- Alabaster Coast
- Monet’s garden
- Van Gogh
Art on the Seine
- No fly
- VIP on selected river cruises
- All Inclusive
Discover the favourite places of the Impressionists...
Dive into the world of Impressionist painters on this 6-night cruise along the River Seine.
Explore fine art museums, including the Marmottan Museum and the Musée des Beaux-Arts, explore Normandy’s dramatic Alabaster coast, and delight in the charming house and gardens of Claude Monet. As you meander through beautiful sections of the Seine, visit a selection of towns and cities that have inspired some of the world’s most famous artists: Rouen, Honfleur, Etretat, Giverny and Paris – the ‘City of Lights’.
17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners
Free bar, open 12 hours a day†
Saga Cruise Assistant
- Return Eurostar travel and transfers
- Luggage collection and delivery service
- Welcome drinks reception
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
- Entertainment and activities on the ship
- Three thematic presentations
- Guided tour of Barbizon
- Visit the Marmotten Museum in Paris, or if closed, the Museum de l'Orangerie
- Visit Monet’s house and garden
- Guided tour of Rouen and Museum of Fine Arts, or if closed, the Boudin Museum in Honfleur
- The Norman Abbey Circuit
- Walking tour of Honfleur
- Tour of the Cote d’Albatre with a visit to Etretat.
†Free bar includes beer, wine, sparkling wine, cocktails, spirits and soft drinks. Bar opening times may vary subject to the daily programme on board.
Day 1 UK to Paris
Travel to Paris via Eurostar and transfer to your ship to embark this afternoon (a journey of approximately six miles, which will take around 30 minutes depending on traffic). Your included luggage collection service (also known as The Baggageman) means that your luggage will already be in your cabin, having been collected from your home and taken there separately.
After settling into your cabin, meet your fellow guests at a welcome drinks reception. After dinner on board, enjoy a thematic presentation: A Definition of Impressionism, its Origins, the Technique, and the Context, as you moor overnight in Paris.
Day 2 Paris to Melun
Spend a relaxing morning cruising to Melun and this afternoon you can enjoy a guided tour of Barbizon. This charming village found fame in the 19th century through the landscape paintings of the members of the Barbizon School Movement, such as Renoir and Manet. The Auberge Ganne, where the artists once lived, is now a museum. Return to your ship for dinner and an evening of entertainment.
Day 3 Melun to Paris
Cruise back to Paris this morning and this afternoon you can visit the Marmottan Museum in Paris, home to the world’s largest collection of paintings by Claude Monet – 66 in total. Housed in a mansion originally designed as a hunting lodge, the museum also houses works by Impressionist painters such as Manet, Pissarro, Renoir, Rodin and Sisley.
Return to your ship for dinner and enjoy a presentation focused on Claude Monet, the quintessential impressionist, as your ship begins the journey to Mantes-la-Jolie.
Please note: The Marmottan Museum is closed on Mondays, so if your visit falls on this day you will visit the Museum de l’Orangerie instead.
Day 4 Mantes-la-Jolie to Rouen
This morning you’ll visit Claude Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny. Monet spent the last 43 years of his life here – and it remains an enchanting and inspiring space. You'll see the now familiar Japanese-inspired water garden, shaded by weeping willows, and get to admire the colourful flower garden which surrounds the artist's former home. The famous Impressionist lived and worked here from 1883 until his death in 1926. He began renovating the garden in 1890, taking inspiration from the Japanese prints he collected and once remarked, ‘My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.’ The pink-painted house with its green shutters, the studios and the gardens, including the Japanese bridge and the famous lily pond, are all lovingly maintained and instantly recognisable from his paintings.
Spend the afternoon cruising to Rouen and look forward to an evening of cabaret-style entertainment on board.
Day 5 Rouen to Honfleur
Look forward to a thematic guided tour of Rouen, following in the footsteps of the Impressionists, complete with a visit to the Fine Arts Museum. This afternoon, another guided tour takes you along the Norman Abbey Circuit where you’ll discover Jumiége and one of the most important Benedictine monasteries in Normandy, as well as the Church of Saint Peter and the Abbey of Saint Wandrille.
Return to your ship and cruise to Honfleur. During your journey, sit back and enjoy your third thematic presentation: The geography of Impressionism: Paris and the suburbs, Honfleur and the Nomandy coast.
Please note: The Fine Arts Museum is closed on Tuesdays and public holidays, so if it is closed during your visit you will instead visit the Eugéne Boudin Museum in Honfleur on day 6.
Day 6 Honfleur to Etretat
After breakfast, embark on a walking tour of Honfleur, the cradle of Impressionism where artists including Boudin and Monet would meet at the famed Saint Simèon farm to try to capture the changing light of the estuary. You’ll have free time to explore the town, with its narrow, half-timbered houses, cobblestone streets and charming old harbour. Here you’ll have the chance to explore the Eugène Boudin Museum, showcasing some 92 of Boudin’s canvases and drawings, plus a large number of works by 20th-century artists including Dufy and Villon (entrance not included).
This afternoon, travel by coach and tour Normandy’s Alabaster Coast, home to dramatic, often sheer-faced chalk and flint cliffs sculpted into beautiful shapes by the English Channel. These cliffs and beaches have attracted artists including Eugène Boudin, Gustave Courbet and Claude Monet, and the writer Guy de Maupassant. See the chalk plateau of Pays de Caux, the stunning Seine Estuary, and visit Etretat town, with its famous natural arch. Return to your ship for dinner this evening.
Day 7 Honfleur to UK
Disembark after breakfast for your return journey (a journey of approximately 114 miles, which should take around three hours and 45 minutes depending on traffic) to the UK by Eurostar.
Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.
1 – Walking at your own discretion. For example, on panoramic coach tours when the only walking is at photo stops.
2 – Minimal walking. Up to approximately 1,640 feet (500 metres) on mainly flat terrain.
3 – Moderate walking. Between 1,640-4,920 feet (500-1500 metres) over mixed terrain with the possibility of some steps.
4 – Considerable walking. More than 4,920 feet (1500 metres) over uneven terrain with many steps.
5 – Strenuous walking. Long distances over rough terrain with climbing, steps and trekking.