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Detailed Itinerary Impressions of the Seine & Paris (Wine Cruise)
CRUISE YEAR
Day 1
EMBARKATION – PARIS, FRANCE
Board your ship in Paris for your Impressions of the Seine & Paris Celebration of Wine River Cruise. (D)

Day 2
PARIS
Enjoy some of Paris’s most famous sights during your panoramic tour. You will be guided through the charming Latin Quarter, home to the world-famous Sorbonne University, and through the stunning 400-year-old Luxembourg Gardens, created by King Henry IV’s widow, Marie de’ Medici. Afterward, travel through Paris and see such sights as the Champs-Élysées with its cinemas, sidewalk cafes and luxury specialty shops; the Arc de Triomphe; and the Eiffel Tower. (B,L,D)

Paris
Day 3
MANTES-LA-JOLIE – LA ROCHE-GUYON, FRANCE
Go on a city tour during which you may see some of Mantes-La-Jolie’s beautiful religious structures, like the Gothic Notre Dame de Mantes, followed by a unique visit to a local bee farm. Alternatively, enhance your best self with a hike to a lookout point, and enjoy the wonderful panorama view on the Seine River. Later in the day, pedal to La Roche-Guyon or enjoy a scenic cruise there, where you can later experience the world through your taste buds by tasting the region’s famous apple-based calvados, cider and cheese. (B,L,D)

Mantes-la-Jolie
Day 4
VERNON
Experience the colorful splendor of Claude Monet’s magnificent gardens at his former home in Giverny, taking in the water lilies, Japanese bridges and graceful willow trees immortalized in his paintings. Then, visit the Château de Bizy, once referred to as “the Versailles of Normandy,” featuring a majestic courtyard, beautiful furnishings and a charming park embellished with fountains, waterfalls, and water jets, all of which evoke the Baroque splendor of the 18th century. Enjoy a tour of the salons, tasting of Normandy's celebrated apple ciders and some delicious Norman cheeses. For a more active adventure, pedal through Vernon on a guided bike tour. Or journey to Château de Gaillon, a picturesque Renaissance-style castle, as well as the beautiful Gardens d’Acquigny, boasting waterfalls, bridges, canals and a wide variety of trees and plant life. (B,L,D)

Vernon
Day 5
ROUEN, FRANCE – CAUDEBEC-EN-CAUX, FRANCE
Spend the morning enjoying medieval Rouen with a choice of several excursions. Join a walking tour past the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral, painted numerous times by Monet, and see the square where Joan of Arc was martyred, as well as the Medieval Quarter and Great Clock. You also have the choice to explore Lyons-la-Forêt, built on the site of a former fortress and featuring remarkable centuries-old architecture, followed by the idyllic castle Vascoeuil with its octagonal tower, art exhibitions and sculpture park. Or go on the “Tastes of Normandy” tour, where you’ll be treated to the delicious flavors of the region, including chocolate, macaron, Norman cheese and cider. Later in the day, enjoy a scenic cruise or a bike ride to Caudebec-en-Caux. (B,L,D)

Rouen
Day 6
CAUDEBEC-EN-CAUX, FRANCE - LE HAVRE, FRANCE
Caudebec-en-Caux is your gateway to a number of excursions. Visit Bayeux, with a medieval city center and the world-renowned Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts the 1066 Norman invasion of England, followed by a visit to Caen, where one of the top sites is the Château de Caen, an 11th-century castle built by William the Conqueror. Or instead, admire the 30-acre Harcourt Arboretum, with its nearly 3,000 trees, as well as the palatial Château du Champ de Bataille and the commune of Le Bec-Hellouin, known for its 11th-century abbey. Or, choose instead to enjoy a scenic cruise from Caudebec-en-Caux to Le Havre, where you can enjoy a guided city tour or take an afternoon bike tour. (B,L,D)

Day 7
LE HAVRE
Today you can choose an excursion to the seaside town of Honfleur, renowned for its picturesque harbor, and for being an inspirational site for Impressionist painters. Or, choose a full-day excursion to see the historic Normandy Beaches, where you may visit such sites as the cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, Omaha Beach, the artillery battery at Longues-sur-Mer and the village of Arromanches, where the remains of the floating harbor used during the WWII landings can be seen. As another alternative, visit the Palais Bénédictine a Fécamp, where you’ll be treated to a tasting of an herbal elixir, la Bénédictine, developed during the Renaissance and blended with 27 plants and spices. (B,L,D)

Le Havre
Day 8
LE HAVRE – DISEMBARKATION
Disembark your ship in Le Havre and prepare for your return flight home. (B)

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