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Highlights of Normandy & the Seine

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Cruise Overview

  • Duration 7 nights
  • Departs 11 Aug 2024
  • Sails from Paris, France
  • Ship Scenic Gem
  • Flights and transfersNo
  • Cruise code ‍1997502
  • Voyage code ‍SENE110824.1

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Seine River Cruises

Paris, France Sun 11 Aug 2024

Seine River Cruises

Transfer to your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship for your 7 night all-inclusive river cruise. (D)

Conflans, France

Conflans, France Mon 12 Aug 2024

Conflans, France

Today, choose one of the Scenic Freechoice activities:

Visit to Auvers-Sur-Oise: Transfer to the village of Auvers-Sur-Oise, the place where Vincent Van Gogh painted his final masterpieces, by coach. Throughout the town you will see landmarks that were immortalised by Van Gogh in some of his well-known artworks such as the famous Notre Dame de l'Assomption church. The tour includes entry to Van Gogh’s room, an attic that he rented during his final months. The artist was the last occupant of this room, which has sat empty since 1890. Enjoy free time afterwards to wander through the village.

Chantilly Castle and Gardens: Chateau de Chantilly is a magnificent tribute to France’s cultural heritage, built by Henri D'Orleans, the son of the last King of France. Take a guided tour of the castle and gardens, including some free time to explore the grounds. The chateau showcases some of the fine collections D’Orleans amassed during his life, which you can see displayed elegantly in the large gallery as well as the grand living areas used by this family.

This afternoon spend time on board as your Scenic Space-Ship cruises back to Paris. Relax with a regional wine or beer in the Panorama Lounge & Bar; take some time out in the wellness centre, where you can enjoy a massage;, or head to the state-of-the-art gym for an invigorating workout. (B,L,D)

Rouen Normandy Dial Clock Timbered House

Rouen, France Tue 13 Aug 2024

Rouen Normandy Dial Clock Timbered House

Explore your way with one of this morning’s Scenic Freechoice excursions:

Rouen city tour: Victor Hugo once described Rouen as ‘the city of a hundred spires’ – find out why on a guided tour of the city, which takes you to the cathedral district, the old marketplace and Saint Maclou Quarter, home to another striking church. Feel as though you’ve stepped into a fairytale as you walk the winding medieval laneways and admire the half-timbered houses. Learn about Joan of Arc and see where she was tragically put to death after being tried for heresy and sorcery in 1431. Enjoy free time afterwards to explore on your own.

Guided tour of Rouen with Rollo the Viking: Authentically dressed as Viking warlord Rollo the Walker – who was famously too tall to ride a horse – your guide will take you around the city to learn about the Viking raiders who made Rouen their capital. This tour focuses on the city’s medieval past and you will enjoy some free time afterwards to explore.

Cycling tour: Cycle along the River Seine on an e-bike, to the beautiful Rouen Botanical Gardens, spread over 20 acres in the heart of the city. Established in the 17th century, the gardens feature thousands of plantings, including rare and exotic plants.

ck on board this evening, join a lecture about WWII to gain a better understanding ahead of your full-day excursions tomorrow.  

Lecture on WWII: History comes alive tonight with an interactive lecture on the battles of WWII. Discover what life was like during the campaigns of D-Day;, learn about Operation Fortitude, the plan created to deceive the Germany Army on the location of D-Day;, and see how technology had evolved since WWI. (B,L,D)

A panoramic view of Honfleur's harbour

Honfleur, France Wed 14 Aug 2024

A panoramic view of Honfleur's harbour

Choose from todays’ Scenic Freechoice activities:

Walking tour of Honfleur: From the ship, join a guided walking tour of Honfleur’s harbour. You will see the Church of Sainte-Catherine, which dates to the 15th century and is France’s largest church to be made entirely of wood with a separate belfry. Then visit the Garden of Personalities, a 10-hectare landscaped garden that features the busts of important French figures over time, including painters and navigators.

Excursion to the Normandy Beaches – US focus: Start at the memorial on Utah Beach, where more than 20,000 US troops landed, before a visit to Sainte-mere-Eglise, where 30 US Paratroopers landed during the invasion. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Normandy American Cemetery and Visitor Centre before a short stop at the Omaha Beach Memorial. Omaha Beach is often referred to as ‘Bloody Omaha’, as it resulted in the most casualties during the operation, with 2,400 dead.

