Seine River Cruises

Starting in Paris and travelling through the Normandy countryside along a section of the 777km long river Seine, this voyage through history will explore the opulence of Versailles, the fascinating past of Rouen and the battles towards the end of WWII with visits to the D-Day landing beaches.

In the small village of La Roche-Guyon marvel at the sweeping views from the hilltop setting of the fortified chateau; used by successive lords since the Middle Ages and serving as Rommel’s headquarters during WWII. Appreciate the beauty of Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s romantic gardens and house in the charming village of Giverny. Discover the history of the D-Day landings on a visit to the beaches on the Normandy coast and the American Cemetery with a moving, private ceremony at Omaha Beach.

Stroll through the Calvados countryside to where the river meets the English Channel and explore the seaside town of Honfleur, its old harbour immortalised by generations of artists, or play golf on the windy cliffs of Etretat. In Normandy’s medieval capital Rouen follow in the footsteps of Joan of Arc, Gustave Flaubert, Claude Monet and Richard the Lionheart. Learn about intrigue and plots at the royal court of Versailles; tour the extravagant royal apartments, stunning gardens and Marie Antoinette’s hamlet of cottages on the royal estate of Trianon.

On return to Paris enjoy a tour of the city highlights by coach, or opt to see the city from the waters, of if you prefer, on a cycle ride along the riverbanks or on a guided meander through the Ile de la Cite neighbourhood and the bohemian Latin Quarter, for centuries home to artists, writers, philosophers and students.

Paris & Normandy

Join an eight-day luxurious boutique river cruise from Paris along the Seine and through the Normandy countryside; perfect for those fascinated by history with visits to Versailles and Rouen, and exploration of D-Day sites and the Normandy beaches. Enjoy six days of fully hosted excursions, including ‘Choice is Yours’ options, ‘Let’s Go’ and ‘Do as the locals do’ programmes, plus onboard local entertainment.

Paris & Normandy Itinerary

The Paris & Normandy cruise consists of an 8 days and 7 nights round trip from Paris to Paris.

Day 1 – Sunday: Paris (embark)

You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your ship to settle in.

Day 2 – Monday: La Roche-Guyon, Vernon Giverny

On your first day you can choose to visit the splendid Chateau La Roche-Guyon and its gardens; enjoy the fabulous views over the Seine from its hilltop setting. After, visit the Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s home, and the gardens that provided much of the inspiration for his works. Or opt for a guided and easy bike ride through the beautiful French countryside from Vernon to Giverny and a tour of Monet’s home and garden. In the evening enjoy a Captain’s welcome reception and dinner on board.

Choice of excursions: Chateau La Roche-Guyon, or ‘Let’s Go’ hike on the Crests trail or Monet’s gardens at Giverny, or ‘Let’s Go’ bike ride to Giverny.

Day 3 – Tuesday: Rouen (Normandy beaches)

Today learn the history of the D-Day landings on the Normandy beaches. There is a choice of three full day excursions to various beaches, although all include a visit to the American Cemetery and a private ceremony at the Omaha Beach memorial.

Choice of excursions: Full-day Normandy beaches with Utah Beach, Sainte-Mere-Eglise, Airborne museum, Pointe du Hoc, American Cemetery and private ceremony at Omaha Beach, or Full-day Normandy beaches with Arromanches and Bayeux, Tapestry Museum, American Cemetery and private ceremony at Omaha Beach, or Full-day Normandy beaches with Juno Beach, Centre Juno Beach, American Cemetery and private ceremony at Omaha Beach.

Day 4 – Wednesday: Caudebec-en-Caux (Honfleur or Etretat)

A day for keeping active with a choice of a bike ride, a walking tour or a round of golf. Spend the day on the golf course in Etretat; a dramatic links course in a spectacular clifftop setting on Normandy’s Alabaster Coast. If golf is not your chosen sport opt for a bike ride to the Villequiers village instead, or there’s a locally guided walking tour of the fishing village of Honfleur; see the former smuggler’s harbour, 15th century fishermen’s cottages and elegant mansions, amble down tiny lanes and visit the 15th century St Catherine’s Church.

Choice of excursions: Honfleur walking tour, or ‘Let’s Go’ bike ride to Villequiers village, or ‘Let’s Go’ golfing in Etretat.

Day 5 – Thursday: Rouen

On a guided walking tour of Normandy’s medieval capital Rouen, you will retrace its fascinating past. From the well-preserved historic quarter to the cross marking the spot where Joan of Arc was martyred, the cathedral that inspired Monet, and the church where the embalmed heart of Richard the Lionheart rests, this city is a treasure trove for those interested in history.

Featured excursion: Rouen walking tour.

Day 6 – Friday: Mantes-la-Jolie (Versailles)

Built by the Sun King the lavish Versailles Palace was the official royal residence from 1682 to the time of the French revolution. Tour the royal apartments for a glimpse of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette’s extravagant lifestyle in the 18th century; see the opulent décor, lush silk drapes, gilded beds, exquisite furniture and ornaments, and the remarkable Hall of Mirrors with its three hundred and fifty seven mirrors. Or you could opt for discovering the outstanding gardens of Versailles and the Queens Hamlet, a model village and magnificent gardens set around an artificial lake on the Trianon estate. For something a bit more vigorous there is a bike ride along the Seine to La Butte Verte Parc.

Choice of excursions: Versailles Palace secret apartments, or Versailles Gardens and Queens Hamlet, or ‘Let’s Go’ scenic bike ride along the Seine River to La Butte Verte Parc.

Day 7 – Saturday: Paris

Spend the day exploring the City of Light; either see the most iconic landmarks by coach, or join a local expert on a guided walk through two of Paris’ most popular neighbourhoods, the historic Ile de la Cite and the artistic Latin Quarter. You could also opt for a Seine River cruise for a different view of the city, or enjoy a leisurely bike ride along the riverbank path. Enjoy a special Captain’s farewell reception and dinner in the evening.

Choice of excursions: Paris city tour, or ‘Do as the Locals Do’ Ile de la Cité and Latin Quarter walking tour, or ‘Heart of Paris’ Seine River cruise, or ‘Let’s Go’ Seine riverbanks bike ride.

Day 8 – Sunday: Paris (disembark)

Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your flight home, or onward by private transfer from the port to one of our luxury city hotels in Paris if you have chosen to extend your trip with a few days in the City of Light.

Please note: this cruise departs on Sundays from March to November.

Please note: Itineraries may be subject to change should any operational reason prevail at the time.

S.S. Joie De Vivre

  • Chic and sophisticated super yacht
  • Hand crafted furniture
  • 20th century Parisian interior design
  • Club L’Esprit Spa with resistance pool
  • Exquisite dining

Cruise extensions

Why not stay at one of our luxury city hotels in Paris for a few days prior to your boutique river cruise, or extend your holiday with a stay at the end.