Romantic Seine Valley
“Paris by Night”cruise
|2||Paris||Guided tour of Paris
Afternoon / evening at leisure
|3||Vernon||Excursion to Claude Monet’s workshop
Dinner and entertainment
|4||Duclair||Jumièges Abbey tour
Afternoon spent cruising
|5||Honfleur||Full day guided tour of the Normandy Landing Beaches|
|6||Rouen||Morning spent cruising
Guided walking tour of Rouen
|7||Les Andelys||Afternoon visit to Martainville Château
DAY 1 / PARIS / EMBARKATION
After embarking in the evening, meet the crew and enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner aboard the ship. Tonight, you’ll discover Paris and its monuments—including the Eiffel Tower, the Grand Palais, and the Notre-Dame Cathedral—from a rare and spectacular vantage point on a cruise along the Seine River. Mooring overnight.
DAY 2 / PARIS
Embark on a guided tour of the City of Light, which in the two thousand-odd years since its founding has seen ecclesiasts, monarchs, and presidents leave their mark through the erection of churches, palaces, monuments, and museums. Paris’ reputation for sophistication is unparalleled thanks to its perfumers, jewellers, and couturiers—but it’s also a festive city, boasting world-famous cabarets, theatres, and revues. After the tour, which includes stops at the city’s most iconic landmarks, the afternoon is yours to stroll cobblestone streets, shop, or have a drink in a café or brasserie.
DAY 3 / VERNON
This morning, admire the charming Seine Valley countryside as you cruise to Vernon. Upon arrival, you’ll visit the Claude Monet Foundation in Giverny, the late impressionist painter’s former residence. Here, learn about Monet’s day-to-day life, see the pond and gardens that inspired his Water Lilies series, and take in his private collection of Japanese prints. After re-boarding the ship, enjoy dinner and an evening of live entertainment.
DAY 4 / DUCLAIR
After arriving in Duclair, take a coach excursion to the Jumièges Abbey. Founded in 654 AD, this vast Benedictine monastery was pillaged and burnt to the ground by Vikings in the ninth century. Two hundred years later, it was rebuilt, and during the Romantic period it was well-renowned, thanks to novelist Victor Hugo, who called it the “most beautiful ruin in all of France.” Next, visit the Abbey of Saint-Georges in Saint-Martin-de-Boscherville, one of the most prestigious Romanesque monasteries in the Normandy region. Return to Duclair by coach, where you’ll rejoin the ship and set sail for Honfleur.
DAY 5 / HONFLEUR
A highlight this program, today you embark on a full-day excursion to the site of the Normandy Landings, where on D-Day, Allied forces launched a seaborne invasion—the largest in history—of German-occupied northwestern Europe. See Omaha Beach, Arromanches, Gold Beach, Juno Beach, and Sword Beach, and learn how this momentous operation changed the outcome of World War II.
DAY 6 / ROUEN
Spend the morning relaxing on the deck, where you’ll be granted a veritable panorama of the Norman countryside that has been a source of artistic inspiration for centuries. The ship’s passage under the impressive Normandy Bridge is not to be missed. Upon arrival in Rouen, set off on foot for a guided tour of Normandy’s gastronomical, cultural, and historical capital. Only a five-minute walk from the ship, the magnificent Rouen Cathedral incorporates architectural features from several Gothic periods. Next, see the market square where Joan of Arc, France’s iconic medieval heroine, was burned at the stake for heresy in 1431. Back on board the ship, dinner will be accompanied by an evening of entertainment. Morning overnight in Rouen.
DAY 7 / ROUEN / LES ANDELYS
After a morning spent cruising, arrive in Les Andelys, where you will take a coach excursion to 15th-century Château de Martainville, which now houses the Museum of Norman Arts and Traditions. Here, find five hundred years of rural Norman history, and trace the rich traditions the Norman people through artifacts such as clothing, jewelry, furniture, pottery, and more. Tonight, celebrate your last evening on the ship with a gala dinner.
DAY 8 / PARIS / DISEMBARKATION
After a relaxed buffet breakfast on board the ship, you’ll return to Paris to prepare for the next leg of your voyage.
Dates & Prices
(Name of Itinerary)
|Itinerary Start Date||Ship name||Route||Duration (Nights)||Main Deck Pricing PP||Upper Deck Pricing PP||Suite Main Deck Pricing PP||Suite Upper Deck Pricing PP|
(Romantic Seine Valley)
|7/29/2017||MS Seine Princess||Paris/Paris||7||$2,660||$2,880||$2,940||N/A|
|9/7/2017||MS Seine Princess||Paris/Paris||7||$2,780||$3,000||$3,050|
Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include the classic excursion package.
