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Normandy and Gems of the Seine River Cruise 2021
 12 Days • 29 Meals
Relax on this cruise along the Seine River as it winds its way to Honfleur and meets with the open waters of the English Channel. Port calls are made in cities and towns along the way, allowing you to see the most beautiful landmarks, from those steeped in history to those brimming with charm.

 Highlights
  • 29 Meals (10 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 10 dinners)
  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours
  • 5-star Scenic Space-Ship, featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
  • First-class service by an English-speaking crew
  • All gratuities included
  • Shore excursions with English-speaking local guides
  • Choose from a variety of Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Personal listening device for excursions
  • ‘Scenic Tailormade’ devices available
  • Butler service for all guests
  • Up to five onboard dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • Complimentary beverages onboard, all day, every day
  • Complimentary bottled water in your stateroom
  • Complimentary WiFi onboard
  • Freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
  • $60 in Mayflower Money

 Itinerary
Day 1  Depart the USA
Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Paris, France.
Day 2  Paris
Welcome to France! Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport by a representative of Mayflower Cruises and Tours and transferred to the vessel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to begin discovering Paris. Enjoy a welcome dinner before cruising out of Paris with the beautiful city as a backdrop. Meal: D
Day 3  Les Andelys
Enjoy the opulent amenities of your floating hotel as you glide peacefully through the Île-de-France region to Les Andelys. Freechoice: Hike to King Richard the Lionheart’s Château Gaillard, or journey to Lyons la Forêt, one of the most beautiful villages of France, and visit a local farm to sample cider, the region’s specialty. Alternatively, join your local guide for a walking tour of the quaint village of Les Andelys, or take a bicycle tour through this beautiful village, set on the banks of the Seine. Meals: B, L, D
Day 4  Rouen
Enjoy a walking tour of Rouen, the capital of the Normandy region. Take in the famous sites relating to Joan of Arc and the historic Rouen Cathedral. Walk the winding medieval lanes and admire the city’s half-timbered houses. Alternatively, learn about the Viking Warlord Rollo “The Walker” who will host a guided walking tour through the medieval lanes of Rouen. This region is also the gateway to the historic Western Front, and after dinner you’re able to gain fascinating insights into the Somme battlefields with an onboard presentation from a local expert. This evening, a local pâtissier will come onboard with a selection of their finest desserts for your dining pleasure. Meals: B, L, D
Day 5  Rouen
Freechoice: Get a glimpse of what the Somme battlefields might have been like for those caught up in this terrible World War I battle, which claimed the lives of more than 150,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers. This full-day excursion commemorates the 103 years since. You may choose to visit the Australian National Memorial, containing the newly built Sir John Monash Centre as well as the Caterpillar Valley Memorial, dedicated to the New Zealand citizens who perished during the Battle of the Somme, or opt to visit Lochnager Crater, the Newfoundland Memorial Park and Thiepval Memorial. Alternatively, explore the collection of Impressionistic paintings, including masterpieces by Renoir and Monet, at the Museum of Fine Arts, which was founded by Napoleon Bonaparte. Meals: B, L, D
Day 6  Rouen to Honfleur
Relax onboard as you cruise toward the open waters of the English Channel. Freechoice: Explore Honfleur, with its quaint architecture, relaxed coastal atmosphere and colorful fishing boats bobbing up and down in its waters. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the beautiful La Côte Fleurie region on France’s northern beaches and discover dashing Deauville, playground of the rich and famous. Back onboard this evening, kick up your heels on the dance floor as a fabulous local swing band performs the best of the 1920’s in the Panorama Lounge. Meals: B, L, D
Day 7  Honfleur
Freechoice: Walk the historic Normandy beaches, the site of the D-Day landings, before visiting the Landing Museum at Arromanches. You’ll be struck by the somber ambience surrounding the 9,387 graves of the Normandy-American Cemetery. From here you have two options: take a moment to reflect on the momentous impact of that day, as you look out from your hilltop position above Omaha Beach or visit the Juno Beach Centre, a museum that focuses on the Canadian war effort. Alternatively, learn about history of a different era and visit the Bayeux Tapestry, a handembroidered masterpiece that depicts the tales of the Norman conquest of England and dates back to the 11th century. Meals: B, L, D
Day 8  Honfleur to Caudebec-en-Caux
Freechoice: Visit Fécamp and its mighty palace. Situated in spectacular surroundings, the city’s natural setting contrasts perfectly with its architectural centerpiece, the Benedictine Palace. Or, sitting proudly atop a dramatic seascape is the town of Étretat, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour and time at leisure. With steep limestone cliffs that plunge dramatically towards the emerald waters of the English Channel below, the beauty of the Alabaster Coast will leave you breathless. Alternatively, travel to the hilltop village of Bolbec and view fabrics at the fascinating Textile Museum before visiting a traditional farm nearby. For the more adventurous, join a guided cycling tour to the charming village of Villequier and visit the Victor Hugo Museum. Meals: B, L, D
Day 9  Vernon
In a region rich in visual treasures, enjoy a full morning of relaxation and take in the incredible scenery as you cruise into Vernon. Freechoice: Visit Giverny and Monet’s former residence and gardens. If you’re feeling more adventurous, explore by bike with a self-guided cycling tour that starts in Vernon. You can also discover Vernon with Scenic Tailormade at your own pace. Meals: B, L, D
Day 10  Conflans to Paris
Cruise to the charming medieval town of Conflans with its distinctive barge houses docked within reach of the quaint main square. Freechoice: Discover the charms of Auvers-sur-Oise and see Vincent van Gogh’s room, or step inside the magnificent Chantilly Castle for a guided tour of this remarkable château. Alternatively, visit the great stables on the grounds of Chantilly, essentially a palace for horses living on the estate. The stables also house a museum dedicated to the relationship between man and horse throughout time. Or you may choose to visit Château de Malmaison for a guided tour. Once owned by the Empress Josephine and her husband Napoleon I of France, the estate has been restored to its former glory and is considered of significant historical importance. After a leisurely afternoon of cruising, return to Paris, the ‘city of light’, this evening, and view the beautiful illuminated skyline. Meals: B, L, D
Day 11  Paris
It’s your choice to either spend time exploring France’s most celebrated city or embark on a discovery beyond the city limits. Freechoice: Shop with a Chef when you visit one of Paris’ local food markets, and enjoy exquisite tastings, or walk the city with a resident expert and hear tales that only the locals know. Alternatively, you may wish to explore beyond Paris and tour the 17th-century estate of Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, Louis XIV’s inspiration for Versailles Palace. Or, admire the extravagance and grandeur of the famous Opera Garnier on a guided tour. From the ornately decorated theatre to the opulent chandeliers and ceiling painted by Chagall, the interior of the building will take your breath away. With remarkable attractions at every turn, enjoy time at leisure this afternoon to explore Paris and create your own unique memories. Meals: B, L, D
Day 12  Paris / USA
Bid ‘au revoir’ to France as you transfer to the airport and return home with memories of wonderful experiences from your cruise along the Seine River. Meal: B

