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+44 1756 706500
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Picturesque Ports of the Seine Valley

A short-break cruise along the River Seine, with highlights including Paris, Rouen and the cliffs of Etretat

Cruise Only
5 nights from £856pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Honfleur
  • Les Andelys

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Book by 31 December 2021 and save 5% on 2022 departures!

Flight-inclusive package from just £1256pp!

Picturesque Ports of the Seine Valley Special Offer

Cruise along the River Seine and discover the highlights of the Normandy region.

Discover the magnificent white cliffs of Etretat lined with pebble beaches, offering exceptional views, inspirational to past and present artists, then perhaps take an excursion along the Norman Abbey Circuit. These reveal an exceptional architectural heritage, in their number and artistic quality, the charm of the surrounding landscapes and the grandeur of their past. Visit medieval Rouen and spend an afternoon exploring Paris. There is also the opportunity to take a full-day excursion to the Normandy Landing Beaches.

E128 Operated by CroisiEurope

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Picturesque Ports of the Seine Valley Itinerary - SIP_PP

Day 1 - Paris

Embark your ship in Paris at 6pm.

Day 2 - Paris - Les Andelys - Honfleur

Spend the morning cruising towards Les Andelys and take in the magnificent view of the Roche Guyon. Perhaps take the excursion to Chateau de Martainville. Cruise towards Honfleur.

Day 3 - Honfleur

Today choose from two optional excursions in Honfleur. The first is a stroll along a Côte d'Albâtre between cliffs and villages. The second excursion is a hike across the cliffs of Étretat to bask in the landscapes that have been dramatically shaped by weather and erosion. Alternatively, take a full-day optional excursion to the Landing Beaches (available for advance bookings only and valid for a minimum of 30 persons). One of the great turning points of the 20th century happened in France during the D-Day Landings of the Allied Forces in Normandy.

Day 4 - Honfleur - Duclair - Rouen

This morning perhaps take the excursion along the Normandy Abbey Circuit, and this afternoon there is the chance to explore Rouen.

Day 5 - Rouen - Paris

Cruise towards Paris this morning, and choose from two optional excursions: a classic panoramic tour of Paris; or a stroll along the banks of the Seine.

Day 6 - Paris

Disembark after breakfast

The captain reserves the right to alter this itinerary

Price Includes

  • 5 nights accommodation on board on a full-board basis
  • Unlimited complimentary house wine, beer, mineral water and soft drinks on board
  • Mini-cruise itinerary as described
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Entertainment on board
  • Cruise Manager
  • Gala farewell dinner
  • Port taxes
  • Fly-cruise package prices include return flights from the UK and overseas transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • Cruise only prices do not include flights or transfers
  • Optional Excursions (must be pre-booked at least 4 weeks before departure or bookable on board subject to availability)
  • Gratuities
  • Personal insurance and expenses

