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Paris - Les Andelys - Rouen - Rouen - Le Havre - Le Havre - Vernon - Paris - Paris
  • 7 Nights
  • VIVA All-Inclusive
  • April - September 2021
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Paris - Le Havre - Paris

Forget bistros, baguettes and berets: As you leave the dizzying delights of Paris for the charming landscapes of Normandy you will be captivated by savoir-vivre on the bustling riverside promenades of Le Havre, fine arts in Rouen and the verdant countryside of the Seine Valley. The grand finale sees you return to the City of Light with plenty of time to wander around to your heart’s content.

day 127.11.2021
  • Paris
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    18:30
    Paris is famous all over the world as the city of love and romance, and indeed, when you visit the capital of France you're sure to be amazed by the beautiful architecture, the fantastic attractions, and the sophisticated ambiance. There's nothing quite like a stroll up the Champs Elysee or a boat trip along the River Seine where you can admire the countless world-famous sights from the unique vantage point of the water. Discover beautiful works of art in the Louvre Museum or explore famous heritage sites like the Sacre Coeur and Notre Dame Cathedral. Of course, no trip to Paris would be complete without a visit to the Eiffel Tower. Why not enjoy a meal at the restaurant at the top, where you can enjoy amazing views over the cityscape?

    Excursions Paris

    Paris: City of love, art & culture

    We have arrived in Paris and this morning we are taking a city tour of this amazing capital, one of the most famous cities in the world.

    Insight into this vibrant metropolis, the largest city in France and its central centre. Visit the Place de la Concorde with the Obelisk of Luxor, the largest square in Paris, the Champs-Elysées, one of the most impressive boulevards in the world, the Cathedral of the Invalides, an important dome and burial place for Napoleon I, the huge triumphal arch with the tomb of the unknown soldier and of course the Eiffel Tower, the "iron" symbol of the city. Paris is everything you imagine. It is romantic, inspiring, lively - even outrageous - but best of all, Paris is unique and a fitting finale to a wonderful cruise.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 4 h
    • Bus
    • per person: 38 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 227.11.2021
  • Les Andelys
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    15:00

    Les Andelys is located on the Seine in Upper Normandy in northern France, about 32 km northeast of Evreux and 32 km southeast of Rouen. In the Middle Ages, Les Andely's strategic location on the river bend caught the attention of both the French monarchy and the Duke of Normandy, King Richard the Lionheart. He had the impressive Gaillard Castle built on a cliff above Les Andelys to protect the area and its capital, Rouen.

    Some cruises offer the opportunity to visit the ruins of the besieged castle, which are still surprisingly well preserved and offer incredible views of the surrounding countryside and the winding Seine. The city itself has no scarcity of sights, including an 18th-century mansion that houses collections of handicrafts referred to as the Nicolas Poussin Museum, and Poussin's classic masterpiece Coriolanus. Near the centre of Grand Andely is the fountain of St. Clotilde and a historic pilgrimage site known for its healing properties.

    Excursions Les Andelys

    Les Andelys: bus tour and city walk with Château Gaillard

    While you enjoy your delicious breakfast, the captain has moored in Les Andelys, a small town dominated by one of the most spectacular sights of the whole valley - Château Gaillard. This morning we will discover the history behind this remarkable castle. The remarkable Château Gaillard guards the top of the river bend and was built in the 12th century by Richard the Lionheart to defend Rouen from the French. Château Gaillard was often besieged during the turbulent history of northern France and is now one of the most dramatic ruins in the region.

    Les Andelys: smooth paths
    Château Gaillard: short walking distance from the castle. Paths can be uneven up to the castle!

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 3 h
    • Bus - Walking
    • per person: 58 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 227.11.2021
  • Rouen
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    Excursions Rouen

    Baltic Sea Package: Coastal Culture and Nature

    Zingst / Barth: Island tour Zingst - Darss - Fischland approx. 3.5 hours, bus ride and on foot

    The starting and end point of the island tour is the Vineta town of Barth. From the landing stage in Barth we cross the Meiningen bridge and pass the "Grosse Kirr", Germany's most famous resting place for cranes, directly to the Baltic seaside resort of Zingst. During a walk through the town, which is famous as a refuge for retired captains, you will learn a lot of interesting facts about thatched roofs and their production. You will pass the pier on the Baltic coast and also see the marina on the Bodden side, starting point for many birdwatchers at the time of the crane migration to explore the resting places of the birds with a modern boat or an old Zeesboot.
    The journey continues to Born, a picturesque village on the Bodden. Here you can find out what Born has to do with Cape Town in South Africa.
    A stop in the artists' village Ahrenshoop is definitely worthwhile. Be inspired by the breathtaking landscape, just like Albert Einstein and Bertolt Brecht once did.

    Wittow ferry: The north of Rügen - Dranske - Cape Arkona - Glowe approx. 3 hours, bus ride with stops and carriage ride at Cape Arkona

    Discover the north of the island of Rügen. By bus from the Baltic seaside resort of Dranske on the Witte peninsula to the northernmost point of Germany. In the picturesque village Putgarten a horse-drawn carriage is already waiting for you. On an approx. one-hour round trip you explore the area monument Cape Arkona. Of course you will have time for a photo stop. You will see the famous two lighthouses at the cape, learn a lot about the settlement of Rügen in the Middle Ages while passing the remains of the Jaromar Castle and follow the traces of the Cold War at the former leading bunker of the People's Navy. Through the Baltic resort of Juliusruh and over the Schaabe, a spit which connects the Witte and Jasmund peninsulas, the journey then continues to the Baltic resort of Glowe. "Glowe, not Sylt!" was a marketing gag by the Ostseezeitung 2017. Quite justified, after all Glowe is the gateway to the bathing paradise of Schaabe, a beautiful, fine-grained but natural sandy beach. The health resort, lake promenade and harbour offer everything a holidaymaker could wish for. Enjoy the flair of this Baltic seaside resort on your way out and learn all about Glowe's famous shell, one of the famous buildings designed by the island architect Ulrich Müther. The way back to the ship to Dranske leads you via the Baltic seaside resort Breege and the village Altenkirchen, which is centrally located on the island of Wittow.

    Greifswald: Walk to the Eldena Monastery approx. 1.5 hours - on foot / easy

    The boat is moored at the head of the breakwater at the mouth of the river Ryck into the Greifswald Bodden in the small and tranquil fishing village of Wieck. Along the marina and over the historic drawbridge your walk will take you to the ruins of the monastery Eldena. Caspar David Friedrich, probably Greifswald's most famous citizen, woke the monastery ruins from their twilight sleep. The origins of the monastery date back to 1199, when monks of the Cistercian order settled in today's Eldena and developed the formerly called "Kloster Hilda" into one of the most important monasteries in the region. After the monastery was dissolved during the Reformation in 1533, war-related destruction and the removal of the red bricks for building projects in the old town left the monastery in ruins. Only a ban issued by the Prussian King Wilhelm IV in 1827 was able to stop the increasing destruction. Through the paintings of the romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich, who repeatedly depicted the ruin in his works at the beginning of the 19th century, the monastery ruins once again received increased attention. Between 1828 and 1832 a spacious park was laid out around the monastery grounds according to the plans of the Prussian landscape architect Peter Joseph Lenné, which then as now invites visitors to take long walks.

    Greifswald: Bus excursion from Wieck to Greifswald with city tour approx. 3 hours, transfer and on foot

    Past one of the most important flood protection structures in Western Pomerania and over the drawbridge, you can get from the ship during a short walk to the modern coach, which will take you comfortably to the city center of the University of Greifswald.
    Spared from destruction during the war, then cruelly neglected, designed as a showcase for socialism and flourishing since the political turnaround, this is how Greifswald has appeared to its visitors over the past seventy years. The history of Greifswald is inextricably linked with its university. One of the most beautiful examples of North German brick Gothic is the house of the founder of the university, Heinrich Rubenow. You can see this and many other architectural gems in the Hanseatic city of Greifswald. Find out more about important personalities of the city, such as Caspar David Friedrich, probably the best-known representative of the German Romantics, the savior of the city, Colonel Rudolf Petershagen, the author Hans Fallada and several Nobel Prize winners whose place of work was the University of Greifswald.

