Experience romantic Normandy.

11 days Paris-Normandy-Paris & Loire Valley 2019

The Impressionists knew it already: This region is unique and unmistakeable. A true muse for great works of art. Experience an intensive impression of the French way of life, coupled with beautiful scenery, on this diverse cruise. Enjoy the magical atmosphere of charming little towns, marvel at the imposing chalk cliffs on the Alabaster Coast and relax while ambling through the small seafarers' and artists' town Honfleur. Paris is the grand finale of this cruise. To follow, the Loire valley is waiting for you with its wealth of breath-taking castles.

Why this river cruise?

  • River cruise through Normandy, the home and the muse of world-renowned artists such as Claude Monet
  • The Eiffel Tower, Sacré Coeur, Montmartre: there are few cities that offer as much as Paris - the start and end point of this cruise
  • Explore the famous castles of the Loire with our follow-on programme
  • Discover picturesque villages in wild and romantic landscapes such as for instance Étretat with the impressive Alabaster Coast

The first impressions of your trip.

Experience the most beautiful scenery on this river cruise!

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The services provided during your trip

  • 8 day cruise in an outside cabin in the category booked
  • nicko cruises full board during the cruise:
    • Generous breakfast buffet with coffee / tea and juices
    • Multi-course menus served at table for lunch and dinner
    • Optional light lunch buffet
    • Coffee / tea after lunch and dinner
    • Coffee / cake or midnight snack depending on the daily itinerary
    • Festive gala dinner
    • Welcome & farewell reception with the captain
    • Tables can be reserved on board
  • nicko cruise director and local tour guides
  • Comfortable Sennheiser Audio system for all excursions
  • On-board entertainment programme
  • Luggage service from landing stage to cabin for embark and disembark
  • All port and passenger fees
  • 3 overnight stays with breakfast in the Novotel Amboise in the Loire Valley (or a comparable hotel)
  • Catering services during the follow-on programme
  • Inclusive excursions in the Loire valley
  • Local tour guides
  • Comfortable audio headset for all excursions
  • All transfers on site

Added optional services

  • Arrival and departure
  • Travel insurance
  • Excursion package with 4 excursions (during the cruise): 71 € p.p.
  • Beverage package: 169 € p.p.

Important travel information

Please note that information and excursions will only be provided in German language for individual travelelers (except dates marked with guranteed English language). Different languages are available for groups and charterers. Minimum number of travellers required for this cruise by 30 days before the cruise begins: 120 persons (see Point 8.1. of out Travel Terms and Conditions), for the follow-on programme Loire Valley: 20 persons (see Point 8.1. of our Travel Terms & Conditions).

Your itinerary

Day

1

Paris
Casting off 10:45 pm Embark from 3.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

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Day

2

Les Andelys
Mooring 1:30 pm Casting off 5:00 pm Time for your individual trip on shore.

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Day

3

Caudebec-en-Caux
Mooring 3:00 am 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

Caudebec-en-Caux
Excursion to Étretat

Situated between high chalk cliffs, Etretat is one of the finest resorts on this part of the Alabaster Coast. The bizarre shapes of the chalk cliffs, known as „Falaises“, have made this resort famous. Many artists such as Monet, Courbet, Isabey were inspired by this charming coastal resort.

Trip duration:

04:30 h

Day

3

Caudebec-en-Caux
Enjoy an evening of French chansons on board.

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Day

4

Caudebec-en-Caux
Casting off 9:00 am

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Day

4

Rouen
Mooring 1:00 pm guided walk Rouen Excursion Package

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

5

Rouen
Casting off 6:00 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

6

Vernon
Mooring 2:00 am Casting off 1:00 pm Excursion to Giverny, with a visit to the Monet house

You will visit Monet's house and garden which was designed to provide a year-round display of flowers for his inspiration. We learn more about the life of Claude Monet while seeing some replicas of his impressive paintings

Trip duration:

04:00 h

Day

7

Paris
Mooring 4:00 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
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

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

8

Paris
Disembark, transfer by bus to the Loire.

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Day

8

Loire Valley
Inclusive excursion: Visit to Château Chambord, the most opulent castle on the Loire.

The castle stands out because of its impressive appearance: the largest and in the opinion of many visitors the most extravagant of the Loire castles was built in the first half of the 16th century under King Francis I as a magnificent hunting lodge.

Day

8

Loire Valley
Visit to the Château Blois with its unique architectural variety (inclusive).

The Château de Blois is in the heart of the town and is distinguished by its variety of architectural styles. Each of the four wings of the building was built in a different age, resulting in a unique interplay of Medieval, Gothic, Renaissance and Classicist styles.

Day

9

Loire Valley
Inclusive excursion: The Renaissance gardens of the Château Villandry are a high point of the gardener's art along the Loire.

The famous Renaissance gardens of Château Villandry are terraced on three levels: the decorative vegetable garden, the peaceful water garden with its fountains and the idyllic ornamental garden with its patterns of box hedges form a unique view.

Day

9

Loire Valley
Inclusive excursion: Guided walk through Tours, the city of St Martin.

The name of Tours is derived from the Turones, an ancient Gaulish tribe. In the student city, located between the rivers Loire and Cher, you can find the tomb of St. Martin, which has given the current regional capital another role, that of a popular place of pilgrimage.

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
Inclusive excursion: Visit to a traditional vineyard on the Loire with wine tasting.

Inclusive excursion: Visit to a traditional vineyard on the Loire with wine tasting.

Day

10

Loire Valley
Inclusive excursion: Gentle walk through Amboise with the château of the same name.

Amboise is ideal for a little stroll through the alleyways of the Old Town, where there are many small shops and pleasant cafés to discover. Soaring above the town is the Château Amboise, dating from the 15th/16th centuries, Once the residence of the Valois (an aristocratic family).

Day

11

Loire-Tal / Paris
Bus transfer to the airport or to the station in Paris.

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The mooring and casting off times are approximate. We reserve the right to make changes to the itineraries and excursion programmes. If a route cannot be taken due to low / high water levels or a defect in the ship, the shipping company reserves the right to provide the guests with buses or hotel stays on this route, or to use another route. It may be necessary to transfer 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 crew members 114,3 m 11,4 m 1,5 m 220 Volt
  • Kreuzfahrtschiff Seine
  • Flussschiff Seine
  • Seine Kreuzfahrtschiff
  • Seine Kreuzfahrtschiff

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