An Impression of the Seine (Rail & Cruise) SER21

Resort: An Impression of the Seine (Rail & Cruise) SER21
Operator: Great Rail Journeys
Destination: Europe
Price From: £1995.00

Overview

Cruising the scenic Seine on board the MS Renoir, explore the
world of the Impressionist artists, from Monet’s famous garden at
Giverny to the city galleries of Paris and Rouen. With flexible
shore excursions available, you can choose what you want to do
whilst enjoying the romantic scenery of what is arguably France’s
best-loved waterway. Experience the very best of Northern France,
from the world-changing D-Day landings to the enchanting cities and
towns which inspired the artists of the Impressionist movement.

Highlights

  • MS Renoir
  • Tour of Paris
  • Tour of Rouen
  • Route des Abbayes
  • On board talk on the Impressionists
  • A guided visit to Giverny or Versailles and a tour of Honfleur or the beaches of WWII

whats Included

  • 6-night cruise on board the MS Renoir
  • 6-night cruise on board the MS Renoir
  • Choose your cabin number at no extra cos
  • Escorted throughout your tour by an on board Tour Manager and Cruise Director
  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from London St Pancras to embarkation, and from disembarkation back to London St Pancras
  • Dinner drinks included every night of your cruise
  • On board live music every night
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board

Itinerary

Days 1-2 – Board the MS Renoir in Paris

After our journey to Paris on the Eurostar, we transfer to our
ship, the MS Renoir, where we are welcomed with a relaxing drink
before dinner. On the morning of Day 2 we enjoy a
guided tour of the splendid French capital. After lunch aboard you
have some free time before we set sail for a cruise along the
Seine, admiring the illuminated attractions along the way (weather
permitting).

Day 3 – Giverny or Versailles

We start the day cruising to Giverny, during which time we are
treated to an expert talk on board; ‘A Definition of
Impressionism’. Now synonymous with Monet, Giverny very nearly
missed out on getting its name on the map. It was during a train
journey in 1883 when the artist saw the area and decided that this
was the spot he wanted to live and work in. With its instantly
recognisable lily ponds, the gardens are the image of how they were
when Monet first painted them, almost like stepping into one of his
artworks, and the house still has the atmosphere of a creative
retreat.

Alternatively, you may prefer to visit the slightly more opulent
Palace of Versailles. We rejoin the boat where tonight there’s a
traditional French ‘guinguette’ evening held on board.

Day 4 – Rouen

Our destination today is Rouen, former capital of Normandy,
where we enjoy a guided tour that follows in the footsteps of the
Impressionists themselves. This medieval city is the proud home of
The Museum of Fine Arts and its impressive collection of
Impressionist compositions. We make a visit to the gallery as well
as taking in Rouen Cathedral, which was depicted in oil paint by
Claude Monet. His series of over 30 paintings show the building at
all different times of day. Following an insightful few hours, we
return to our ship for tonight’s dinner.

Day 5 – The Route des Abbayes

We make our way to Duclair today, sailing through a landscape of
steep cliffs and timeless villages, fleeting views of which helped
inspire the Impressionist style itself. On arrival in Duclair we
embark on an excursion along the Route des Abbayes, exploring the
abbeys that line the route of the river by coach. Stretching
between Rouen and Mont-Saint-Michel, this historic trail has seen
religious orders being built here from the 5th century onwards, and
at one point there were up to 120 sites of worship. Later we
continue upriver to Honfleur, where we moor for the night.

Day 6 – Tour Honfleur or discover the beaches of WWII

The charming port town of Honfleur is located on the southern
bank of the Seine Estuary in the Calvados region of France famous
for its apple brandy. Centred on its adorable historic port and
marina – the ‘Vieux Bassin’ – Honfleur boasts a number of preserved
traditional buildings and today you can choose to take a tour of
this quaint destination, famous as being an important influence in
the work of many artists, including Monet, Courbet and Boudin, who
set up the Ecole de Honfleur, an artists’ colony and melting pot
for the whole Impressionist movement.

Otherwise you might select our excursion to the nearby beaches
of Gold and Juno, two of five landing sites utilised for the D-Day
landings on June 6th 1944, a pivotal event in the eventual Allied
triumph over the Axis powers. Following some free time this
afternoon, tonight we celebrate the end of our cruise at the
captain’s special gala dinner.

Day 7 – Return to London by rail

We transfer to Paris after a final breakfast together. From here
we catch the return Eurostar service back to London.

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