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Spirit of the Seine River Cruise

From
  • $2999
     
  • 9
    Days

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.

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • Overnight international flight
  • 7-night cruise on the Seine River:
    • Paris
    • Les Andelys
    • Caudebec
    • Rouen
    • Vernon

Tour
Highlights

  • 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)

Activity Level: Explorer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • 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

Tour Itinerary

Depart USA

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

Paris

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,…

Les Andelys

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…

Caudebec

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…

Rouen

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

Vernon

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).

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Paris

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….

Paris/U.S.

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!

| Breakfast

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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.

Versailles

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…