    Lauterbach: Island excursion Rügen to the Königstuhl and the Baltic seaside resorts of the Jasmund peninsula, approx. 4 hours bus ride and on foot

    The starting point of this tour is the romantic town of Lauterbach. From there you drive to Putbus, a young town that the enlightened Prince Malte had rebuilt in the early 19th century from an old Slavic settlement into a neoclassical city. The Circus is modelled on the famous architecture of the posh English spa town of Bath. Discover the city's special relationship with the queen of flowers - the rose. Pass through Bergen and continue on the B 96 to the Jasmund National Park with a stop and hike to the Königstuhl, Germany's most famous and highest limestone rock, which you can admire from the Victoria View in the afternoon in the best light.
    The journey continues via Saßnitz, Mukran and Prora to Binz, the largest Baltic Sea resort on the island of Rügen. Experience magnificent seaside resort architecture during a walk along the beach promenade and discover the first work of the famous island architect Ulrich Müther directly on the beach.
    Return to the ship along one of the most beautiful stretches of the German avenue road through the dreamy village of Vilmnitz, made famous as the filming location for the family film "Die Heiden vom Kummerow und ihre lustigen Streiche". Back in Lauterbach, enjoy the view of the front of the Goor bathhouse with its famous Greek colonnade.

    Peenemünde: Island tour of Usedom with a stop at the seaside resort of Heringsdorf approx. 4 hours, bus ride and on foot

    Your excursion starts in Peenemünde, from the Americans' point of view the most important place on the German Baltic coast. Wernher von Braun worked there before he became world famous as a space pioneer with the construction of the Saturn 5 rocket.
    Passing the Baltic seaside resorts of Karlshagen and Trassenheide, you will reach the B 111, Usedom's traffic aorta. Enjoy the beautiful town of Loddin am Achterwasser with Germany's smallest and most northerly vineyard. The route continues in the direction of the imperial baths with a stop in Heringsdorf. Learn more about Villa Oechsler and Villa Staudt, Usedom's most beautiful and best-known examples of opulent spa architecture. Stroll along Germany's longest built over pier in Heringsdorf. Whether Loriot, Maxim Gorki or Theodor Fontane, you will discover the places on the island where famous personalities lived and worked. On the way back, they will learn more about the Koserow salt cottages and discover a seaside resort, where the entire infrastructure is designed in such a way that even people with disabilities can enjoy a wonderful holiday with all the amenities of the Baltic Sea. At the Krumminer Wieck they enjoy the beauty of the island on the side of the Achterwasser and learn where the best frog cake in Germany is to be found. The island tour ends in Wolgast, the gateway to the sunniest island in Germany. You will experience the bridge train of the Wolgast walking beam bridge and see your ship from land at the bridge passage before you enter it again.

    Szczecin-Stettin: city tour with stops at the Monument of the Three Eagles, the Renaisassance Castle and above the famous Haken Terrace about 3 hours, bus ride and on foot
    The capital of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship is a vibrant center with a population of over 500,000 (including over 65,000 students). The boat is located in the city center just below the imposing Hakenterrasse (originally named after the very popular mayor Hermann Haken, who had this complex built in the early 20th century, now called Waly Chrobrego). This is also the starting point of our tour through this city, which is particularly characterised by Art Nouveau architecture. It is also called the Paris on the Baltic Sea. The Parisian Haussmann style is also omnipresent in Szczecin. George Eugene Haussmann, the famous city planner of Paris, also worked in Szczecin. You can see this both in the architecture and in the street layout. But they also stroll through the new Old Town and the courtyards of one of the best preserved Renaissance castles in Central Europe. Find out where the famous Russian Tsarina Catherine was born, where courageous Poles resisted the communist regime as early as 1970, and where the Polish Pope preached to 200,000 Polish believers during this dark period. Photo stops at the Three Eagles Monument and in front of the seat of the voivode of West Pomerania round off your trip.

    Swinemünde: Sightseeing tour by tram and stop at the beach promenade approx. 2.5 hours, tram and on foot

    Today a special trip on one of Swinemünde's popular tourist trains was booked for you. You will pass Poland's largest ferry port, pass through the spa gardens designed by the Prussian horticultural architect Linne' and continue to the promenade. There you will have time to linger. Do not miss the widest bathing beach on the Baltic Sea coast. The route continues through the up-and-coming spa district to the state border and past the famous Polish market in Swinemünde. You will be impressed by the city center with its innumerable pensions and hotels and the spa facilities with many amenities. The trip begins and ends directly at the landing stage and in front of the Fishery Museum, one of the most beautiful buildings in the city center. During the whole trip you will receive all necessary information via the onboard loudspeaker system of the tourist train.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Bus -Walking
    • per person: 199 €
    Rhône package: most beautiful stall magic (Advent trips /6 days )

    Tain-L'Hermitage: City walk and chocolate museum with workshop, about 2,5 hours, on foot

    Your excursion starts with a walk through Tain-L'Hermitage. The place is particularly well known to wine lovers, as it is here that you will find one of the best wines in France, the Hermitage. Afterwards you will visit the Cité du Chocolat Valrhona. Here you will embark on an instructive and sensory journey into the world of chocolate. During the tour with seven different stops, you will learn about chocolate in a delicious way. You will be initiated into the secrets of chocolate production and have the opportunity to play with the whole range of chocolate flavours to create your own recipe. Experience each stage of the production process and immerse yourself in the magic of transforming the finest cocoa beans into the highest quality chocolate. After the visit you will return to the ship.

    Arles: --- and its artists, about 2,5 hours on foot

    Arles, the gateway to the Camargue, is a small town in Provence, rich in culture and tradition. Numerous magnificent buildings such as the mighty Arena still remind us of the glorious Roman history. Arles captivates with a mixture of Roman, Romanesque, Provençal and gypsy culture. Emperor Constantine once called it ''Little Rome in Gaul'' and the amphitheatre dating from the 1st century AD still bears witness to the city's Roman past. During your walk through this beautiful city you will meet artists such as Vincent van Gogh and experience the typical South-Provencal charm. Vincent van Gogh spent the last years of his life in Arles and painted many of his most famous works.
    Incl. admission to the van Gogh Foundation

    Avignon: City walk with the Pope's palace, about 3 hours, on foot

    The excursion starts directly at the landing stage. Today you will visit Avignon, the city of the popes. The old town with its magnificent medieval houses is surrounded by a long fortification wall and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, together with the 14th century Pope's Palace, the Bishop's Palace, Rocher-des-Dome and the famous Pont St. Bénézet bridge. You will visit the Pope's Palace, one of the most unique and imposing Gothic buildings. During the walk you will pass the church of St. Agricole, the Roman excavations and the town hall. From the Rocher of the cathedral you can enjoy the beautiful terraces of the garden with an impressive view over the Rhône valley and the famous bridge. There is enough free time to explore the lively city centre of Avignon and to go in search of specialities such as papalines, almond cake or pear liqueur.

    Lyon: ''Vieux Lyon'', city walk with tasting, about 2,5 hours, by foot and metro!

    From the boat you will take the metro together with your guide to the old town ''Vieux Lyon''. The former economic centre of the city impresses with its picturesque, cobbled streets. There you will also get a glimpse of the famous ''traboules'', which mark passages that lead from one street to another through houses and courtyards. On the way you will have the opportunity to taste French specialities like ''Praline brioche''! Let us surprise you.

    You can keep the tickets and use them all day long!

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Bus - Walking
    • per person: 111 €
    Seine package: So beautiful, the Seine

    Les Andelys: bus trip and city tour with Château Gaillard, approx. 3 hours

    While you enjoy your delicious breakfast, the captain has moored in Les Andelys, a small town dominated by one of the most spectacular sights of the whole valley - Château Gaillard. This morning we will discover the history behind this remarkable castle. The remarkable Château Gaillard guards the top of the river bend and was built in the 12th century by Richard the Lionheart to defend Rouen from the French. Château Gaillard was often besieged during the turbulent history of northern France and is now one of the most dramatic ruins in the region.
    Les Andelys: smooth paths
    Château Gaillard: short walking distance from the castle. Paths can be uneven up to the castle!

    Rouen: city walk with chocolate & cheese tasting, approx. 2 hours

    We wake up in Rouen, the capital of Normandy, one of the most beautiful medieval cities in Europe and the scene of many important events over the centuries. The outstanding feature of our guided tour of the city is the impressive Gothic cathedral, immortalised by the great impressionist Claude Monet in a series of 28 paintings showing the façade at different times of the day and in different weather conditions. The cathedral briefly became the tallest building in the world when the tall tower was added in the 19th century. It is also famous for the reclining statue that is said to contain the heart of Richard the Lionheart.
    The winding streets of Rouen are a revelation, lined with antique shops, tasteful boutiques and, of course, countless restaurants offering exceptional regional cuisine and highlighting the country's outstanding gastronomic heritage. The Place du Vieux-Marché is one of the most poignant places in the city. A large cross marks the point where the Virgin of Orleans Jeanne d'Arc was burned at the stake for her faith. No gradient, smooth paths and partly cobbled streets.

