Grand Seine River & Normandy Passage

Grand Seine River & Normandy Passage

From Honfleur to Paris, this spectacular seven-night Seine River cruise will reveal poignant wartime history, colorful Norman cities and the majestic City of Light. Unpack once on your exclusively chartered first-class ship and sail through bountiful French countryside to cherished ports and sites brimming with antiquity. Stroll through centuries-old harbor towns, including Rouen, host to a well-preserved medieval quarter and a Gothic Cathedral, and Honfleur, a humming village with an enchanting Vieux Bassin. Delve into the intricate and dramatic history of the D-Day invasion at Normandy’s beaches, Pointe du Hoc and the Caen Memorial Museum while expert guides add context to your visit. Walk through flower-filled gardens at the home of Claude Monet and see the ruins of elaborate French estates. Then it’s off to Paris to experience the city’s timeless districts and classic architecture, from the Notre-Dame Cathedral to the Latin Quarter, plus enjoy a memorable evening cruise. This extraordinary journey features an extensive meal plan, including wine and beer with lunch and dinner, and there is no single supplement for solo travelers.

Trip Itinerary:

October 21 Depart gateway city

AHI FlexAir passengers depart for Paris, France. Please check your luggage from your gateway city to your arrival city. Your claim checks should have the following airport code: CDG.

A special note about air: If you have purchased only the Cruise Program, please book flights that arrive on Day 2, the first day of the Cruise Program. The date is listed at the top of your Reservation Confirmation.

October 22 Paris, France

A Note About Activity Levels
We want you to have a comfortable and enjoyable experience. That’s why we have rated all of our excursions with activity levels to help you assess this program’s physical expectations.Activity Level ratings indicate each excursion’s physical expectations. To make the best personal choice, please evaluate each excursion’s rating and your ability to meet the tour’s physical demands. Please note excursions on this program require you to: walk on cobblestones, unpaved paths or uneven surfaces; and get on/off motor coaches, boats and trains.
Mild: walk under 1 mile on mainly flat terrain; navigate under 50 stairs; stand under 1 hour
Moderate: walk 1-3 miles on flat/uneven terrain; navigate 50-100 stairs; stand 1-2 hours
Active: walk 2+ miles on flat/uneven terrain, including up and down inclines; navigate 100+ stairs; stand 3+ hours
Depending on the excursion, more leisurely alternatives may be available.

Arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. Proceed through immigration to the baggage claim area and retrieve your luggage. After completing customs, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for the group arrival transfer and Cruise Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer should exit the baggage claim area and proceed to the Arrivals Hall, where an AHI Travel representative will meet you.

Transfer to to the pier and embark the MS Renoir.

For AHI FlexAir passengers or Cruise Program passengers who purchased seats on the group transfer: Passengers arriving early in the morning and transferring with the group will have their luggage stored and will have free time to explore at leisure before transferring to the ship.

Please note, embarkation begins from 3 p.m. Your cabins will be available from 4 p.m.

Free Time: After settling in your cabin, you may wish to become acquainted with the ship or explore Paris at leisure.

Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Reception and Dinner.

The ship overnights in Paris.

Accommodations – MS Renoir
Meals – Dinner

October 23 Paris

Enrichment: History of Paris.
From its roots to today, discover the pivotal events and people that have shaped the city.

Discovery: The Latin Quarter.
Activity level: Moderate
Start a walking tour of Paris’ storied Latin Quarter on the Île de la Cité, the historic heart of the city. See the restoration process of Notre-Dame, the city’s most famous cathedral, and cross the Pont de l’Achevêché, the Archbishop’s Bridge, for a fascinating look at the Latin Quarter, one of the most famous neighborhoods on the Left Bank. Learn about the quarter’s history, the architecture and the famous residents.

Return to the ship for lunch.

Free Time: The afternoon is free to explore Paris on your own. Admire the artwork in Paris’ many world-class museums or ride the elevator to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Shop at the city’s legendary department stores or people watch from a front-row seat at a sidewalk café.

Dinner is served on board.

Discovery: Seine at Night.
Activity level: Moderate
Tonight, see the City of Light during an evening illumination cruise on the Seine. Admire Paris’ iconic landmarks, such as the Louvre, and float under the graceful arches of charming bridges, including Pont-Neuf.

The ship overnights in Paris.

Accommodations – MS Renoir
Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

October 24 Paris | Giverny

Enjoy your first morning of sailing, soaking up the beautiful panoramas of fertile countryside and blue skies.

Discovery: Monet, His Life in Giverny. Delve into the life and work of impressionist painter Claude Monet at his colorful home in Giverny, where he lived from 1883-1926. Wander through the lush, tranquil garden that inspired many of his paintings, and visit the studio where he painted his “Water Lilies” series. His home — the kitchen decorated in brilliant blues, the cheerful yellow dining room, the green shutters and more — are just as vibrant as his garden. (Moderate)

Enjoy a delicious dinner on the ship and continue sailing this evening.

Accommodations – MS Renoir
Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

October 25 D-Day Beaches | Caen

After breakfast, disembark for a day of exploring Normandy’s historic D-Day sites.

