Paris to Normandy River Cruise + Brittany

Our Paris to Normandy river cruise in late September 2021 was all we hoped for and more. We (Graeme and Connie) journeyed for 12 days on a riverboat from Paris to the mouth of the Seine River in Honfleur. We then stayed in St. Malo for four days exploring Brittany. It’s a trip that other travelers had previously told us was one of their favorites. We have to agree.

After three days in Paris our stops along the Seine included Conflans and Auvers-sur-Oise, Vernon and Giverny, Les Andelys, and Rouen. From Honfleur we visited the beaches, war memorials and cemeteries of Normandy. From our base in St. Malo we toured historic Dinan, the spectacular Mont Saint-Michel monastery, and the oyster-growing town of Cancale. Finally, on our way back to Paris we stopped at Chartres for a guided tour of its famous cathedral.

M-S Bizet on the Seine in Les Andelys, near Richard the Lionheart’s Castle

In addition to all the wonderful sights and experiences of Paris, a highlight of the trip was exploring the locations where Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet painted many of their masterpieces. And the beaches, cliffs and memorials of Normandy really brought home the incredible heroism and sacrifices of all involved in the 1944 D-Day invasion. We loved the convenience of living and eating aboard the ship, and the food and service was outstanding.

You can get a good overview of the trip in the 11-minute video below. There are more details of the trip and many more photos on subsequent pages. Enjoy!

Next: Three Days in Paris

6 thoughts on “Paris to Normandy River Cruise + Brittany

  1. John Krueger

    Wonderful review of the trip. Appreciate you sharing it with everyone. Some great memories of sights and events in France.

  2. Jan and Bob Jensen

    Dear Graeme and Connie,
    Thank you so much for making these videos and photos available for us to view and enjoy. You are a fabulous photographer, Graeme! I would love to have copies of many of your photos. My little canon G5 is no match for the quality of photos here.

    Would it be alright for me to play the videos and show the photos to friends who go to our church and have indicated a great interest in learning all about our trip?

    I think we will look through more of your travel journals to help us start dreaming of future trips.

    I hope you are still healthy and not getting too much snow up north!

  3. Martha Straub

    Hi Graeme and Connie. These videos and photos are just wonderful! Claudette and I so enjoyed this trip and this really brought it all back. Now we understand why you were always running somewhere for more photos! Your production was very professional and I will save it to show others so they will understand how wonderful the trip was. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Martha Straub

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