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    An Impression of the Seine (Fly & Cruise) SEZ21

    Resort:An Impression of the Seine (Fly & Cruise) SEZ21
    Operator: Great Rail Journeys
    Destination: Europe, France
    Price From: £1895.00

    Overview

    Cruising the scenic Seine on board the MS Renoir, explore the
    world of the Impressionist artists, from Monet’s famous garden at
    Giverny to the city galleries of Paris and Rouen. With flexible
    shore excursions available, you can choose what you want to do
    whilst enjoying the romantic scenery of what is arguably France’s
    best-loved waterway. Experience the very best of Northern France,
    from the world-changing D-Day landings to the enchanting cities and
    towns which inspired the artists of the Impressionist movement.

    Highlights

    • MS Renoir
    • Tour of Paris
    • Tour of Rouen
    • Route des Abbayes
    • On board talk on the Impressionists
    • A guided visit to Giverny or Versailles and a tour of Honfleur or the beaches of WWII

    whats Included

    • Return Scheduled Flights
    • 6-night cruise on board the MS Renoir
    • Choose your cabin number at no extra cost
    • Return flights from London to Paris with return transfers from the airport to your ship
    • 6-night cruise on board the MS Renoir
    • Escorted throughout your tour by an on board Tour Manager and Cruise Director
    • Dinner drinks included every night of your cruise
    • On board live music every night
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board

    Itinerary

    Days 1-2 – Board the MS Renoir in Paris

    Your holiday begins with a flight to Paris. On arrival we
    transfer by coach to our ship, the Ms Renoir, where we are welcomed
    with a relaxing drink before dinner.

    On the morning of Day 2 we enjoy a
    guided tour of the splendid French capital. After lunch aboard you
    have some free time before we set sail for a cruise along the
    Seine, admiring the illuminated attractions along the way (weather
    permitting).

    Day 3 – Giverny or Versailles

    We start the day cruising to Giverny, during which time we are
    treated to an expert talk on board; ‘A Definition of
    Impressionism’. Now synonymous with Monet, Giverny very nearly
    missed out on getting its name on the map. It was during a train
    journey in 1883 when the artist saw the area and decided that this
    was the spot he wanted to live and work in. With its instantly
    recognisable lily ponds, the gardens are the image of how they were
    when Monet first painted them, almost like stepping into one of his
    artworks, and the house still has the atmosphere of a creative
    retreat.

    Alternatively, you may prefer to visit the slightly more opulent
    Palace of Versailles. We rejoin the boat where tonight there’s a
    traditional French ‘guinguette’ evening held on board.

    Day 4 – Rouen

    Our destination today is Rouen, former capital of Normandy,
    where we enjoy a guided tour that follows in the footsteps of the
    Impressionists themselves. This medieval city is the proud home of
    The Museum of Fine Arts and its impressive collection of
    Impressionist compositions. We make a visit to the gallery as well
    as taking in Rouen Cathedral, which was depicted in oil paint by
    Claude Monet. His series of over 30 paintings show the building at
    all different times of day. Following an insightful few hours, we
    return to our ship for tonight’s dinner.

    Day 5 – The Route des Abbayes

    We make our way to Duclair today, sailing through a landscape of
    steep cliffs and timeless villages, fleeting views of which helped
    inspire the Impressionist style itself. On arrival in Duclair we
    embark on an excursion along the Route des Abbayes, exploring the
    abbeys that line the route of the river by coach. Stretching
    between Rouen and Mont-Saint-Michel, this historic trail has seen
    religious orders being built here from the 5th century onwards, and
    at one point there were up to 120 sites of worship. Later we
    continue upriver to Honfleur, where we moor for the night.

    Day 6 – Tour Honfleur or discover the beaches of WWII

    The charming port town of Honfleur is located on the southern
    bank of the Seine Estuary in the Calvados region of France famous
    for its apple brandy. Centred on its adorable historic port and
    marina – the ‘Vieux Bassin’ – Honfleur boasts a number of preserved
    traditional buildings and today you can choose to take a tour of
    this quaint destination, famous as being an important influence in
    the work of many artists, including Monet, Courbet and Boudin, who
    set up the Ecole de Honfleur, an artists’ colony and melting pot
    for the whole Impressionist movement.

    Otherwise you might select our excursion to the nearby beaches
    of Gold and Juno, two of five landing sites utilised for the D-Day
    landings on June 6th 1944, a pivotal event in the eventual Allied
    triumph over the Axis powers. Following some free time this
    afternoon, tonight we celebrate the end of our cruise at the
    captain’s special gala dinner.

    Day 7 – Return home

    We transfer to Paris after a final breakfast together. On
    arrival in the French capital, we head to the airport for your
    flight back home.