Sail the Seine, the second-longest river in France, on this 7-day voyage through Northern France. Join the crew of MS Botticelli for a unique river journey from the charming French harbor of Paris, the "City of Light" to Honfleur. Dive into the beauty and history of France on its riverbanks. Visit the palace in Fontainebleau, the residence of the French monarchs for over 800 years and explore the enchanting city of Honfleur and the Côte Fleurie.
Discover the magnificent Renaissance-style palace in Fontainebleau.
Enjoy walking tour around Honfleur to visit different archeological sites.
Join a panoramic tour in Paris to see the most emblematic sites
Discover the ruins of one of the most magnificent abbeys in France.
Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. We'll enjoy dinner on board. We’ll cruise along the Seine to take in enchanting Paris by night (water level permitting).
Join us for an excursion for both packages: A visit to the palace in Fontainebleau. (1) This magnificent Renaissance-style château was the residence of 34 kings and two emperors over eight centuries. The palace has 1,500 rooms and is the most furnished château in the country. Its magnificent gardens are a contrast between the English and French styles of horticulture.
We'll enjoy dinner and an evening of entertainment.
Excursions proposed: CLASSIC package: Join us for a panoramic tour of Paris to see the most emblematic sites in the French capital: Bercy, the F. Mitterrand National Library, La Bastille, the Marais District and the Latin Quarter, St. Germain, the Louvre and its Pyramid, Palais Garnier, Place Vendôme, Place de la Concorde, the Champs Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe, Les Invalides, the Trocadéro and, of course, the Eiffel Tower. DISCOVERY package: Explore Paris on an urban trek along the banks of the Seine and across the city bridges. The romantic banks of the Seine conjure up images of Robert Doisneau, Leslie Caron, and Gene Kelly, and the kiss between Mr. Big and Carrie. Take a stroll and see where it all happened. Our ship will begin to cruise to Mantes-la-Jolie.
Join us on an excursion for both packages: A visit to the Fondation Claude Monet in Giverny. Monet lived in his home in Giverny for 43 years. In the garden surrounding the house, Monet created a colorful study of volume and perspectives with his flower beds. The garden became his muse as he forged his name into history as the founder of French Impressionism. This tour lets you visit his famous studio up to his magical water garden, and everything in between.
We’ll spend the afternoon cruising to Rouen.
Excursions for both packages:
This morning, we’ll set out on a guided tour of Rouen. The “City of 100 Bell Towers” has been the center stage to many events in French History. Joan of Arc, Gustave Flaubert, Pierre Corneille, Claude Monet, and William the Conqueror have all left their marks throughout the history of the city. In addition to the civil and religious monuments spanning the centuries from the Middle Ages to modern times, Rouen is now known for its street art.
In the afternoon, we’ll set out on a guided tour along the Norman Abbey Circuit to see the exceptional religious heritage in the region. Among the interesting sites, we’ll discover are the village of Jumiège and the ruins of one of the most magnificent abbeys in France, as well as the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Wandrille. Tonight is our festive gala evening.
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This morning, we’ll set out on a guided tour of Honfleur. Honfleur is one of the most popular cities to visit in France. What began as a harbor built for trade evolved into the birthplace of Impressionism and more. Take your time to visit the picturesque port, historic museums, and timeless cafés during our stay.
This afternoon, we’ll set out on an optional trip to the Côte Fleuri. The Côte Fleurie runs from Honfleur to Deauville, with each beach, cliff, and seaside resort in between more charming than the other. This small corner of paradise has inspired many an artist in the past, and the regional Calvados brandy inspires us even today! On this excursion, we'll see Trouville and Deauville and visit a Calvados distillery.
Day 7: Honfleur | Disembark
Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking at 9:00 a.m.
The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.