Discovery: Normandy and D-Day. Begin a memorable journey into World War II history at Colleville-sur-Mer during a poignant visit to the Normandy American Cemetery. The cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach contains 9,385 graves of Americans who died in the invasion and subsequent battles, as well as a memorial garden honoring those missing in action. Witness Pointe du Hoc, where U.S. Rangers courageously scaled 100-foot cliffs to destroy German artillery that posed a threat to troops coming ashore. Step foot on Omaha Beach, where U.S. forces valiantly advanced across the heavily fortified shoreline under devastating fire to overcome German troops. Throughout your excursion, your guide shares details about this treacherous mission. Conclude the outing at the Caen Memorial Museum, a premier World War II museum. The site features engrossing exhibits, photos and videos that explore the impact of the war. (Moderate)

Accommodations – MS Renoir
Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

October 26 Honfleur

Discovery: Honfleur. Explore the Vieux Bassin, the historic harbor in Honfleur’s colorful town center. Invading Normans chose it for its strategic location, which later made it a hotly contested town during the Hundred Years’ War, when it bounced between English and French control before permanently landing in France’s realm. From the 16th to the 18th centuries, Honfleur was a lucrative fishing and trading port, and wealthy ship owners built the tall townhomes that surround the harbor. In the 17th century, Samuel de Champlain and other explorers charted courses to the New World from these docks. Honfleur evolved yet again in the 19th century. It became a popular coastal resort and a favorite haunt of painters, so much so that a circle of significant painters formed the “école de Honfleur” here. Members of this influential school, including Claude Monet, Gustave Courbet and native son Eugène Boudin, lay the groundwork for the burgeoning impressionist movement. Today, sailboats and yachts anchor on the quay, making the harbor as picturesque as ever. Stroll through the colorful harbor and along the narrow side streets to see Honfleur’s landmarks. The wooden Church of Sainte-Cathérine, crafted by 15th-century shipbuilders, is a special standout with ceilings over its two naves that resemble upturned hulls. (Moderate)

Return to the ship for lunch.

Discovery: Ancient Abbeys. Visit the ruins of the Benedictine Abbey of Jumièges, one of the most powerful abbeys in medieval France. Known for its charity toward the poor, it was one of several monasteries built along the Seine. The ruins of the current building are from the 11th century, but the original monastery was built 300 years earlier. William the Conqueror was present for the consecration of the second monastery. Continue to Abbey Saint-Wandrille. The abbey’s buildings, which flaunt rococo-style and Gothic decorations, still house a thriving monastic community. (Moderate)

Gather with your shipmates for another dinner of delightful regional cuisine.

Accommodations – MS Renoir
Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

October 27 Rouen

Discovery: Rouen. Embark on a walking tour of Rouen’s historic city center. Once described in a Victor Hugo poem as “the city with a hundred bell towers chiming in the air,” Rouen’s medieval quarter is filled with ornate Gothic churches and half-timbered houses. See Notre-Dame de Rouen, the city’s grand cathedral so brilliantly in painting by Claude Monet, and listen to tales of Joan of Arc. (Moderate)

Discovery: Château de Martainville. Travel along the Andelle River, passing through picture-perfect villages on your way to the Château de Martainville, a 15th-century castle and one of the first French fortifications built in the Renaissance style. Today, the castle is a state-owned museum with exhibits focusing on the arts and traditions of Normandy. The largest collection of furniture from Haute Normandie, Upper Normandy, is on display. Through its exhibits of furniture, clothing, housewares and farm implements, get a glimpse of life in Normandy between the 16th and 19th centuries. (Moderate)

Accommodations – MS Renoir
Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

October 28 La Roche-Guyon | Les Andelys | Versailles

Discovery: Château Gaillard. Delve into Norman history and culture at another of the region's castles. In Les Andelys, see the ruins of the once-grand Château Gaillard. Some 3,000 stone masons, quarry workers, carpenters, blacksmiths and other tradesmen built this castle in just two years at the end of the 12th-century. Richard the Lionheart, who was Duke of Normandy as well as King of England, built the castle to defend Rouen from King Phillip II of France, who was on a mission to reclaim French land under English control. Ownership changed hands several times in the following centuries. By the late 15th century, the castle was in disrepair and King Henry IV of France ordered its destruction and allowed monks to reuse the stones in their monasteries. Continue to Le Petit Andelys and see St. Sauveur Church, built shortly after the completion of Château Gaillard. The beautiful church was constructed at the request of local residents who didn’t want to embark on the long walk to Notre-Dame for daily prayer.

Free Time: Enjoy leisure time in Les Andelys.

Discovery: Versailles. Journey to Versailles, France’s grandest palace. Versailles was France’s political capital and seat of the royal court from 1682-1789. See the opulent rooms, grand gardens and the Hall of Mirrors. The Treaty of Versailles, which ended World War I, was signed in the famous Hall of Mirrors.

Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers to regale each other with tales of your Seine journey during a festive Farewell Reception and Dinner.

Accommodations – MS Renoir
Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

October 29 Depart for gateway city

After breakfast, disembark the ship. AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for a group transfer and Cruise Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer depart for Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport for your return flights home. Passengers departing independently to the airport must disembark the ship by 9 a.m. Your Travel Director will provide the details.

Meals – Breakfast

NOTE: Itinerary may change due to local conditions.


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