Cruise the MS Scenic Gem down one of Europe's most enchanting rivers through storybook landscapes of vineyards, historic abbeys, Norman castles, tranquil orchards and medieval towns. After an overnight flight, arrive on Day two in Paris, France for two night hotel stay. Day three enjoy a panoramic tour. See famous sites and landmarks as the Louvre, Opéra Garnier, Place Vendôme, Place de la Concorde, Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Bastille, the Trocadéro and the pièce de rèsistance… the Eiffel Tower. The afternoon is at leisure. Day four in the early afternoon, depart the hotel and board the MS Scenic Gem, your home for the next seven nights. While onboard, enjoy amenities such as all-inclusive shore excursions, complimentary beverages all day, Butler service, complimentary use of e-bikes. All tipping and gratuities are included. After unpacking, you make want to explore the ship or take a leisurely stroll along the Seine. This evening, the ship departs Paris and a delicious welcome dinner awaits. Day five arrive in the charming medieval town of Conflans. In port, you have a choice of discovering the charms of Auvers-sur-Oise and seeing the house where Vincent van Gogh had a room, OR visiting the magnificent Chantilly Castle for a guided tour of this remarkable château. Day six arrive in Rouen, the historic capital of Normandy and one of the most prosperous cities of medieval Europe. Your local guide leads you on a walking tour to see the historic Rouen Cathedral and the famous sites of Joan of Arc, including Place du Vieux-Marche, where a monument marks the place where she was burned at the stake. Walk the winding medieval streets and admire the city’s half-timbered houses. Alternatively, join a guided cycling tour along the Seine to the beautiful 19th-century botanical gardens that boast a number of rare and exotic plants. This afternoon set sail for picturesque Honfleur. Day seven you have a choice of activities: Normandy and its beaches or Honfleur. On an excursion to Normandy, see the now peaceful province, which is very different than on June 6, 1944. Walk the historic beaches and visit the Landing Museum at Arromanches. At the Normandy American Cemetery, see thousands of white crosses marking the graves of our military heroes. From the cemetery, see Omaha Beach or continue on to Juno Beach Centre, a museum that focusses on the Canadian war effort. Alternatively, take the opportunity to explore postcard-perfect Honfleur with its colorful fishing boats and historic houses. Day eight enjoy a choice of two excursions. Travel to Fécamp, situated in spectacular surroundings amidst the tallest cliffs of Normandy. OR, choose to travel through picturesque landscapes that were once dotted with over 100 abbeys. Along the way, visit some of the abbeys of this magnificent region that are still operating today. Day nine your choice of activities includes an excursion to Giverny and Monet’s former residence and gardens. OR, if you’re feeling more adventurous, explore by bike with a self-guided cycling tour that starts in Vernon. Later, experience the opulence and grandeur of yesteryear as you attend a classical concert performed by the region’s most reputable musicians at the Château de La Roche-Guyon. Day ten arriving back in Paris, your free choice activities are: shop with a Chef at local food markets and enjoy exquisite tastings, OR, walk the city with a resident expert and hear tales that only the locals know. Alternatively, you may choose to explore beyond the city limits and tour the 17th-century estate of Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, featured in the James Bond movie Moonraker. Enjoy time to explore Paris at leisure in the afternoon. Day eleven bid ‘au revoir’ to France and return home with memories of wonderful experiences aboard the MS Scenic Gem along the Seine River.