 Accommodations
Days Two through Eleven  aboard MS Scenic Gem
 

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 Dates and Rates
Departure Dates Stateroom Category Per Person twin Single Room Availability
September 21, 2021 Standard Suite - E $7,095 add $4,969 Available
Standard Suite - D $7,590 add $5,319
Balcony Suite - C $8,490 add $5,949
Balcony Suite - BA $8,590 add $6,019
Balcony Suite - B $8,790 add $6,159
Deluxe Balcony Suite - BD $8,890 add $6,229
Balcony Suite - PA $8,890 add $6,229
Balcony Suite - P $9,090 add $6,359
Deluxe Balcony Suite - PD $9,390 N/A
Royal Balcony Suite - R $10,390 N/A
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Call for schedules between your city and Paris, France. Each U.S. citizen must have a valid passport. Expiry date of passports should be at least 6 months after the return date of tour. If you don’t have a passport, call our office and we’ll tell you how to apply for one. Some countries require visas for entry by U.S. citizens. We will send visa applications and instructions if a visa is required for your tour. Holders of non-U.S. passports should contact their nearest consulate and inquire about the necessary passport or visa documentation required for entry into the countries visited. NOTE: Due to airline security measures, your passport name must match your airline ticket name and your tour reservation name or you may be denied aircraft boarding.

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