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Botticelli

Paris to the Normandy Coast Cruise (5 Days)

Explore Central and Southern Europe onboard the Botticelli, a 2 deck ship constructed in 2004. The Botticelli is able to accommodate up to 154 guests in 76 comfortable double cabins, on a variety of itineraries which represent excellent value for money. On board, relax and soak up the sun on the spacious sundeck, complete with shaded area. This cruise ship also features a lounge bar with a dance floor and restaurant serving French inspired cuisine.

 

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Embark

Embark the ship in Paris.

Day 1: Paris

Check in from 5pm and take some time to settle into your cabin before enjoying a welcome cocktail reception and dinner. The ship sets sail along the Seine (depending on the water level) for a magical tour of Paris by night. Enjoy views of the Eiffel Tower, Grand Palais, Orangerie, the Louvre museum and Notre Dame Cathedral. Overnight anchorage in Paris.

Day 2: Paris - Rouen

Rise early as the Botticelli cruises along the Seine towards Poissy. Lunch is served on board the ship, followed by an optional sightseeing tour of Chateau de Versailles, one of the largest palaces in the world and also one of the most visited chateaux in France. Versailles is a grand example of French architecture and home to many significant masterpieces. Alternatively join an optional bike tour through the most beautiful parts of the park and gardens of Versailles. We’ll return on board and start cruising towards Rouen.

Day 3: Vernon - Rouen - Honfleur

Rise early for breakfast. You may join an optional guided tour of Rouen, the former capital of Normandy, and visit its fine cathedral, historic quarters and the old market place where Joan of Arc was burned alive at the stake. Return to ship as she starts cruising towards Honfleur. Tonight is your gala dinner and evening

Day 4: Honfleur

Honfleur is your last port of call (arrival times in the port of Honfleur are subject to the tides). This splendid town lies at the mouth of the Seine at the point where it flows into the Channel. Join an optional sightseeing tour of the town taking you through the old port, which has barely changed since the 17th century. The quayside dwellings were very much sought after in those times and therefore only extremely narrow plots of land were sold. This explains the unusual architecture with tall buildings, sometimes up to 7 floors high! In the background, admire the church of St Catherine which was built entirely out of wood in the shape of a ship by local carpenters. Lunch is served back on board the ship, followed with more optional sightseeing of the city Deauville on the “Cote Fleurie”. During the second half of the 19th century, Deauville became the hotspot for well-to-do Parisians and film stars from all over the world. Discover the Côte Fleurie and taste some Calvados, the famous apple brandy. Or you can discover the Côte d'Albâtre with a hike across the cliffs of Etretat, whose natural arches are not to be missed.

Day 5: Honfleur

Enjoy your final breakfast on board before disembarking in Honfleur.

Disembark

Disembarkation is in Honfleur.

Includes

  • 4 Nights' accommodation on board the Botticelli
  • Full board (from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 5)
  • DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at onboard bar
  • Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • Complimentary Samsung Galaxy Tablet for guests' use
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • **Please note that the dominant language is French, although all announcements are pre-recorded in English.

Excludes

  • International transportation
  • Transfers to and from the ship
  • Beverages other than those listed above
  • Optional excursions (Optional guided tour of Versailles must be pre-booked for a minimum of 35 people)
  • Visas
  • Personal insurance
  • Gratuities
 

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