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Impressions of the Seine
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Sail on board A-Rosa Viva
Trip Highlights
Start Destination
London St. Pancras
End Destination
London St. Pancras
  • Walking tour of Rouen
  • Visit Monet’s House and Garden
  • City tour of Paris
What's included
  • 7 nights' on board on all-inclusive basis
  • Return Eurostar rail from London St. Pancras
  • VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Saga cruise escort
  • Excursions as detailed in the itinerary
What's not included
  • Single supplement available on request
  • Personal expenses
Day 1
UK to Paris

Travel to Paris via Eurostar and transfer to embark A-Rosa Viva this afternoon. Enjoy a welcome cocktail party and dinner on board as your cruise begins this evening.

Day 2

After cruising overnight and through the morning you'll arrive in Rouen after lunch and can look forward to an included tour to reveal the highlights. From the Vikings and Dukes of Normandy, to Flaubert and Monet, history permeates the old quarter of tall, half-timbered houses, great churches and lovely parks, all carefully restored since the war. Begin with a visit to the Gothic Notre-Dame de Rouen whose elaborate facade inspired Monet's cathedral series. Inside, its vaulted ceiling and lavish design are just as remarkable. Contrast this with the modern Church of Joan of Arc which is decorated with 16th-century stained glass. Other highlights include the 14th-century astronomical clock – which is set in an arch spanning the pedestrianised Gros-Horloge – the Palais de Justice and the florid-style Gothic Church of St-Maclou. The town is the birthplace of Gustave Flaubert, famous author of Madame Bovary. Remain moored in Rouen overnight.

Day 3
Rouen to Caudebec-en-Caux

Today you'll have the morning in Rouen to explore independently. Perhaps take the Abbey trail to two of the region's most distinctive abbeys. First up is Fontenelle, which is still occupied by a community of Benedictine monks. The church here currently lies in ruins, but the baroque-style convent and the Romanesque refectory are still intact, and you'll be free to visit them. Continue on to the 12th-century abbey of St Martin de Boscherville. The church here has been remarkably well preserved, and the light-coloured stone which it's built from is dazzling. Inside, the high, wide windows create a bright and airy atmosphere. The church also has its very own extravagant garden, with a kitchen garden and a medicine garden, and lovely views across the Seine Valley. Set sail again at lunchtime and arrive in Caudebec-en-Caux before dinner, for an overnight mooring.

Day 4

You have the day at leisure in Caudebec-en-Caux, though you might wish to join an optional tour this morning visiting the Normandy beaches for a poignant insight into the history of the area, where the D-Day landings of 1944 became a pivotal moment of World War II. Visit Omaha Beach and the cemetery for American soldiers at Colleville sur Mer, then head to Arromanches. Here you visit the Arromanches 360-degree 'circular cinema' to view footage from the events of the day.

Back in Caudebec-en-Caux you might like to enjoy a stroll along the Seine river banks, admiring the gardens and houses that line the peaceful waterway. In the town’s historic centre you will find the 15th-century Gothic style church of Notre-Dame, an attractively ornate church with a pretty bell tower that Henry IV reputedly said was the most beautiful in his kingdom. There are numerous decorative stone carvings on the exterior while inside there are some impressive medieval stained glass windows and a 16th-century organ.

Among the other notable landmarks in Caudebec-en-Caux are the 12th-century Maison des Templiers – among the oldest houses in Normandy and with a facade featuring Gothic-style arched windows. The attractive house is thought to have once been a temple, hence its name. Set sail late tonight.

Day 5
Les Andelys to Vernon

After a night of cruising spend the day exploring the small town of Les Andelys. A stroll along the river here will offer beautiful views of the Seine Valley’s dramatic white cliffs, half-timbered houses and the hilltop ruins of Château Gaillard. This former stronghold of Richard the Lionheart changed hands a number of times during the Hundred Years’ War, and if you’re feeling sprightly you might like to hike up to the ruins, the perfect way to work up a thirst for some of the region’s famous cider or the apple brandy, Calvados. Resume your cruise after dinner before mooring in Vernon late tonight

Day 6

Enjoy the opportunity to visit Monet's house and garden at the nearby village of Giverny on an included excursion.

The famous Impressionist lived and worked here from 1883 until his death in 1926. He began renovating the garden in 1890, taking inspiration from the Japanese prints he collected and once remarked, "My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.” The pink-painted house with its green shutters, the studios and the gardens, including the Japanese bridge and the famous lily pond, are all lovingly maintained and instantly recognisable from his paintings. After an afternoon at leisure, cruise overnight to Paris

Day 7

Arrive in the 'city of light' after breakfast when an included tour this morning shows you the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Élysées among other famous sights. Get a glimpse of Parisian daily life on a drive along the Champs-Elysées which is lined with designer boutiques and is the place for fashionistas to stop and be seen. You'll have the rest of the day to explore independently – perhaps pay a visit to the Louvre, descend beneath the streets into the spooky catacombs or visit the famous cobbles and cafes of the hilltop Montmartre district.

Day 8
Paris to UK

Disembark after breakfast for your return journey by Eurostar.

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