Day 1: ARRIVE LONDON, ENGLAND
Arrive in London, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy time at leisure. This evening, join your Resident Tour Director — exclusive to Connections guests — for a welcome dinner. Then, sleep in comfort in your hand-selected, centrally located boutique hotel.
Day 2: LONDON / A Before-Hours Visit
Join your small group for private, before-hours entry to the Churchill War Rooms, a World War II bunker and museum. See the heart of Britain’s war defense, continuing by private vehicle to tour London’s many sights. After an authentic lunch at a traditional British pub, attend a private lecture and guided tour of the stunning Impressionist paintings at London’s renowned National Gallery.
Day 3: LONDON / Tudor Times
Journey back to Tudor times when you visit the palace and gardens at Hampton Court, favored residence of Henry VIII. The remainder of your day is at leisure to further explore London’s attractions.
Day 4: PARIS, FRANCE / Cruising the Seine
Take the Eurostar high-speed train this morning to the center of Paris. On arrival, enjoy the views during an intimate lunch atop the soaring Tour Montparnasse, Paris’ tallest building. Later, board your ship, with priority embarkation. After settling into your premium cabin or suite with an open-air French or walk-out balcony, join fellow guests for a welcome cocktail, followed by dinner.
Day 5: PARIS & AUVERS-SUR-OISE / Discovering Van Gogh
Dock this morning in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on the outskirts of Paris. Disembark for an art-rich, Connections-exclusive excursion to nearby Auvers-sur-Oise. Visit Van Gogh’s last home and see his grave in the local cemetery. Then, delve deeper and explore the town. After lunch back on board, pay visits to Château d'Auvers, a 17th-century estate with a Van Gogh and French art exhibit, and, as a Connections exclusive, the Daubigny Museum with its collection of contemporary and 19th- and 20th-century art.
Day 6: ROUEN / Tea at a Patisserie
Join your intimate group of Connections guests for a morning sightseeing tour of Rouen, where you stroll through the Saturday markets, including Old Market Square. After visiting the cathedral, enjoy time at leisure in the town, followed by tea at a popular patisserie and tea room, a Connections exclusive.
Day 7: NORMANDY / Sobering History
Your ship docks in Le Havre this morning. Meet your Resident Tour Director and depart early for a full-day Connections excursion through Normandy's World War II history. See Omaha Beach, Pointe-du-Hoc and Arromanches. Then, discover the Peace Museum of Caen, which chronicles the events of World War II, the Normandy landings and the Cold War. Return to your vessel late this afternoon, with time to reflect on your day during dinner aboard.
Day 8: CAUDEBEC-EN-CAUX / Sampling Ciders & Calvados
Begin your cruise back up the Seine. This afternoon, pay an intimate, Connections-only visit to Domaine Coeur de Lion, a fourth-generation family estate that produces the ciders and Calvados the region is known for. Sample them with local Camembert. Then, wander the streets of ancient Honfleur and visit Saint Catherine’s Church. Tonight, sit down to a gourmet dinner ashore, prepared exclusively for Connections guests.
Day 9: GIVERNY / Monet’s Inspiration
This morning, your vessel docks in Les Andelys. Disembark with your small group and travel in your Connections vehicle to Giverny. Roam the beautiful gardens, which inspired some of Monet’s greatest work. Rejoin the ship at Vernon for a relaxing afternoon spent cruising, followed by a captain’s gala dinner aboard.
Day 10: PARIS / The “City of Light”
Begin your day as the French do — at the markets — when a local guide escorts your intimate group on a Connections-exclusive food exploration. Then, ride the funicular to the artist’s colony of Montmartre, home to Paris’ only vineyard, a visit planned specially for Connections guests. After lunch, discover its colorful history during a walking tour and wine tasting. Celebrate your last night aboard with a private Connections cocktail party, followed by an exclusive Chef’s Highlights dinner.
Day 11: VERSAILLES / Grand Architecture
Join fellow Connections guests as you explore Paris by classic Citroën 2CV. Later, head to Versailles for lunch, followed by a guided small-group tour of the magnificent royal château. This evening is free for you to enjoy Paris’ many culinary offerings and relax in your boutique hotel, steps from the Place de la Concorde.
Day 12: PARIS / A Day of Art
Further your art experiences during a guided, small-group tour of the Musée d’Orsay, home to Monet’s Water Lilies series, inspired by his home at Giverny. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Join your Resident Tour Director and fellow guests this evening for a farewell dinner.
Day 13: DEPART PARIS
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.