Excursion to the Normandy Beaches – British focus: The small town of Bayeux was the first to be liberated after the D-Day Landings and became the French capital for the summer of 1944, until the liberation of Paris. Visit the Bayeux War Cemetery, the Museum of the Battle of Normandy and the new state-of-the-art Landing Museum at Arromanches, located across the artificial harbour that was built to dispatch reinforcements. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will visit the British Normandy Memorial, which records the names of 22,442 fallen servicemen and women; the Pegasus Bridge & Museum, site of an important battle; and the Ranville War Cemetery.

Excursion to the Normandy Beaches – Canada focus: Begin at Abbey d’Ardenne, which was founded in the 11th century and is now a memorial to Canadian Prisoners of War from D-Day. Explore the Juno Beach Centre, a memorial to where 20,000 Canadian troops, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and then visit the poignant Bény-sur-Mer Canadian cemetery and Pegasus Bridge & Museum, site of an important battle. (B,L,D)

A panoramic view of Caudebec-en-Caux

Caudebec-en-Caux, France Thu 15 Aug 2024

A panoramic view of Caudebec-en-Caux

Explore your way this morning with one of these Scenic Freechoice excursions:

Normandy Abbey Trail: Spiritual health and wealth have been important in the Normandy region since the Middle Ages, and evidence of this remains through the many abbeys in the region. Today you will travel via coach to see some set along the river, including the ruins of Jumièges Abbey, a Benedictine Abbey that dates to the year 654 and was once home to a thousand monks. It was rebuilt many times over the centuries but eventually met its demise during the French Revolution.

Rural e-bike cycling: Join your local guide as you ride through the spectacular scenery surrounding Caudebec-En-Caux. Cycle across historic bridges, pass traditional houses with straw roofs and get an insight into local life.

Normandy's secret Roman past: History tells us that William the Conqueror was in his castle at Lillebonne in 1066 when he made his decision to invade England. Visit the ruins of this castle during an interactive guided tour, led by one of Caesar’s soldiers who will tell you about the secret Roman past of the region.

Fecamp and Benedictine Palace: Take a coach transfer to Fecamp, an historic seaside town surrounded by some of the tallest cliffs in Normandy. You will join a guided tour of the Benedictine Palace, an architectural masterpiece built in the 19th century, famous for the Benedictine liquor that is produced on site and is said to contain 27 plants and spices. Enjoy a tasting during your visit.

Return to your Scenic Space-Ship for an afternoon at leisure. You may wish to spend the morning in the exclusive Salt Therapy Lounge, which provides natural anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. (B,L,D)

Seine River Cruises

Vernon - La Roche Guyon, France Fri 16 Aug 2024

Seine River Cruises

This morning your Scenic Space-Ship will arrive in Vernon, an historic border town between the Duchy of Normandy and the Kingdom of France. Today it’s a great base to explore nearby Giverny, known for its most famous resident, artist Claude Monet, who turned this quiet riverside town into an artist pilgrimage. (B,L,D)

Freechoice: Monet's House and Garden: Claude Monet is renowned as the founder of French Impressionist painting and today you will visit his house and gardens. Built by Monet, the gardens comprise a Japanese-inspired water garden with lilies, which inspired his most famous works. On arrival in Giverny, you will enjoy a guided tour of the town and visit Monet’s residence, followed by free time to explore at your own leisure. The town is surrounded by hillsides and features many walking paths that are fringed by wildflowers.

Self-guided cycle from Vernon to Giverny: Take a self-guided biking tour from the ship in Vernon to Giverny (approximately five kilometres each way). When you arrive, you may wish to visit Monet’s House and Garden or wander about the charming town, before returning to the ship.  

After this morning’s touring, you will return to your Scenic Space-Ship and sail towards La Roche Guyon, where this evening’s exclusive Scenic Enrich experience will take place.

