- The iconic sights of Paris
Spend a day and night soaking up the sights of Paris.
- Giverny and Monet’s garden
Enjoy an included visit to Monet’s House and Garden.
- Les Andelys has a scenic riverside setting
Stroll along the river for views of the Seine Valley’s white cliffs and the hilltop ruins of Château Gaillard.
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- VIP on selected river cruises
- Travel by train
- All Inclusive
From historic Normandy to the iconic sights of Paris
Discover the historic charm of Normandy on this French river cruise along the Seine to Paris. Wander among the Gothic spires of Rouen, visit some of the region's most striking Norman abbeys, explore Monet's house and garden at Giverny, and spend a day and two nights in Paris, with a city tour included to ensure that you see the main attractions.
20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
Free bar open 12 hours a day†
Saga Cruise Escort
- Return Eurostar travel and transfers
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
- Drinks reception
- Entertainment and activities on the ship
- Luggage collection and delivery service
- Walking tour of Rouen
- Visit Monet’s House and Garden
- City tour of Paris
† 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 A-Rosa Viva this afternoon (a journey of approximately six miles, which 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.
Enjoy a welcome drinks reception and dinner on board as your cruise experience begins this evening.
Day 2 Rouen
Look forward to an included tour of Rouen.
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 3 Rouen
Today you'll have a full day in Rouen to explore independently or you may like to join an optional excursion to Cote D’albatre, Etretat and Le Havre. In Rouen, 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 own garden, with a kitchen garden and a medicine garden, and offers views across the Seine Valley.
Set sail once again after dinner and cruise through the night.
Day 4 Caudebec-en-Caux
After arriving in the early hours you will have the day at leisure in Caudebec-en-Caux.
You may like to take a stroll along the Seine river banks to see the gardens and houses that line the waterway. In the town’s historic centre you will find the 15th-century Gothic style church of Notre-Dame, an ornate church with a 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 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 – one of the oldest houses in Normandy and with a facade featuring Gothic-style arched windows.
Alternatively, join an optional excursion that will take you along the Côte Fleurie (or Flowery Coast) to visit Honfleur and Deauville.
Day 5 Les Andelys to Vernon
After a night of cruising, spend this morning exploring the small town of Les Andelys.
A stroll along the river here will offer 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 it’s possible to hike up to the ruins – a great way to work up a thirst for some of the region’s famous cider or the apple brandy, Calvados.
Your afternoon will be spent cruising to Vernon. While there you can 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.
Day 6 Vernon to Paris
Leaving in the early hours, cruise through the day to arrive in Paris in the early evening for an overnight mooring.
Day 7 Paris
An included morning tour 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.
Please note: It‘s not always possible to moor near the centre of Paris, so you may need to use public transport if you choose to explore independently. Following your included morning tour you can disembark the coach in central Paris to spend time at leisure before making your own way back to the ship.
Day 8 Paris to UK
Disembark your ship 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. Optional Excursions on this cruise are only bookable onboard and subject to minimum numbers. This cruise is subject to the influence of the tides and as a result arrival times into ports may differ.