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.
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!
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