DAY 1 – Depart the USA - Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Paris, France.
DAY 2 – Paris - Upon arrival in Paris, transfer to your hotel. Your journey begins in Paris, the magnificent 'City of Light'. The day is free to explore on your own or simply relax.
DAY 3 – Paris City Tour - After breakfast, enjoy an included panoramic tour of this capital city. See such famous sites and landmarks as the Louvre, Opra Garnier, Place Vendme, the trendy district of Le Marais on the Right Bank, Place de la Concorde, Champs-lyses, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Bastille, the Trocadro and the pice de rsistance….the Eiffel Tower. We've also allowed free time for you to explore this amazing city on your own. Meal: B
DAY 4 – Embark the MS Scenic Gem In the early afternoon, depart the hotel and embark the MS Scenic Gem, home for the next seven nights. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to unpack, discover the amenities aboard ship or take a leisurely stroll along the Seine. This evening, the ship departs Paris and a delicious welcome dinner awaits. Meals: B, D
DAY 5 – Conflans Sainte Honorine /Auvers sur Oise - This morning the ship arrives in the charming medieval town of Conflans. In port, you have a choice of discovering the charms of Auvers-sur-Oise and seeing the house where Vincent van Gogh had a room, OR visiting the magnificent Chantilly Castle for a guided tour of this remarkable chteau set amidst beautiful parklands. Meals: B, L, D
DAY 6 – Rouen - The ship arrives in this historic capital of Normandy and one of the most prosperous cities of medieval Europe. Your local guide leads you on an included walking tour to see the gothic Notre Dame Cathedral, the Rue du Gros Horloge – the main street of Rouen, and the amazing astronomical clock. Visit the historic district Place du Vieux-Marche where a monument marks the spot where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. Today this charming, bustling town square is dominated by the church of Saint Joan of Arc. Enjoy free time this afternoon to explore this quaint city. Meals: B, L, D
DAY 7 – Honfleur / Normandy - As the ship arrives in the picturesque village of Honfleur, you have a choice of activities for today. On an excursion to Normandy, see the now peaceful province which is very different than on June 6, 1944. Walk the historic beaches and visit the Landing Museum at Arromanches. At the Normandy American Cemetery, see thousands of white crosses marking the graves of our military heroes. OR, take an opportunity to explore postcard perfect Honfleur with its colorful fishing boats and historic houses. Meals: B, L, D
DAY 8 – Honfleur / Caudebec-en-Caux - Today brings a choice of two excursions. Travel to Fcamp, situated in spectacular surroundings amidst the tallest cliffs of Normandy. The city's natural setting contrasts perfectly with its architectural centerpiece, the Benedictine Palace. OR, choose to travel through picturesque landscapes that were once dotted with over 100 abbeys. Along the way, visit some of the abbeys of this magnificent region that are still operating today. Meals: B, L, D
DAY 9 – Vernon - Your choice of activities includes an excursion to Giverny and Monet's former residence and gardens where you will be amazed by the beauty of the landscape as you stroll along the paths. OR, if you're feeling more adventurous, explore by bike, with a selfguided cycling tour that starts in Vernon. You're in for a treat as you experience the opulence and grandeur of yesteryear as you attend a classical concert performed by the region's most reputable musicians at the Chteau de La Roche Guyon. The memories are sure to last a lifetime! Meals: B, L, D
DAY 10 – Paris - Arriving back in Paris, your free choice activities are: shop with a Chef at local food markets and enjoy exquisite tastings, OR, walk the city with a resident expert and hear tales that only the locals know. Alternatively, you may choose to explore beyond the city limits and tour the 17th-century estate of Chteau Vaux-le-Vicomte, featured in the James Bond movie Moonraker. Meals: B, L, D
DAY 11 – Paris / USA - Bid 'au revoir' to France and return home with memories of wonderful experiences aboard the MS Scenic Gem along the Seine River. Meal: B
This itinerary is approximate. The exact times, days and destinations may vary due to unforeseen circumstances.