PARIS, LES ANDELYS, CAUDEBEC, ROUEN & VERNON
Discover the spirit of the Seine River on this 7-night cruise. Enjoy the highlights of the “City of Lights” with a photo stop at the Eiffel Tower, a visit to the Arc de Triomphe, a walking tour of Montmartre, and an evening illumination cruise. Explore the two districts of Andely, stop at a medieval fortress built by Richard the Lionheart, visit Bayeux’s Gothic-style cathedral with the famous Queen Mathilde tapestry, and continue to the historic port city of Arromanches which was established by the Allies in 1944 after the successful execution of D-Day during the Second World War. In Rouen, we’ll stop at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Rouen Castle and from Vernon we’ll travel to Giverny to visit Claude Monet’s home and garden. Along the way, learn how to make perfect French crepes and enjoy a wine and cheese tasting on board.
- Overnight international flight
- 7-night cruise on the Seine River:
- Les Andelys
- City tour of Paris & walking tour of Montmartre
- Evening illumination cruise of Paris
- Tour of Andely
- Visit the village of Lyons-la-Forêt with its beautifully preserved 17th-century architecture
- Bayeux & Queen Mathilde tapestry
- Historic WWII port, Arromanches
- French crepes cooking class
- Walking tour of Rouen
- Monet’s Gardens in Giverny
- French wine & cheese tasting
- Versailles (optional)
- Round-trip airfare from New York area (JFK or EWR)
- 7-night cruise aboard the MS Swiss Ruby
- Ground transportation in air-conditioned motorcoach
- 20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
- Free-flowing wine, beer, soda, water, coffee-tea with every dinner while onboard the ship
- Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
- Professional, English-speaking Cruise Manager and local English-speaking guides throughout
Your exciting journey begins as you board your overnight flight to Europe.
Arrive in Paris (France)
On arrival, transfer to your luxurious floating hotel, the delightful M/S “Swiss Ruby”, where you will have the rest of the day to settle-in, explore the ship and enjoy your first dinner.
MS Swiss Ruby | Dinner
After breakfast, our day begins with a half day sightseeing of Paris, known as a global center for art, fashion, culinary arts and culture. Our bus and walking tour includes a drive down the famous Avenue des Champs-Élysées past the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre Museum (home to the Mona Lisa) & the Cathédrale Notre-Dame, including a photo op at the Eiffel Tower. Our tour of the city will end with a stop to climb the steps of the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur for magnificent views of the city followed by a walk through the artsy district of Montmartre, famous for its street artists,…
After breakfast, enjoy the passing vista’s or participate in an on board activity. After lunch on board, we’ll depart on a wonderful bus tour through the two districts of Andely, “Petit-Andely” and “Grand-Andely,” which used to be two separate cities before being united during the French Revolution. This is followed by a stop at the Gaillard Castle, a medieval fortress built by Richard the Lionheart at the end of the 12th century with magnificent panoramic views over the Seine Valley. Our tour concludes with a visit to the village of Lyons-la-Forêt, considered…
Breakfast will be served before we embark on a glorious full day excursion of the cities, Bayeux & Arromanches! The first stop is the medieval city of Bayeux, where you may stroll through the ancient cobblestone streets of the historic Bayeux city center before visiting its Gothic-style cathedral and the famous Queen Mathilde tapestry: a 70 meters long and 50 centimeters high XI Century hand-made work of art. Next, we continue over to the historic port city of Arromanches,established by the Allies in 1944 after the successful execution of D-Day during the Second World War. With its…
Enjoy the morning at your leisure or participate in a cooking class where our Chef will show you how to make perfect French crepes as we approach one of the formerly largest and prosperous cities in all of medieval Europe, Rouen! Upon arrival, your walking tour of the city will include stops at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, The Rouen Castle (known for temporarily holding Joan of Arc), and the Joan of Arc Square.
| Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Welcome to Vernon! After breakfast, a short drive will take us to the small village of Giverny; home to the world renowned impressionist painter Claude Monet. Here we’ll be enchanted by the beautiful garden with its Japanese bridge and famous water lily pond that was an inspiration for many of his paintings. We’ll also have the opportunity to visit Claude Monet’s house where the renovated property exhibits his personal studio. Back on board enjoy a wine and cheese tasting featuring authentic French wines paired with delicious French “fromage” (cheese).