RREU-01 Port Charge: N/A
RREU-01 Single Supplement:
- Main Deck: $537
- Upper Deck: $537
- Suite Main Deck: $537
- The cruise on a full board basis, with meals commencing with dinner on Day One and ending with breakfast on the final morning
- Drinks including water, wine, beer, fruit juices and coffee served by CroisiEurope during meals on board; drinks served at the bar (excluding Champagne and wines on the wine list)
- Accommodation in double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
- Onboard entertainment
- The assistance of our onboard host/hostess
- Welcome cocktail
- The Gala evening
- Repatriation insurance
- All port taxes
MS Seine Princess
|2002; Refurbished in 2010||110m||2||67||138||13m²||More Details|
Travel TipsThe Seine
Travel Documents / Visas
Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the last date of travel to enter France (EU).
Citizens of other countries should consult with their travel agent or our office.
No visa is required for France for leisure stays of up to 90 days.
A handy checklist of what to bring on your trip can be downloaded here.
We very strongly recommend the purchase of appropriate travel insurance for any trip outside of Canada. Information on travel insurance options can be found here.
Not permitted anywhere indoors. There are designated areas on the outside decks.
April / May – cool days in the 10’s and low 20’s. Occasional rain but seldom steady.
June to September – warm days in the mid 20’s and cool evenings. Mostly dry.
October – cool days in the mid to high 10’s. Occasional frost but mostly dry.
Arrival / Departure
Upon booking, we will provide detail instructions on how to meet your ship on embarkation day. If you have not made any pre or post tour arrangements with us, you will have to arrange your own transportation to and from the port of embarkation. We are happy to provide advice or to assist in arranging transfers.
The ship will not be ready for check-in before mid-afternoon. If you have luggage that you need to deposit so you can enjoy some free time in port, the purser may be able to accommodate you provided we know in advance.
The cruise will finish in the morning (usually around 9am) on the final day. It is necessary to have settled your onboard account and to have disembarked by this time as instructed by the cruise director on the day before.
The currency is the EURO. It is uncommon for local shops and restaurants to accept any other currency.
Credit cards are acceptable for larger purchases in retail shops, but often not in restaurants or cafés.
ATM’s accepting most international debit and credit cards can be found in abundance.
As always, gratuities are at your own discretion. If you feel the service has met or exceeded your expectations, the ship suggests an amount of EURO $ 5-10 per person per day.
Unfortunately there are no laundry facilities on board so bring what you need for the cruise.
Most of our programs include a full complement of excursions. Some additional excursions may be available on board at an extra cost. Please check with us or consult the purser onboard for additional information.
Excursions will usually involve a lot of walking, often on cobblestone streets. If you have difficulty walking any distance, please let us know in advance and we will advise how best we can accommodate you.
Regrettably, most of our excursions are not suitable to those confined to a wheelchair.
Activity Level / Strenuousness
Light – At most, participation in the shore excursions requires the ability to walk reasonable distances and some stairs.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included in your cruise fare so you shouldn’t be too hungry. It is worthwhile to sample the local cuisine though. Dishes with apple are a local favourite here, whether it’s a cider, jam, jelly or some delicious pies.
If you have the opportunity for dinner, the Rouen specialty Duckling à la Rouennaise (Duck in blood sauce) is a superb dish where the duck is pressed to extract all of the flavour.
Your shipboard staff all speak English of course, but when you are wandering through the shops in small villages, the local folk may have little English. Time to brush up on that high school French or bring along a phrasebook or translation app.
There are no medical personnel onboard the ship. However, the purser can contact onshore medical people for emergency and non-emergency situations and rapid evacuation can easily be facilitated in the most urgent cases.
Phone & Internet
There is a phone in each cabin. As is typical, the charges for overseas calls are relatively high.
Free Wi-Fi is available in the main public areas of the ship but not necessarily in all cabins. As internet is provided through a mobile network, bandwidth (speed) will vary depending on the number of concurrent users, the proximity to a cell tower and other factors.
If you would like to have regular data and phone connection, we suggest either arranging an overseas roaming plan with your mobile operator, or pick up a local SIM card if you have an unlocked phone.
Health / Vaccinations
There are no vaccinations required to travel to France. As always, we recommend being in good health prior to any long distance travel. Consult your physician with any specific concerns in regard to this program.
Safety & Security
Despite recent events, France is extremely safe. Particularly the small cities and towns on this voyage, you should have nothing to be concerned about. This being said, being constantly aware of your surroundings and not taking unnecessary valuables with you is always recommended. Leave your passport, extra money and any other belongings you do not need during the day in the safe in your cabin.
You can access current information about the security situation in France by referring to the Canadian government travel advisory site at https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/france
D-Day: The Battle for Normandy