This fabulous Seine River cruise combines time in France’s unparalleled capital of Paris with beautiful scenery along the Seine River and the picturesque and historical region of Normandy. Embark on your adventure in Paris and sail to Vernon, where you’ll choose between two exciting guided visits—Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or the remarkable Bizy Castle. You may choose to go on an excursion to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches of WWII or take a “Taste of Normandy” tour to discover more about this area. In Rouen, you’ll go on a guided walk through the medieval quarter and visit the gothic Rouen Cathedral. From Conflans, go on an excursion to the quaint and inspiring town of Auvers-Sur-Oise—associated with several famous artists, including Vincent van Gogh—or visit Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison. Join a guided sightseeing tour of “The City of Lights” to see famous sights in the heart of Paris. After your river cruise, enjoy 3 nights in both Venice and Rome. You’ll fly from Paris to Venice, Italy, for a Monograms vacation package with guided sightseeing and a free day to explore the canals, bridges, and wonderful sights of Venice on your own. Next, travel by high-speed train to Rome. You’ll enjoy seeing the classic sights with a guided tour, and a day of free time to spend as you wish. Your spectacular river cruise through France’s picturesque destinations, historic Normandy, and “The City of Lights” is made even more memorable with 6 nights shared between Venice and Rome. Your European escorted tour through France and Italy is all arranged for you to enjoy at its fullest!
Day 1 Paris (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Vernon–Les Andelys: choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; choice of guided walk, or guided hike in Les AndelysDay 3 Caudebec: choice of excursion along the “Normandy Abbeys Route”, or hike in the Natural Park; lecture on board Day 4 Caudebec: choice of full day excursions to Normandy landing beaches, or “A Taste of Normandy” excursionDay 5 Rouen: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral Day 6 Conflans: choice of excursions to Auvers-sur-Oise, or Napoleon and Josephine’s Château de MalmaisonDay 7 Paris: choice of guided sightseeing, or “Heart of Paris” walk, visit Notre Dame CathedralDay 8 Paris–Venice, Italy: flight to VeniceDay 9 Venice: guided sightseeingDay 10 Venice: full day at leisureDay 11 Venice–Rome: travel by high-speed train to Rome.Day 12 Rome: guided sightseeingDay 13 Rome: full day at leisure.Day 14 Rome: your vacation ends this morning.
In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.