    Le Havre: On the way in Le Havre & Etretat, about 4 hours

    Getting off the ship in Le Havre, you will first discover the rich history and the architectural diversity of the city. The bus tour will lead you to the major places of the city (St Joseph Cathedral, port, MuMa.) allowing you to immortalize them with a picture. The journey then continues with the seaside city of Etretat, whose chalk cliffs became famous thanks to the paintings of the impressionist masters. After the visit with your guide, you will have some free time to stroll through the city or enjoy the view over the sea and a tea from the terrace of the casino.

    ''If I wanted to show a friend the sea for the first time, I would choose Etretat for it'' -Alphonse Karr-
    Alphonse Karr once wrote this sentence in one of his works. In Etretat you can admire the impressive circular rocks and cliffs that characterise the town. At the top of the hill is the Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde chapel. It was considered an inspiration for many painters. Monet also spent much time in Etretat.

    Le Havre: Honfleur - Artistic centre, approx. 4 hours


    Honfleur: often considered the most picturesque place on the north French coast. Its old harbour, which shelters both fishing boats and luxury pleasure craft, is beautifully preserved and surrounded by a perfect seaside promenade with pastel-coloured houses dating from the 16th to 18th centuries, many of which have been converted into fish restaurants. Watch the talented artists capture the fascinating views along the promenade. The intricate labyrinth behind the streets is also worth a discovery. The eaves of the tall half-timbered houses almost touch each other and the streets below are full of traditional shops selling antiques, books and fine food. Honfleur's most famous son is Eugene Boudin, one of the forerunners of Impressionism and a friend of Claude Monet, who also painted the harbour several times. Low gradient, smooth paths, also partly cobbled.

    Vernon: Monet's house & garden, approx. 4 hours

    One of the great joys of river cruising is the magical feeling of waking up in a different place than the night before. Today the ship has moored in beautiful Vernon and we take the short trip to Giverny. Visit Monet's garden and house. The artist himself described his garden as his "most beautiful masterpiece" and it is certainly one of the most photographed and painted gardens in the world - ideally in the soft morning light. The Japanese-inspired water garden, shaded by large weeping willows and surrounded by bamboo, rhododendrons and azaleas, is the water lily pond where he painted his extraordinary series Les Nymphéas (Water Lilies). Here you can soak up the tranquil atmosphere as you marvel at the light reflected by the leaves of each colour and the magical reflections dancing from the water.

    Paris: City tour with photo stops approx. 4 hours

    We have arrived in Paris and this morning we are taking a city tour of this amazing capital, one of the most famous cities in the world.
    You can spend countless days in Paris and still don't see everything it has to offer. During your panoramic tour you will get an insight into this vibrant metropolis, the largest city in France and its central centre. Visit the Place de la Concorde with the Obelisk of Luxor, the largest square in Paris, the Champs-Elysées, one of the most impressive boulevards in the world, the Cathedral of the Invalides, an important dome and burial place for Napoleon I, the huge triumphal arch with the tomb of the unknown soldier and of course the Eiffel Tower, the "iron" symbol of the city. Paris is everything you imagine to be - romantic, inspiring, lively - even outrageous - but best of all, Paris is unique and a fitting finale to a wonderful cruise.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Bus -Walking
    • per person: 269 €
    Wellness package: Hiking in the Rheingau

    Hikes with or without poles

    Boppard: Wellness for the soul - active recreation in Boppard // approx. 3 hours // level of difficulty - medium 
    Let the everyday life go! Discover the most beautiful hiking trails of Boppard on a medium-difficulty hike with a local hiking guide. Narrow paths lead through rustic woods, let yourself be enchanted by fantastic views of Boppard, the Rhine and your holiday region. You will never cease to be amazed.

    Rüdesheim: Pilgrimage path to the abbey of Hildegard von Bingen // approx. 3 hours // Difficulty - medium
    The 137 km long pilgrimage route of Hildegard von Bingen leads from Idar Oberstein via Niederhosenbach, the birthplace of Saint Hildegard, to the famous Disibodenberg monastery ruins and on via Bingen to the present-day Hildegard von Bingen compartment in Rüdesheim. This route, which is supported by the EU and the state of Rhineland-Palatinate is divided into 10 stages. The 10th stage begins on the banks of the Rhine in Rüdesheim, leads through the idyllic vineyards first to the pilgrimage church, where the shrine of Hildegard von Bingen is also kept. From there it continues to the present abbey, where 42 Benedictine nuns still live, and later follows the pilgrims' path back to Rüdesheim.

    On our both contemplative and informative excursion, we follow the 6.5 km long Rüdesheim pilgrimage path to the compartment of Hildegard von Bingen. On the way we will taste a herbal liqueur made according to the old recipes of Hildegard von Bingen in order to preserve our health. 
    During the church service there is the possibility to visit the abbey church and - depending on the opening hours - to visit and shop in the beautiful monastery shop. On arrival at the monastery we will also taste a late harvest from the monastery's own vineyards. Because as Hildegard taught almost 1000 years ago: "Wine is the blood of the earth".

    This is a tour with medium gradients (about 170 hm.) Duration of the tour: 3 hours including several small stops for information and tasting and a 45 minute stop at the abbey with wine tasting.

    Recommendations: sturdy footwear, clothing appropriate to the weather, drinks and snacks for personal needs.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Hiking - activ
    • per person: 59 €
    Rhône package: Rhône up and down

    Châteauneuf du-Pape - Avignon: Pont du Gard, about 4 hours, bus - on foot

    Get off the boat at Châteauneuf-du-Pape and discover the Pont du Gard, an aqueduct built by the Romans in the 1st century AD. This masterpiece is the highest Roman aqueduct bridge in the world at 49 metres. Pont du Gard is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    Afterwards you will enjoy a walk and free time in Uzès, a charming small town and municipality near Nîmes and Avignon and rich in ancient remains. You will stroll through the beautiful narrow streets and admire the inescapable places of the then first Duché de France, such as Place aux Herbes, the Gothic chapel, the medieval garden, the Fenestrelle tower, the private villas and much more.
    Afterwards, you will return to the boat to Avignon.

    Avignon: City walk with papal palace, about 3 hours, on foot

    The excursion starts directly at the landing stage. Today you will visit Avignon, the city of the popes. The old town with its magnificent medieval houses is surrounded by a long fortification wall and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, together with the 14th century Pope's Palace, the Bishop's Palace, Rocher-des-Dome and the famous Pont St. Bénézet bridge. You will visit the Pope's Palace, one of the most unique and imposing Gothic buildings. During the walk you will pass the church of St. Agricole, the Roman excavations and the town hall. From the Rocher of the cathedral you can enjoy the beautiful terraces of the garden with an impressive view over the Rhône valley and the famous bridge. There is enough free time to explore the lively city centre of Avignon and to go in search of specialities such as papalines, almond cake or pear liqueur.

    Arles: --- and its artists, about 2,5 hours on foot

    Arles, the gateway to the Camargue, is a small town in Provence, rich in culture and tradition. Numerous magnificent buildings such as the mighty Arena still remind us of the glorious Roman history. Arles captivates with a mixture of Roman, Romanesque, Provençal and gypsy culture. Emperor Constantine once called it ''Little Rome in Gaul'' and the amphitheatre dating from the 1st century AD still bears witness to the city's Roman past. During your walk through this beautiful city you will meet artists such as Vincent van Gogh and experience the typical South-Provencal charm. Vincent van Gogh spent the last years of his life in Arles and painted many of his most famous works.
    Incl. admission to the Fondation Vincent van Gogh 

    Viviers: Ardèche Gorges and Lavender Museum, about 4,5 hours, bus and on foot

    Over thousands of years the limestone cliffs have been hollowed out by the turquoise green 120 km long Ardèche. This natural phenomenon has created one of the most beautiful landscapes in the South of France. Before you reach the impressive natural limestone arch Pont d'Arc, which links the two banks of the river like an arch, visit the Lavender Museum of St. Remèze, where you will learn a lot about the production and use of this versatile plant. Along the way there are many opportunities to take photos of this beautiful landscape from different perspectives. Very close to the La Madelein cave, you will enjoy the fantastic view over the so-called cathedral, an impressive rock formation in the gorges of the Ardèche.

    Lyon: ''Vieux Lyon'', city walk with tasting, about 2,5 hours, on foot and metro!

    From the boat you will take the metro together with your guide to the old town of ''Vieux Lyon''. The former economic centre of the city impresses with its picturesque, cobbled streets. There you will also get a glimpse of the famous ''traboules'', which mark passages that lead from one street to another through houses and courtyards. On the way you will have the opportunity to taste French specialities like ''Praline brioche''! Let us surprise you.

