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The Seine, Paris & Normandy

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The Seine, Paris & Normandy

From £1,299 pp

From romantic Paris, we slip our moorings and commence our wonderfully scenic cruise along the beautiful and majestic Seine into the heart of one of France’s most historic and picturesque regions, Normandy.

With time to enjoy the historic little town of Les Andelys en route, we continue our journey along the Seine’s sweeping meanders, before exploring the delights of Rouen, one of Europe’s finest medieval cities with its stunning cathedral and tangle of atmospheric winding streets.

What’s included

  • Guided tour of historic Rouen
  • Visit to Claude Monet’s house and beautiful garden
  • Explore Vernon, one of Normandy’s most picturesque towns
  • Guided tour of Paris
  • See the Bayeux Tapestry
  • Tour the D-Day Normandy Beaches
  • Stop in Les Andelys, village of half-timbered houses and twisted alleys
  • Visit to delightful Honfleur, one of Normandy’s most alluring fishing ports
  • Cruise through the delightful Seine Valley
  • Price includes full board (except one lunch), from dinner on your day of arrival to breakfast on your final day
  • Services of a cruise director and tour manager
  • Standard class reserved seat on Eurostar from London St. Pancras or return flights from selected airports (at a supplement)
Seine - The cathedral of Rouen in France
Scenic-Gem,-Les-Andelys
Day 1 - Arrive in Paris

Take the Eurostar from London St Pancras International to Paris or fly to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. On arrival, transfer by coach to your cruise ship moored on the River Seine in the heart of the city.

The friendly crew will welcome you on board, helping you settle into your spacious and exquisitely furnished accommodation – you’ll immediately feel at home.

This evening you enjoy your first sumptuous dinner, served in the ship’s restaurant.

Dinner

Day 2 - Les Andelys

During the night our ship slips her mooring and, as you enjoy breakfast, the landscape passes by serenely and you quickly get used to this luxurious sightseeing experience. Rounding a sweeping bend so typical of the Seine, we reach the town of Mantes-la-Jolie with its imposing church – so large and architecturally impressive it could be a cathedral – while straight ahead is a medieval stone bridge.

The central section of the bridge was destroyed during the Second World War and never repaired – it’s the first of many poignant reminders that this region of France has been a battleground for centuries.

Beyond Mantes we encounter another typical feature of the Seine as it flows seaward – picturesque chalk cliffs, almost resembling a giant’s teeth.

Day 2 - Les Andelys

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Rouen

We awake in Rouen, Normandy’s capital, one of Europe’s finest medieval cities and scene of many momentous events over the centuries. Pride of place on our guided tour of the city belongs to its stunning Gothic cathedral, which was immortalised by the great Impressionist Claude Monet in a series of 28 paintings showing the facade at varying times of day and in different weather conditions.

Briefly becoming the world’s tallest building when the soaring spire was added in the 19th century, the cathedral is also notable for the recumbent statue reputedly containing the heart of Richard the Lionheart.

Rouen’s beautifully tangled alleyways are a revelation, lined with antique shops, tasteful boutiques and, of course, countless restaurants serving exceptional local cuisine emphasising the country’s outstanding gastronomic heritage. The Place du Vieux-Marché is one of the city’s most poignant spots; a large cross marks the point where the ‘Maid of Orléans’ Joan of Arc was burned at the stake for her beliefs.

Day 3 - Rouen

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Bayeux & Arromanches

After breakfast you’ll be ready for a full-day tour exploring two of the most important aspects of European history – the Bayeux Tapestry and the D-Day landings. (Please note lunch is not provided today.)

Bayeux itself is a delightful town with a historic core that escaped the ravages of war, so you can marvel at its many splendid buildings including the grand Gothic cathedral.

But, of course, Bayeux is most famous as the home of the tapestry telling the story of the Norman invasion of Britain in 1066 in glorious detail. Among its 75 scenes are the coronation of Harold following the death of Edward the Confessor and his subsequent demise at the Battle of Hastings, which led to William of Normandy invading England and becoming king. The 230-foot-long tapestry is made up of nine panels of extremely delicate embroidery – gazing at its wonderful depictions of the battle and the period’s architecture, weapons and everyday life, you’ll appreciate why the Bayeux Tapestry is arguably the finest relic of the Middle Ages.

Day 4 - Bayeux & Arromanches

Breakfast, & Dinner

Day 5 - Honfleur

Honfleur is often regarded as the most picturesque spot on the northern French coast, and after breakfast we make the short journey to this delightful town.

