£50 deposit

Seine River Cruise

Join us on a luxurious cruise on the sinuous River Seine, into which we have woven a series of visits to the outstanding gardens of Normandy, including Monet’s garden at Giverny, which continues to enthrall countless visitors more than 90 years after his death.

Other garden highlights include the Bois des Moutiers, where the influence of Gertrude Jekyll can be clearly seen, and Le Vasterival, one of the finest gardens of its type and a lasting legacy of its creator, the Princess Sturdza. At the Jardins Agapanthe we find many interesting and unusual features while at the Jardin de Plume we will discover a natural yet structured contemporary garden in a typical Normandy orchard. At the Jardin Angélique we explore a romantic and delightfully old-fashioned garden and our tour finishes in grand style at the magnificent palace and gardens of Versailles.

On board our ship, the A-ROSA VIVA, we will enjoy all-inclusive luxury, with breakfast, lunch and dinner; tea, coffee and snacks and high quality drinks throughout the day. All cabins have a large window to the outside and a full range of amenities such as flat-screen TV, en-suite shower and WC and air-conditioning. Up-grades to upper deck cabins with Juliet balconies are available at a supplement. Bathrobes, toiletries and mineral water are provided in every cabin and there is also a 15% discount available on all treatments in the spacious spa area. Late summer sunshine can be enjoyed on the sun deck where there are ample sunloungers as well as a heated whirlpool, putting green, shuffleboard and chessboard.

Waking up to a new view every day (without having to pack and unpack) is always a lovely experience and combined with these wonderful gardens this promises to be an unforgettable cruise holiday.

What's included?

  •  Accommodation
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary
  •  Train travel
  •  Comfortable coach travel throughout
  •  Services of a professional tour manager

Led by...

David MacLennan

David MacLennan Tour Manager

Since retiring from full time employment David has worked as a tour manager and guide, specialising in history and in particular the ramifications of WW1.

Today's Price
£2,495

Benefit from this limited time offer:

  • Pay a low deposit of £50, was £200.

Single supplement: £595

Tour highlights:

  • All-inclusive service aboard a luxury river cruiser
  • The incomparable gardens of Giverny, carefully maintained as Monet would have wished
  • Edwardian style at Bois des Moutiers
  • The grand surroundings of Versailles
  • Comfortable rail travel with Eurostar

Tour details

Dates 3 September 2020 - 10 September 2020
Duration 8 days
Methods of transport Eurostar
Cost
Today's Price
£2,495

Benefit from this limited time offer:

  • Pay a low deposit of £50, was £200.
Single supplement: £595 Balance due by 11 June 2020
Activity Level
Tour code BSRC200903

Departure Points

Location Depart Return
London St Pancras International

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3 September 2020: Itinerary

We depart from London St Pancras International on the morning Eurostar service through the Channel Tunnel to Paris Gare du Nord. (First Class upgrades and regional connections also available on request). On arrival we will be met by our comfortable local coach and transfer to our ship on the banks of the River Seine.

In the evening once you have settled into your cabin we will enjoy dinner on board while the ship casts off and slips downstream.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: A-ROSA VIVA CRUISE SHIP

Enjoy your breakfast and watch the French countryside glide by as we continue downstream. During the morning we will arrive in Les Andelys, a little town on a bend in the river which is dominated by a ruined castle, built by Richard the Lionheart in 1196. After lunch on board we depart for a visit to the Jardin Plume. Since 1997, Sylvie and Patrick Quibel have been creating this natural yet structured contemporary garden in a typical Normandy orchard. Making generous use of grasses and perennials, the four acre garden includes seasonal plantings, a central square mirror pool and a kitchen garden.

We will return to the ship in time for dinner, as we continue our cruise downstream.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: A-ROSA VIVA CRUISE SHIP

We arrive in the village of Caudebec-en-Caux early this morning, our furthest point down river on the Seine. After breakfast we depart by coach for the first of two garden visits today, Le Bois des Moutiers on the northern coast, near Dieppe. The garden, in part influenced by the English designer Gertrude Jekyll, is full of charm. Near the house a white garden, held in check by disciplined box hedges, is full of white valerian, Iceberg roses, white irises and other ghostly plants. One can amble through the glades whose themes, colours and scents vary enormously in one of the most beautiful landscapes of the region. A packed lunch is included today.

We continue to the nearby garden of Le Vasterival. In 1957 Princess Sturdza, a talented plantswoman, started to create this magnificent garden in a natural style covering 7 hectares of acid soil, a kilometre from the sea. Princess Sturdza died in 2009 but the garden continues to thrive, with a huge range of plants which grow to perfection in its composted earth. Its informal design with paths, woodlands, glades and immaculate grass walks leading temptingly in all directions, contains a richness of flora in a variety of settings all year round. A guided tour is included here.

