tours department of the Bayeux Tourism Office. She looks forward to sharing her personal knowledge of WWII history with you. Her mother’s family was living in Caen on D-Day and her paternal grandfather was part of the French Resistance. She is also passionate about historic heritage and art, particularly Impressionism.
A Note About Activity Levels
We want you to have a comfortable and enjoyable experience. That’s why we have rated all of our excursions with activity levels to help you assess this program’s physical expectations. Activity Level ratings indicate each excursion’s physical expectations. To make the best personal choice, please evaluate each excursion’s rating and your ability to meet the tour’s physical demands. Please note excursions on this program require you to: walk on cobblestones, unpaved paths or uneven surfaces; and get on/off motor coaches, boats and trains.
1–Mild: walk under 1 mile on mainly flat terrain; navigate under 50 stairs; stand under 1 hour
2–Moderate: walk 1-3 miles on flat/uneven terrain; navigate 50-100 stairs; stand 1-2 hours
3–Active: walk 2+ miles on flat/uneven terrain, including up and down inclines; navigate 100+ stairs; stand 3+ hours
Depending on the excursion, more leisurely alternatives may be available.
CANCELLATION-You will receive a full refund for cancellations made up to 90 days prior to trip departure. Cancellations from 89 to 76 days prior to departure will be subject to a $300 per person administrative fee. The withheld administrative fee may be applied to a future AHI Travel program that will operate in the current calendar year or year following cancellation. The credit will be applied to the final billing and may not be used as part of the initial deposit. It is non-transferable and is not valid toward the purchase of an AHI Cruises independent cruise. Cancellations from 75 days to 60 days prior to departure will result in forfeiture of 25% of the entire cost of the trip per person; 59-30 days, 50% of the trip cost per person; cancellations from 29 days up to the time of departure will result in 100% forfeiture of the entire cost of the trip.
day 1 & 2
In transit - Depart your gateway city for Paris, France
Touch down in Paris and meet up with your AHI Travel representative. Transfer to the pier and embark the MS Renoir, your home for the next several days. Spend the afternoon settling in your cabin or head off to begin discovering Paris at your leisure. Tonight, you’re invited to meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Reception and Dinner.
Learn about the many peoples and events that helped shape Paris’ diverse culture; then it’s off to the Latin Quarter to witness its many layers of history. See the restoration process of Notre-Dame, the city’s most famous cathedral, and cross the Pont de l’Achevêché, the Archbishop’s Bridge. Tonight, a fairytale cruise along the Seine River offers a poetic, illuminated spectacle of the “City of Light.”
Paris | Personalize Your Journey
Today, choose from (1) a visit to the Palace of Versailles, the iconic baroque chateau that was once the kingdom’s political capital and seat of the royal court or (2) a visit to the Palais Garnier Opera House. With an elaborate ceiling painted by Chagall, the opera house also features an elegant auditorium decorated in plush red and gold.
Giverny | Les Andelys | Martainville-Éperville
Step into the life of painter Claude Monet at his Giverny home and see the gardens of weeping willows, water lilies and arched bridges that inspired his paintings. This afternoon, encounter Norman culture at two of the region’s castles: the once-grand Château Gaillard, which was built in just two years, and the 15th-century Château de Martainville.
Jumièges | Rouen
Delight in two ancient abbeys: the Benedictine Abbey of Jumièges, one of the most powerful abbeys in medieval France, and Abbey Saint-Wandrille with incredible rococo-style decorations. Back in Rouen, encounter a history lesson like no other in this haven beloved by Joan of Arc, Richard the Lionheart and Claude Monet, among others. Take in the half-timbered houses, charming harbor area, beautiful astronomical clock and grand Notre-Dame de Rouen.
Caen | D-Day Beaches
Embark on a poignant journey through sites steeped in World War II history, pausing to commemorate those who fought on this battle-scared landscape. From the gold shores of Normandy’s beaches to the premier Caen Memorial Museum and the humbling Normandy American Cemetery to Pointe du Hoc, your visit will be thought-provoking and informative. Plus, visit Omaha Beach, where Allied forces landed during the D-Day invasions. Along the way, your expert guide provides accounts of the haunting events that occurred.
Beginning in the 12th century, Honfleur was an important trading port for goods transiting to England. See lasting vestiges of this storied time while strolling through Le Vieux Bassin. After, you’re free to explore Honfleur on your own before gathering with your fellow travelers tonight. Enjoy regaling each other with tales of your epic Seine journey during a festive Farewell Reception and Dinner.
Depart for your home city
Following breakfast, say farewell your fellow travelers and head home.
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