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Splendor of the Seine River Cruise 2013

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9 Days · 19 Meals
Travel Type: Air Holiday
Passport Required

featuring Paris and a full-day excursion to Normandy
The Seine River flows through the center of Paris and is the main artery of the City of Light. Cruise down one of Europe's most enchanting rivers through storybook landscapes of vineyards, historic abbeys, Norman castles, tranquil orchards and medieval towns.

  • Six nights accommodation aboard our exclusively chartered river vessel, the MS France.
  • After boarding, unpack just once in your outside stateroom with a window for excellent viewing of the local scenery.
  • All meals included onboard featuring a variety of international and local cuisine. Complimentary regional wine is served with all onboard lunches and dinners.
  • Included shore excursions escorted by local English-speaking guides in Paris, Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, Rouen and Caudebec.
  • An included excursion with lunch from Honfleur to the Landing Beaches of Normandy
  • See Paris at night on an illumination cruise aboard our river vessel, the MS France.
  • Spacious public areas with large windows, perfect for viewing the spectacular scenery of the Seine River.
  • Enjoy local cultural entertainment onboard.
  • Enhanced touring experience with the use of audio headphones on all shore excursions.
  • Final night lodging in Paris
  • 19 meals (7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners)
  • All shore excursions included
  • Airport transfers when air is provided by Mayflower
  • International Cruise Director and Mayflower Tours expert staff onboard, plus local guides for shore excursions
  • $45 in Mayflower Money
Welcome aboard the ‘Splendor of the Seine’ River Cruise

Without a doubt, the Seine is the best-known river in France and flows from Dijon in the Alps to Le Havre where it meets the English Channel. As you cruise along the river aboard the deluxe MS France you’ll view the beautiful scenery and splendid bridges of the Seine River Valley. Local guides will bring history to life on the included excursions in the various ports of call. Culinary delights, an attentive crew and onboard entertainment make for an enjoyable and relaxing vacation!


Your river journey begins in Paris, the magnificent ‘City of Light’. Located in the heart of the Íle-de-France region, along the banks of the Seine River, it’s the perfect place to beg1in embracing the French culture. On an included panoramic tour of this capital city you’ll see such famous sites and landmarks as the Louvre, Opéra Garnier, Place Vendôme, the trendy district of Le Marais on the Right Bank, Place de la Concorde, Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Bastille, the Trocadéro and the pièce de rèsistance....the Eiffel Tower.

We’ve also allowed free time for you to explore this amazing city on your own. In the evening you’ll gain a different perspective of Paris as the MS France departs on an ‘Illumination Cruise’ along the river before returning to her mooring site in Paris for the night.


A suburb of Paris, Conflans-Sainte-Honorine lies at the confluence of the Seine and Oise Rivers. The town has stored the relics of Saint Honorina since 876. From this port, enjoy an included excursion to the Château of Malmaison which was built during the 17th century and was acquired by Josephine Bonaparte in 1799. It became the seat of the French government from 1800-1802 and Josephine lived here until her death in 1814. On the guided tour of the Château you’ll see the library, the council room (which is shaped like a military tent) where receptions and dances took place, and the lounge which houses many period paintings as well as Josephine’s harp. The charm and authenticity of this castle have been lovingly preserved.


Capital of the Upper Normandy region, Rouen is the historic capital of Normandy and was one of the most prosperous cities of medieval Europe. From the 16th to the 18th centuries, the city produced and was renowned for its “Porcelaine francaise”, the first ‘soft-paste porcelain’ of France which mimicked the ‘true porcelain’ of China. The pieces were mainly white with minimal blue decorations and sealed with an intense blue glaze. Today the city is noted for its surviving half-timbered buildings and many museums including an art museum with paintings by Monet and Géricault. On an included walking tour, discover the historic districts including Place du Vieux-Marché, an historic town square that was the site where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake and today is dominated by the church of Saint Joan of Arc. See the gothic Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the highlights of Rouen, which was a subject of many paintings by Claude Monet, some of which hang in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. Walk along the Rue du Gros Horloge, the main street of Rouen and see the amazing astronomical clock. Free time will be available for you to visit museums or meander through the lanes of this historic city.


Although most of the town was destroyed by fire during the Second World War, it has managed to preserve the 13th-century House of the Knights Templar (a rare example of a residence from this period) and the Church of Notre Dame, built in flamboyant Gothic style with beautiful stained glass windows. The included excursion begins with a panoramic coach tour of the city, known as the “Pearl of the Seine Valley”. Jumièges Abbey, a Norman Abbey from the Romanesque period, was originally built in 654. It was destroyed by the Vikings and restored in the 11th century by their descendants. It was later described by Victor Hugo as “the most beautiful ruin in all of France”. During a visit to the ruins you’ll see the cloisters and the ruins of the Church of Saint Peter. As you see the spiritual Abbey of Saint Wandrille, admire how the classical architecture blends with the magnificence of medieval heritage. A congregation of Benedictine monks settled in the Abbey in 1931 and there are still approximately forty monks in the community today. At the end of the excursion, return to the ship by coach.