    You can keep the tickets and use them all day long!

    Chalon-sur-Saône: Beaune & Hotel Dieu, about 4 hours, bus and on foot

    After a bus ride through the Burgundy wine region, you will arrive in Beaune, its most popular city. The medieval center of Beaune and the city walls are still very well preserved. During the visit, you will discover the treasures of this medieval city. Admire old palaces from different eras such as the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque. The contrast will surprise you. The Hôtel-Dieu, an architectural monument, was founded in 1443 and served as a hospital for the poor until 1971. It is considered a model of the Burgundian-Flemish Gothic style of the 15th century with the simple facade, the elegant inner courtyard and the building crowned with towers and bay windows, which is known for its colorful and glazed tile roof.


    Mâcon: Cluny Abbey and tasting about 4,5 hours, bus and on foot

    The Abbey of Cluny was the largest Christian church in the world until the construction of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The French Revolution unfortunately left only a few remains, but it is still very impressive. During your visit, take a trip back in time to the Middle Ages, with a little imagination you can get a feeling of the initial size of this extraordinary monument and how it looked in its heyday. Then continue to Pierreclos Castle. Continue your immersion into the Middle Ages with a guided tour and enjoy wine tasting in the castle's Romanesque cellar .

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Bus - Walking
    • per person: 299 €
    Rhône package: Provence is blossoming

    Viviers: Grignan with truffle farm & tasting, about 4 hours, bus and on foot

    The castle towers majestically over Grignan and offers a breathtaking view over the Drôme region. It is known for the most famous letters of French literature between the Marquise Marie de Sévigné, who lives in Versailles, and her daughter in Grignan. After her death, the Marquise found her final resting place in the collegiate church of Saint-Sauveur below the castle terrace.
    You will then drive to a truffle farm where you will learn all about the cultivation of the precious truffle. The "black diamond", a mushroom, is used in many exquisite recipes and is one of the specialties of the area.
    Afterwards you go back to the ship.

    Avignon: Les-Baux-de Provence - Carriéres de Lumiére & olive oil mill, about 4 hours, bus and on foot

    Today's excursion takes you to the Alpilles, a limestone chain in the southwest of Provence. On the southern side of the Alpilles is one of the largest olive growing areas in France. First you will visit the medieval village of Les-Baux-de-Provence, whose small alleys and houses seem to grow out of the rocks. The village will enchant you and from the citadel you will have a breathtaking view over the so-called valley of hell. Afterwards you will have the opportunity to visit one of the olive oil mills and learn about the production of one of the world's best olive oils. The secret of the production will surprise you as well as the colour and taste of the oil. On the way back, you will pass Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, which is the ideal of a typical southern French village.

    Arles: --- and its artists, about 2,5 hours on foot

    Arles, the gateway to the Camargue, is a small town in Provence, rich in culture and tradition. Numerous magnificent buildings such as the mighty Arena still remind us of the glorious Roman history. Arles captivates with a mixture of Roman, Romanesque, Provençal and gypsy culture. Emperor Constantine once called it ''Little Rome in Gaul'' and the amphitheatre dating from the 1st century AD still bears witness to the city's Roman past. During your walk through this beautiful city you will meet artists such as Vincent van Gogh and experience the typical South-Provencal charm. Vincent van Gogh spent the last years of his life in Arles and painted many of his most famous works here.
    With admission to the Fondation Vincent van Gogh 

    Arles - Port Saint Louis: Aix-en Provence & Marseille, about 10 hours, bus and on foot

    Leaving the ship in Arles, your tour leads you to the well-preserved Aix-en-Provence. The city keeps alive its traditions, boasting a colorful heritage of Roman and Provencal culture. On the way, you will admire the emblematic Montagne Saint Victoire, made famous by the postimpressionist movement precursor: Paul Cezanne.
    You will follow in the footsteps of the renowned painter, born in Aix in 1839, discovering the beautiful paved historic streets and squares of the old town.
    The tour includes the façade of the most emblematic buildings like: Quartier Mazarin, hôtels particuliers du Cours Mirabeau , cathédrale Saint Sauveur, fontaine Moussue and so on.
    Afterwards enjoy your free time to discover local shops and specialties.

    After your lunch break you will continue to Marseille. With 3000 years of history, the second largest city in France and capital of the Provence Alpes-Côte-d'Azur (PACA) region, Marseille is the most important port city in France. Ideally located in a beautiful natural setting between the hills of Provence and the Mediterranean Sea. The area around the old port and La Canebière, a cosmopolitan and lively street, are well worth a detour. The "Notre Dame" basilica is located on a hill at a height of 162 m. From there you have the best panoramic view of the city.

    In the late afternoon the Bus will take you back to the ship in Port St. Louis. Enjoy your bus ride and the beautiful landscapes of the Provence.


    Tournon / Tain-L'Hermitage: city walk and chocolate museum with workshop, approx. 2,5 hours, on foot

    Your excursion begins with a walk through Tain-L'Hermitage. This place is particularly well known to wine lovers as it is home to one of the best wines in France, the Hermitage. Afterwards you will visit the Cité du Chocolat Valrhona. Here you will embark on an instructive and sensory journey into the world of chocolate. During the tour with seven different stops, you will learn about chocolate in a delicious way. You will be initiated into the secrets of chocolate production and have the opportunity to play with the whole range of chocolate flavours to create your own recipe. Experience each stage of the production process and immerse yourself in the magic of transforming the finest cocoa beans into the highest quality chocolate. After the visit you will return to the ship.

    Lyon: ''Vieux Lyon'', city walk with tasting, about 2,5 hours, on foot and by metro!

    From the ship you will take the metro together with your guide to the old town ''Vieux Lyon''. The former economic centre of the city impresses with its picturesque, cobbled streets. There you will also get a glimpse of the famous ''traboules'', which mark passages that lead from one street to another through houses and courtyards. On the way you will have the opportunity to taste French specialities like ''Praline brioche''! Let us surprise you.

    You can keep the tickets and use them all day long!

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Bus - Walking
    • per person: 299 €
    Rhône package: Bon Nöel (Christmas / 7 days)

    Tain-L'Hermitage: city walk and chocolate museum with workshop, about 2,5 hours, on foot

    Your excursion starts with a walk through Tain-L'Hermitage. The place is particularly well known to wine lovers, as it is here that you will find one of the best wines in France, the Hermitage. Afterwards you will visit the Cité du Chocolat Valrhona. Here you will embark on an instructive and sensory journey into the world of chocolate. During the tour with seven different stops, you will learn about chocolate in a delicious way. You will be initiated into the secrets of chocolate production and have the opportunity to play with the whole range of chocolate flavours to create your own recipe. Experience each stage of the production process and immerse yourself in the magic of transforming the finest cocoa beans into the highest quality chocolate. After the visit you will return to the ship.

    Arles and its artists, about 2,5 hours on foot

    Arles, the gateway to the Camargue, is a small town in Provence, rich in culture and tradition. Numerous magnificent buildings such as the mighty Arena still remind us of the glorious Roman history. Arles captivates with a mixture of Roman, Romanesque, Provençal and gypsy culture. Emperor Constantine once called it ''Little Rome in Gaul'' and the amphitheatre dating from the 1st century AD still bears witness to the city's Roman past. During your walk through this beautiful city you will meet artists such as Vincent van Gogh and experience the typical South-Provencal charm. Vincent van Gogh spent the last years of his life in Arles and painted many of his most famous works here.
    Incl. admission to the Fondation Vincent van Gogh

    Avignon: City walk with the Pope's palace, about 3 hours, on foot

    The excursion starts directly at the landing stage. Today you will visit Avignon, the city of the popes. The old town with its magnificent medieval houses is surrounded by a long fortification wall and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, together with the 14th century Pope's Palace, the Bishop's Palace, Rocher-des-Dome and the famous Pont St. Bénézet bridge. You will visit the Pope's Palace, one of the most unique and imposing Gothic buildings. During the walk you will pass the church of St. Agricole, the Roman excavations and the town hall. From the Rocher of the cathedral you can enjoy the beautiful terraces of the garden with an impressive view over the Rhône valley and the famous bridge. There is enough free time to explore the lively city centre of Avignon and to go in search of specialities such as papalines, almond cake or pear liqueur.