Enrich: Chateau de La Roche Guyon: All guests will take a short walk from the ship to Chateau La Roche Guyon, which is built into a chalk hillside and dates to the 16th century. It features decorative walls and ceilings as well as tapestries, and during WWII was the headquarters for German field marshal Erwin Rommel, known as Desert Fox. On your way to the chateau you will pass through the manicured orchard and vegetable gardens, which are kept by nine on-site gardeners, then walk uphill and across cobblestones. On arrival you’ll enjoy a drink and sit for a splendid classical concert that focuses on music by French composers.

Seine River Cruises

Paris, France Sat 17 Aug 2024

Seine River Cruises

Welcome back to Paris. Spend the day exploring some of the hidden treasures of this city, like the trendy district of the Marais, or venture south-east of the city to an exquisite chateau. You will also enjoy some free time to tick off big name sites like the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral. (B,L,D)

Choose from today’s Scenic Freechoice options:
Shop with a chef: French cuisine is regarded as some of the finest in the world and during this tour you will find out why. Join a chef on a guided visit to a local food market to shop for fresh ingredients. Sample some of the produce and learn how it is used to create traditional dishes.

Trendy Marais with a local Parisian: Enjoy a guided walking tour of the Marais district with a Parisian guide. A melting pot of cultures, fascinating history, opulent architecture, an eclectic arts scene and high-end fashion, the Marais is one of the most diverse districts in Paris.

Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte: Take a coach to the Chateau Vaux le Vicomte, located an hour’s drive from Paris. This chateau is credited as the founding French formal garden that was the inspiration for Versailles. The property is laid out in a typical symmetrical fashion with its stunning gardens creating a theatrical setting.

This afternoon is free to explore Paris at your leisure. Perhaps you’d like to take a stroll down the Champs-Elysee, the most beautiful avenue in the world; head up to the top of the Eiffel Tower for an incredible view over the city; or venture to Montmartre, the artist’s district and where the famed Moulin Rouge is located. 

Seine River Cruises

Disembark the ship Sun 18 Aug 2024

Seine River Cruises

Having acted as a commercial waterway for centuries, the Seine River has played an important role in France’s history.

What's included *

  • All-inclusive luxury river cruising on board a 5 star Scenic Space-Ship
  • Scenic Freechoice – a choice of sightseeing activities throughout your journey
  • Scenic Enrich experiences – unforgettable and exclusive events
  • Scenic Sundowners – exclusive hosted cocktails in a stunning location (on selected sailings)
  • Butler service (excludes Russia)
  • Complimentary branded beverages all day, everyday (excludes Russia)
  • The freedom of e-bikes (excludes Asia, Russia and Portugal)
  • Expert local guides
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Up to five dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade GPS for self-guided touring (excludes Asia, Russia and Portugal)
  • Authentic local entertainment
  • Cruise Directors to guide and assist
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi (excludes Asia)
  • Overseas transfers
  • Book with ROL Cruise and earn exclusive Cruise Miles® + your Scenic Status points
  • Plus, book an Ocean View Stateroom or above by 8pm 24th June 2024 and receive a FREE Champagne Gift Box

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Private Balcony Suite

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Located on the Sapphire and Diamond Decks they feature a full-length outdoor balcony with the exclusive Scenic Sun Lounge system and are larger than the standard river cruise cabins on Europe’s rivers.

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Private Deluxe Balcony Suite

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Located in prime locations at the front of the ship on both the Sapphire and Diamond Decks, they offer all the features of our private Balcony Suites with our ingenious Scenic Sun Lounge, but with even more space to relax.

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Standard Suite

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Standard Suites are located on the Jewel Deck with large picture windows to ensure a great view. They have a spacious design and clever layout alongside all the usual luxurious amenities and furnishings.

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Royal Balcony Suite

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These Suites on the Diamond Deck are the ultimate in luxury with more space (305ft²), impeccable service, thoughtful touches, an outdoor balcony, lounge area and an oversized bathroom.

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Royal One-Bedroom Suite

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At 455ft², these are amoungst the largest suites on Europe’s rivers. At the rear of the Diamond Deck, enjoy fantastic views of the passing scenery, separate lounge and dining area and luxurious oversized bathroom.