Honfleur and Normandy

The final port on your river cruise is picturesque Honfleur. On the full day included tour to Normandy, you’ll see the now peaceful province of Normandy which is so very different today than on June 6, 1944. See the sites where Operation Overlord, one of history’s most decisive battles, led by General Eisenhower, began with the Allied invasion of German-held Normandy. Travel to Pointe du Hoc, situated on the Normandy coast near Grandcamp-Maisy, with sweeping views from atop the cliffs of the English Channel. Drive to Omaha Beach and the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in St Laurent where thousands of white crosses mark the graves of our military heroes. Free time is allowed during the excursion before returning to the ship in Honfleur where it remains docked overnight.

After your river journey, return to Paris for overnight accommodations with free time to further explore this cosmopolitan city.

  1. Overnight transatlantic flight to Paris, France
  1. Arrive in Paris and transfer to the MS France, your home for the next six nights
  2. Light lunch onboard
  3. Afternoon at leisure in Paris
  4. Welcome reception and dinner onboard
  5. Ship remains docked in Paris
  1. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and snacks and dinner onboard
  2. Included panoramic tour of Paris
  3. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure
  4. Included illumination cruise on the MS France
  5. Ship remains docked in Paris
  1. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and snacks and dinner onboard
  2. Ship departs Paris early this morning
  3. Ship arrives in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine
  4. Included tour to the Château of Malmaison
  5. Ship overnights in Les Andelys
  1. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and snacks and dinner onboard
  2. Ship departs early this morning for a scenic sailing to Rouen
  3. Included walking tour of Rouen
  4. Ship overnights in Rouen
  1. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and snacks and dinner onboard
  2. Depart Rouen for Caudebec-en-Caux early this morning
  3. Enjoy the morning cruising on the Seine past the charming villages along the banks of the river
  4. Included tour of the Abbey Trail upon arrival in Caudebec
  5. Ship departs for Honfleur this evening
  1. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and snacks and dinner onboard
  2. Arrive in the picturesque port of Honfleur
  3. Included full day excursion to Normandy with lunch
  4. Ship remains docked in Honfleur overnight
  1. Breakfast onboard
  2. Disembark the ship and depart by coach for Paris
  3. Visit a Calvados distillery to learn about the distilling process and enjoy a tasting of this local specialty
  4. Remainder of the day at leisure in Paris
  5. Overnight accommodations in Paris
  1. Breakfast at the hotel
  2. Transfer to the Charles de Gaulle Airport for flight home


April 19, 2013 Departure

Days Two through Seven

aboard the Seine Princess

Day Eight

Pullman Tour Eiffel or similar, Paris, France

May 7, 2013 Departure

Days Two through Seven

aboard the MS France

Day Eight

Pullman Tour Eiffel or similar, Paris, France

Deck Plan

Deck Plan

Ship Details

MS France

The 159-passenger fully air-conditioned MS France is a gracious river cruise ship with an elegant touch. The interior is decorated with wood and brass furnishings and its warm colors and comfortable furniture offer an inviting atmosphere. Attentive onboard staff takes care of your needs to ensure your comfort and enjoyment throughout the cruise.

Comfortable, Well-appointed Staterooms

After boarding, unpack only once. All staterooms onboard offer excellent outside views with large windows. Each luxury stateroom is fully equipped with comfortable furnishings which include satellite television, radio, heating/air conditioning, safe, telephone, hair dryer and a private bathroom with shower.

All Meals Included Onboard

Three meals daily are served graciously at one leisurely single seating in the exquisite dining room and feature local and international specialties. All dinners are four courses and are served with complimentary regional wines. While dining, you have splendid views through the large picture windows of the passing scenic landscapes. You’ll find complimentary coffee and tea served throughout the day in the lounge. Enjoy afternoon and late evening snacks daily in the lounge.

Ample Public Spaces

The classic and inviting main lounge has large picture windows and is furnished with comfortable sofas and chairs. It is one of the many ideal places from where guests may choose to enjoy this unique river cruise. The cozy, full-service bar and dance floor is a welcoming area of the main lounge. A wide range of drinks awaits you, and the bar staff ensures that the glasses are full and the ambience is convivial.The open Sun Deck affords panoramic views of the ever changing scenery along the banks of the Seine River. A gift shop offers both sundries and souvenirs. A musician will entertain each evening in the lounge, enhancing the classic environment and relaxed atmosphere aboard the ship.

Dates and Rates
2013 Departure Dates Category Per Person Twin Single Room Add

May 7

– Save up to $1,000 per couple

Main Deck $2,699 $1,820
Upper Deck $2,899 $1,959
Suite $3,399 N/A

All staterooms are outside with private bathroom and shower, hair dryer, radio, television, individually controlled heating and air conditioning, safe and telephone.

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