    Viviers: Ardèche Gorges and Lavender Museum, about 4 hours, bus and on foot

    Over thousands of years the limestone cliffs have been hollowed out by the turquoise green 120 km long Ardèche. This natural phenomenon has created one of the most beautiful landscapes in the South of France. Before you reach the impressive natural limestone arch Pont d'Arc, which links the two banks of the river like an arch, visit the Lavender Museum of St. Remèze, where you will learn a lot about the production and use of this versatile plant. Along the way there are many opportunities to take photos of this beautiful landscape from different perspectives. Very close to the La Madelein cave, you will enjoy the fantastic view over the so-called cathedral, an impressive rock formation in the gorges of the Ardèche.

    Lyon: ''Vieux Lyon'', city walk with tasting, about 2,5 hours, on foot and metro!

    From the boat you will take the metro together with your guide to the old town of ''Vieux Lyon''. The former economic centre of the city impresses with its picturesque, cobbled streets. There you will also get a glimpse of the famous ''traboules'', which mark passages that lead from one street to another through houses and courtyards. On the way you will have the opportunity to taste French specialities like ''Praline brioche''! Let us surprise you.

    You can keep the tickets and use them all day long!

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • per person: 165 €
    Rhône Package: Voila New Year (New Year's Eve / 7 days)

    Tain-L'Hermitage: city walk and chocolate museum with workshop, about 4 hours, on foot

    Your excursion starts with a walk through Tain-L'Hermitage. The place is particularly well known to wine lovers, as it is here that you will find one of the best wines in France, the Hermitage. Afterwards you will visit the Cité du Chocolat Valrhona. Here you will embark on an instructive and sensory journey into the world of chocolate. During the tour with seven different stops, you will learn about chocolate in a delicious way. You will be initiated into the secrets of chocolate production and have the opportunity to play with the whole range of chocolate flavours to create your own recipe. Experience each stage of the production process and immerse yourself in the magic of transforming the finest cocoa beans into the highest quality chocolate. After the visit you will return to the ship.

    Arles and its artists, about 3 hours on foot

    Arles, the gateway to the Camargue, is a small town in Provence, rich in culture and tradition. Numerous magnificent buildings such as the mighty Arena still remind us of the glorious Roman history. Arles captivates with a mixture of Roman, Romanesque, Provençal and gypsy culture. Emperor Constantine once called it ''Little Rome in Gaul'' and the amphitheatre dating from the 1st century AD still bears witness to the city's Roman past. During your walk through this beautiful city you will meet artists such as Vincent van Gogh and experience the typical South-Provencal charm. Vincent van Gogh spent the last years of his life in Arles and painted many of his most famous works here.
    Incl. admission to the Fondation Vincent van Gogh

    Avignon: City walk with the Pope's palace, about 3 hours, on foot

    The excursion starts directly at the landing stage. Today you will visit Avignon, the city of the popes. The old town with its magnificent medieval houses is surrounded by a long fortification wall and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, together with the 14th century Pope's Palace, the Bishop's Palace, Rocher-des-Dome and the famous Pont St. Bénézet bridge. You will visit the Pope's Palace, one of the most unique and imposing Gothic buildings. During the walk you will pass the church of St. Agricole, the Roman excavations and the town hall. From the Rocher of the cathedral you can enjoy the beautiful terraces of the garden with an impressive view over the Rhône valley and the famous bridge. There is enough free time to explore the lively city centre of Avignon and to go in search of specialities such as papalines, almond cake or pear liqueur.

    Viviers: Ardèche Gorges and Lavender Museum, about 4 hours, bus and on foot

    Over thousands of years the limestone cliffs have been hollowed out by the turquoise green 120 km long Ardèche. This natural phenomenon has created one of the most beautiful landscapes in the South of France. Before you reach the impressive natural limestone arch Pont d'Arc, which links the two banks of the river like an arch, visit the Lavender Museum of St. Remèze, where you will learn a lot about the production and use of this versatile plant. Along the way there are many opportunities to take photos of this beautiful landscape from different perspectives. Very close to the La Madelein cave, you will enjoy the fantastic view over the so-called cathedral, an impressive rock formation in the gorges of the Ardèche.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • per person: 135 €
    Wellness package: Walking and meditation on the river
    Koblenz: Salt grotto with singing bowls meditation // approx. 2 hours 
    A relaxation experience of a special kind
    Gentle sounds that provide peace and deep relaxation in a special saline, health-promoting atmosphere? This is the unique singing bowl meditation in the salt cave. Singing bowls are used in this special type of meditation to generate vibrations that transmit positive energy and help you to relax your body and mind, activate your body's own self-healing powers and increase your vitality. In combination with the healthy and purifying air in our Dead Sea salt grotto lined with salt from the Dead Sea, sound meditation provides a unique experience and makes you feel fresh and vital. Feel a kind of relaxation like you have never felt before.

    Thanks to its central location, the salt cave can be reached on foot from the ship's landing stages within a few minutes. This unique experience can be booked exclusively in the Wellness Package. Let the sounds lead you to inner peace far away from worldly stress!


    Frankfurt: Nordic Walking on the Main // approx. 1.5 hours // degree of difficulty - medium // with or without poles
    A walking tour along Frankfurt's most picturesque sides.
    The Nordic Walking route from the iron footbridge to the Gerbermühle and back covers a distance of 5.6 kilometres. Depending on the size of the group, fitness level and training requirements, a total of at least 1.5 hours is estimated. The route starts directly at the boat landing stage and offers the first major highlight after passing the iron footbridge with a breathtaking view of the skyline. The walkers then cross the Main River along the Sachsenhausen embankment and continue towards the Osthafen harbour. From there they finally reach the famous Gerbermühle, which was most likely built in 1520 and gained literary-historical significance through the stays of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in 1814 and 1815. As a cultural monument, it was listed by the state of Hesse. The way back leads through the green spaces in the direction of the ECB and back to the ship's mooring.
    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Hiking - activ
    • per person: 59 €
    Linz on the Rhine: Culinary Tour

    Discover Linz in a slightly different way. A city tour with a culinary twist. Stop at the most important sights for a short snack break between explanations. Get to know the culinary diversity of the "colourful city on the Rhine". Including original Linz businesses and traditional crafts.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.

    • Duration: 2 h
    • walking
    • per person: 22 €
    Baltic Sea Package: Island hopping

    Zingst / Barth: Island tour Zingst - Darss - Fischland approx. 3.5 hours, bus ride and on foot

    The starting and end point of the island tour is the Vineta town of Barth. From the landing stage in Barth we cross the Meiningen bridge and pass the "Grosse Kirr", Germany's most famous resting place for cranes, directly to the Baltic seaside resort of Zingst. During a walk through the town, which is famous as a refuge for retired captains, you will learn a lot of interesting facts about thatched roofs and their production. You will pass the pier on the Baltic coast and also see the marina on the Bodden side, starting point for many birdwatchers at the time of the crane migration to explore the resting places of the birds with a modern boat or an old Zeesboot.
    The journey continues to Born, a picturesque village on the Bodden. Here you can find out what Born has to do with Cape Town in South Africa.
    A stop in the artists' village Ahrenshoop is definitely worthwhile. Be inspired by the breathtaking landscape, just like Albert Einstein and Bertolt Brecht once did.

    Wittow ferry: The north of Rügen - Dranske - Cape Arkona - Glowe approx. 3 hours, bus ride with stops and carriage ride at Cape Arkona

    Discover the north of the island of Rügen. By bus from the Baltic seaside resort of Dranske on the Witte peninsula to the northernmost point of Germany. In the picturesque village Putgarten a horse-drawn carriage is already waiting for you. On an approx. one-hour round trip you explore the area monument Cape Arkona. Of course you will have time for a photo stop. You will see the famous two lighthouses at the cape, learn a lot about the settlement of Rügen in the Middle Ages while passing the remains of the Jaromar Castle and follow the traces of the Cold War at the former leading bunker of the People's Navy. Through the Baltic resort of Juliusruh and over the Schaabe, a spit which connects the Witte and Jasmund peninsulas, the journey then continues to the Baltic resort of Glowe. "Glowe, not Sylt!" was a marketing gag by the Ostseezeitung 2017. Quite justified, after all Glowe is the gateway to the bathing paradise of Schaabe, a beautiful, fine-grained but natural sandy beach. The health resort, lake promenade and harbour offer everything a holidaymaker could wish for. Enjoy the flair of this Baltic seaside resort on your way out and learn all about Glowe's famous shell, one of the famous buildings designed by the island architect Ulrich Müther. The way back to the ship to Dranske leads you via the Baltic seaside resort Breege and the village Altenkirchen, which is centrally located on the island of Wittow.

