Romantic river experience on the Seine.

11 days Paris-Le Havre-Paris & Loire Valley

The impressionists already knew it: this region is unique and unmistakeable. A real muse for great works. Experience an intense insight into French life combined with scenic beauty on this diverse cruise. Enjoy the enchanting atmosphere of delightful little towns, admire the imposing Chalk Cliffs on the Alabaster Coast and relax on a stroll through the small seafaring and artist town of Honfleur. Paris forms the crowning glory of your cruise. If you wish, the Loire Valley awaits with its abundance of breathtaking castles.

Why this river cruise?

  • River cruise through Normandy, the home and muse of world-famous artists such as Claude Monet
  • The Eiffel Tower, Sacré Cœur, Montmartre: there are few cities that offer as much as Paris does – the start and end to this journey
  • Explore the famous castles of the Loire with our post-cruise programme
  • Discover picturesque villages in wild and romantic countryside, such as Étretat with its impressive Alabaster Coast

The first impressions of your trip.

Experience the most beautiful countryside on this river cruise!

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The services provided during your trip

  • 8-day cruise in an outside cabin in the booked category
  • nicko cruises full board:
    • Generous breakfast buffet with coffee/tea and juices
    • Lunch and dinner with multi-course menus served at the table
    • Optional light lunch buffet
    • Coffee/tea after lunch and dinner
    • Coffee/cake or late night snack according to daily schedule
    • Festive Gala Dinner
    • Table reservation on board
  • nicko cruise director and local tour guides
  • Comfortable Sennheiser audio system on all excursions
  • Entertainment programme on board
  • Luggage service between landing stage and cabin for embarking and disembarking
  • All port and passenger fees
Additional benefits “Castles of the Loire”:
  • 3 overnight stays with breakfast in the Novotel Amboise in the Loire Valley (or comparable hotel)
  • Catering inclusions as per itinerary
  • Excursions marked in bold (see page 161)
  • Local tour guide
  • Comfortable audio guides on all excursions
  • All transfers on location

Important travel information

Important travel information: Please note that daily on-board information and excursions will be provided in German language only for individual travellers. Except for the marked dates, that indicate our guaranteed English departures. Different languages are available on request for groups and charterers. Minimum number of participants for this cruise up to 30 days before departure: 135 people. Minimum number of participants for the post cruise land programme: 20 people (see section 8.1. of our travel terms).

Your itinerary

Day

1

Paris
Casting off 8:00 pm Embarkation from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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Day

2

Rouen
Mooring 4:00 pm Casting off 7:00 pm guided walk Rouen

From St. Catherines's Hill we have a fine view over the city of Rouen with its many church towers and across the Seine Valley. In the historic centre we see some lovely half-timbered houses in the Rue du Gros-Horloge as well as the late Gothic cathedral with its many sculptured decorations and another Gothic masterpiece - the Palais de Justice.

Trip duration:

02:00 h

Day

3

Le Havre
Mooring 5:00 am Casting off 7:00 pm Excursion to Honfleur Excursion Package

This excursion takes you to the attractive port and artists’ colony of Honfleur at the mouth of the Seine. Thanks to its historic harbour basin, its lovely narrow streets and traditional half-timbered houses it is one of Normandy’s most attractive towns. We walk to the ancient fishing port and through the Old Town to the unique late Gothic wooden church of St. Catherine, with its free-standing bell tower.

Trip duration:

04:30 h

Day

3

Le Havre
Sightseeing tour of Le Havre with subsequent excursion to the picturesque seaside resort Étretat on the high Chalk Cliffs of the Alabaster Coast.

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Day

4

Caudebec-en-Caux
Mooring 2:00 am Casting off 1:00 pm Excursion to the "Monastery Route" with a visit to the monasteries of Jumièges and St. Martin de Boscherville Excursion Package

Already the French writer Victor Hugo has called the abbey of Jumièges "the most beautiful ruin of France". The imposing ruins still attract visitors and are a testimony to Romanesque architecture.In Saint-Martin de Boscherville, situated on a bend in the river, stands one of the finest Romanesque abbeys of Haute Normandy. We inspect the complex from the outside.

Trip duration:

04:00 h

Day

4

Rouen
Mooring 7:00 pm Casting off 11:30 am Enjoy an evening of French chanson on board.

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Day

6

Conflans- Sainte- Honorine
Mooring 12:30 am Casting off 2:00 pm Ausflug Château Chantilly

Einst eine mittelalterliche Burg, wurde das Château Chantilly im 16. Jahrhundert zu einem Renaissance-Schloss erweitert und umgebaut und im 18. Jahrhundert dann zu einer barocken Schlossanlage umgestaltet. Dieses prächtige Märchenschloss gilt schon aufgrund seiner Geschichte daher als besonderes "Juwel" des Kulturerbes in Frankreich. Auch Hollywood hat den Charme erkannt und nutzte das Anwesen als Kulisse im James-Bond-Film "Im Angesicht des Todes". Nicht weniger eindrucksvoll ist die weitläufige Parkanlage, die verschiedene Stile und Epochen, wie den französischen Garten mit seinen Wasserflächen und Fontänen aus dem 17. Jahrhundert oder den englischen Garten aus dem 19. Jahrhundert, umfasst.

