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Sailing The Seine - All Inclusive

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(Tour code: SIZ18)

Discover the enchanting beauty of the iconic Seine River

On a quintessentially French cruise, discover the enchanting beauty of the iconic Seine River, beginning in Paris and taking in elegant châteaus, alabaster cliffs, ruined abbeys and sophisticated Norman cities.

Highlights
  • Martainville Château
  • Pont L’Évêque
  • The Alabaster Coast
  • The Norman Abbey Circuit
  • Paris
  • MS Seine Princess, Botticelli or Renoir
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • All Inclusive Board Basis
    5-night cruise on board the MS Botticelli, Seine Princess or Renoir
  • Welcome cocktail on board

Sailing The Seine - All Inclusive 2018Tour Details

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Day 1- London to Paris Eurostar
Eurostar

Day 1- London to Paris

You travel today from London St Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord, where you are greeted by a coach to transfer you to your ship. On arrival, you are met by the crew with a cocktail to welcome you aboard before dinner. After your meal, experience a traditional Parisian cabaret evening as your ship embarks on its way down the Seine.

Includes:
  • Dinner
Day 2 Martainville Chateau
Martainville Chateau

Martainville Château

Your ship today takes you along the river towards Les Andelys. On our way through the pretty greenery of the French landscape, we pass the resplendent Château Roche Guyon, a stately home sat under the shadow of a castle tower from the 12th century. After lunch, we continue on to the Martainville Château. This marvellous mansion resembles a Disney palace, with pale bricks and a variety of rounded turrets. Originally built in the 15th century, Martainville Château is now a museum, dedicated to Norman arts and traditions through the ages.

Later tonight, you take dinner onboard as the ship makes its way to the picture-perfect region of Honfleur.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Etretat
Etretat

Pont L’Évêque & the Alabaster Coast

Having docked in Honfleur today, disembark and take a coach to Pont L'Évêque. Complete with half-timbered houses and cobbled streets, Pont L'Évêque is a delightful medieval town famous for its cheese. We enjoy a guided tour here, stopping at Pont L'Évêque's finest sights. Our tour takes us to the Dominican convent, which boasts wonderful manicured gardens, blooming with attractive flower ranges. Your tour also includes a tasting of the cheese, which holds the same name as the town. This soft cheese itself is famously rich, and is well worth a taste.

After our time here, we return to Honfleur to explore this beautiful town and its surrounding area. Characterised by its charming little natural harbour, populated by bobbing white sailing boats, Honfleur is a delight to discover thanks to its narrow streets and brightly coloured town houses. It's distinct charm is such that a number of France's impressionist artists such as Monet and Boudin used it as a muse and a model for their paintings. We take a tour through the alleys and squares, finishing outside the venerable Saint Léonard Church, a remarkable Gothic style building.

In the afternoon, take a walk along the stunning Côte d'Albâtre or the 'Alabaster Coast'. Seemingly shorn from the same rock as the Cliffs of Dover, these pure white cliffs offer magnificent views across the blue of the English Channel. The rock is actually alabaster limestone, and millions of years have shaped the rock into various imposing geological formations. The natural arches at Etretat are both impressive and beautiful, with the white jutting out against the grey sea and blue sky.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Rouen
Rouen

The Norman Abbey Circuit

Today your ship makes its way to Duclair where you disembark in order to enjoy a guided tour of the excellent Norman Abbey Circuit, exploring the many ancient abbeys which were run by monks in the area. Many of these buildings are designed following a unique Norman style, as many were constructed in the 10th century during the height of the Norman dynasty. These ancient halls boast high arched ceilings and splendid stained-glass windows. We visit the fascinating Abbey of Saint Wandrille and the imposing Jumièges Abbey on our way. A Benedictine monastery still in operation today, the first stone of the Abbey of Saint Wandrille was laid around 650 AD.

In the afternoon, we take a guided tour of Rouen. An enchanting old medieval city, Rouen is known for its glorious cathedral known as the Notre Dame Cathedral as well as a 16th century astronomical clock on the Gros Horloge street. Rouen was the location of French Saint Joan of Arc's executions and we learn more about her during our tour.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower

Exploring Paris

Your morning today is spent cruising through some of the finest, most dramatic scenery which the Seine has to offer. You may wish to relax on the sun deck as we pass by the quaint village of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, the elegant town of Maison Laffitte and the romantic landscapes of the Val d'Oise province. The idyllic landscapes of the Seine are made up of classic postcard imagery of gentle green meadows, sleepy villages and adjoining waterways populated by rowing boats.

We arrive back into Paris around midday, to enjoy a panoramic tour of this iconic city. We take in all the classic sights including the magnificent Eiffel Tower, the glittering Champs-Élysées and the site of the Bastille. There is nowhere on earth with the combined romance and elegance of the French capital and this is evident in the indulgent shopping streets, plaza cafés and 19th century townhouses which line the boulevards.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Return home
Return home

Return home

Disembark your ship today and transfer by coach to Paris Gare du Nord. From here, board the Eurostar back to the UK where your tour concludes.

Includes:
  • Breakfast

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise arrival and departure times.

What’s included
What's Included

The River Cruise and All Transfers

  • Return rail from London to Paris
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • 5-night cruise on board the MS Botticelli, Seine Princess or Renoir

All Meals and Drinks

  • 14 meals including 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners
  • House wine, beer and soft drinks whenever the bar is open
  • Welcome cocktail on board prior to dinner
  • Complimentary beer, wines and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
All Excursions
  • Excursion to Martainville Château
  • Guided tour of Pont L'Évêque with a cheese tasting
  • Sightseeing tour of Honfleur
  • Panoramic walk along the Côte d'Albâtre or the 'Alabaster Coast'
  • Guided tour of the Norman Abbey Circuit including the Abbey of St Wandrille and the Jumièges Abbey
  • City tour of Rouen
  • Sightseeing tour of Paris

This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

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