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Botanica

Gardens & Landscapes of the Seine River Cruise

Paris Return

Trip Code: BTSE08
8 Days
20 Meals
2020

Trip Highlights

Visit Monet's Garden

Explore Monets Garden at Giverny and private garden, Le Jardin Plume.

See the Bayeaux Tapestry

See the Bayeaux Tapestry and Napoleon's Chateau Malmaison.

Experience Chateau Gardens

Experience Chateau Gardens including Napoleon's Malmaison and Chateau de Brecy Garden.

  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • All sightseeing & touring as per the itinerary
  • Services of a Cruise Director, local guides & Botanical Guide
  • Airport transfers on first & last day, tipping & port taxes
  • 7 Nights aboard the MS AmaLyra
  • Beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner aboard your ship
  • 20 Meals

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. Flights not included
  • Small ship up to 100 guests maximum
  • Medium Fitness level - involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour. A good degree of mobility is required
  • This is an APT Aria Class Ship
  • This cruise is in partnership with our sister company
UK & Europe Map BTSE08 2019-21
Paris Return

Arrive into Paris and transfer to your river ship the MS AmaLyra, moored close to the city centre. Tonight meet your fellow travellers at a Welcome Dinner at 6.30pm.

Stay: Seven Nights, aboard the river ship MS AmaLyra

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  • Dinner

This morning, enjoy sailing to Les Andelys. Stroll along the river which offers beautiful views of the Seine Valley's dramatic white cliffs, centuries-old half-timbered houses, and the hilltop ruins of Château Gaillard. This former stronghold of Richard the Lionheart changed hands a number of times during the Hundred Years' War. Athletically-inclined guests may like to hike up to witness the ruins. Then this afternoon travel towards the coast of Normandy, visiting two gardens of major importance at Varengeville -sur-Mer, near Dieppe. Le Vasterival is an expansive woodland garden filled with rare plants and created by Princess Greta Sturdza of Norway and her husband Prince Georges Sturdza of Moldavia in the mid-twentieth century. Our next garden, Les Bois des Moutiers, is an Arts & Crafts inspired house with the garden created as a collaboration between the homes architect and English Landscape Designer, Gertrude Jekyll.

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Today you have the choice to visit Honfleur, a historic and picturesque port with pastel-colored houses that was a favourite subject of artists such as Courbet, Boudin and Monet. Alternatively you may choose to visit rural Normandy which includes a visit to the Pays d'Auge and 'Routes du Cidre' the Cider Road.

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Today enjoy a visit to Bayeaux, for a gardens and culture tour including a visit to the remarkably preserved Bayeaux tapestry created soon after the battle of Hastings in 1066. Take time to further read about the tapestry in the museum or enjoy time at your leisure to explore the charming village of Bayeaux. Afterwards visit the garden of Chateau de Brecy, considered the most beautiful garden in Lower Normandy.

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Enjoy a morning visit to the private garden Le Jardin Plume, just outside of Rouen. This contemporary take on traditional French gardens sees many wildflower, grasses and perennial plantings. This afternoon you will have the opportunity to walk or bike tour through the medieval city of Rouen and see the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral, painted numerous times by Monet, and the square where Joan of Arc was martyred. Afterwards, you will have free time to explore Rouen.

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Spend the morning enjoying the scenery along the Seine as you cruise to Vernon. Explore the town at leisure. Later visit Giverny and the home and gardens of French Impressionist Claude Monet. The artist lived here for more than four decades and immortalised his ponds and flower gardens in some of his paintings.

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Visit Château Malmaison, former home of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine. Josephine was known to be a collector of roses and wanted every species of rose known at that time to be planted at Malmaison. These gardens were probably the most important factor in establishing the popularity of the rose in the 19th century. Depart this afternoon for Paris, arriving in the evening.

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Your tour concludes after breakfast this morning.

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Would not hesitate to recommend Botanica and we are already looking into our next adventure.

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