    Greifswald: Walk to the Eldena Monastery approx. 1.5 hours - on foot / easy

    The boat is moored at the head of the breakwater at the mouth of the river Ryck into the Greifswald Bodden in the small and tranquil fishing village of Wieck. Along the marina and over the historic drawbridge your walk will take you to the ruins of the monastery Eldena. Caspar David Friedrich, probably Greifswald's most famous citizen, woke the monastery ruins from their twilight sleep. The origins of the monastery date back to 1199, when monks of the Cistercian order settled in today's Eldena and developed the formerly called "Kloster Hilda" into one of the most important monasteries in the region. After the monastery was dissolved during the Reformation in 1533, war-related destruction and the removal of the red bricks for building projects in the old town left the monastery in ruins. Only a ban issued by the Prussian King Wilhelm IV in 1827 was able to stop the increasing destruction. Through the paintings of the romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich, who repeatedly depicted the ruin in his works at the beginning of the 19th century, the monastery ruins once again received increased attention. Between 1828 and 1832 a spacious park was laid out around the monastery grounds according to the plans of the Prussian landscape architect Peter Joseph Lenné, which then as now invites visitors to take long walks.

    Greifswald: Bus excursion from Wieck to Greiswald with city tour approx. 3 hours, transfer and on foot

    Past one of the most important flood protection structures in Western Pomerania and over the drawbridge, you can get from the ship during a short walk to the modern coach, which will take you comfortably to the city centre of the University of Greifswald.
    Spared from destruction during the war, then cruelly neglected, designed as a showcase for socialism and flourishing since the political turnaround, this is how Greifswald has appeared to its visitors over the past seventy years. The history of Greifswald is inextricably linked with its university. One of the most beautiful examples of North German brick Gothic is the house of the founder of the university, Heinrich Rubenow. You can see this and many other architectural gems in the Hanseatic city of Greifswald. Find out more about important personalities of the city, such as Caspar David Friedrich, probably the best-known representative of the German Romantics, the saviour of the city, Colonel Rudolf Petershagen, the author Hans Fallada and several Nobel Prize winners whose place of work was the University of Greifswald.

    Lauterbach: Island excursion Rügen to the Königstuhl and the Baltic seaside resorts of the Jasmund peninsula, approx. 4 hours bus ride and on foot

    The starting point of this tour is the romantic town of Lauterbach. From there you drive to Putbus, a young town that the enlightened Prince Malte had rebuilt in the early 19th century from an old Slavic settlement into a neoclassical city. The Circus is modelled on the famous architecture of the posh English spa town of Bath. Discover the city's special relationship with the queen of flowers - the rose. Pass through Bergen and continue on the B 96 to the Jasmund National Park with a stop and hike to the Königstuhl, Germany's most famous and highest limestone rock, which you can admire from the Victoria View in the afternoon in the best light.
    The journey continues via Saßnitz, Mukran and Prora to Binz, the largest Baltic Sea resort on the island of Rügen. Experience magnificent seaside resort architecture during a walk along the beach promenade and discover the first work of the famous island architect Ulrich Müther directly on the beach.
    Return to the ship along one of the most beautiful stretches of the German avenue road through the dreamy village of Vilmnitz, made famous as the filming location for the family film "Die Heiden vom Kummerow und ihre lustigen Streiche". Back in Lauterbach, enjoy the view of the front of the Goor bathhouse with its famous Greek colonnade.

    Peenemünde: Island tour of Usedom with a stop at the seaside resort of Heringsdorf approx. 4 hours, bus ride and on foot

    Your excursion starts in Peenemünde, from the Americans' point of view the most important place on the German Baltic coast. Wernher von Braun worked there before he became world famous as a space pioneer with the construction of the Saturn 5 rocket.
    Passing the Baltic seaside resorts of Karlshagen and Trassenheide, you will reach the B 111, Usedom's traffic aorta. Enjoy the beautiful town of Loddin am Achterwasser with Germany's smallest and most northerly vineyard. The route continues in the direction of the imperial baths with a stop in Heringsdorf. Learn more about Villa Oechsler and Villa Staudt, Usedom's most beautiful and best-known examples of opulent spa architecture. Stroll along Germany's longest built over pier in Heringsdorf. Whether Loriot, Maxim Gorki or Theodor Fontane, you will discover the places on the island where famous personalities lived and worked. On the way back, they will learn more about the Koserow salt cottages and discover a seaside resort, where the entire infrastructure is designed in such a way that even people with disabilities can enjoy a wonderful holiday with all the amenities of the Baltic Sea. At the Krumminer Wieck they enjoy the beauty of the island on the side of the Achterwasser and learn where the best frog cake in Germany is to be found. The island tour ends in Wolgast, the gateway to the sunniest island in Germany. You will experience the bridge train of the Wolgast walking beam bridge and see your ship from land at the bridge passage before you enter it again.

    Szczecin: city tour with stops at the Monument of the Three Eagles, the Renaisassance Castle and above the famous Haken Terrace about 3 hours, bus ride and on foot
    The capital of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship is a vibrant centre with a population of over 500,000 (including over 65,000 students). Its boat is located in the city centre just below the imposing Hakenterrasse (originally named after the very popular mayor Hermann Haken, who had this complex built in the early 20th century, now called Waly Chrobrego). This is also the starting point of our tour through this city, which is particularly characterised by Art Nouveau architecture. It is also called the Paris of the Baltic Sea. The Parisian Haussmann style is also omnipresent in Szczecin. George Eugene Haussmann, the famous city planner of Paris, also worked in Szczecin. You can see this both in the architecture and in the street layout. But they also stroll through the new Old Town and the courtyards of one of the best preserved Renaissance castles in Central Europe. Find out where the famous Russian Tsarina Catherine was born, where courageous Poles resisted the communist regime as early as 1970, and where the Polish Pope preached to 200,000 Polish believers during this dark period. Photo stops at the Three Eagles Monument and in front of the seat of the voivode of West Pomerania round off your trip.

    Swinemünde: Sightseeing tour by tram and stop at the beach promenade approx. 2.5 hours, tram and on foot

    Today a special trip on one of Swinemünde's popular tourist trains was booked for you. You will pass Poland's largest ferry port, pass through the spa gardens designed by the Prussian horticultural architect Linne' and continue to the promenade. There you will have time to linger. Do not miss the widest bathing beach on the Baltic Sea coast. The route continues through the up-and-coming spa district to the state border and past the famous Polish market in Swinemünde. You will be impressed by the city centre with its innumerable pensions and hotels and the spa facilities with many amenities. The trip begins and ends directly at the landing stage and in front of the Fishery Museum, one of the most beautiful buildings in the city centre. During the whole trip you will receive all necessary information via the onboard loudspeaker system of the tourist train.

    Swinoujscie - Wolin: Island tour Wolin approx. 3.5 hours, easy.

    Today you will enjoy the unspoilt nature of the island of Wolin. The town of the same name, Wolin, was once called the Byzantium of the North. Vikings destroyed this pearl. A Viking festival is still celebrated annually in Wolin. The once imposing harbour town at the mouth of the Dzywna River today scores as the birthplace of the reformer Bugenhagen and with a beautiful town hall built by the Prussian master builder Schinkel.

    Peenemünde: Visit to the Peenemünde Technical Museum approx. 2 hours, easy.

    This is where pioneers of space travel dared to take their steps into space. But it was also here that they allowed themselves to be used by the National Socialists for their goals. Peenemünde is the most famous Baltic Sea town in the USA and is inseparably linked with the name Wernher von Braun, once a rocket engineer for the Nazis and later the star of NASA. On a guided tour through the halls of the Peenemünde power plant, you will learn a lot about rocket technology, but also about the responsibility of scientists.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.

    • Bus -Walking
    • per person: 249 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
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  • Rouen
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    The Medieval city of Rouen is the capital of Normandy in France. Perched on the banks of the River Seine, it’s a town rich with culture and history. The most iconic site in Rouen is the Cathedral. The gothic architecture is ornate inside and out, and the façade is the subject of many paintings including a series by Monet. The old town surrounding the cathedral features narrow cobbled lanes and characterful half-timbered buildings, many of which lean in a haphazard fashion. Across an archway on the Rue de Gros Horloge is an ancient clock that is heavily decorated. It dates back to the 14th century.

    Joan of Arc was tried and burnt at the stake in this city, and there’s a fascinating multi-media exhibition telling her story in the Bishop’s Palace. There are many connections to the French heroine around the town including a modern church called Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc.

