Rendezvous at the Seine – From Paris to the English Channel and back

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With the MS River Venture on the winding Seine connecting Paris and the English Channel. Beside the famous and vibrant city of Paris and the almost endless beaches of the Côte Fleurie, there are also trips to not often visited sites with french-charming ambience.

Itinerary

Day 1
Embarkation on MS River Venture in Paris, welcome cocktail. The ship leaves the famous City of Love in the afternoon.

Day 2
During night, MS River Venture arrives La Roche-Guyon, where you visit the impressive *La Roche- Guyon Castle in the morning, which nestles close to a chalk cliff not far from the Seine. Later you will spend a relaxing afternoon on board cruising on the winding Seine river and heading for its estuary.

Day 3
In the morning, the ship moors in the enchanting harbour town of Honfleur, which is located at the southern estuary of the Seine in the English Channel. Today an interesting *fullday excursion to the Alabaster coast north of the Seine estuary will expect you: First of all, you will stay at the seaside resort of Étretat, famous for its striking chalk cliffs in the sea. Afterwards, you visit the important seaport of Le Havre, famous for its “hanging gardens“, before heading back to Honfleur, which
radiates its maritime charm above all around the picturesque, narrowly built old harbour basin. This excursion also includes lunch. At night, the ship leaves Honfleur behind and cruises the Seine upstream.

Day 4
In the morning the ship reaches Caudebec- en-Caux. From here a coach excursion takes you to the seaport *Fécamp where you will visit the fishing museum and Palais Bénédictine. The sumptuously decorated rooms of this palatial factory has a distillery where the famous herb liqueur Bénédictine is produced, as well as a beautiful art collection. During lunch on board, the ship picks up speed again and arrives in Rouen in the late afternoon. There you will experience a *tour of this extremely worth
seeing city which, with its beautiful old town centre and the Old Market square lined with halftimbered buildings, is almost like a medieval open-air museum. Of course, you also visit the Gothic cathedral, which rises high into the Norman sky and is one of the most important sacral buildings in France.

Day 5
During night, MS River Venture moves to Les Andelys. In this pretty place, which is dominated by a mighty castle, there is time for an individual stroll in the morning. In the afternoon, the small town of Vernon lends the ship a berth. From here a coach excursion leads to *Giverny, where the house and studio as well as the wonderful gardens and the often painted water lily pond of the impressionist Claude Monet entice you to visit. In the evening the river cruise is continued to Conflans.

Day 6
The morning excursion takes you from Conflans to the baroque *Chantilly Castle, whose park is considered one of the most famous baroque gardens in the country. The famous horticultural artist André Le Nôtre played a major role in the design of this extensive complex with its large water basins and lawns. In the afternoon, MS River Venture continues towards Paris, which will be reached in the evening.

Day 7
The morning includes a visit to the magnificent *Versailles Palace, one of the largest palaces in Europe, including audio guides and a stroll through the magnificent gardens. For a long time Versailles was the main residence of the French kings. After lunch on board, the afternoon is dedicated to a *city tour of Paris, which includes the main sights such as the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, Place de la Concorde and much more.

Day 8
Disembarkation in Paris after breakfast.

Inclusions:

  • Cruise on board MS River Venture in the booked category
  • Full board on board the ship (3 meals daily: breakfast buffet, lunch, dinner incl. coffee), starting with dinner on the 1st day, ending with breakfast on the last day
  • Welcome cocktail on board
  • Embarking, disembarking and lock fees and harbour dues
  • English-speaking tour guide on board

Excursions Included:

  • Visit La Roche-Guyon Castle
  • Full-day coach excursion to Alabaster coast incl. Étretat, Honfleur & Le Havre incl. lunch
  • Coach excursion Fécamp with fishing museum and Palais Bénédictine
  • City tour of Rouen incl. Cathedral
  • Coach excursion Giverny
  • Visit Chantilly Castle
  • Sightseeing Versailles (castle and gardens)
  • City tour Paris

Exclusions:

Flights – Flights you will have to source yourself or discuss with Costless Travel at the time of booking. Unfortunately airlines change their pricing on a daily basis so we are unable to include the flights. We also note that some prefer to leave from different airports, some like economy and some like business class, some like to meet with family before or after the trip. .

Available Dates – subject to availability at time of booking

  • 12th of July 2020 – 19th of July 2020
  • 19th of July 2020 – 26th of July 2020
  • 26th of July 2020 – 2nd of August 2020
  • 2nd of August 2020 – 9th of August 2020
  • 9th of August 2020 – 16th of August 2020
  • 16th of August 2020 – 23rd of August 2020
  • 23rd of August 2020 – 30th of August 2020
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