The Seine River flows through the center of Paris and is the main artery of the ‘City of Light’. Cruise down one of Europe's most enchanting rivers through storybook landscapes of vineyards, historic abbeys, Norman castles, tranquil orchards and medieval towns. Cruise includes all shore excursions.
Day 1 Depart the USA
Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Paris, France.
Day 2 Paris
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in Paris, the magnificent ‘City of Light’. The day is free for you to explore on your own or just relax.
Day 3 Paris City Tour
After breakfast, enjoy an included panoramic tour of Paris. See such famous sites as the Louvre, Opéra Garnier, Place Vendôme, the trendy district of Le Marais on the Right Bank, Place de la Concorde, Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Bastille, the Trocadéro and the pièce de résistance – the Eiffel Tower. We’ve also allowed free time for us to explore this capital city on our own. Meal: B
Day 4 Embark the MS Scenic Gem
In the early afternoon, embark the MS Scenic Gem, home for the next seven nights. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to unpack, discover the amenities aboard ship or take a leisurely stroll along the Seine. This evening, the ship departs Paris and the Captain hosts a welcome reception in our honor followed by dinner onboard. Meals: B, D
Day 5 Conflans Sainte Honorine / Auvers sur Oise
This morning the ship arrives in the charming medieval town of Conflans. In port, you have a choice of discovering the charms of Auvers-sur-Oise and seeing the house where Vincent van Gogh had a room, OR visiting the magnificent Chantilly Castle for a guided tour of this remarkable château set amidst beautiful parklands. Meals: B, L, D
Day 6 Rouen
The ship arrives in this historic capital of Normandy and one of the most prosperous cities of medieval Europe. Your local guide leads you on an included walking tour to see the gothic Notre Dame Cathedral, the Rue du Gros Horloge – the main street of Rouen, and the amazing astronomical clock. Visit the historic district Place du Vieux-Marche where a monument marks the spot where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. Today this charming, bustling town square is dominated by the church of Saint Joan of Arc. Enjoy free time this afternoon to explore this quaint city. Meals: B, L, D
Day 7 Honfleur / Normandy
As the ship arrives in the picturesque village of Honfleur, you have a choice of activities for today. On an excursion to Normandy, see the now peaceful province which is very different than on June 6, 1944. Walk the historic beaches and visit the Landing Museum at Arromanches. At the Normandy American Cemetery, see thousands of white crosses marking the graves of our military heroes. OR, take an opportunity to explore postcard perfect Honfleur with its colorful fishing boats and historic houses. Meals: B, L, D
Day 8 Honfleur / Caudebec-en-Caux
Today brings a choice of two excursions. Travel to Fécamp, situated in spectacular surroundings amidst the tallest cliffs of Normandy. The city’s natural setting contrasts perfectly with its architectural centerpiece, the Benedictine Palace. OR, choose to travel through picturesque landscapes that were once dotted with over 100 abbeys. Along the way, visit some of the abbeys of this magnificent region that are still operating today. Meals: B, L, D
Day 9 Vernon
Your choice of activities includes an excursion to Giverny and Monet’s former residence and gardens where you will be amazed by the beauty of the landscape as you stroll along the paths. OR, if you’re feeling more adventurous, explore by bike, with a self-guided cycling tour that starts in Vernon. You’re in for a treat as you experience the
opulence and grandeur of yesteryear as you attend a classical concert performed by the region’s most reputable musicians at the Château de La Roche Guyon. The memories are sure to last a lifetime! Meals: B, L, D
Day 10 Paris
Arriving back in Paris, your free choice activities are: shop with a Chef at 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 choose to explore beyond the city limits and tour the 17th-century estate of Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, featured in the James Bond movie Moonraker. Meals: B, L, D
Day 11 Paris / USA
Bid ‘au revoir’ to France and return home with memories of wonderful experiences aboard the MS Scenic Gem along the Seine River. Meal: B