Its old harbour, sheltering both fishing boats and luxurious pleasure craft, is beautifully preserved and surrounded by a perfect waterfront of pastel-coloured 16th- to 18th-century houses, many converted to seafood restaurants. Watch the talented artists capturing the captivating views along the waterfront, while the intricate maze of streets behind is also well worth discovering.

The eaves of the tall half-timbered buildings almost touch, and on the streets below is an abundance of traditional shops selling antiques, books and fine foods. Honfleur’s most famous son is Eugene Boudin, one of the forerunners of Impressionism and a friend of Claude Monet, who also painted the harbour many times.

 

Day 5 - Honfleur

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 Giverny & Vernon

One of the great delights of river cruising is the magical sensation of waking up in a different place from where you were the night before.

This morning the ship has moored in delightful Vernon, and we take the short drive to Giverny to visit Monet’s garden and house. The artist himself called his garden his ‘most beautiful masterpiece’, and it’s certainly one of the world’s most photographed and painted, ideally viewed in the delicate morning light.

In the Japanese-inspired water garden, shaded by great weeping willows and surrounded by bamboo, rhododendrons and azaleas, is the lily pond where he painted his extraordinary Les Nymphéas (Water Lilies)series. There’s ample time to wander here, absorbing the tranquil atmosphere while marvelling at the light bouncing off foliage of every hue and the magical reflections dancing off the water.

 

Day 6 Giverny & Vernon

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Paris

We have arrived in Paris and this morning we take a sightseeing tour of this amazing capital, one of the world’s most iconic cities.

The Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées, Sacré-Coeur – you’ll see all these and much more. The grand Place de la Concorde, the largest square in the city, shows off 18th-century French architecture at its best, and just over the Seine on the Left Bank you’ll find the Musée d’Orsay, home of the world’s finest Impressionist art collection.

Then there’s the eccentrically modern and yet stylish Pompidou Centre, famous not only for its exhibits but also for street entertainment. Notre-Dame Cathedral and the delicate spire of the sublime Saint-Chapelle dominate the Ile de la Cité, while the exquisite Tuileries Gardens are perfect for a stroll.

After lunch on board you could visit fine shops such as the Galeries Lafayette or those in the smart arcaded Rue de Rivoli, or perhaps wander around the café-lined streets of bohemian Montmartre.

 

Day 7 - Paris

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 Paris - Return Home

Transfer to the airport for your return flight or the station for the Eurostar service home.

Breakfast

Specifically designed to operate on Europe’s smaller and more intimate Rivers like the Elbe and River Seine is the luxurious “Swiss Ruby” is Swiss owned and managed and is one of Europe’s few top-class vessels.

With a guest to crew ratio of 4:1 guests to every crew member. Taking just 88 passengers you willnever feel crowded onboard the luxury, spaciousness and ambience are very much in evidence as you board through the beautifully panelled entrance lobby.

The ship has a really lovely, genteel atmosphere of understated elegance and taste, using leather armchairs, different sized settees and deep pile carpets in superbly harmonious colours. With a real ‘professional’ behind the fully stocked bar, this is the perfect spot to while away the evenings with the gentle melodies of the resident pianist in the background, while you enjoy a glass of wine. The ship’s restaurant has a intimate feel featuring elegant wood panelling, tasteful lighting and top quality service, this is every inch the classy dining experience to match that of any first-class establishments onshore.

To promote a relaxed dining experience, as on all our river cruises, you can sit with whoever and wherever you wish, with tables ranging in size from four to six so you can be as private or sociable as you wish. The outer Sun Deck is a great place to read, relax and admire the ever changing views as they pass by, with drink in hand.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • Sundeck with sun-shades, deck chairs & loungers
  • Lounge with bar and panoramic views on the Ruby deck
  • Air conditioned public areas, with individual heating controls in each cabin
  • Complimentary coffee and tea throughout the day with speciality patisseries in the afternoon
  • Boutique gift shop
  • Onboard souvenir shop*
  • Laundry service*

* Payable locally.

Accommodation & Amenities

This lovely 4★ river cruise vessels, feature beautifully furnished cabins, the Upper deck cabins featuring floor to ceiling sliding glass doors opening to a French Balcony.  Emerald deck cabins have fixed windows

46 spacious, elegantly appointed cabins being 129 sq. ft. spread over just 2 decks.

Ruby Deck Cabin

129 ft² – Ruby (Upper) Deck

  • Suite size: 129 sq. ft.
  • Floor to ceiling opening glass doors (French Balcony)
  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with quality bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • In room safe, hair dryer & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Emerald Deck Cabin

129 ft² – Lower Deck

  • Suite size: 161 sq. ft.
  • Fixed windows.
  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with quality bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • In room safe,hair dryer, & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Why Choose This Cruise?