We return to our ship in time for dinner and moor for the night in Caudebec-en-Caux.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: A-ROSA VIVA CRUISE SHIP

As we sit down to breakfast this morning the ship will sail back upstream towards Paris, arriving in the city of Rouen around midday.

After lunch we visit the impressive Jardin d'Angélique at Montmain. Created six years ago, this garden, whose queen is the rose, displays intense bursts of flower in a relaxing environment characteristic of Normandy. Opposite the magnificent former Norman manor house is a subtle and sensuous collection of 1600 varieties of rose surrounded by lawn gardens.

We return to the ship in time for dinner and moor here in Rouen overnight.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: A-ROSA VIVA CRUISE SHIP

Following breakfast we travel deep into the heart of the Normandy countryside, characterised by small fields enclosed by trees and hedges, for our visit to the Jardins Agapanthe. There are two gardens and a nursery here, with many interesting and unusual features, including a scented walk, a sunken garden with lavender, a Mediterranean garden with ponds, a pergola, terraces and a fountain.

We return to the ship for lunch and the afternoon is free to explore Rouen at leisure. Among the recommended sights are the gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame, dominated by the famous west façade which was immortalized in a series of paintings by Claude Monet, and the Place du Vieux-Marché, where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in 1431. You may also wish to visit the Musée des Beaux-Arts (Museum of Fine Art), which contains an exceptional collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures including works by Caravaggio, Velasquez, Monet, Sisley and Normandy-born Géricault and Dufy (entrances not included).

Dinner is served on board is the evening as the ship continues her cruise upstream overnight.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: A-ROSA VIVA CRUISE SHIP

Early this morning we arrive in Vernon and after breakfast we depart for nearby Giverny and the world famous house and gardens of Claude Monet. Our early start today will ensure an early arrival at Giverny - a time when the gardens are at their most tranquil. Both the house and gardens have been lovingly and accurately restored - one would believe that the family have just gone out to walk in the garden. You will have plenty of time to explore this marvellous garden at your leisure, followed by an opportunity to visit the little church where Monet is buried.

We return to the ship for lunch and in the afternoon enjoy the last leg of our cruise back along the Seine to Paris, with dinner served on board in the evening.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: A-ROSA VIVA CRUISE SHIP

Having arrived in Paris in the early hours of this morning, following breakfast we depart for a morning excursion to the magnificent Palace of Versailles. The palace began as a hunting lodge in 1624, the wings of which enclosed what is now the Cour de Marbre. The present palace is largely the work of Louis XIV, who at first confined himself to making improvements but later planned a vast extension in order to make it possible to have not only the government and administration of the country but the whole nobility of the court more or less permanently around him, in a setting of great sumptuousness and artistic splendour. One of the highlights is the world famous Hall of Mirrors, which was decorated by Charles Lebrun and leading artists of the day in extreme splendour, but the whole palace conveys a vivid impression of the sumptuous High Baroque style of the ‘Sun King’. The extensive gardens are the creation of the celebrated landscape gardener Le Nôtre, who worked on them from 1661 for over twenty years. The fountains have recently been refurbished as have the exquisite apartments of Madame de Pompadour, where the beautiful original textiles have been recreated.

We return to the ship for lunch with the afternoon free to go ashore to shop and sightsee at your leisure. Paris is, of course, the most romantic city in the world with wonderful art galleries, churches, and shops. Highly recommended is a visit to the Musée de l’Orangerie des Tuileries, which is home to the series of 2-metre high murals entitled Les Nymphéas, a sequence of impressions such as clouds, reflections and sunsets which Claude Monet installed between 1914 and 1918, when he was at the height of his extraordinary powers.

A farewell dinner is served tonight on board the ship, a chance to discuss with new-found friends the many sights we have seen along the River Seine.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: A-ROSA VIVA CRUISE SHIP

After breakfast on board we disembark and transfer to the Gare du Nord for our Eurostar train back to London where we expect to arrive in the evening.

Meals include: Breakfast

3 September 2020: Additional Info

3 September 2020: Accommodation

On board the cruise ship A-ROSA VIVA, we will enjoy all-inclusive luxury, with breakfast, lunch and dinner; tea, coffee and snacks and high quality drinks throughout the day. All cabins have a large window to the outside and a full range of amenities such as flat-screen TV, en-suite shower and WC and air-conditioning. Up-grades to upper deck cabins with Juliet balconies are available at a supplement. Bathrobes, toiletries and mineral water are provided in every cabin and there is also a 15% discount available on all treatments in the spacious spa area. Late summer sunshine can be enjoyed on the sun deck where there are ample sunloungers as well as a heated whirlpool, putting green, shuffleboard and chessboard.

3 September 2020: Enquiries

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