Medieval France, Romance of Fontainebleau and Paris (port-to-port cruise)

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Medieval France, Romance of Fontainebleau and Paris (port-to-port cruise)

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Trip code

SNP_AIPP

Duration

7 days

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Operator

CroisiEurope Cruises

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Peaceful Sens, its cathedral and covered marketplace
  • Medieval Moret-Loing-et-Orvanne
  • The Palace of Fontainebleau and its splendid gardens, one of the most beautifully decorated and furnished in France
  • Visit the village of Barbizon
  • Vaux-le-Vicomte, a 17th-century masterpiece
  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi onboard
  • Bicycles available on board
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included

This cruise brings you gently from the edges of Burgundy to Paris.  Discover prestigious monuments and famous sites. The architectural treasures of Provins'a medieval city listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site'and Sens unfold before your eyes. You'll fall in love with Barbizon, the timeless painters' village. Travel back in time at the Fontainebleau and Vaux-le-Vicomte castles. You'll pass the famous beautiful forest of Fontainebleau'once the hunting grounds for French royalty and a natural inspiration for many artists.

ITINERARY

Possible transfer(1) by coach from Paris to join our ship in Sens (duration ~2:00.) Passengers are welcome to board our ship in Sens at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner.

In the morning, visit the city, home to a variety of historical buildings with impressive architecture. The cathedral in Sens was the first of the great Gothic cathedrals in France and was the inspiration in layout and design for many others, including Canterbury Cathedral in Great Britain. Strolling through the street and along the promenades, you’ll take in the remarkable homes, buildings and wall fronts that are testimony to the town’s rich past. Take some time to browse in the market and taste the local products. We’ll return on board and begin to cruise on the Yonne River, a tributary of the Seine. During our peaceful journey, we'll pass by several lakes and ponds. Arrive in Cannes-Ecluses in the late afternoon. The evening is free, so take the opportunity to wander around this pleasant little town on the banks of the Yonne.

Morning sail to Moret-Loing-et-Orvanne.Afternoon excursion included: Moret-Loing-et-Orvanne. Situated on the edge of the Fontainebleau forest, this royal town is famous for its barley sugar and landscapes immortalised by the Impressionist Alfred Sisley. You'll discover the fortified medieval gates, the superb Renaissance facades, the banks of the Loing and Notre-Dame church. Free time after the visit to wander around the town at your own pace, and don't hesitate to visit the barley sugar shop, a sweet and delicate flavour created during the reign of Louis XIII in Moret. Return on board. Evening free.

We’ll spend the morning cruising to Melun.In theafternoon, join us for a tour of the Palace of Fontainebleau and its magnificent gardens. All the kings and queens of France passed through Fontainebleau at one time or another. The château is a unique example of a residence that was inhabited regularly for more than eight centuries. The French gardens, fountains and flowerbeds will transport you back to the palace’s days of glory. We’ll also visit the cosmopolitan town which sprung up around the château to round out your tour.After our visit, we’ll return to the ship. The evening is free to do as you please.

We’ll spend the morning cruising to Evry. In the afternoon, visit the village of Barbizon. Around the year 1820, Edmée and François Ganne set up a grocer’s shop in the hamlet of Barbizon. In 1827, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot discovered the village, paving the way for other painters to come here, including Théodore Rousseau and Jean-François Millet. A whole generation of young artists decided to paint “from nature”, leaving their studios to work in situ, like their two great English precursors, John Constable and Turner. Stroll through the cobbled streets and push the door of small shops and art galleries! Afterwards, we'll return on board. Tonight is our gala dinner and evening.

In the morning, visit of the sumptuous Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. The architect Louis Le Vau was already widely celebrated when Fouquet called on his services in 1653. As the King's Principal Architect, he had erected a number of Parisian mansions including the Hôtel Lambert. Considered the greatest ambassador of the Italianate style in France, Le Vau also drew inspiration from classical antiquity. Drawing on these traditional sources, he then created a powerful new style of his own, starting with Vaux-le-Vicomte and thus lay the foundations of French architecture for the next 150 years. After our tour, we'll return on board on Evry. We'll spend the afternoon cruising to Paris. "Parisian titi" evening on board.

Enjoy breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.


AVAILABILITY

MS Raymonde (Premium)

Cabin Type
Available
Sleeps
Price (AUD)
Start date: 11 Sep, 2024
End date: 17 Sep, 2024
Cabin Type: Main deck 2 beds
Available: 2
Sleeps:
Price:
$4,901

Ms Déborah (Premium)

Cabin Type
Available
Sleeps
Price (AUD)
Start date: 19 Jun, 2025
End date: 25 Jun, 2025
Cabin Type: Main deck 2 beds
Available: 7
Sleeps:
Price:
$5,006

Cabin Type: Upper Deck 1 double bed - disabled person
Available: 1
Sleeps:
Price:
$5,006