Wake up to the beautiful sites of Paris once again! With Paris so much to offer, it is impossible for us NOT to revisit this wonderful city again! Enjoy the entire day of free time to explore the city at your own leisure or choose to take the optional excursion to the Château Versaille, also known as the Castle of the Sun King: regarded as the most beautiful and complete example of 17th century French art. On this tour we’ll have the chance to see the art and architectural beauty found in the halls and rooms of the Castle, followed by a stroll through its enchanting gardens….
As all good things must come to an end, after breakfast, bid your crew goodbye and disembark. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the US with a suitcase full of memories!
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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $899
MS Swiss Ruby:
Rates are based on Category C Cabins (on the Main Emerald Deck at the rear of the ship with Panorama Window). Upgrade to higher category cabins:
• CAT B., Main Emerald Deck, Middle/Front of Ship with Panorama Window: add $199 double occupancy / $349 single occupancy
• CAT A., Upper Diamond Deck with French Balcony: add $549 double occupancy
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-9:00 EST and Sat-Sun, 10:00-6:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received at the time of reservation*. A second non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $300 is due 60 days after the date of your reservation. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. *If the reservation date is within 70 days of the final payment due date, both first and second deposits are due at the time of reservation. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
On this optional excursion, we’ll visit Chateau Versailles, also known as the Castle of the Sun King and regarded as the most beautiful and complete example of 17th-century French art. Chateau Versailles was the residence for the kings and queens of France in the 17th Century until the French Revolution. King Louis XIV turned this small hunting lodge into the most extravagant court Europe had ever known. Before the French Revolution, The Palace of Versailles was a glorious symbol of monarch, France’s Royal Family, and the state itself. On this tour you will have the chance to see…
MS Swiss Ruby
Launched in 2002 and renovated in 2012, the MS Swiss Ruby provides an intimate and elegant atmosphere on board. Cabins are 162 sq. ft and spread over two cabins. The main “Emerald” deck cabins feature large, above water Panorama windows, while the upper “Diamond” deck cabins feature full floor to ceiling French balconies. In addition to the stylish interior, cabins are equipped with a radio, flat screen, TV, minibar, safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, and a luxurious bathroom. In the common space, enjoy the large restaurant with panorama windows, grab a drink at the…
Your flights from New York and back are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules. We recommend that you arrive at the airport at least 3 ½ hours before the scheduled departure.
|2021: Apr. 23||Newark (EWR)||United Airlines||6:30PM||12:00PM|
|2021: May 28||New York (JFK)||SWISS||9:00PM||8:00PM|
|2021: Jun. 4, Aug. 6, Sep. 17||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
The above airlines does not assign seats in advance. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignment. It is between you and the airline! Seat assignments can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging the entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour: Land-only services start upon independent check in at the hotel in Amsterdam on Day 2 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. Land-Only services end after breakfast on the boat in Amsterdam on Day 10 of the itinerary. Please be sure to schedule your departure flight in the afternoon to accommodate disembarkation.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Visa not required for American passport holders. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets along with final instruction and some additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour. Please advise us in writing should your address change.
Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.
In April you can expect daytime highs in the 50’s with nighttime lows in the mid-30’s to low 40’s. In May daytime temperatures typically range in the 60’s to low 70’s and cool to the high 40’s to low 50’s after the sun goes down. It can rain on occasion year-round so consider bringing a waterproof or water-resistant jacket.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
On the cruise ship and some stores during your shore excursions will accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations. On board the Euro is the accepted currency. Credit cards may be used on board (Visa or Mastercard only), but a service charge may be applied. As of May 2014, European credit card processors require credit cards with chips and a 4-digit PIN code.
On board the ship the electrical current is 220V/50MHZ and you will find a round pin electrical socket. You may need a universal transformer to convert the current and an adapter to fit the outlet/plug. Electrical current requirements range from one electronic device to another; please check your chargers and electronic devices prior to travel.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase maximum 50 pounds) and one carry-on piece not to exceed 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.