Riviera Travel’s river cruises have caused a bit of a revolution in the UK market and sell more river cruises in the UK than any other river cruise line.  A range of brand new ships, styled classically have impressed with their high standards for the price.  Riviera’s 30 years of land-touring experience are carried into their river cruise excursions, providing good value off ship experiences.  Whilst some may require higher levels of inclusions and finer dining, Riviera’s river cruises deliver consistently high standards for their loyal UK customers.

DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Jun 2Swiss RubyParis£1499Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin129 ft², Fixed Windows£1499  
Upper DeckCabin129 ft², French Balcony£1799  
Jun 9Swiss RubyParis£1549Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin129 ft², Fixed Windows£1549  
Upper DeckCabin129 ft², French Balcony£1849  
Jun 16Swiss RubyParis£1549Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin129 ft², Fixed Windows£1549  
Upper DeckCabin129 ft², French Balcony£1849  
Jun 23Swiss RubyParis£1549Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin129 ft², Fixed Windows£1549  
Upper DeckCabin129 ft², French Balcony£1849  
Jun 30Swiss RubyParis£1549Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin129 ft², Fixed Windows£1549  
Upper DeckCabin129 ft², French Balcony£1849  
Sep 1Swiss RubyParis£1649Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin129 ft², Fixed Windows£1649  
Upper DeckCabin129 ft², French Balcony£1949  
Sep 8Swiss RubyParis£1649Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin129 ft², Fixed Windows£1649  
Upper DeckCabin129 ft², French Balcony£1949  
Sep 15Swiss RubyParis£1649Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin129 ft², Fixed Windows£1649  
Upper DeckCabin129 ft², French Balcony£1949  
Sep 22Swiss RubyParis£1599Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin129 ft², Fixed Windows£1599  
Upper DeckCabin129 ft², French Balcony£1899  
Sep 29Swiss RubyParis£1499Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin129 ft², Fixed Windows£1499  
Upper DeckCabin129 ft², French Balcony£1799  
DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Jun 1Swiss RubyParis£1499Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin129 ft², Fixed Windows£1499  
Upper DeckCabin129 ft², French Balcony£1799  
Jun 8Swiss RubyParis£1599Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin129 ft², Fixed Windows£1599  
Upper DeckCabin129 ft², French Balcony£1899  
Jun 15Swiss RubyParis£1599Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin129 ft², Fixed Windows£1599  
Upper DeckCabin129 ft², French Balcony£1899  
Jun 22Swiss RubyParis£1599Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin129 ft², Fixed Windows£1599  
Upper DeckCabin129 ft², French Balcony£1899  
Jun 29Swiss RubyParis£1599Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin129 ft², Fixed Windows£1599  
Upper DeckCabin129 ft², French Balcony£1899  
Jul 6Swiss RubyParis£1499Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin129 ft², Fixed Windows£1499  
Upper DeckCabin129 ft², French Balcony£1799  
Jul 13Swiss RubyParis£1499Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin129 ft², Fixed Windows£1499  
Upper DeckCabin129 ft², French Balcony£1799  
Aug 31Swiss RubyParis£1599Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin129 ft², Fixed Windows£1599  
Upper DeckCabin129 ft², French Balcony£1899  
Sep 7Swiss RubyParis£1649Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin129 ft², Fixed Windows£1649  
Upper DeckCabin129 ft², French Balcony£1949  
Sep 14Swiss RubyParis£1649Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin129 ft², Fixed Windows£1649  
Upper DeckCabin129 ft², French Balcony£1949  
Sep 21Swiss RubyParis£1649Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin129 ft², Fixed Windows£1649  
Upper DeckCabin129 ft², French Balcony£1949  
Sep 28Swiss RubyParis£1549Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin129 ft², Fixed Windows£1549  
Upper DeckCabin129 ft², French Balcony£1849  
Oct 5Swiss RubyParis£1499Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin129 ft², Fixed Windows£1499  
Upper DeckCabin129 ft², French Balcony£1799  

For all 2018/2019 river cruises Riviera offer a selection of drinks packages available to purchase and the price is £99 pp for this cruise.Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin with a limited number of single cabins available on all decks, at the relevant supplement.The price includes full board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day; if you choose to travel with us on any of the full day excursions by coach, a packed lunch will be provided. Anyone choosing to stay on the ship may of course have lunch in the restaurant; morning/afternoon tea and coffee; all visits and excursions as mentioned in the brochure, airport transfers, coach travel as mentioned, travel to and from port of embarkation and the services of a Riviera Travel Tour Manager.


Enquire now about this cruise & speak to one of our friendly river cruising team on 0800 471 4754.

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