2013 French Art Cruise – Itinerary

 PARIS & NORMANDY ~ October 4-11, 2013 

Chagall-ParisDay 1 – October 4


Arrive in Paris and embark to your luxurious ship. Welcome Dinner.



Day 2 – October 5


Spend the morning enjoying the scenery along the Seine as you cruise to the provincial town of Vernon. In the afternoon you will visit Giverny and the home and gardens of Impressionist master Claude Monet. The artist lived here for more than four decades and immortalized his ponds and flower gardens in some of his most iconic paintings. Alternatively, you will have the opportunity to tour the Palace and Gardens of the Chateau de Bizy (when available). Inspired by Versailles, Chateau de Bizy was constructed as a Royal Chateau and is still home to descendants of Emperor Napoleon. The ship moors overnight in Vernon.gold-pxb


Sunlight, Afternoon, La Rue de l'Epicerie, Rouen - Camille Pissarro

Day 3 – October 6

VERNON – ROUEN CATHEDRAL  (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen)

After a scenic morning cruise on the Seine, arrive in Rouen, the historic capital of Normandy.
Enjoy a walk through this medieval city and see the imposing Rouen Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen), painted numerous times by Monet, and the square where Joan of Arc was martyred. Afterwards you will have free time to explore Rouen on your own, perhaps stopping to sample some of Normandy’s famous (and delicious) cheeses.


Day 4 – October 7


Today, you have the choice of three different excursions. “D-Day Remembered” is a full day excursion to the US sector, Omaha and Utah beaches. Your first stop will be Arromanches, with free time to visit the museums and have lunch before visiting St.Laurent-sur-Mer, the US Cemetery at Omaha Beach.
As an alternative, you can tour the Gold, Juno & Sword beaches in the British and Canadian sectors. Your first stop will be Arromanches, with free time to visit the museums and have lunch before visiting the Juno Beach Centre. Later, you’ll stop at St.Laurent-sur-Mer, the US Cemetery at Omaha Beach, and the Pegasus Monument in Ranville.The last stop of your excursion is the Ranger monument at Pointe du Hoc before returning to the ship in Rouen.


Normandy Cider


A third option is an excursion to rural Normandy, which includes a visit to the Pays d’Auge and “Routes du Cidre” (the Cider Road). You will visit traditional Norman towns and villages, such as Beuvron-en-Auge, Crevecoeur-en-Auge and Crambremer, and tour a Calvados distillery where you may sample apple cider and apple brandy.



Lighthouse at Honfleur - Eugene BoudinDay 5 – October 8


This morning offers two different tours. The first option is to visit Honfleur, a historic and
picturesque port with pastel-colored houses, a favorite subject of artists such as Courbet, Boudin and Monet.
The town’s 15th-cenutury Sainte-Catherine church has a bell tower that is the largest wooden church in France. As an alternative, choose the “Route des Abbeyes” tour spotlighting Normandy’s famous abbeys, more than 100 of which once covered this region. Visit the ruined abbey in Jumieges, as well as St. Wandrille, still a working monastery. Afternoon…enjoy scenic cruising on the Seine to Les Andelys, birthplace of the classical painter Nicolas Poussin.


The ruins of Chateau-Gaillard perched above Les AndelysDay 6 – October 9


A stroll along the river in Les Andelys offers beautiful views of the Seine Valley’s dramatic white cliffs, centuries-old half-timbered houses, and the hilltop ruins of Chateau-Gaillard. This former stronghold of Richard the Lionhearted changed hands a number of times during the Hundred Years War. More athletic guests may hike up to visit the ruins of this historic castle before we continue our cruise along the Seine. The ship arrives tonight in Conflans.



Day 7 – October 10


Today, you have a choice of two excursions. The first option is to visit Chateau Malmaison, former home of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine.

Your tour includes the chateau’s interior, gardens and museum. Alternatively, travel to the town of Auvers-sur-Oise, a town famous for the Impressionist painters who lived there in the 19th century – such as Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro and Vincent van Gogh. Your “Artists’ Walk” tour will include many sites associated with their works, including the Auberge Ravoux, former home of Vincent van Gogh. The upstairs room where Van Gogh died has been meticulously preserved. He and his brother, Theo, are both buried in the nearby town cemetery. The ship departs this afternoon for Paris, arriving in the evening.



Arc de TriompheDay 8 – October 11


Disembark your cruise in Paris.






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