We were so delighted with our recent Scenic river cruise – Gems of the Seine. With much anticipation, we awaited the date of 19 July 2017, when we would set sail from Paris to experience the natural wonders, profound history, cultural richness and enchantment that only France, and her city of light, can offer.
Our 11-day cruise took us through Normandy where, amongst the highlights, we visited the charming fishing town of Honfleur, the delights of Monet’s garden at Giverny, the sumptuous Scenic-only dinner at the Benedictine Palace, to the quiet somber of the Somme battlefield.
Our Scenic cruise ship was a modern-day resort on water with every amenity to ensure the utmost passenger comfort – attractively-fitted cabins equipped with the facilities of a five star hotel, lavished with L’Occitane toiletries and a refreshed mini-bar each day, to the dignified professionalism of our personal butler service, the friendly and attentive staff and polished skills of Valerie, our French Cruise Director, supplemented further by knowledgeable and engaging local guides.
From the tour planning and variety and depth of our daily onshore excursions, Scenic has brought together a team who really help shape an experience and narrative about this part of France, its history, its people and its culture. Our French tour guides imparted their expertise and skill with verve, humour and panache! They even gave added insights into other gems worth our own visit at a future time, such as the Marmottan Monet Museum in Paris, where we could view dozens (!) of his famous and less famous works. We took up their suggestions wherever we could and were elated with these added discoveries.