    Excursions Rouen

    Rouen: City walk with chocolate & cheese tasting

    We wake up in Rouen, the capital of Normandy, one of the most beautiful medieval cities in Europe and the scene of many important events over the centuries. The outstanding feature of our guided tour of the city is the impressive Gothic cathedral, immortalised by the great impressionist Claude Monet in a series of 28 paintings showing the façade at different times of the day and in different weather conditions. The cathedral briefly became the tallest building in the world when the tall tower was added in the 19th century. It is also famous for the reclining statue that is said to contain the heart of Richard the Lionheart.
    The winding streets of Rouen are a revelation, lined with antique shops, tasteful boutiques and, of course, countless restaurants offering exceptional regional cuisine and highlighting the country's outstanding gastronomic heritage. The Place du Vieux-Marché is one of the most poignant places in the city. A large cross marks the point where the Virgin of Orleans Jeanne d'Arc was chosen for her faith was burned at the stake.

    No gradient, smooth paths and partly cobblestones.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 2 h
    • walking
    • per person: 23 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
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  • Le Havre
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    With more than 170,000 inhabitants, Le Havre is the busiest city in Normandy. The metropolis is located directly on the English Channel in the northwest of France. Thanks to the work of the architect Auguste Perret, the city centre was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its unique architecture. In the heart of the metropolis, the church of St. Joseph is an impressive building. Several thousand glass blocks were incorporated into the church. The city hall of Le Havre is also impressive. A more than 70-metre high tower belongs to the impressive building. In all of Europe there is no bigger town hall square than in this French city. The cathedral Notre-Dame is also admirable. In the middle of the centre of the metropolis there is the mighty building from the 16th century. The bridge Pont de Normandie provides a gigantic view. With a remarkable 856 metres, it connects the two banks of the Seine. Numerous museums invite to stay in the city. Among them for example the Museum of Natural History or the Museum of Fine Arts.

    Excursions Le Havre

    Le Havre: Honfleur - Artistic centre

    Honfleur: often considered the most picturesque place on the north French coast. Its old harbour, which shelters both fishing boats and luxury pleasure craft, is beautifully preserved and surrounded by a perfect seaside promenade with pastel-coloured houses dating from the 16th to 18th centuries, many of which have been converted into fish restaurants. Watch the talented artists capture the fascinating views along the promenade. The intricate labyrinth behind the streets is also worth a discovery. The eaves of the tall half-timbered houses almost touch each other and the streets below are full of traditional shops selling antiques, books and fine food. Honfleur's most famous son is Eugene Boudin, one of the forerunners of Impressionism and a friend of Claude Monet, who also painted the harbour several times.

    Low gradient, smooth paths, also partly cobbled.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 4 h
    • Bus - Walking
    • per person: 52 €
    Le Havre: Discover Le Havre & Etretat

    Getting off the ship in Le Havre, you will first discover the rich history and the architectural diversity of the city. The bus tour will lead you to the major places of the city (St Joseph Cathedral, port, MuMa.) allowing you to immortalize them with a picture. The journey then continues with the seaside city of Etretat, whose chalk cliffs became famous thanks to the paintings of the impressionist masters. After the visit with your guide, you will have some free time to stroll through the city or enjoy the view over the sea and a tea from the terrace of the casino.

    ''If I wanted to show a friend the sea for the first time, I would choose Etretat for it'' -Alphonse Karr-
    Alphonse Karr once wrote this sentence in one of his works. In Etretat you can admire the impressive circular rocks and cliffs that characterise the town. At the top of the hill is the Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde chapel. It was considered an inspiration for many painters. Monet also spent a lot of time in Etretat.



    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 4 h
    • Bus - Walking
    • per person: 52 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 527.11.2021
  • Le Havre
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    20:00
    With more than 170,000 inhabitants, Le Havre is the busiest city in Normandy. The metropolis is located directly on the English Channel in the northwest of France. Thanks to the work of the architect Auguste Perret, the city centre was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its unique architecture. In the heart of the metropolis, the church of St. Joseph is an impressive building. Several thousand glass blocks were incorporated into the church. The city hall of Le Havre is also impressive. A more than 70-metre high tower belongs to the impressive building. In all of Europe there is no bigger town hall square than in this French city. The cathedral Notre-Dame is also admirable. In the middle of the centre of the metropolis there is the mighty building from the 16th century. The bridge Pont de Normandie provides a gigantic view. With a remarkable 856 metres, it connects the two banks of the Seine. Numerous museums invite to stay in the city. Among them for example the Museum of Natural History or the Museum of Fine Arts.

    Excursions Le Havre

    Le Havre: Honfleur - Artistic centre

    Honfleur: often considered the most picturesque place on the north French coast. Its old harbour, which shelters both fishing boats and luxury pleasure craft, is beautifully preserved and surrounded by a perfect seaside promenade with pastel-coloured houses dating from the 16th to 18th centuries, many of which have been converted into fish restaurants. Watch the talented artists capture the fascinating views along the promenade. The intricate labyrinth behind the streets is also worth a discovery. The eaves of the tall half-timbered houses almost touch each other and the streets below are full of traditional shops selling antiques, books and fine food. Honfleur's most famous son is Eugene Boudin, one of the forerunners of Impressionism and a friend of Claude Monet, who also painted the harbour several times.

    Low gradient, smooth paths, also partly cobbled.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 4 h
    • Bus - Walking
    • per person: 52 €
    Le Havre: Discover Le Havre & Etretat

    Getting off the ship in Le Havre, you will first discover the rich history and the architectural diversity of the city. The bus tour will lead you to the major places of the city (St Joseph Cathedral, port, MuMa.) allowing you to immortalize them with a picture. The journey then continues with the seaside city of Etretat, whose chalk cliffs became famous thanks to the paintings of the impressionist masters. After the visit with your guide, you will have some free time to stroll through the city or enjoy the view over the sea and a tea from the terrace of the casino.

    ''If I wanted to show a friend the sea for the first time, I would choose Etretat for it'' -Alphonse Karr-
    Alphonse Karr once wrote this sentence in one of his works. In Etretat you can admire the impressive circular rocks and cliffs that characterise the town. At the top of the hill is the Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde chapel. It was considered an inspiration for many painters. Monet also spent a lot of time in Etretat.



    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 4 h
    • Bus - Walking
    • per person: 52 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 627.11.2021
  • Vernon
    13:00
    18:30
    Vernon is a municipality with about 25,000 inhabitants in Normandy, France. The town was one of the favorite places of the impressionist painter Claude Monet. His house and its garden are still accessible today. The Old Mill was a favourite motif of the painter. The castle of Bizy, located on the outskirts of the city and dating from the 17th century, resembles the castle of Versailles. The cathedral Notre-Dame is very impressive with its rosette above the entrance.

    Excursions Vernon

    Vernon: Monet's House & Garden

    One of the great joys of river cruising is the magical feeling of waking up in a different place than the night before. Today the ship has moored in beautiful Vernon and we take the short trip to Giverny. Visit Monet's garden and house. The artist himself described his garden as his "most beautiful masterpiece" and it is certainly one of the most photographed and painted gardens in the world - ideally in the soft morning light. The Japanese-inspired water garden, shaded by large weeping willows and surrounded by bamboo, rhododendrons and azaleas, is the water lily pond where he painted his extraordinary series Les Nymphéas (Water Lilies). Here you can soak up the tranquil atmosphere as you marvel at the light reflected by the leaves of each colour and the magical reflections dancing from the water.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 4 h
    • Bus - Walking
    • per person: 69 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 727.11.2021
  • Paris
    06:00
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    Paris is famous all over the world as the city of love and romance, and indeed, when you visit the capital of France you're sure to be amazed by the beautiful architecture, the fantastic attractions, and the sophisticated ambiance. There's nothing quite like a stroll up the Champs Elysee or a boat trip along the River Seine where you can admire the countless world-famous sights from the unique vantage point of the water. Discover beautiful works of art in the Louvre Museum or explore famous heritage sites like the Sacre Coeur and Notre Dame Cathedral. Of course, no trip to Paris would be complete without a visit to the Eiffel Tower. Why not enjoy a meal at the restaurant at the top, where you can enjoy amazing views over the cityscape?

    Excursions Paris

    Paris: City of love, art & culture

    We have arrived in Paris and this morning we are taking a city tour of this amazing capital, one of the most famous cities in the world.

