River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to Paris, France.
Day 2 Paris, France - Tour Begins - Board Cruise Ship
Your journey opens in Paris, the “City of Light,” where you will board your ship. Your home for the next seven nights, this beautifully appointed vessel has all the modern amenities you could need, such as the newest technology, panoramic deck, panorama bar, outstanding service, and delicious cuisine and wine with every dinner. Tonight, enjoy a cocktail before you’re welcomed aboard with a lovely dinner. (D)
Day 3 Conflans - Auvers-sur-Oise
Arrive in Conflans, situated at the meeting point of the Oise and Seine rivers. Spend time in the town of Auvers-sur-Oise, once home to several 19th-century painters including Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissaro, and Vincent Van Gogh. Walk in the footsteps of Van Gogh on a city tour that retraces his time here. Visit his home at Auberge Ravoux, see the idyllic fields that inspired his last masterpiece, and pause at his final resting place. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Rouen
Dock in Rouen, the historic capital of Normandy. Step into the past on a guided walking tour of this medieval city, visiting the cathedral, the Church of Joan of Arc, and the Gros Horloge astronomical clock. Enjoy some time to explore on your own, perhaps visiting the site where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. This afternoon, consider taking an optional excursion along the “Abbey Trail” with a local expert, heading to the ruins of St. Wandrille Abbey and Jumièges. (B,L,D)
Day 5 Le Havre - Honfleur - Le Havre
Journey to Le Havre, set on the English Channel at the mouth of the Seine River. Perhaps you will join an optional tour to Étretat, a charming fishing village with stunning clifftop views and a history of famous artists. Continue on to Honfleur and discover the narrow streets and old port with a local guide. View the Lieutenancy, the Old Salt Stores, and St. Catherine’s Church before enjoying time to shop or explore independently. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Le Havre - Normandy Excursion - Caudebec-en-Caux
Travel through Normandy to visit significant D-Day Landing sites of World War II. Begin at Pointe du Hoc, a strategic German battery that defended beaches from the Allied invasion, and see the craters from the cataclysmic bombings. View Omaha Beach, one of the U.S. landing zones, before visiting the Normandy American Cemetery and visitor center. After lunch, head to Arromanche-les-Bains to see the Mulberry Harbor, a great WWII engineering feat for the Allies. Return to the ship in Caudebec-en-Caux. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Les Andelys - Château Gaillard - Giverny
Begin your morning in Les Andelys to visit the 12th-century Château Gaillard, constructed by Richard the Lionheart, and admire the views of the French countryside. Continue to Giverny, where tranquil gardens and shady paths inspired some of Monet’s greatest works. As you tour his home and its surrounding gardens, a guide will share stories of the renowned artist’s life. Back onboard, enjoy the Captain’s Gala dinner, immediately followed by an evening of dancing. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Paris
Take a panoramic coach tour of Paris, passing by beloved sites such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Les Invalides, and the Louvre. The afternoon is yours. Perhaps you will select from two optional excursions – visit King Louis XIV’s magnificent Palace of Versailles,* or join a guided walking tour of the Montmartre district. No matter how you spend your afternoon, toast to your French getaway at a farewell dinner where you will bid adieu to the illuminated “City of Light.” (B,L,D)
Day 9 Paris - Disembark Ship - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many treasured memories of French waterways. (B)
River Cruise Highlights
Explore Normandy on a full day excursion.
View the Gros Horloge, Rouen’s astronomical clock.
Tour Auvers-sur-Oise, inspiration for many of Van Gogh’s paintings and masterpieces.
All This Included
Immerse yourself in French culture and Parisian romance on a tranquil 7-night river cruise through the resplendent Normandy region. Start your journey in Paris, the “City of Light.” Tour Auvers-sur-Oise, the former home of several painters including Cézanne and Van Gogh. Coast past the idyllic French countryside and dock in Rouen, where you’ll see the Gros Horloge astronomical clock. Stop in Le Havre and explore Honfleur. Visit Château Gaillard, constructed by Richard the Lionheart in the 12th century. See the gardens of Giverny, the home and inspiration of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet. This is La Belle Seine – a journey as elegant as France itself.
Centrally-located hotels provide a home away from home
Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
A professional tour manager accompanies you throughout your trip
Expert local guides provide insightful, personalized tours
Unparalleled sightseeing includes all of the "must-sees"
Enriching cultural experiences bring the destination to life
Private climate-controlled motorcoach enhances your tour
Free round trip sedan service that takes you from your home to the airport when you purchase an air-inclusive Collette tour (within 50 miles of nearest airport gateway)
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS Amadeus Diamond
Pre and Post Add-ons
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This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven ground and cobblestoned streets.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.