Say goodbye to your land-fairing mates as you meet up with your river roaming crew aboard The B, and prepare yourselves for 7 nights of the finest French everything. We'll be kicking things off as we mean to go on, with a welcome reception and dinner. Who's pumped? Prosecco glow on high, we'll then head out for our first taste of Paris by night. If you've ever seen the film 'Midnight in Paris', the movie magic will be kicking in right about now as you join a local host to get the low down. Wandering along the banks of the Seine as dusk approaches, you'll catch your first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower, illuminated in all her glory. Oh hello, butterflies...
Paris To Conflans Sainte Honorine
And we're on the move. We'll be casting off from Paris super early this morning, but chances are you'll still be snoozing peacefully. Them's the joys of a river cruise! Journeying North West of central Paris, we'll be pulling up in the pretty town of Conflans Sainte Honorine. If you think this town is picture perfect, your opinion is shared by the likes of Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh, who all famously painted this landscape. Speaking of Van Gogh, this afternoon you'll have the chance to walk in the great artist's footsteps in the quintessentially French village of Auvers-sur-Oise, where he spent the last months of his life. After something a little more regal? The palace of Versailles and its immaculate gardens should do the trick. Back on board tonight, we're getting the cocktails on ice and preparing for a night of dancing, under the starry starry night...
Conflans Sainte Honorine To Rouen
Feeling fuzzy from the night before? Our early morning yoga class on deck, followed by fresh croissants and a strong coffee, should see you right. And you'll need every ounce of energy for today, as it's a busy one. If you're a history head, today is your day; we'll be stepping back in time to June 6, 1944, recounting the monumental events of the D-Day landings in Normandy. If you're more of a foodie, have we got a treat in store; we'll be taking you on a medieval walking tour of Rouen, stopping by the food market with our on board chef to pick up local treats for lunch. Back on board, he'll then turn those local flavours into a local feast, dishing you up a traditional Normandy lunch to munch on the galley. What more for today? Well, we've got our Optional Old city pub crawl this afternoon, and then this evening yet more goodness in the form of a sound and light show at the Rouen Cathedral, a favourite of Monet. How do you top off a great day? By getting a local DJ to ease us in to the early morning, that's how...
Rouen To Honfleur
They say half the fun of the journey is getting there, and that's sure as hell the case for Honfleur - it's connected to Le Havre by a 7000-foot-long cable stayed bridge, which you can walk to the centre of and stand 700 feet above sea level. Eek. Once in the pretty seaside town, you've got some tasty looking options on how to spend the day. Maybe you'll opt for our Cliffs of Étretat day trip for a glimpse of France's Alabaster Coastline, or maybe your sweet tooth will win out, in which case you'll love visiting Normandy's famous apple orchards on a visit to a cider farm, complete with home cooked lunch. Decisions, decisions...
Honfleur To Vernon
Travelling overnight, we'll pull up in Vernon around breakfast time. Yet another quaint riverside town with higgledy piggledy houses and picturesque winding lanes, you'll be itching to get on land to explore. What's better than two feet? Two wheels, obvs, so this morning we'll be taking advantage of our free to use on board bikes, cycling the easy 5 mile route along the Seine from Vernon to the artist's hamlet of Giverny. Once here, budding Instagrammers will likely love our Optional photography class, held in Claude Monet's iconic gardens. Hungering for something a little more physical? Kayaking along the Seine or paragliding in the Vexin National Park should get the blood cells pumping.
Vernon To Paris
Another overnight journey will see us pulling into Paris super early, so expect to wake up in the midst of Parisian life. How best to explore this city? Our advice - by BatoBus (hop on, hop off), or by bike, and our on board bikes should feel pretty familiar by now. On board today we've got some fun activities bubbling away, think lectures on French lifestyle and a champagne cocktail mixology class, or if you prefer to get out and about, our street art walking tour or cuisine culinary tour are both good options, and both led by locals. Tonight, we're getting raunchy, rowdy and utterly hedonistic, as we make our way to the Moulin Rouge. Complete with can-can dancers, feathers, acrobatics and sights that certainly surprise, this is a Parisian must.
It's our last day as a river roaming pack today, so let's go out in style. After one final early morning yoga sesh on deck, another day of Parisian roaming is in store. If you haven't already, of course a visit to The Louvre should be well up there, and going with a guide seriously helps to enrich an otherwise quite overwhelming experience. Or, maybe you're looking to shoot the City of Lights from a different angle, in which case our Parisian rooftops Optional was basically made for you (and you'll be following the lead of some of the greatest writers and artists of all time). As sun sets, there's really only one place to be; the Palace of Versailles, for one seriously impressive night time fountains show - the perfect end to one helluva trip.
After one more blissful sleep, we're sad to say it's all over. River cruising, you're our new favourite way of travelling