Day

6

Conflans-Sainte-Honorine
Mooring 12:00 am Casting off 2:00 pm Ausflug zur James-Bond-Filmkulisse „Schloss Chantilly“.

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Day

6

Paris
Mooring 12:00 am Guided tour of Paris Excursion Package

The bus tour will show you the famous Eiffeltower, Arc du Triomphe, Notre Dame and the Champs-Élysee. A short walk through Parc du Luxembourg will introduce you to another side of this lively metropolis.

Trip duration:

03:30 h

Day

7

Paris
Visit to a cabaret show in Paris

Nightlife in Paris is often associated with the famous Cabarets. Well-known names such as “Moulin Rouge”, “Lido” or “Crazy Horse” attract tourists and locals alike since generations. Watching one of those fascinating shows will surely be a highlight of your stay in Paris.

Trip duration:

03:00 h

Day

7

Paris
Excursion to Montmartre

Our guided walk through the district gives you an interesting insight into this lively area. Montmartre is also famous for the Basilique du Sacré Coeur. You will get the opportunity to have a look inside the cathedral at your leisure. We take advantage of a tram to take the trip up to Montmartre.

Trip duration:

04:00 h

Day

8

Paris
Disembarkation, bus transfer to the Loire.

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Day

8

Loire Valley
Visit to Château Chambord, the most magnificent castle in the Loire.

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Day

8

Loire Valley
Visit to the Château de Blois with its unique architectural variety.

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Day

9

Loire Valley
Excursion to the Renaissance gardens of Château Villandry, the highlight of garden art in the Loire valley.

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Day

9

Loire Valley
Guided tour through Tours, the city of Saint Martin.

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Day

10

Loire Valley
Inclusive excursion: Excursion to the imposing water castle of Château Chenonceau, the "Castle of Ladies".

The imposing water castle of Château Chenonceau, located on the River Cher, has the nickname of "The Castle of Ladies", as its history of almost 800 years was mostly shaped by women.

Day

10

Loire Valley
Visit to a traditional vineyard on the Loire valley with a wine tasting session.

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Day

10

Loire Valley
A relaxing tour through Amboise with the Château of the same name.

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Day

11

Loire Valley / Paris
Bus transfer to the airport or to Paris railway station.

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Arrival and departure times are target times. We reserve the right to change itineraries and excursion programmes. If a route cannot be travelled due to low/high tides or a boat defect, the shipping company reserves the right to take passengers on this route by bus, to accommodate them in hotels and/or change the route. In certain circumstances it may be necessary to change to another ship.

The itinerary of your river cruise on the map

Your ship on its journey: MS SEINE COMTESSE

 

Our MS SEINE COMTESSE is a true countess. She glides through the romantic Normandy elegantly and in style. Generously furnished cabins with a lot of comfort are waiting for your duration of the trip. Fantastic panoramas are not guaranteed by large panorama windows in the cabins, but also in the other public areas. Frances cuisine is world-famous. And naturally you will also experience that on-board. Dishes prepared fresh every day are always a poem and round-off the unforgettable travelling experience duly.

 

Further details about your ship
  • At a glance

    nicko modern 150 passengers 40 114.30 m 11.40 m 1.50 m 220 volts
  • Kreuzfahrtschiff Seine
  • Flussschiff Seine
  • Seine Kreuzfahrtschiff
  • Seine Kreuzfahrtschiff

Explore the world – safely!

For us, the safety of the guests and crew on board our ships always comes first – especially in these current times. In 2020, we proved that our safety and hygiene practices work when we were the first cruise operator worldwide to get our ships going again in June. Our proven measures meet national and international health standards. We have summarised the key facts for you in our 10-point plan.

For our ocean cruises we will introduce the so called 2G regulation, which stands for „Geimpfte and Genesene“ and means vaccinated and recovered persons on October 27, 2021 on VASCO DA GAMA and for WORLD VOYAGER from October 29, 2021. On our river trips, the 2G regulation applies with the start of the winter season from November 29th, 2021.

This means that on our cruises from the dates mentioned, only fully vaccinated or recovered guests travel in accordance with the 2G rule. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the 2G regulation. They must present a negative PCR test, which must not be older than 72 hours at the time of entry.

This year, we are again pursuing our passion to offer you unforgettable holiday experiences, showing you the most beautiful spots on the river and along European coasts. Come on board!

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