Additional Information

  • Optional Classic Excursions:
  • Panoramic guided tour of Paris - Departure by coach with a guide to discover the mythical sites of the capital. Since its foundation as Lutèce on the Ile de la Cité, two thousand years of history have seen ecclesiastics, sovereigns and heads of state leave their mark on the city, building churches, erecting monuments and palaces, creating prestigious museums and outlining sumptuous perspectives. Its distinguished couturiers, perfumers and jewelers have strongly built up Paris's reputation for taste and elegance. A city of festivities, theaters and famous cabarets, Paris also glows from the sparkle and shine of its well-known revues. Our 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. Return to the boat at Quai de Grenelle.
  • The Alabaster coast - Leave Honfleur by coach for the excursion to the Alabaster Coast, classified as a Natura 2000 site since 2009. This trip will be your chance to discover the natural heritage of the Pays de Caux and the Seine estuary. We will pass by Le Havre. The high cliffs of white chalk and stone beaches were popularised by the paintings of Claude Monet. The suspended valleys of the little coastal rivers, the Normandy bridge and Etretat, sights not to be missed bordering a coast that you will see in a fresh light after this trip. Marvel at the beauty of the Alabaster Coast and the diversity of its plant and animal life. Stop at Etretat. Once a fishing village, Etretat transformed itself into a seaside resort in the 19th century and became a place of inspiration for artists (Gustave Courbet, Eugène Boudin and Claude Monet), writers (Gustave Flaubert and Guy de Maupassant, Maurice Leblanc) and famous people (J. Michelet, F. Faure, the Queens of Spain, J. Bonaparte...). Etretat was the holiday spot of numerous famous opera composers and singers of the 19th century who had villas there or stayed there regularly in a comic-opera decor. The town has several remarkable chateaus, manor houses and villas, such as the Manoir de la Salamandre (a house admired by tourists and located in the main street near the hall), The Clos Lupin and the Château des Aygues which were the seaside residences of the Spanish queens Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies and Isabel II. Return by coach to Honfleur.
  • The Norman Abbeys Trail - We'll set off by coach from Duclair in the company of our guide. The excursion begins with a visit of the Jumièges Abbey. Built in 654 when 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 ruins in all of France”. During our visit we'll also discover the cloisters and the ruins of the Church of Saint Peter before visiting the Abbey of Saint Wandrille or Wandregisel (exterior only), a highly spiritual monument founded in the same century. The wonderful classical architecture of this abbey blends with the magnificence of its mediaeval heritage in perfect harmony. Unlike Jumièges, a congregation of Benedictine monks settled in this abbey in 1931 and has remained to this day, bringing the community to a substantial number. We'll return to the boat by coach.
  • The Landing Beaches (full day - lunch included - departing from Honfleur) - Departure by coach for a day trip to the landing beaches. Arrival at Pointe du Hoc, which was the scene of one of the landings on June 6, 1944. After our visit, we'll pass through Omaha Beach, Colleville sur Mer and its American cemetery. After lunch, we'll continue to Arromanches, site of the famous battle with its artificial port installed to allow the invasion of land troops and their equipment. We'll stop at Arromanches 360° where you'll be able to watch a film in its circular room. The Price of Liberty combines archived footage filmed in June 1944 by war correspondents with current shots on the same site. We'll get back to Honfleur via Gold Beach, Juno Beach (Gray sur mer- Courseulles sur Mer - St Aubin sur Mer) and Sword Beach (Ouistreham Lion sur Mer - Luc sur mer). Arrival in Honfleur in the early evening.
  • Guided walking tour of Honfleur - We'll meet up with our guide and set off on our walking tour. Honfleur, the cradle of Impressionism, is located at the mouth of the Seine as it flows into the English Channel. Untouched by the passage of time, this small port has kept the landmarks of its rich past, making it today one of the most visited towns in France. We'll begin our tour at the Vieux Bassin, one of the most charming sites in the city. The narrow houses squeezed against each other are quite a unique sight. Next, we'll see Saint Catherine's Church, the largest wooden church in France. It was listed as a historical monument in 1879 and has been the subject of scrupulous research by many archaeologists and historians. We'll then head for the original 17th-century Salt Halls (Greniers à Sel), now used for exhibitions, conferences and concerts. Our tour will finish with a visit to Saint Léonard Church. Destroyed during the Hundred Years War, it was rebuilt at the end of the 15th and beginning of the 16th centuries-only to be partially burned down again during the Wars of Religion. We'll return to our ship on foot.
  • Château de Martainville - Departure by coach along with your host/hostess. We will cross Le Petit Andelys and pass by the St Sauveur Church (a 16th century church which still possesses a vintage organ). After 40 minutes' travelling through different villages along the Andelle (river running through the valley), we'll arrive at Château de Martainville. This château was built at the end of the 15th century by Jacques Le Pelletier, and bought by the State in 1906, then turned into a museum in 1961. In 2 hours, learn about 500 years of rural Normandy history. Travel through the heart of Norman traditions (work suits, headdresses, jewelry, weavings), relive the past through the objects of everyday life (copper pans, pottery, baskets...). Discover the largest collection of Upper Normandy furniture, the "Famous Norman Wardrobes". Transfer back to Rouen at the beginning of the evening.
  • Guided walking tour of Rouen - We'll leave on foot for a guided tour of Rouen. The historic center of the city and its famous cathedral are only a 5-minute walk from the ship. Stretched along the Seine, Rouen is Normandy's cultural, historical, and gastronomical capital. The exceptionally complex Notre-Dame Cathedral is renowned for the juxtaposition of all the Gothic periods - especially on the facade, which Monet painted time and again, reflecting its glory in different lights. Destroyed during the Viking invasions in 841 and, partially, in 1944, by allied bombardments, the cathedral continues to be a perpetually evolving structure. We'll then head to the market place where Joan of Arc was burned alive for heresy in 1431. The Gros-Horloge, or Great Clock, is one of the most emblematic monuments in the city. The Gothic belfry has housed the communal bells and clock of the city since its construction at the end of the 14th century. Finally, we'll visit the Saint Joan of Arc Church. Located on the Old Market Place, this large monument's construction ended in 1979 and was built both in honor of the Saint as well as the heroine celebrated by the French on the second Sunday in May. We'll return to our ship on foot at the end of the afternoon.
  • Optional Discovery Excursions:
  • Stroll on the banks of the Seine - We'll set out from the Quai de Grenelle for a stroll along the banks of the Seine. The banks of the Seine were added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1991. Come with us and discover the splendid sites and surprising points of view on each side of the river. You'll also learn about the complex relationship Parisians have had with their waterways since the Middle Ages. Throughout the centuries, the Seine has been used for transportation, commercial activities, energy production using floating windmills, cleaning animal skins, washing laundry, waste water dumping, and even drinking water up to the 19th century! All levels of walkers are welcome to join us and hear about the river's fascinating history. You can stay for one, two or even three hours with us, leaving the group when you want. You'll have a bus/subway ticket that you can use to return to the ship at any moment. Just ask your guide to point you in the right direction.
  • Hike across the cliffs of the Alabaster Coast - We'll leave from Honfleur by coach for the beautiful Alabaster Coast, a natural heritage within the Pays de Caux and the estuary of the River Seine. We'll pass by Le Havre. The high white cliffs bordered by the beaches and stones were made famous by Impressionist paintings. As Guy de Maupassant wrote: "Nature has made these valleys; the rains of storms have ended with them in the shape of these ravines, trimming what was left of the cliff, excavating down to the sea, the bed of waters which acts as a passage for mankind.” Once in Étretat, we'll set out for a hike across the cliffs to bask in the landscapes that have been dramatically shaped by weather and erosion. Afterwards, we'll enjoy some free time to explore the city itself. At the end of our tour, we'll return to the ship by coach.

