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Join friendly Sunrise Tours travelers and staff for an exploration of Paris and the historic towns and beaches of Normandy!
Day 1: Overnight Flight (meals included in flight)
Day 2: Paris
After a mid-morning arrival in the City of Lights, board the Amadeus Diamond and get settled into your cabin. This evening, enjoy a welcome cocktail, followed by a specially prepared Welcome Dinner. [B, L, D included aboard ship for the duration of the cruise]
Day 3: Conflans
Arrive in Conflans, at the confluence of the Oise and the Seine. Visit the little town of Auvers-sur-Oise, an inspiration to many of the famous Impressionist masters, including Cézanne, Pissarro and Daubigny. The most famous of these artists is Vincent van Gogh, whose final resting place is located here. Visit Auberge Ravoux, where Van Gogh lived in a very simple and small room lit only by sky light. Inspired by the picturesque site with its inhabitants and surroundings, Van Gogh painted close to 80 canvases here, which come alive in the winding streets of the village.
Day 4: Rouen
This morning we reach Rouen, often called the “Ville musée” (Museum Town) where you can visit one of the many art, history, and antiquities museums scattered throughout the city. Visit the cathedral that inspired Claude Monet and the modern Church of Joan of Arc with its magnificent 16thcentury stained-glass windows. See the “Gros Horloge,” the astronomical clock, the Parliament of Normandy, and the “Place du Vieux-Marché”, the site where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. Join a local expert for a journey along the Abbey Trail, a route of churches, castles and abbeys of the region, including Jumièges which author Victor Hugo described as one of the most beautiful ruins in France (additional expense).
Day 5: Le Havre — Étretat
Although the harbor of Le Havre was greatly destroyed in World War II, it was rebuilt and continues to be an important port city in Normandy. Explore the Normandy coastline with a walk along the Ètretat cliff-top paths for a view of steep chalk rocks with impressive needle-like formations, which have inspired many well-known artists. Nearby is the city of Honfleur, where the Seine meets the Atlantic. This port town is regarded as a jewel on the Côte Fleurie and is a lovely place to spend an afternoon.
Day 6: Le Havre — Caudebec-en- Caux — WWII History
Home to farmlands, beaches and towns, Normandy is a land with a rich culinary tradition, based on its fine local produce like world-famous cheeses and apples from which cider and the brandy Calvados are made. It also boasts many historic landmarks, such as the Normandy landing beaches and the city of Arromanches, the closest harbor linked with the liberation of Western Europe after D-Day. See the enormous concrete blocks remaining from Mulberry Harbor, an artificial harbor created for the Allied operations, and the impressive Longues sur Mer, the German coastal defense battery classified as a historic monument of the D-Day landing beaches. At the end of this excursion, rejoin the ship in Caudebec-en-Caux.
Day 7: Les Andelys — Vernon
Today, your vessel anchors in the little town of Les Andelys in the shadow of Chateau Gaillard, the one-time home of Richard the Lionheart. Relax in town or venture farther afield to nearby Giverny, home to Impressionist artist Claude Monet, until his death in 1926. The beautiful surroundings and vivid flora were inspiration for some of his most famous works. Return to the ship in Vernon for lunch. Onboard, the Captain’s Gala Dinner is a wonderful finish to a fantastic day. Optional: Take a short drive to get up close to the white stones of the King’s stronghold, Chateau Gaillard, and continue to Giverny for entrance to Monet’s House and Garden (additional expense). Day 8: Paris City Tour — Versailles
In the early morning, it is once more “Bienvenue” to the French capital. Explore the sights of the Eiffel Tower and the bustling Champs-Élysées. As an alternative, you can also join an excursion to the Palace of Versailles, the sumptuous, grandiose and opulent palace of Louis XIV, which became the architectural manifestation of absolute monarchy in France (only bookable in advance).
Day 9: Fly home (meals included in flight)
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