Spend a day and night soaking up the magic of Paris.
See the place where Joan of Arc met her executioners in Rouen's old town.
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From the charms of Normandy to the magic of Paris
Discover the charm and history of Normandy on this Seine cruise to Paris. Wander among the Gothic spires of Rouen, visit some of the region's most striking Norman abbeys, take the chance to visit Monet's house and garden at Giverny, and spend a magical day and night in Paris, with a city tour included.
20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
- Free bar, open 13 hours a day†
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK
- Return Eurostar travel and transfers
- Welcome drinks reception
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
- Saga Cruise Assistant
- Entertainment and activities on the ship
Plus these excursions:
- Walking tour of Rouen
- Visit Monet’s House and Garden
- City tour of Paris
Day 1 UK to Paris
Travel to Paris via Eurostar and transfer to embark A-Rosa Viva this afternoon. Enjoy a welcome cocktail party and dinner on board as your cruise begins this evening.
Day 2 Les Andelys
After a night of cruising, step ashore this morning and spend the day exploring the small town of Les Andelys. A stroll along the river here will offer beautiful views of the Seine Valley’s dramatic white cliffs, half-timbered houses and the hilltop ruins of Château Gaillard. This former stronghold of Richard the Lionheart changed hands a number of times during the Hundred Years’ War, and if you’re feeling sprightly you might like to hike up to the ruins, the perfect way to work up a thirst for some of the region’s famous cider or the apple brandy, Calvados. Resume your cruise just before dinner before mooring in Caudebec in the early hours.
Day 3 Caudebec-en-Caux
After arriving in the early hours you will have the day at leisure in Caudebec-en-Caux. You might like to enjoy a stroll along the Seine river banks, admiring the gardens and houses that line the peaceful waterway. In the town’s historic centre you will find the 15th-century Gothic style church of Notre-Dame, an attractively ornate church with a pretty bell tower that Henry IV reputedly said was the most beautiful in his kingdom. There are numerous decorative stone carvings on the exterior while inside there are some impressive medieval stained glass windows and a 16th-century organ.
Among the other notable landmarks in Caudebec-en-Caux are the 12th-century Maison des Templiers – among the oldest houses in Normandy and with a facade featuring Gothic-style arched windows. The attractive house is thought to have once been a temple, hence its name. Moor here overnight.
Day 4 Caudebec-en-Caux to Rouen
After setting sail at breakfast and cruising through the morning you'll arrive in Rouen after lunch and can look forward to an included tour to reveal the highlights. From the Vikings and Dukes of Normandy, to Flaubert and Monet, history permeates the old quarter of tall, half-timbered houses, great churches and lovely parks, all carefully restored since the war. Victor Hugo once called Rouen the city of 100 church spires. It gained notoriety in 1431 when Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in the middle of the market square. The town is also the birthplace of Gustave Flaubert, famous author of Madame Bovary. Remain moored in Rouen overnight.
Day 5 Rouen
You have a full day in Rouen to explore independently. Perhaps take the Abbey trail to two of the region's most distinctive abbeys. First up is Fontenelle, which is still occupied by a community of Benedictine monks. The church here currently lies in ruins, but the baroque-style convent and the Romanesque refectory are still intact, and you'll be free to visit them.
Continue on to the 12th-century abbey of St Martin de Boscherville. The church here has been remarkably well preserved, and the light-coloured stone which it's built from is dazzling. Inside, the high, wide windows create a bright and airy atmosphere. The church also has its very own extravagant garden, with a kitchen garden and a medicine garden, and lovely views across the Seine Valley. Set sail once again after dinner and cruise through the night.
Day 6 Vernon
Arrive in the early hours and this morning enjoy the opportunity to visit Monet's house and garden at the nearby village of Giverny on an included excursion. 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.
After lunch, cruise overnight to Paris.
Day 7 Paris
Arrive in the 'city of light' in the early hours and an included tour this morning shows you the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Élysées among other famous sights. Get a glimpse of Parisian daily life on a drive along the Champs-Elysées which is lined with designer boutiques and is the place for fashionistas to stop and be seen.
You'll have the rest of the day to explore independently – perhaps pay a visit to the Louvre, descend beneath the streets into the spooky catacombs or visit the famous cobbles and cafes of the hilltop Montmartre district.
Day 8 Paris to UK
Disembark after breakfast for your return journey to the UK by Eurostar.
†Free bar includes beer, wine, sparkling wine, cocktails, spirits and soft drinks. Bar opening times may vary subject to the daily programme on board. Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently. Optional Excursions on this cruise are only bookable onboard and subject to minimum numbers.