Special Features

  • CroisiEurope is the leading French river cruise company. Their ships have a distinctly French flavour, the service and the food having received much praise from Blue Water Holidays customers. Staff and passengers come from many European countries and there may be other English speaking passengers on board.
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2022 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • April
    • Apr 12th - Paris and back - Sailing on: Botticelli From: £1072
      Upper Deck Cat A
      Cruise Only from: £1072
  • May
    • May 16th - Paris and back - Sailing on: Seine Princess From: £937
      Main Deck Cat C Main Deck Cat B Main Deck Cat A
      Cruise Only from: £937 Cruise Only from: £969 Cruise Only from: £1019
  • July
    • Jul 9th - Paris and back - Sailing on: Botticelli From: £879
      Main Deck Cat C Main Deck Cat B Main Deck Cat A Upper Deck Cat B Upper Deck Cat A
      Cruise Only from: £879 Cruise Only from: £911 Cruise Only from: £961 Cruise Only from: £1045 Cruise Only from: £1095
  • August
    • Aug 21st - Paris and back - Sailing on: Renoir From: £1009
      Main Deck Cat C Main Deck Cat B
      Cruise Only from: £1009 Cruise Only from: £1038
    • Aug 23rd - Paris and back - Sailing on: Botticelli From: £879
      Main Deck Cat C Main Deck Cat B Main Deck Cat A Upper Deck Cat B Upper Deck Cat A
      Cruise Only from: £879 Cruise Only from: £911 Cruise Only from: £961 Cruise Only from: £1045 Cruise Only from: £1095
  • September
    • Sep 21st - Paris and back - Sailing on: Botticelli From: £937
      Main Deck Cat C Main Deck Cat B Main Deck Cat A Upper Deck Cat B Upper Deck Cat A
      Cruise Only from: £937 Cruise Only from: £969 Cruise Only from: £1019 Cruise Only from: £1104 Cruise Only from: £1153
    • Sep 23rd - Paris and back - Sailing on: Seine Princess From: £937
      Main Deck Cat C Main Deck Cat B Upper Deck Cat B Upper Deck Cat A
      Cruise Only from: £937 Cruise Only from: £969 Cruise Only from: £1104 Cruise Only from: £1153
  • October
    • Oct 10th - Paris and back - Sailing on: Seine Princess From: £937
      Main Deck Cat C Main Deck Cat B Main Deck Cat A Upper Deck Cat B Upper Deck Cat A
      Cruise Only from: £937 Cruise Only from: £969 Cruise Only from: £1019 Cruise Only from: £1104 Cruise Only from: £1153
    • Oct 16th - Paris and back - Sailing on: Botticelli From: £856
      Main Deck Cat C Main Deck Cat B Main Deck Cat A Upper Deck Cat B Upper Deck Cat A
      Cruise Only from: £856 Cruise Only from: £884 Cruise Only from: £937 Cruise Only from: £1019 Cruise Only from: £1072
    • Oct 27th - Paris and back - Sailing on: Seine Princess From: £856
      Main Deck Cat C Main Deck Cat B Main Deck Cat A Upper Deck Cat B Upper Deck Cat A
      Cruise Only from: £856 Cruise Only from: £884 Cruise Only from: £937 Cruise Only from: £1019 Cruise Only from: £1072

Price Information

  • Single Supplement Standard Ship - £394
  • Single Supplement Premium Ship - £442
Map for Picturesque Ports of the Seine Valley