Sail the Seine, the second longest river in France, on this 7-day voyage through Northern France. Join the crew of the MS Botticelli for a unique river journey from Paris, the "City of Light" to the charming French harbor of Honfleur. As you sail towards the east discover the Château of Auvers-sur-Oise, the Marmottan Museum, the house of Claude Monet in Giverny, Rouen, Honfleur, and the Alabaster Coast, a natural heritage.
Discover the incredible Alabaster Coast, a natural heritage
Explore Paris, The Favorite Place of Impressionists
Follow in the incredible footsteps of Claude Monet
Visit Jumièges Abbey, the most beautiful ruin in all of France
Board at 6:00 p.m. in Paris. Get to know the crew and enjoy a welcome drink. Have dinner on board followed by a thematic presentation: “A Definition of Impressionism, its Origins, the Technique, and the Context”.
Enjoy a guided audio tour of the Auvers-sur-Oise Château. Take a stroll in the time of Impressionism, from the heart of Haussmann's Paris to the favorite places of the Impressionists. In the afternoon, visit the Marmottan Museum in Paris, the largest collection of paintings by Claude Monet. Return on board for a cruise on the Seine by night.
Spend the morning cruising to Poissy. Attend the second thematic presentation: “Claude Monet, the Quintessence of Impressionism.” In the afternoon, visit Claude Monet's house in Giverny. The artist spent half his life here, dividing his time between working on his garden, a living painting if ever there was one, and the great passion of his final years, the Water Lilies series. Return on board in Mantes-la-Jolie and continue on to Vernon.
Spend the morning cruising to Rouen, rich in historic heritage represented by the particular label Cities and Countries of Art and History. In the afternoon, join a thematic guided tour of Rouen in the footsteps of the Impressionists (visiting the cathedral and the Impressionist collection in the Musée des Beaux-Arts). Enjoy a glamorous gala evening onboard.
Arrive at one of the most beautiful sections of the Seine, winding through sleepy villages which have inspired many a painter. The third thematic presentation is: “The Geography of Impressionism: Paris and the Suburbs, Honfleur and the Norman Coast.” Arrive in Duclair and take a guided visit of the "Route des Abbayes" (Abbey Trail).
Join a walking tour of Honfleur: the cradle of Impressionism where Boudin, Monet, Bazille, and Jongkind would meet at the famous Saint Siméon farm and try to capture the changing light of the estuary. In the afternoon, join a guided visit of the Alabaster Coast, the natural heritage of the Pays de Caux and the Seine estuary: Etretat and Fécamp.
Day 7: Honfleur | Disembark
Enjoy the last buffet breakfast on board. Disembark around 9:00 a.m.
Kate was great to work with in the planning stage. She was prompt, helpful, and efficient. Our tour guide, Edwin, was knowledgeable and passionate. We were very happy to have traveled with Adventure Life, it made the trip easy and a true pleasure. We could concentrate on enjoying the experience rather than the details of travel.