Paris to Honfleur (RHF) - 7 days
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Day 1 : PARIS (Embarkation Day)
Passengers are welcome to board at 6:00 p.m. in Paris. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail and present your hiking program for the cruise. We'll have dinner, and the rest of the evening is yours to do as you please.
Day 2 : PARIS
This morning, join us for a panoramic tour of Paris. We'll set of by coach to discover the legendary sites in the capital: Bercy, the François Mitterrand National Library, the Bastille, the Marais and the Latin Quarter, Saint-Germain, the Louvre and its pyramid, Opéra Garnier, Place Vendôme, Concorde, the Champs Élysées,
l'Arc de Triomphe, Les Invalides, the Trocadéro, and of course, the Eiffel Tower.
This afternoon, join us for:
Hiking program: Hiking along an official French trail, known as the GR2, through the capital is the best way to discover the out-of-the-way aspects of the city. You'll pass in front of the Jardin des Plantes botanical garden, the Bassin de l'Arsenal, and the Bastille. The labyrinth of small streets in the Marais District, the beautiful mansions, and the charming courtyards in the St. Paul District are all quite a contrast to the modern structure of the Pompidou Center. We'll continue past Les Halles, the Louvre, and the Tuileries Gardens up to the Place de la Concorde. We'll return along the banks of the Seine, crossing several famous bridges. You'll no doubt recognize the Paris that is so beloved by artists and travelers. (2.5-hour tour, 5 miles (8 km), no elevation gain).
Non-hiking program: Free time. Discover Paris at your own pace.
This evening, we'll enjoy a cruise through Paris at night (depending on water level).
Day 3 : PARIS - POISSY - LA ROCHE-GUYON
We'll begin to cruise early in the morning before passing through the impressive futuristic business district of
La Defense. We'll stop in Poissy at the beginning of the afternoon, which will be the departure point for the
excursion to the Château de Malmaison. Once owned by Napoléon Bonaparte, this majestic palace includes
what many consider to be the most stunning gardens ever conceived. We'll return on board and continue
cruising to Roche-Guyon. Join us for an evening of entertainment.
Day 4 : LA ROCHE-GUYON - ROUEN
Our ship will begin to cruise in the early morning (depending on the tides). We'll spend the morning crossing
through the steep limestone cliffs, arriving in Rouen, the former capital of Normandy, at the beginning of
Hiking program: You be transferred by coach to Duclair, the starting point of your hike to Jumièges. This itinerary travels along forest paths-particularly lovely during this season-and will give you the opportunity to
discover how well preserved the sites are. The Seine is still crossed by ferryboats, quaint hamlets still hold
old stone houses, and the cherry, apple, pear, and plum trees benefit from the microclimate created by the
river and add a touch of color to the springtime countryside. After our hike you'll be transferred back to Rouen.
(2.5-hour tour, 6.2 miles (10 km), 492-foot elevation gain).
Non-hiking program: Guided tour of Rouen. We'll begin at the historical center of the city in front of its famous cathedral. Rouen has the most historically classified buildings in France, a rich and exceptional heritage, and original and creative gastronomy. The cathedral, built between the 12th and 16th centuries, is an excellent example of Gothic architecture. The Gros-Horloge, whose movement was made in 1389, remains one of the major sites to see. The current archway and the double-sided clock faces were rebuilt between 1527 and 1529. The clock was restored in 1997, and again in 2003. After our tour, we'll return on board for dinner.
Hiking program this evening: Guided tour of the city.
Day 5 : ROUEN - DUCLAIR - CAUDEBEC
Our cruise this morning will take us through some magnificent scenery, with steep cliffs rising above charming typical French villages. We'll arrive in Duclair at the end of the morning.
Hiking program: The Calidu Trail. The Seine coils through deep forests and wild countryside in the bucolic Boucles de la Seine Normande Natural Regional Park located between Rouen and Le Havre. Leaving from Duclair, we'll take a path that partially follows one of the official French trails, the GR 211, which offers lovely panoramic views of the surrounding valley. As we come back, we'll follow the Seine along a beech-tree lined path dotted with old chapels here and there. (2.5-hour tour, 5.2 miles (8.5 km), 820-foot elevation gain).
