Normandy and Gems of the Seine

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Sail down the river of dreams pausing at beautiful landmarks along the way, and take the chance to explore them in all of their glory with these wonderful Scenic Freechoice excursions. 
  • Cycle from Vernon to Giverny
    Take a self-guided bicycle ride from the ship in Vernon to Giverny (approx 3.1miles each way) where you have the opportunity to visit Monet’s House and the impressive gardens which inspired many of the celebrated artist’s works.
  • Cycle to Villequier
    From Caudebec-en-Caux board your state of the art e-bikes and cycle to the charming village of Villequier where you will have the opportunity to visit the Victor Hugo Museum.
  • Discover Deauville
    Tour the playground of the rich and famous in Deauville on France's northern coastline with your local guide before free time to explore this impressive city at leisure.
  • Excursion to Bolbec
    Travel to the delightful hilltop town of Bolbec and visit its fascinating Textile museum. Alive with antique yet fully operational and impeccably maintained machinery, you will enjoy a tour of the many exhibits of this unique museum with the locals that maintain it. This Museum is run by volunteers therefore this excursion is as much about cultural interaction as it is the importance of the textile industry in this area of France. After visiting the museum you will also have the opportunity to visit Normand Traditions Museum, where you can learn all about the way of life in Normandy.
  • Guided tour of Etretat
    With steep limestone cliffs that plunge dramatically to the emerald waters of the English Channel below, the beauty of the Alabaster Coast will leave you breathless. Sitting proudly atop this dramatic seascape is the town of Etretat, where you'll have a guided tour followed by time at leisure.
  • Hike to Château Gaillard
    Step back into the age of Robin Hood on a medieval themed walking tour that follows in the footsteps of King Richard the Lionheart. Explore the historical secrets of the picturesque Norman town of Les Andelys on the banks of the river Seine and venture up to Lionheart’s castle of Château Gaillard. From there you will be able to take in the view of one of the most beautiful meanders of the river Seine.
  • Pay a visit to Fecamp
    Situated in spectacular surrounds, experience the city’s natural setting as it contrasts perfectly with its architectural centerpiece, the Benedictine Palace.
  • Shop with chef
    Join your on board culinary team for a guided visit to a local food market, where you will have an opportunity to shop for, and taste the best ingredients this region has to offer.
  • Tour Chantilly Castle and its impressive gardens
    Step inside the magnificent Chantilly Castle for a guided tour of this remarkable Château set amidst beautiful parklands. Your tour includes the castle and gardens so a moderate degree of fitness is required.
  • Tour Vaux le Vicomte Palace
    Tour the magnificent 17th century architectural jewel that is Vaux-le-Vicomte Palace, Louis XIV’s inspiration for Versailles Palace. After exploring the beautiful palace explore its stunning grounds covered in spectacular manicured gardens.
  • Visit Auvers sur Oise
    Visit the charming village of Auvers-sur-Oise, famous as the place where Vincent van Gogh painted his final masterpieces. Your tour includes entry to Van Gogh's room.
  • Visit Lyons la Forêt
    Often regarded as one of the most beautiful villages in France journey to Lyons la Forêt, and discover this delightful town that is surrounded by one of the largest Beech forests in Europe. With houses dating back to the 17th and 18th century and in typical Normandy style this town is sure to impress, and after exploring you will get to visit Fleury-la-Forêt Castle. A guided tour you will get to sample some of the delicious cider produced in this region.
  • Visit Moent's House
    Giverny is located on the opposite side of the river to Vernon, 3.1miles upstream. With your local guide travel to Monet’s house and explore the house as well as its impressive gardens that were the inspiration for some of the popular artist’s most famous works.
  • Visit the Museum of Fine Arts
    Within the region made famous by impressionist artists such as Monet, enjoy your visit to the meticulously presented exhibitions within.
  • Visit the Somme Battlefields
    Take a full day excursion to the Somme Battlefields, the location of the infamous Battle of the Somme which claimed the lives of over 150,000 soldiers from Britain and the commonwealth. This tour will take you to the Australian National Memorial located near Villers-Bretonneux where you can pay tribute to the 10,773 Australian soldiers killed with no known grave on the Western Front during WWI.
  • Walk the beaches of Normandy
    Join a full day excursion to the D-Day landing beaches of Normandy including the Arromanches Landing Museum and Omaha Beach cemetery and memorial or the Juno Beach Center.
  • Walking tour of Honfleur
    Enjoy a guided walking tour of Honfleur and its charming inner harbor area, especially known for its beautiful old houses with slate covered frontages.
  • Walking tour of Les Andelys
    Take a stroll along the banks of Petit-Andely before continuing to Collegiate Church of Our Lady in the Grand-Andely district. This beautiful, Flamboyant Gothic and Renaissance-style structure, features amazing stained glass windows from the 16th century. Your guide will be on hand to give you all details about it.
  • Walking tour of Paris with a local
    Explore the landmarks of Paris on your guided walking tour with a local Parisian and discover an insider's perspective on living in Paris, the back alleys and tales of this romantic city.

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