Lisieux and the Seine Valley Paris to Lisieux

Resort: Lisieux and the Seine Valley Paris to Lisieux
Operator: Saga
Destination: Europe
Price From: £1499.00

Admire the picturesque scenery along the Seine during this six-night cruise through France

Discover the picturesque Seine during a six-night cruise through France, enjoying spectacular scenery along the way. A two-night hotel stay in tranquil Lisieux, with a visit to see the famous Bayeux tapestry, completes your holiday.

Including…

2 nights in a hotel, 6 aboard the ship

21 meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 8 dinners

  • Free bar open 12 hours a day on board ship
  • Wine, beer, water and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board ship
  • Saga cocktail party
  • Captain’s dinner and drinks reception
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship

Excursion

  • Bayeux Tapestry Museum

Plus all this…

Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Paris

Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras to Paris and embark your ship. Enjoy a welcome drink reception and dinner on board tonight as you remain moored in Paris overnight.

Day 2
Paris

Look forward to a full day and evening exploring Paris. Perhaps join an optional guided tour which will take you past the Louvre, the Champs Elysées and, of course, the unforgettable Eiffel Tower.

Optional excursions

Panoramic guided tour of Paris | Half day

Discover the mythical sites of the capital. Paris has a reputation for taste and elegance that it owes largely to its couturiers, perfumers and jewelers; it is also the city of festivities, theatre, famous cabarets, and the sparkle and sequins of its famous revues. The coach will take you past Bercy, the F. Mitterrand National Library, the Bastille, the Marais, the Latin Quarter, St Germain, the Louvre, the Pyramid, the Opéra Garnier, Place Vendôme, the Concorde, the Champs Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe, the Invalides, the Trocadéro and of course the famous Eiffel Tower.

Day 3
Paris to Vernon or Les Andelys

Enjoy the onboard facilities this morning as you cruise to Poissy, from where you can join an unforgettable optional guided tour of the Palace of Versailles (pre-booking is required). Alternatively, stay on board and enjoy the ever-changing vistas of the Seine from the sundeck as you continue your cruise. Excursion participants rejoin the ship in Mantes-la-Jolie, then the ship continues to either Vernon or Les Andelys where it moors overnight.

Optional excursions

The Palace of Versailles | half day

Built by the orders of Louis XIV in the mid 17th century, Versailles is surely the country’s grandest palace. It was actually was the kingdom’s political capital and home to the royal court until 1789, when Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were taken to the guillotine.

Please note: This excursion can be booked individually up to 42 days prior to departure, it cannot be booked on board.

Day 4
Vernon or Les Andelys to Rouen

Arrive in Rouen this afternoon where you might like to join an optional tour of the city so you don’t miss a thing. Alternatively, enjoy exploring independently. There’s much to discover, including the castle, cathedral and the unusual architecture of the 1970s church dedicated to St Joan of Arc who was burnt at the stake here in 1431.

Optional excursions

Guided tour of Rouen | half day

Depart on foot with your guide to tour Rouen, the former capital of Normandy. Here you will discover, among other things, the cathedral, the historic districts and the Place du Vieux Marché.

Day 5
Rouen to Duclair

Cruise on from Rouen, through a stunning landscape of steep cliffs and charming villages, to Duclair where you are free to explore. Alternatively, you may like to join an optional tour of the Abbey Trail, beginning with a visit to Jumièges Abbey, one of the most beautiful ruins in France. Look forward to a gala dinner tonight.

Optional excursions

The Abbey Trail | half day

Begin with a visit of Jumièges Abbey. Built in 654 at the time Christianity arrived in the region and subsequently destroyed by the Vikings, the abbey was restored in the 11th century by their descendants. With the arrival of the Romantic period, the abbey became extremely well-known, thanks to Victor Hugo, who described it as the “most beautiful ruin in all of France”. During your visit you’ll also see the cloisters and the ruins of the Church of Saint Peter before visiting the Abbey of Saint Wandrille – a spiritual location of great importance that was founded in the same century.

Day 6
Duclair to Honfleur

Your cruise continues to picturesque Honfleur, with a range of optional excursions on offer. Perhaps join a tour here, or explore this maritime town immortalised by local painter Eugène Boudin, independently this morning. This afternoon an optional excursion visits the ‘Côte Fleurie’, Trouville and Deauville and includes a visit to a Calvados distillery.

Optional excursions

Guided tour of Honfleur and its fishing port | half day

This tour on foot will allow you to discover narrow, picturesque streets and old houses, the Saint Leonard Church, the granaries for storing salt, and Saint Catherine’s Church – the largest wooden church in France.

Côte Fleurie | Half day

Your first stop is at the glamourous seaside resort of Deauville, the jewel of la Côte Fleurie, and a popular destination for the rich and famous. Discover the casino, ranking among the best in Europe. Its glistening lights have been illuminating the seafront since 1912, and are a majestic reminder of the splendour of 18th century festivities. Continue by coach to the delightful Breuil castle. Here you will visit a distillery and get the chance to taste Calvados.

Day 7
Honfleur to Lisieux

Disembark your ship and travel by coach to Caen where you’ll enjoy a little free time to discover this city founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century. Arrive at Lisieux later this afternoon and check in at the locally rated 3-star Grand Hôtel de l’Espérance (3Q) for a two-night stay on a half-board basis. The hotel is set in the heart of Lisieux within easy reach of the top attractions, including the cathedral and 18th-century town hall.

Day 8
Lisieux

Join an included excursion to the Bayeux Tapestry Museum to see the famous 70-metre long embroidery depicting the 1066 Battle of Hastings. The afternoon is at leisure in Lisieux, where the pièce de résistance is the 12th to 13th-century St Pierre Cathedral with its soaring buttresses and towers.

Day 9
Lisieux to UK

Depart your hotel after breakfast and travel to the Gare du Nord in Paris for your return Eurostar journey home.

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