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Seine & Normandy River Explorer

Journey through the heart of France exploring ancient cities and iconic landscapes on this luxurious seven-night river cruise along the Seine. Experience the medieval charm of the Normandy capital of Rouen, marvel at the architectural diversity of Le Havre, discover the picturesque landscapes of Étretat, and immerse yourself in art and nature at Monet's House and Garden plus free time to explore the most romantic of cities, Paris!

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8 days from £2409

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 15 May 2025

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience a fabulous river cruise along the Seine

  • Discover the historic tales of Joan of Arc on a guided tour of Rouen

  • Explore the architectural diversity of Le Havre

  • Marvel at the impressive chalk cliffs of Étretat, a beautiful seaside town

  • Visit the enchanting House and Gardens of Claude Monet

  • Enjoy fantastic views from the top of the Eiffel Tower

  • Indulge in French culture with a chocolate and cheese tasting

  • Soak in the romance of Paris with free time to explore

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 7 nights’ cruise aboard MS VIVA GLORIA

  • Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks)

  • All Inclusive Drinks (Wine, Beers, Cocktails, Spirits, Liqueurs, Soft Drinks, Juices, Water, Tea/Coffee)

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

DAY 1

Travelling by Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris, then onwards to board the MS VIVIA GLORIA, our home for seven nights, where we settle in and enjoy our first evening meal together.

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DAY 2

Today, we enjoy all that MS VIVA GLORIA and river cruising has to offer as we watch the beautiful Seine slip by passing the charming, medieval town of Conflans as we journey towards Rouen.

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DAY 3

This morning, we awake in Rouen, the capital of Normandy, where we enjoy a city walk to discover the historic tales of Joan of Arc and wind our way through the streets lined with tasteful boutiques and antique shops along with many fantastic regional restaurants. We visit the impressive Gothic cathedral and its reclining statue said to contain the heart of Richard the Lionheart plus we indulge in French culture with a taste of local chocolate and cheese.

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DAY 4

Today, we explore the rich history and architectural diversity of Le Havre on our discovery tour with plenty of stops at unmissable sites including the imposing St Joseph's Cathedral built with several thousand glass blocks incorporated into its structure. We then continue to the beautiful seaside town of Étretat with its impressive chalk cliffs and the chapel of Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde which has been inspiration to many artists. There will be free time to wander around the town before returning to MS VIVA GLORIA.

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DAY 5

Today, we enjoy a leisurely morning river cruising from Les Andelys to Vernon, a charming town in the heart of Normandy characterised by innumerous half-timbered houses. We will visit the historic house and enchanting gardens of Claude Monet, one of the most painted gardens in the world, which the artist himself described as his "most beautiful masterpiece". There will be plenty of time to soak up the tranquil atmosphere and explore these enchanting gardens with their rich variety of plants.

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DAY 6

This morning, we arrive in Paris, one of the most famous cities in the world! Here, we will take a city tour of this amazing capital taking in some of the main sights such as the Place de La Concorde, the largest square in Paris, the Cathedral of the Invalides, the burial place of Napoleon I, and not forgetting the world-famous Eiffel Tower.

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Day 7

Today is spent at leisure in this most romantic of cities, take time to wander along the Seine soaking up all this city has to offer at your own pace - a perfect end to a fabulous river cruise.

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DAY 8

We bid farewell to Paris and to France as we disembark and return to the station where we will join the Eurostar service to London St Pancras.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

HOTEL

MS VIVA GLORIA

The MS VIVA GLORIA is a premium ship that combines relaxation with beautiful views and offers a cosy panorama lounge, a French wine bar, gourmet meals served in the Riverside restaurant, a sundeck with a whirlpool plus a wellness area including a sauna and steam bath. All cabins provide a private bathroom with a shower and complimentary toiletries, a hairdryer, flat-screen TV, an included mini-bar, and air conditioning.

 

Emerald Cabin – Lower Deck – 14m2 with small panoramic windows (cannot be opened).

Ruby Cabin – Middle Deck – 14m2 with floor to ceiling French balcony.

Diamond Cabin – Upper Deck – 14m2 with floor to ceiling French balcony.

 

FARES

From London St Pancras International:

Standard Class rail travel to/from France, including Standard Eurostar

£2,409

First Class rail travel to/from France, including Standard Premier Eurostar

£2,609

Join & Leave at MS VIVA GLORIA

£2,229

Single Traveller Supplement (Ruby Only*)

£1,099

 

Emerald Cabin Supplement £0

Ruby Cabin Supplement £320

Diamond Cabin Supplement £460

 

*Single travellers will have a Ruby Cabin for sole occupancy at a total supplement of £1,419

 

7 nights’ cruise aboard MS VIVA GLORIA

Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks)

All Inclusive Drinks (Wine, Beers, Cocktails, Spirits, Liqueurs, Soft Drinks, Juices, Water, Tea/Coffee)

Eurostar and rail travel to and from France in the class of your choice

All transfers, excursions & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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