Non-hiking program: Join us for an excursion along the Norman Abbey Circuit. We'll discover the ruins of one of the most magnificent abbeys in France, as well as the Church of Saint Peter. We'll then head to the Abbey of Saint Wandrille, where Benedictine monks still live under the strict tradition of work in silence, solitary prayer, and communion.
We'll return on board the ship at 6 p.m. before our ship casts off for Honfleur.
Day 6 : CAUDEBEC - HONFLEUR
Once we arrive in Honfleur, join us for a guided tour of the city. We'll begin at the old harbor, the Vieux Bassin, one of the most charming areas. Next, we'll see Saint Catherine's Church, the largest wooden church in France. The salt warehouses are impressive structures erected using shipbuilding techniques. The
Flamboyant Arch on the facade of the Saint Leonard Church is not to be missed.
In the afternoon:
Hiking program: You'll be transferred by coach to Étretat for a hike along the Côte d'Albâtre and its
exceptional views. Walking along another official French trail, the GR21, you'll discover the impressive cliffs and see the immortal symbol off the coast of Étretat, the "Needle". We'll return to Honfleur at the end of the afternoon. (2-hour tour, 5 miles (8 km), 820-foot elevation gain).
Non-hiking program: The Côte Fleurie. We'll take a coach to Deauville, where you can have a stroll along its famous boardwalk and catch more than a glimpse of the massive Barrière Casino and Hotel. We'll then head to the Château du Breuil, one of the most prestigious Calvados distilleries in the region. We'll finish up our tour with a tasting, of course!
We'll return on board. Tonight is our festive gala evening.
Day 7 : HONFLEUR (Disembarkation Day)
Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.
Additional information :
Level of Difficulty: Level 2 out of 5.
The hikes proposed during this cruise are half-day excursions (2 to 3 hours of walking) with little altitude differences. They allow discovery on foot of specific natural and cultural sites during the cruise. The time mentioned in the programs are for informational purposes only and do not take into consideration any breaks.
To do these hikes, you do not need any training; nevertheless, you need to be in good health and well rested if you want to take advantage of this cruise as fully as possible.
Equipment you’ll need:
You must carry a backpack (max. 30 liters). In it, you'll need a sweater, rain gear, room for your picnic, water bottle, and sunscreen
(extremely important when hiking).
A well-chosen bag will bring the most comfort and pleasure during your effort. Chose a well-sized, solid bag made of resistant, waterproof
materials and with padded shoulder straps.
You will be responsible for carrying your own bag and gear at all times.
Above all, good hiking shoes must be comfortable and not cause pain or blisters. Break in your shoes before leaving on your trip. Your shoes should have a high-quality sole that will not slip on varied and/or wet ground. The best shoes are high-top boots with absorbent soles.
Hiking clothes must include:
• Proper undergarments depending on the weather during each hike
• Quick dry pants
• Warm sweater (polar fleece)
• Raincoat or cape
• Hat or baseball cap
• Thin gloves and a winter hat are good for spring or autumn weather
• Personal first-aid kit (see below)
• Water bottle
• Toilet paper
• Swiss-army knife
• Telescopic hiking poles for those who are used to using them
Your guide will have a first-aid kit on hand during the hikes. Nevertheless, you must also carry a personal first-aid kit with you with the following items (varies according to destination):
• Adhesive bandages
• Moleskin for blisters
• Pain medicine
• Mosquito repellent
• Intestinal antiseptic
And any personal prescriptions if you are under medical treatment.
- A valid passport is required for travel.
- Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
- Please advise when booking if you wish to join the walking tour -OR- the traditional shore excursion.
- The itinerary of this cruise can be affected by the tide and the timetables of arriving at our stops may have to be modified.
- For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin and the SINGLE PASSENGER rate.
Cruise Embarkation Date
Lower Deck Cabin w/ picture window - 2 twin beds
Upper Deck Cabin w/ picture window - 2 twin beds
Lower Deck Cabin w/ picture window - Single Passenger
Upper Deck Cabin w/ picture window - Single Passenger
June 8, 2019
Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.