    Insight into this vibrant metropolis, the largest city in France and its central centre. Visit the Place de la Concorde with the Obelisk of Luxor, the largest square in Paris, the Champs-Elysées, one of the most impressive boulevards in the world, the Cathedral of the Invalides, an important dome and burial place for Napoleon I, the huge triumphal arch with the tomb of the unknown soldier and of course the Eiffel Tower, the "iron" symbol of the city. Paris is everything you imagine. It is romantic, inspiring, lively - even outrageous - but best of all, Paris is unique and a fitting finale to a wonderful cruise.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 4 h
    • Bus
    • per person: 38 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 827.11.2021
  • Paris
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    Paris is famous all over the world as the city of love and romance, and indeed, when you visit the capital of France you're sure to be amazed by the beautiful architecture, the fantastic attractions, and the sophisticated ambiance. There's nothing quite like a stroll up the Champs Elysee or a boat trip along the River Seine where you can admire the countless world-famous sights from the unique vantage point of the water. Discover beautiful works of art in the Louvre Museum or explore famous heritage sites like the Sacre Coeur and Notre Dame Cathedral. Of course, no trip to Paris would be complete without a visit to the Eiffel Tower. Why not enjoy a meal at the restaurant at the top, where you can enjoy amazing views over the cityscape?

    Excursions Paris

    Paris: City of love, art & culture

    We have arrived in Paris and this morning we are taking a city tour of this amazing capital, one of the most famous cities in the world.

    Insight into this vibrant metropolis, the largest city in France and its central centre. Visit the Place de la Concorde with the Obelisk of Luxor, the largest square in Paris, the Champs-Elysées, one of the most impressive boulevards in the world, the Cathedral of the Invalides, an important dome and burial place for Napoleon I, the huge triumphal arch with the tomb of the unknown soldier and of course the Eiffel Tower, the "iron" symbol of the city. Paris is everything you imagine. It is romantic, inspiring, lively - even outrageous - but best of all, Paris is unique and a fitting finale to a wonderful cruise.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 4 h
    • Bus
    • per person: 38 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.

City overview

Inspiration

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Paris

Paris is famous all over the world as the city of love and romance, and indeed, when you visit the capital of France you're sure to be amazed by the beautiful architecture, the fantastic attractions, and the sophisticated ambiance. There's nothing quite like a stroll up the Champs Elysee or a boat trip along the River Seine where you can admire the countless world-famous sights from the unique vantage point of the water. Discover beautiful works of art in the Louvre Museum or explore famous heritage sites like the Sacre Coeur and Notre Dame Cathedral. Of course, no trip to Paris would be complete without a visit to the Eiffel Tower. Why not enjoy a meal at the restaurant at the top, where you can enjoy amazing views over the cityscape?

Les Andelys

Les Andelys is located on the Seine in Upper Normandy in northern France, about 32 km northeast of Evreux and 32 km southeast of Rouen. In the Middle Ages, Les Andely's strategic location on the river bend caught the attention of both the French monarchy and the Duke of Normandy, King Richard the Lionheart. He had the impressive Gaillard Castle built on a cliff above Les Andelys to protect the area and its capital, Rouen.

Some cruises offer the opportunity to visit the ruins of the besieged castle, which are still surprisingly well preserved and offer incredible views of the surrounding countryside and the winding Seine. The city itself has no scarcity of sights, including an 18th-century mansion that houses collections of handicrafts referred to as the Nicolas Poussin Museum, and Poussin's classic masterpiece Coriolanus. Near the centre of Grand Andely is the fountain of St. Clotilde and a historic pilgrimage site known for its healing properties.

Le Havre

With more than 170,000 inhabitants, Le Havre is the busiest city in Normandy. The metropolis is located directly on the English Channel in the northwest of France. Thanks to the work of the architect Auguste Perret, the city centre was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its unique architecture. In the heart of the metropolis, the church of St. Joseph is an impressive building. Several thousand glass blocks were incorporated into the church. The city hall of Le Havre is also impressive. A more than 70-metre high tower belongs to the impressive building. In all of Europe there is no bigger town hall square than in this French city. The cathedral Notre-Dame is also admirable. In the middle of the centre of the metropolis there is the mighty building from the 16th century. The bridge Pont de Normandie provides a gigantic view. With a remarkable 856 metres, it connects the two banks of the Seine. Numerous museums invite to stay in the city. Among them for example the Museum of Natural History or the Museum of Fine Arts.

Vernon

Vernon is a municipality with about 25,000 inhabitants in Normandy, France. The town was one of the favorite places of the impressionist painter Claude Monet. His house and its garden are still accessible today. The Old Mill was a favourite motif of the painter. The castle of Bizy, located on the outskirts of the city and dating from the 17th century, resembles the castle of Versailles. The cathedral Notre-Dame is very impressive with its rosette above the entrance.

MS JANE AUSTEN

Ship facts
  • Commissioning 2015
  • Length 110m
  • Width 11,45m
  • Number of decks 3
  • Crew 36
  • Passengers 148
  • Flag Switzerland

MS JANE AUSTEN

The MS JANE AUSTEN offers the 148 guests on board 74 cabins, which are characterised by noble materials and a stylish interior. The spacious Suites are located on the Diamond Deck and invite you to relax within their 22 m² and enjoy the view from the French balconies. On all three decks there are 19 m² Junior Suites, from which you can enjoy the passing landscape via French balconies on the Ruby and Diamond Decks. The majority of the cabins on the three decks are spacious 2-bed cabins, which also have French balconies on the Diamond and Ruby decks, and non-opening windows on the Emerald deck. All cabins are perfectly equipped with flat-screen TV, included minibar, beauty products by RITUALS®, hairdryer, safe, air conditioning, shower and toilet. A lift connects the lobby with the restaurant, the Ruby Deck and the Diamond Deck. There are 6 steps leading down to the Emerald Deck.

Travel dates

Travelers
Please note that only double and single occupancy are available via our website. For our family rates please contact us by phone or email. If you wish to book several cabins, a separate booking is required for each cabin.
Adults:

Deck plan
Here you can see an overview of the decks.
Diamond Deck
  • Double Cabin
  • 2 persons / p. p.
  • 0
cabin size: 15 m²
Equipment:
  • 2 single beds (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Floor-to-ceiling French balcony
  • Exclusive beauty products from RITUALS®
  • 32” LED TV
  • Minibar stocked with complimentary water, beer and soft drinks, replenished daily
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary wi-fi access
  • Telephone, safe and individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Located on the upper passenger deck
  • Suite
  • 2 persons / p. p.
  • 0
cabin size: 22 m²
Equipment:
  • 2 single beds (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Floor-to-ceiling French balcony
  • Table with two armchairs
  • Lounge area
  • Exclusive beauty products from RITUALS®
  • 32” LED TV
  • Minibar stocked with complimentary water, beer and soft drinks, replenished daily
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary wi-fi access
  • Telephone, safe and individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • SPA bathrobes plus slippers
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Located on the upper passenger deck
  • Junior Suite
  • 2 persons / p. p.
  • 0
cabin size: 19 m²
Equipment:
  • 2 single beds (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Floor-to-ceiling French balcony
  • Table with two armchairs
  • Exclusive beauty products from RITUALS®
  • 32” LED TV
  • Minibar stocked with complimentary water, beer and soft drinks, replenished daily
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary wi-fi access
  • Telephone, safe and individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • SPA bathrobes plus slippers
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Located on the upper passenger deck
Ruby Deck
  • Junior Suite
  • 2 persons / p. p.
  • 0
cabin size: 19 m²
Equipment:
  • 2 single beds (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Floor-to-ceiling French balcony
  • Table with two armchairs
  • Exclusive beauty products from RITUALS®
  • 32” LED TV
  • Minibar stocked with complimentary water, beer and soft drinks, replenished daily
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary wi-fi access
  • Telephone, safe and individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • SPA bathrobes plus slippers
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Double Cabin
  • 2 persons / p. p.
  • 0
cabin size: 15 m²
Equipment:
  • 2 single beds (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Floor-to-ceiling French balcony
  • Exclusive beauty products from RITUALS®
  • 32” LED TV
  • Minibar stocked with complimentary water, beer and soft drinks, replenished daily
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary wi-fi access
  • Telephone, safe and individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
Emerald Deck
  • Junior Suite
  • 2 persons / p. p.
  • 0
cabin size: 19 m²
Equipment:
  • 2 single beds (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Floor-to-ceiling French balcony
  • Table with two armchairs
  • Exclusive beauty products from RITUALS®
  • 32” LED TV
  • Minibar stocked with complimentary water, beer and soft drinks, replenished daily
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary wi-fi access
  • Telephone, safe and individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • SPA bathrobes plus slippers
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Double Cabin
  • 2 persons / p. p.
  • 0
cabin size: 15 m²
Equipment:
  • 2 single beds (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Window (cannot be opened)
  • Exclusive beauty products from RITUALS®
  • 32” LED TV
  • Minibar stocked with complimentary water, beer and soft drinks, replenished daily
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary wi-fi access
  • Telephone, safe and individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage