DAY 1, October 15, 2019 | Paris
Depart for Paris, France, to start your journey through the Normandy region. Bask in the rich history, art, culture, and romance of its celebrated cities and charming towns.
DAY 2, October 16, 2019 | Paris
Your journey opens in Paris. Board your ship for a relaxing 7-night river cruise. Your beautiful vessel offers the newest technology, panoramic deck, panorama bar, delicious cuisine and regional wines with every dinner, and outstanding service. Enjoy a cocktail that night in the Panorama Bar where you will meet your fellow travelers before a lovely welcome dinner.
DAY 3, October 17, 2019 | Conflans - Auvers-sur-Oise
This morning, arrive in Conflans, situated at the confluence of the Oise and Seine rivers. Visit the town of Auvers-sur-Oise, once home to several 19th-century painters including Paul Cézanne, Charles-François Daubigny, Camille Pissaro, and—perhaps most famously—Vincent Van Gogh.
Embark on a tour of Auvers-sur-Oise that retraces Van Gogh’s time there, including Auberge Ravoux where he rented his room, the idyllic fields that inspired his last masterpiece, and his final resting place. This afternoon, cruise past lovely French countryside scenery as your journey continues.
DAY 4, October 18, 2019 | Rouen
Today your ship docks in Rouen, the historical capital of Normandy. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the medieval city, highlighting its many monuments and architectural treasures.
Visit the cathedral and the Church of Joan of Arc before viewing the Gros Horloge astronomical clock. Spend time at leisure to continue exploring the city, perhaps with a visit to Place du Vieux Marché, the site where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in the 15th century.
This afternoon, you may take an optional excursion with a local expert along the “Abbey Trail” to the ruins of both St. Wandrille Abbey and Jumièges. Learn about the rich history of the churches, castles, and abbeys that once populated this region.
DAY 5, October 19, 2019 | Honfleur - Le Havre
This morning we dock in Le Havre, a city located on the English Channel at the mouth of the Seine River.
Perhaps you will join an optional morning sightseeing tour to Étretat, a town situated on the Normandy coast with stunning clifftop views and a charming fishing village where a guided walking tour highlights the various artists who have visited and painted there through the years.
This afternoon, enjoy an included excursion to Honfleur, a remarkable maritime city. Explore the narrow streets and the 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.
DAY 6, October 20, 2019 | Normandy Excursion - Caudebec-en-Caux
A full day of remembrance awaits, as we travel through Normandy to visit some of the significant D-Day Landing sites of World War II.
Begin at Pointe du Hoc, a strategic German battery that defended the Utah and Omaha beaches from the Allied invasion, where craters from cataclysmic bombings occupy the landscape to this day. View Omaha Beach, one of the U.S. landing zones of the invasion of Normandy. Next, visit the Normandy American Cemetery and visitor’s center.
Enjoy an included lunch locally before traveling on to Arromanche-les-Bains to view the Mulberry Harbor, one of the greatest engineering feats of WWII and a massive coup for the Allies. This evening, we rejoin the ship in Caudebec-en-Caux.
DAY 7, October 21, 2019 | Les Andelys - Château Gaillard and Giverny
Begin your morning with a stop in Les Andelys to visit Château Gaillard, constructed in the 12th century by Richard the Lionheart.
Admire the striking views of French countryside from the château’s vantage point on a promontory along the Seine. Next, continue to Giverny, where tranquil gardens combining flora and water elements inspired Monet’s greatest works. A guide will share stories of Monet’s time here as you tour his home and its surrounding gardens.
This afternoon, perhaps you will join an optional excursion to King Louis XIV’s magnificent Palace of Versailles, the largest palace in Europe; visit the grand private apartments and the Hall of Mirrors on a guided tour of the palace; stroll the magnificent gardens which are amongst some of the world’s most famous and took over 40 years to complete.
Tonight, the captain welcomes you to the elegant Captain’s Gala dinner, immediately followed by an evening of dancing.
DAY 8, October 22, 2019 | Paris
This morning, take a splendid panoramic coach tour that features views of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Les Invalides, the Louvre Museum, the famous Champs-Elysées, and the Jardin des Tuileries.
Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to continue exploring this great city, or join an optional guided walking tour of the Montmartre district highlighting its narrow winding streets that have drawn artists to them for hundreds of years.
Your day concludes with a farewell dinner where you will bid adieu to the illuminated “City of Lights.”
DAY 9, October 23, 2019 | Paris - Disembark Ship
Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many pleasant memories of a wonderful adventure.