An Impressionist View of the Seine

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7 nights cruising from the delightful river Seine from Paris to Normandy and Giverny in the footsteps of the Impressionists, on board 5 star MS Seine Princess.

Art and culture enthusiasts can dive into the world of impressionist painters on our cruise along the Seine. There are many fine art museums, including the famous Marmottan Museum, but also the sumptuous residence and the impressive gardens of Claude Monet. It is also possible to explore emblematic cities of the Impressionist movement such as Rouen and Honfleur during our themed tours.

Inclusions

  • Return flights from Dublin to Paris
  • All transfers from Airport to the quay to board your river cruiser
  • 6 nights on the MS Botticelli, based on 2 sharing a main deck cabin
  • Refined french cuisine onboard on a full board basis from Dinner on the 1st day to Breakfast on the last day
  • DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Free Wifi in lounge and bar
  • Onboard activities
  • Taxes and charges of €130
  • 1 bag prepaid of 20kgs per cabin

EXCURSIONS INCLUDED

  • Visits to legendary artistic sites and places that inspired masterpieces:
    • The Auvers-sur-Oise Château
    • The Marmottan Museum in Paris
    • The house of Claude Monet in Giverny
    • Guided thematic visit of Rouen and tour on the Norman Abbey Circuit
    • Honfleur and the Côte d’Albâtre

Itinerary

Day 1 Paris

On arrival, you will be transferred to the port for boarding. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Dinner on board followed by a thematic presentation: “A Definition of Impressionism, its Origins, the Technique, and the Context”.

Day 2 Paris – Discover the Impressionists’ Favourite Places

This morning will be devoted to the guided audio tour of the Chateau of Auvers-sur-Oise. In the afternoon, you will get the chance to visit the Musée Marmottan in Paris. This museum houses the largest collection of paintings by Claude Monet and provides an overview of how his work developed, from the first caricatures of his youth to the Water Lilies series, his mature works (the museum is closed on Mondays and its visit will be replaced by the Musée de L’orangerie). After this visit, we’ll return on board for a cruise through Paris “by night”.

Day 3 Paris – Giverny: in the footsteps of Claude Monet – Vernon

This morning will be spent cruising. Second thematic presentation: “Claude Monet, the quintessence of Impressionism”. This afternoon, join us for a visit to 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. You will be free to explore the house, which houses Monet’s private collection of Japanese prints, and the garden, a haven of greenery. Enjoy a “Guingette” evening on board.

Day 4 Rouen: In the footsteps of the Impressionists

This morning will be spent cruising. In the afternoon, join us on a thematic guided tour of Rouen in the footsteps of the Impressionists (the Musée des Beaux-Arts is closed on Tuesdays and public holidays, the visit will thus be replaced by the Eugène Boudin Museum in Honfleur, our stop on D6). Tonight is our gala dinner and evening.

Day 5 Duclair – Honfleur

We’ll spend this morning cruising on the most beautiful section of the Seine with its numerous meanders and sleepy villages which have inspired many a painter. Third thematic presentation: “The geography of Impressionism: Paris and the suburbs, Honfleur and the Norman coast”. We’ll reach Duclair and set out for our excursion along the Norman Abbey Circuit. We’ll depart for Honfleur in the evening.

Day 6 Honfleur – Etretat – The Alabaster Coast

Join us for a tour on foot of Honfleur: the cradle of Impressionism where Boudin, Monet, Bazille, Jongkind would meet at the famous Saint Siméon farm and try to capture the changing light of the estuary. You’ll be free to visit the Eugène Boudin Museum at your own pace (entrance fee not included). The afternoon will be devoted to the tour of the Côte d’Albâtre, the natural heritage of the Pays de Caux and the Seine estuary with a visit to Etretat.

Day 7 Honfleur

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking and transferring to the airport for your return flight.

NB: Please note that CroisiEurope and the ship’s captain reserve the right to modify the cruising itinerary to ensure the safe navigation of the vessel.

Accommodation

MS Botticelli

CroisiEurope has a fleet of 40 Prestige boats with cabins, which ply the most beautiful rivers in Europe. Spacious and light, they offer a welcoming and refined setting. Accommodation capacity varies from 100 to 280 passengers depending on the boat’s design.

At the cutting edge of technology, their facilities offer comfort and safety. Carefully maintained and partially renovated each year, the CroisiEurope fleet is largely made up of recently built vessels, less than five years old, all with Veritas certification.

Extra Information

Booking Remarks

  • Optional insurance €25 (conditions apply)
  • Single supplement on request
  • A non refundable, non transferable booking deposit of €250 per person is required at time of booking. Full payment if departure within 16 weeks.
  • Holidays & offers are subject to availability at time of booking
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.

  Cost per person: €1,699pp
  Number of nights: 6

13 Aug 2020 Main Deck €1999 €1699

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