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The Ship - Scenic Gem

  • Occupancy128
  • Tonnage2,200 tons
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Introducing Scenic Gem, a luxurious river ship offering travellers an unforgettable journey through the heart of France. With its elegant design, modern amenities and attentive service, Scenic Gem promises a refined and immersive cruising experience.

From exploring the charming villages of the Seine to discovering the historic landmarks of Bordeaux, guests can immerse themselves in the rich culture, gastronomy and beauty of France while enjoying the comfort and elegance of this exquisite ship. With spacious suites, gourmet dining options and enriching shore excursions, Scenic Gem invites travellers to embark on a truly unforgettable adventure along the rivers of France.

What’s onboard: Crystal Dining, Fitness Centre, Galley, Gift Shop, L’Amour Restaurant, Panorama Deck, Panorama Lounge & Bar, Reception, River Cafe, Riverview Terrace, Sun Deck, Table La Rive, Walking Track, Wellness Area, Wheelhouse and much, much more.

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Experience the Difference

  • Our ABTA membership & ATOL licence protects all our packages or tailor-made holidays booked through ROL Cruise, so you can book with confidence knowing you are fully protected
  • Award-winning Cruise Miles® loyalty programme; with over 400,000 UK members
  • Winners of more than 50 Cruise Awards over the last 5 years
  • The UK's No.1 Independent Cruise Specialist; delivering impartial advice
  • Customer satisfaction at 98% and a Feefo score of 4.9/5.
  • Expert staff with over 1,000 years of combined travel expertise offering 5★ service
  • Flexible Payment Options Available
  • Celebrating over 25 years as a cruise-only specialist
  • Insurance Guidance - ROL Cruise will assist you with obtaining insurance cover, including Covid-cover.
  • Key strategic partner with the major cruise lines
  • Ambassadors representing us and guiding our customers onboard and at key locations on their holidays

Scenic River Cruises FAQs

Do Scenic river cruises have a flexible cancellation policy?

Yes, Scenic cruises do have a flexible cancellation policy. Scenic is allowing you to either defer your travel plans or transfer to an alternative Scenic sailing up to 60 days prior to departure for your 2022, 2023, or 2024 travel plans. 

Scenic cruises cancellation fees will be waived and you will receive a refund of monies paid in form of a Future Cruise Credit to use on a future Scenic river cruise.

This policy is applicable across all Scenic’s European and Southeast Asia river cruises (excludes Russia sailings).

Please note third party cancellation fees may apply. Further Cruise lines terms & conditions will apply.

Are drinks included on a Scenic River cruise?

There are designated complimentary tea and coffee making facilities throughout the ship. Complimentary alcoholic premium wine, beer and spirits are available all day every day as well as complimentary premium soft drinks.

Each suite has a complimentary mini bar with alcohol, soft drinks and snacks re-stocked daily with your preferences.

Is there internet available onboard?

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available onboard but cannot be guaranteed.

Do I need to pay for gratuities on board?

All tipping and gratuities are included in your cruise fare.

Can I smoke on board a Scenic River Ship?

Smoking is permitted in designated outside areas, it is NOT permitted in the Suites or any inside areas.

Do Scenic cater to dietary needs, food intolerances and diets?

Scenic can cater for most dietary needs and intolerances but these are request only and advance notice will need to be given.

Are there multiple dining options onboard?

There is a buffet style breakfast and lunch available onboard. In the evening there is an array of à la carte dining options from casual to fine dining made with local produce.

Is there a dress code onboard Scenic?

The dress code is comfortable and casual onboard, with dinner attire being smart casual, dresses, shirt and trousers.

What clothing should I pack?

It is recommended that you pack a comfortable pair of walking shoes, waterproof jacket, hat and gloves so you can be prepared for any weather. If you are travelling in summertime do not forget your sunscreen.

What is the currency onboard?

The currency onboard for most destinations is the Euro. There are a few countries that have retained their own currency: Switzerland, Eastern European States and the Scandinavian nations.

What language do the staff speak onboard?

All the staff onboard speak English, and the announcements are also in English.

Are shore excursions and tours included?

The majority of excursions and tours are included in your cruise, however there are some optional tours that incur a supplement.

Last Updated: 10/08/2022

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