• $3,495
  • $600
  • AHI
  • Moderate
  • Cruise Only

Bonus: No single Supplement!

Cruise the Seine River from Honfleur to Paris on this delightful seven-night passage to Normandy on the exclusively chartered MS Renoir, a first-class ship. In Paris, discover the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, the Latin Quarter and the Left Bank. An evening cruise shows the city at night. As you travel the Seine, explore Giverny, the home of impressionist painter Monet, and the charming town of Honfleur. On this 75th anniversary of D-Day, visit the D-Day beaches and the Caen Memorial. Best of all, tailor your journey to your own interests by choosing from a selection of included excursions that range from a culinary trek through Paris to a castle tour to cycling and more! A series of informative lectures add historical and cultural context to your experience. All meals are included, and wine, beer and soft drinks are complimentary with lunch and dinner onboard. There is no supplement for single travelers.

Day 1 :
Depart gateway city
AHI FlexAir passengers depart for Paris, France. Please check your luggage from your gateway city to your arrival city.

Meals – Appropriate in-flight meal service

Day 2 :
Paris, France | Honfleur
Appropriate in-flight meal service and dinner 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 designated meeting spot, where an AHI Travel representative will meet them. The meeting location will be provided with your final documents.

Transfer to the MS Renoir in Honfleur. Please note, if you arrive before check-in time, your cabin may not be immediately available.

Free Time: Spend the afternoon settling into your cabin and getting to know the town of Honfleur, a charming harbor town on the estuary of the Seine River.

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

The ship docks in Honfleur overnight.

Accommodations – MS Renoir
Meals – Appropriate in-flight meal service

Day 3 : 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.

Return to the ship for lunch.

Free Time: Explore on your own this afternoon in Honfleur. Indulging in Normandy’s delectable culinary treats should be high on your to-do list! The region has an enduring tradition of producing specialty cheeses that are among France’s best with the rich milk of Normande cows. Seek out its four world-class cheeses, Camembert de Normandie, Livarot, Neufchâtel and Pont-l’Evêque, which are all AOC-certified for origin and production methods. Pair them with some fresh crusty bread and a glass of the crisp, local apple cider!

Dinner is served on board.

The ship remains in Honfleur overnight.

Accommodations – MS Renoir
Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 :
Caen | D-Day beaches
Discovery: Normandy and D-Day.
Begin a poignant journey into World War II history at the Caen Memorial Museum. Regarded as the premier World War II museum in France, the museum features exhibits exploring the impact of the war. Have lunch at the museum before continuing to Omaha Beach, where U.S. forces valiantly advanced across the heavily fortified shoreline under devastating fire to overcome German troops. See the cliffs scaled by U.S. Army Rangers at Pointe du Hoc, where they wrested control of German artillery guns. Visit to the Normandy American Cemetery, located on a cliff overlooking Omaha Beach in Colleville-sur-Mer. Listen to the waves crash against the shore as you pay tribute to the fallen.

Return to the ship for dinner.

Accommodations – MS Renoir
Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 : Rouen
The ship departs Honfleur early this morning for Rouen.

Personalize Your Cruise | Choose one of the following excursions.
• 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. Visit Notre-Dame de Rouen, the city’s grand cathedral.
Abbey de Jumièges.
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. The French Revolution brought on the demise of the abbey.

Return to the ship for lunch.

Free Time: The afternoon and evening are at leisure to enjoy Rouen on your own. Explore more of the city’s historic quarter. Rouen once was one of France’s major ceramic producers, and you can still see some pottery factories on Rue Saint-Romain. Step inside the Musée des Beaux-Arts to see the country’s second-largest collection of impressionist paintings.

The ship departs Rouen this afternoon. Watch the sun dip below the horizon as you cruise the bends of the Seine.

Accommodations – MS Renoir
Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 : Les Andelys | Martainville-Éperville | La Roche-Guyon
Discovery: Chateaux of Normandy.
Spend the afternoon delving into Norman history and culture at two of the regions 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. From the castle’s perch, take in a lovely view of Les Andelys and the Seine. Then in Le Petit Andelys, see St. Sauveur Church, built shortly after the completion of Château Gaillard. Continue on a scenic drive through the countryside. 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.

Free Time: Enjoy some time at leisure to explore the pretty, unspoiled town of Les Andelys on your own this afternoon.

The ship departs Les Andelys this evening and arrives in La Roche-Guyon late tonight.

Accommodations – MS Renoir
Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 :
La Roche-Guyon | Giverny | Paris
This morning, disembark in La Roche-Guyon, one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, The Most Beautiful Villages in France. Enjoy a scenic drive through the town and countryside to Giverny.

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.

Lunch is served on board.

This afternoon, relax aboard the ship as it cruises the Seine toward Paris, where it arrives late tonight.

Enjoy dinner on board.

Accommodations – MS Renoir
Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 : Paris
Enrichment: History of Paris.
From its roots to today, discover the pivotal events and people that have shaped the city.

Discovery: Notre-Dame and the Latin Quarter.
Start a walking tour of Paris’ storied Latin Quarter on the Île de la Cité, the historic heart of the city. Starting from Notre-Dame, the city’s most famous cathedral, cross 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.

Personalize Your Cruise | Choose one of the following excursions.
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 Hall of Mirrors.
• Palais Garnier.
Step into the Palais Garner, home of the Paris National Opera and the Paris Opera Ballet School. This opulent theater, setting for the Gaston Leroux novel “The Phantom of the Opera,” was the creation of architect Charles Garnier, and it inspired Edgar Degas’ paintings of ballerinas. See the extravagant Grand Staircase and auditorium with the ceiling painted by Marc Chagall.

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

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

Accommodations – MS Renoir
Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9 : Depart for gateway city
After breakfast, 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. Your Travel Director will provide the details.

Meals – Breakfast and appropriate in-flight meal service

NOTE: Itinerary schedule may change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking on cobblestones, unpaved paths or other uneven surfaces.


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