Paris & Impressions of Seine

Northern France presents an ideal mix of country charm and urban sophistication. Starting from the French capital, cruise the meandering Seine River all the way to the sea, passing apple orchards and dairy farms, quaint hamlets and opulent palaces. From poppy-covered meadows to dramatic chalk cliffs, admire the landscapes that enchanted the Impressionists and experience French history and culture in a whole new way.

Paris & Impressions of the Seine

Paris & Impressions of the Seine

2017 | 10 DAYS FROM Paris to Paris

SHIP: River Baroness

City Highlights: Paris, Giverny, Normandy Beaches, Rouen, Honfleur, Auvers-sur-Oise or Versailles

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Itinerary Highlights

Artistic Muse

Artistic Muse

In Rouen’s well-preserved medieval quarter, gaze at the ornate façade of the Gothic cathedral, famously depicted in dozens of studies by Monet. Peruse the city’s Museum of Fine Arts, follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh in the village of Auvers-sur-Oise and visit Monet’s gardens in Giverny. To stroll amongst the artist’s beloved lily ponds and see firsthand the flowers and willow trees immortalized in his paintings is a must-do for any lover of the arts.

Natural Splendor

Natural Splendour

You’ll soon come to see Normandy with the eyes of an artist, captivated by idyllic rural scenes and the breathtaking Alabaster Coast, carved into arches and needles by the relentless ebb and flow of the sea. “Let's Go” as you row across the Grand Canal of Versailles’ resplendent gardens—once the setting for Louis XIV’s boating parties—and hike up to see the views from the ruins of Château Gaillard, a hilltop castle built by Richard the Lionheart.

Sacred Sites

Sacred Sites

Witness the somber beauty of the D-Day Beaches and pay your respects at the American cemetery, with its endless rows of pristine white crosses. Follow the famous Route des Abbeys, stopping at the ruins of Jumièges—one of the most dramatic sites in Normandy—and Saint-Wandrille, home to a community of Benedictine monks. In the old regional capital of Rouen, you’ll see the iron cross marking the spot where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake.

Norman Charm

Norman Charm

Gallic charm endures throughout Northern France, where cheesemakers, fishermen and apple farmers still practice their centuries-old trades. You could come to Normandy for the cider alone—sample it at a stop along the region’s famous Cider Route, or sip a glass at a café overlooking the picturesque harbor of Honfleur. This seaside town, one of the most beautiful in France, was a favorite subject of Monet, Cezanne and other Impressionists.

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City Of Light

Our Impressionist theme continues in Paris at the Orsay Museum, a former train station housing an extraordinary collection of art. Get acquainted with the trendy Marais district and observe talented artists working en plein air in Montmartre, where the ghosts of Degas, Pissarro and Renoir are said to linger. After darkness falls, watch the stars come out over the city’s brilliantly illuminated buildings and monuments on a night-time cruise along the Seine.

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