EUROPEAN QUEST - If you’re seeking European authenticity, you’ll find it here. Spend your first day in breathtaking Paris, and then sail for dreamy southwest France and northern Spain, including less visited ports where you can truly experience the local culture.
Every moment matters on this 11-day trip from London to Lisbon. Whether you are travelling back hundreds of years with the Bayeux Tapestry in Honfleur, shucking oysters in St. Malo or surfing the English channel in Falmouth, there is more to these coasts than meets the eye. A welcome break in way of a sea day follows before heading to the country of three F’s Fado, Fatima and Football. Fabulous!
Begin your panoramic French river cruise on the Seine with a visit to Paris—The City of Lights. See the sights in the heart of the city, including a visit to Notre-Dame Cathedral, or take a tour which will show you the iconic locales of the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and more.
Cruise to Conflans and choose between an excursion to visit Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s Château de Malmaison. Then, continue on to Vernon to visit the home of master artist Claude Monet at the gardens of Giverny, or visit magnificent Bizy Castle. Your river cruise on the Seine sails on to Les Andelys for guided tours of this picturesque village, and nearby castle ruins.
Continue to Rouen for an excursion to Normandy. Tours of the WWII landing beaches, memorials, and monuments, or a “Taste of Normandy” tour to discover the farming traditions and culinary specialties are offered today. Next day, your visit to Rouen includes a walking tour of the village where Joan of Arc was martyred, as well as the Notre-Dame Cathedral, and Astronomical Clock. Last stop of your Seine River cruise is Le Havre, where you will enjoy a guided city sightseeing. Your vacation ends with a transfer to Paris.