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Trip Type : River Cruise
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Gems of the Seine

Scenic Cruises
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
11 days
From: $ 5,555 $ 505 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Meet your fellow guests at a lavish Captains welcome dinner on board your Scenic ‘Space-Ship’
  • Seize the opportunity to take easy paced bicycle rides at your leisure through spectacular scenery and villages
  • Sail along the majestic Seine River through landscapes that have inspired artists for generations
  • Dock in Rouen, most notable as the location where Joan of Arc was accused of heresy and burnt at the stake at 1431
  • Delight in the gastronomic specialties of northern France on board your Scenic ‘Space-Ship’
  • Discover the highlights and charming villages of the Normandy, Calvados and Isle de France regions of France
  • Sail to the open waters of the English Channel on board the luxurious Scenic Gem
  • Cruise into Paris by night and see the lights of this magical city
  • All tipping and gratuities

Short Description

Gems of the seine river cruise trip will give you a beatiful experience of sail along the majestic seine river through landscapes that have inspired artists for generations. This tour program seize the opportunity to take easy paced bicycle rides at your leisure through spectacular scenic villages and the feel of french culture.

These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Trip Type River Cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic - 2 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Paris
End City Paris

Trip Includes

  • Meals
  • Complimentary beverages
  • Private butler service for all guests
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet
  • Electronically assisted Bicycles
  • Six dining venues, including River Café and Table La Rive
  • Return airport transfers
  • All Internal transports

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Itinerary

Day 1: Paris

Meals: Dinner

On arrival into Paris be met and transferred* to the luxurious Scenic Gem. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Reception on board.

Day 2: Paris - Les Andelys

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) tour the magnificent Palace of Versailles; or (2) guided visit of the Louvre; or (3) walking tour with a local Parisian; or (4) ‘Shop with a Chef’ when you visit a local food market including tastings . This afternoon, enjoy time at leisure before sailing to Les Andelys.

Day 3: Les Andelys - Rouen

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) hike to King Richard the Lionheart’s Château Gaillard; or (2) journey to Lyons la Forêt, one of ‘the most beautiful villages of France’, including cider tasting. Afternoon cruising to Rouen, passing through the inspiring landscapes made famous by impressionist artists such as Claude Monet.

Day 4: Rouen

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) a walking tour of Rouen including the famous Joan of Arc sites and Rouen Cathedrale; or (2) enjoy a cooking demonstration at an acclaimed French Baking and Patisserie Institute; or (3) hike to Saint Catherine Hill for the views that inspired Monet’s Panorama of Rouen. With your afternoon at leisure, why not explore Rouen with Scenic Tailormade.

Day 5: Rouen

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rouen is most known for its historical ties to Joan of Arc, where in 1431 this renowned heroine was accused of heresy and burned at the stake. SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) a full day excursion to the Somme battlefields, location of the Battle of the Somme which claimed the lives of more than 150,000 soldiers from Britain and the Commonwealth in WWI, including a visit to the Australian National Memorial near Villers-Bretonneux; or (2) visit the meticulously presented Museum of Fine Arts. Why not step ashore with your Scenic Tailormade personal GPS device this evening and wander this illustrious city by moonlight.

Day 6: Honfleur

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A fabulous morning of sailing is assured with Scenic Tours, the only river cruise company to sail toward the open waters of the English Channel to Honfleur. Glide under Pont de Brotonne, the oldest bridge of its kind in the world, and Pont de Tancarville suspension bridge, two of only three bridges spanning the Seine river beyond Rouen. SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) a walking tour of Honfleur; or (2) discover the rural beauty of Normandy’s Cider Route on your visit to Domaine Saint-Hippolyte including a cheese and cider tasting. SCENIC SUNDOWNERS Enjoy an afternoon cocktail with your fellow travellers in this picturesque pocket of France’s Normandy region.

Day 7: Honfleur

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) join a full day excursion to the D-Day landing beaches of Normandy including the Arromanches Landing Museum and Omaha Beach cemetery and memorial; or (2) tour the playground of the rich and famous in Deauville, including a tasting of the regions renowned Calvados.

Day 8: Caudebec-en-Caux

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) tour Fécamp, set atop spectacular limestone cliffs, including a visit to the Benedictine Palace to taste the famed liqueur; or (2) travel to the delightful hilltop village of Bolbec and visit the fascinating Textile Museum. Back on board the opulence of the Scenic Gem, relax as the riverside panoramas come to you as we sail towards Vernon.

Day 9: Vernon

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This region of France gave rise to the Impressionist era and as such is famous for having evoked many beautiful paintings by some of history’s most famous artists. SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) visit Giverny, including entry to Monet’s former residence and gardens; or (2) for the more adventurous enjoy your self-guided cycle from Vernon to Giverny including entry to Monet’s house and garden; or (3) tour the picturesque streets of the river-side town of Vernon with your guide. SCENIC ENRICH Enjoy a private classical concert within the grandiose Château-de-Champlâtreux, a 16th Century estate once belonging to nobility and set in the most magnificent surrounds, this unforgettable event is exclusive to Scenic Tours guests.

Day 10: Conflans

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) visit the charming village of Auvers-sur-Oise including entry to Vincent van Gogh’s room; or (2) step inside the magnificent Chantilly Castle for a guided tour of this remarkable château set amidst beautiful parklands. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner on board. Ensure you have your cameras at the ready as you view the magnificent lights of the Paris skyline, pierced by the iconic Eiffel Tower, on your cruise into this romantic and most visited city in France.

Day 11: Paris

Meals: Breakfast

Disembark your cruise after breakfast this morning for your transfer* to Paris airport for your onward or homebound flight.

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I am at this moment on the "Jade" cruising from Amsterdam to Budapest. We are now in Bamberg. So far I have been very pleased with everything, their service is excellent and the food and the drinks is ...... Well I think you should find out yourself. I am very happy that I selected the Royal Suite, we are on the cabin # 316; good size and very comfortable.
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We just disembarked from the Nuremberg to Budapest cruise and I needed to tell you before writing to Trip Advisor and other sites how disappointed we are with the total lack of hygiene and assistance provided!
I have never experienced a situation where servers and food prep workers who were coughing and sneezing and obviously sick were allowed to work and spread germs to passengers or customers! We as well as many others on your ill fated cruise became sick due to your negligence.
No one was required to sanitize their hands when entering or leaving the dinning room or ship. the rails were never wiped down or disinfected, and people who were coughing or sneezing then used the rails only made things worse.
When we were in Vienna I was too ill to leave the ship, the front desk person Jozeph was going to the post office and I asked him if he could purchase for me some decongestants. He only drew on the map how I could walk there???? Is this the special five star treatment you offer and advertise?
Many passengers on board became sick and it is your fault.
There were other issues like the quality of food at dinner and the poor service, but the above is outrageous and reportable to prevent others from this situation.
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Love to do it again!

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Went on a Scenic River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest in 2012--Best trip I've EVER taken. Would love to do it again!!!

Scenic Cruises is top of the line

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Everything about Scenic Cruises is the best you can find on European rivers -- the cabins, the food, the port excursions, the technological innovations, everything is top of the line. They even have bicycles with electric boosters that you can take out for a spin while your ship is in port -- the boosters help get you over any hills you're having trouble with. If you can afford to pay top dollar for a memorable cruise, I highly recommend them.
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Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

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Trip Excludes

  • International transports
  • Personal expenses
  • Any kind of insurances

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