Board the MS Raymonde in Paris at 6 PM and settle in to your cabin. Meet the ship's crew during a welcome cocktail, then enjoy dinner and a traditional Titi Parisen (Parisian Street Urchin) show on board. The ship stays moored overnight near the most iconic structure in France: the Eiffel Tower.
Begin your day with a breakfast buffet on board, then spend the morning cruising along the Seine and Canal Saint Martin, starting at Quai de Grenelle and finishing at the Bassin de la Villette. Travel up the Seine, cruising past the Trocadero gardens, Tuileries park, and Ile Saint Louis before joining Canal Saint Martin near Bastille. Pass through a tunnel and resurface near République as the canal opens out onto wide avenues lined with ancient trees. The Canal Saint Martin area has kept all the charm and romanticism from its former working-class-neighborhood days. The elegant footbridges, nine locks, and bustling quays bring back the atmosphere of the "Paris of Yesteryear," with a shabby-chic retro charm. Arrive at the Bassin de la Villette at the end of the morning, just in time for lunch on board.
After lunch, spend the afternoon on a guided tour of Paris. Visit the capital's major must-see sites, such as the Place de la République, the Grands Boulevards, the Opera, the Place de la Madeleine, Place Vendôme, and the Louvre. Walk through time and history as you discover the area around Palais Royale on a walking tour. Often used as shortcuts for pedestrians, every one of these walkways is like a village in the heart of the capital. While the galleries have retained all their historical charm, modern designers, such as Shiseido, JP Gauthier, Stella McCartney, and many others have also brought their own touch of luxury and extravagance. Return to the ship in time for dinner and remain in port overnight.
Cruise the Canal Saint Martin as you enjoy your breakfast, arriving at Trocadero in the middle of the morning. The Trocadero gardens were created for the 1937 World Exhibition and provide a wonderful vantage point for the best views of the Eiffel Tower. Enjoy free time in Paris to relax or explore as you wish, by visiting a museum, shopping, or strolling along the streets and avenues. Paris simply abounds with fine buildings, monuments, and museums. Return to the ship for lunch, then set off on a guided visit to help you discover the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district.
Travel by coach from Trocadero and take the 'Triumphal Way' route, passing by the Arc de Triomphe, down the Champs Elysées and around the Place de la Concorde before arriving in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. This district is one of the truly legendary places where history, architecture, art, and society best symbolize the soul of Paris. Work your way through a maze of streets and little squares to discover buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. Near the Seine, artists and writers give way to antique dealers and luxury boutiques. In the evening, return to the ship by coach and enjoy a gala dinner on board, followed by a "Paris by night" cruise to see the city lights from the water.
Enjoy one last morning and breakfast on board before disembarking at 9 AM.