A cruise on the Seine through the historic heart of Normandy is perhaps the most romantic of river cruises. The Seine is a river of enchanting landscapes, from vast orchards and dramatic coastal formations to bright white chalk cliffs and impressive castle ruins; it’s easy to see why this region remains such an inspiration for painters and artists. Sailing aboard the luxurious and friendly Amadeus Diamond, you will discover the many memorable highlights of this region with our included excursions.
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London St Pancras and a scheduled Eurostar service to Paris. On arrival, we transfer to embark Amadeus Diamond (4T), with time to settle into our cabins and enjoy a welcome cocktail before dinner this evening.
Day 2 - Conflans
From Conflans, we take an excursion to Auvers-sur-Oise, to follow in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh and see the inspiring subjects of many of his paintings.
Day 3 - Rouen
Rouen is a timeless city and on our included walking tour, we visit the stunning 12th century Cathedral, subject of numerous Monet paintings, and the old market square where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. This afternoon, take an optional tour of The Abbey Road - a glorious reminder of Normandy’s medieval past.
Day 4 - Le Havre
Take an included walking tour on the cliff paths of Étretat for beautiful views of alabaster cliffs and natural arches. This afternoon, we have an optional visit to Honfleur, a jewel on Normandy’s coast immortalised by many impressionist painters.
Day 5 - Le Havre - Caudebec-en-Caux
Take an optional excursion to the landing beaches and battlefields of Normandy, or a fascinating journey through Normandy, taking in the Bayeux Tapestry in Caen - the city of William the Conqueror, Pont-l’Évêque, Trouville and Deauville.
Day 6 - Les Andelys - Vernon - Poissy
Arrive early at Les Andelys, where an optional excursion will take you to the impressive ruined castle of Château Gaillard, built by Richard the Lionheart. This excursion also includes Giverny, the lovingly-restored house where Claude Monet lived. The Water Garden, shaded by weeping willows, with its famous Japanese Bridge, inspired the paintings of the water lily. The ship arrives in Vernon after lunch, where there is an included visit to Versailles for a guided tour of Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles. We re-join the ship in Poissy, and sail on our final leg back to Paris.
Day 7 - Paris
After breakfast, join an included coach excursion of all the celebrated sights of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées. Later, join an optional excursion to Montmartre, or a ‘Paris by Night’ illuminations cruise this evening.
Day 8 Paris - London
After breakfast, we disembark and transfer to the station for a return Eurostar service to London St Pancras. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.