Board your ship in the French capital to begin your discovery of the Impressionist painters.
- Alabaster Coast
Normandy’s stunning Alabaster Coast inspired many artists including Boudin and Monet.
- Monet’s garden
Visit Monet's famous garden in Giverny which inspired some of his greatest paintings.
- Van Gogh
Visit Auvers-sur-Oise and enjoy a guided audio tour of the château where Vincent van Gogh briefly lived.
- 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 (or Musee de L’Orangerie depending on departure date) 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†
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK
- Return Eurostar travel and transfers
- Welcome drinks reception
- Special Interest Host
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
- Entertainment and activities on the ship
- Three thematic presentations
Plus these excursions
- Visit the Auvers-sur-Oise Chateau
- Visit the Marmotten Museum in Paris (or Musee de L’Orangerie depending on departure date)
- Visit Monet’s House and Garden
- Guided tour of Rouen and the Norman Abbey Circuit
- Visit Honfleur and the Cote d’Albatre
†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 embark your ship, either MS Seine Princess or MS Botticelli, this afternoon, depending on your departure. 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
After breakfast on board, travel to Auvers-sur-Oise and enjoy a guided audio tour of the château where Vincent van Gogh briefly lived and painted his well-known work The Church at Auvers. This afternoon you’ll have the chance to 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 cruise through Paris by night.
Please note: On Mondays the Marmottan Museum is closed and so on the June 21 and October 11 departures you will visit the Musee de L’orangerie instead.
Day 3 Paris to Giverny
Set sail after breakfast and cruise through the morning whilst enjoying a second thematic presentation: Claude Monet, the quintessence of Impressionism. This afternoon you’ll arrive in Giverny for a visit to Claude Monet’s house and gardens. 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. This evening, enjoy a Guingette evening on board your ship. These combined open-air dance halls and restaurants once lined the Seine and became a popular subject for painting during the early 20th century.
Day 4 Rouen
After setting sail at breakfast and cruising through the morning you'll arrive in Rouen after lunch. From the Vikings and Dukes of Normandy, to Flaubert and Monet, history permeates the old quarter, its tall, half-timbered houses, great churches and lovely parks, all carefully restored since the war. Look forward to a thematic guided tour following in the footsteps of the Impressionists, complete with a visit to the Musée des Beaux-Arts. This evening enjoy a gala dinner on board your ship.
Day 5 Duclair to Honfleur
Spend this morning cruising along the most beautiful section of the Seine, past sleepy villages and picturesque countryside scenes which have inspired many painters. As you cruise, sit back and enjoy your third thematic presentation: The geography of Impressionism: Paris and the suburbs, Honfleur and the Noman coast. On arrival in Duclair, join an included excursion along the Norman Abbey Circuit, before setting sail for Honfleur this evening.
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, take a tour of 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 to the UK by Eurostar.
Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.
Depending on your departure, sail aboard MS Seine Princess or MS Botticelli.