Board the MS Renoir between 6 and 7 PM and settle into your cabin before attending a welcome cocktail in the lounge. Meet your captain and his crew before dinner. The ship stays in port overnight.
Enjoy breakfast on board before setting out to explore the area. In the morning, take an optional guided tour of the town: its fishing port, narrow picturesque streets and old houses, salt lofts, and the church of Saint Catherine (15th - 16th century), the largest wooden church in France. Return to the ship for lunch, then disembark to explore Cote Fleurie, Trouville and Deauville, and take a tour of the distillery where the famous Calvados is made.
Alternatively, take a full-day guided tour (lunch included) to the beaches of Normandy. Depart by car and reach Pointe du Hoc, passing the towns of Omaha Beach, Coleville sur Mer, and its American cemetery. Stop in Arromanches after lunch to watch the film The Price of Liberty, then return to the ship in Honfleur for dinner and a free evening.
Please note: the full day excursion is limited to 30 participants. Please contact us if you wish us to arrange your Normandy tour.
In the morning, take an optional guided tour to explore the abbeys trail: The Abbey of Saint-Wandrille (outdoor), and then Jumièges, where the ruins of one of the most beautiful abbeys in France can be found. Return to the ship for lunch and set sail for Rouen. Journey through a landscape of steep cliffs and admire the small villages which line the river. Arrive in Rouen around 4 PM and take some free time to explore the city on your own.
In the morning, take an optional guided tour of the former capital of Normandy where, among other things, you can explore the cathedral, the historic quarters, and the Place du Vieux Marché, where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. Return to the ship for lunch, then depart for Vernon. Spend the afternoon sailing the river and enjoy a Gala Dinner in the evening.
Enjoy breakfast on board and disembark in Mantes la Jolie, the starting point for an optional guided tour the Versailles palace. (Please reserve your spaces in advance, and note that Versailles is closed on Mondays). Alternatively, should you arrive on a Monday, visit the Malmaison Castle, one of the most famous and prestigious monuments in world heritage. Return to the ship in the early afternoon for lunch and set sail in the direction of Paris.
Spend the day exploring Paris! After breakfast, begin with an optional half-day guided tour and visit the iconic corners of the city: the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées. Enjoy lunch on board, then spend a leisurely free afternoon in the city.
Enjoy one last breakfast on board before disembarking the ship at 9 AM. Continue independently on your onward travels.