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By boat, Impressionism afloat

A variety of boat trips are available that bring to life the theme of water, so dear to the Impressionists. They include crossing the Seine by ferry, river or sea trips of one or several hours, as well as cruises lasting several days.

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La Seine - Bac de Jumièges

Crossing the Seine by ferry:

As well as the three bridges (Normandie, Tancarville and Brotonne) that span the Seine between Rouen and Le Havre, ferries offer a free public service for making the river crossing.

River ferries can carry several light vehicles and a total of up to 50 passengers. The six river ferry crossings are: Dieppedalle (right bank), Val de la Haye (right bank), La Bouille (left bank), Le Mesnil-sous-Jumièges (right bank), Jumièges (right bank) and Yainville (right bank).

Sea ferries can carry buses, as well as cars. The two sea ferry crossings currently in service are those of Duclair (right bank) and Quillebeuf-sur-Seine (left bank).

Ferries operate every day of the year, apart from May 1st. Crossings take place about every 20 minutes. Further information is available from the Département of Seine-Maritime.

© Pierre JEANSON

Le Vieux Moulin - Vernon (Eure)

River trips on the Seine

  • MS Intens Péniche du commandant Colin – 50 à 120 passagers

Wilky Colin operates two intineraries departing from Vernon or Les Andelys : La Roche-Guyon / Vétheuil (4 hours return). Vernon / Les Andelys (4 hours return). One-way trips are also possible on La Péniche with picture windows giving panoramic views.

Cruises can be arranged on an Impressionist theme. Meals available, on reservation.

Contact : Mr Wilky Colin, wilky.colin@orange.fr, +33 (0)2 32 64 44 91 / +33 (0)6 07 51 35 78

  • Embark in Rouen for La Bouille or Elbeuf

Departing from Rouen, The Lutèce offers day cruises for individuals or groups, to La Bouille or Elbeuf.

Office de Tourisme et des Congrès de Rouen-vallée-de-Seine-Normandie
Contact : Tél. +33 (0)2 32 08 32 46 ou 36 54, p.vigneron@rouentourisme.com / j.villamaux@rouentourisme.com

  • By speedboat

Departing from Les Canisses, a modern “guingette” (tavern) near Giverny, enjoy the Pieds dans l’Eau (“Toes in the Water”) terrace, boats and pedalos for hire, and an Impressionist cruise. The restaurant has a pleasant shady terrace on the banks of the Seine.

Example itinerary: the lock of Notre-Dame/Les Andelys/Château-Gaillard. Other itineraries possible on request.

Les Canisses - Contact : Mme Laurène Jordan, ljordan@les-escales.fr, +33 (0)1 30 93 21 45

  • La Musardière - Maximum 9 passagers

Alain Leneveu offers two cruises on the Seine departing from Vernon : Vernon/Vétheuil cruise via Giverny and La Roche-Guyon (2½ hours return, without stops). Vernon/Les Andelys cruise (4 hours return, without stops)

Choice of themes: Impressionism, fauna and flora, etc. Meals available aboard upon reservation. Accommodation and meals available at the Musardière Hotel at Giverny.

La Musardière - Contact : Mr Alain Leneveu, alain272012@hotmail.fr, +33 (0)2 32 21 03 18 / +33 (0)6 45 52 40 20

  • Liberté Seine - Maximum 6 passagers

Dominique Polny, a lover of the Seine, offers three Seine cruises with commentaries : Cliff route from Muids to Château-Gaillard (2 hours, 105€*). Andé and Connelles watermills route (3 hours, 165€*). Tour around the islands of Muids and Lormais (1 hour, 70€*)

* All-in cruise prices independent of the number of passengers. Passengers can also be taken for lunch or dinner at the Moulin de Connelles, the Guinguette d’Amfreville, or the Auberge du Halage at Poses.

Liberté Seine - Contact: Mr Dominique Polny, liberte.seine@yahoo.fr, +33 (0)6 71 32 18 14

Sea cruises:

  • A boat tour of the port of Le Havre – Maximum 140 passengers

This guided tour gives visitors the chance to discover the tidal dock (Coty and Ducrocq docks) with different terminals (oil, minerals, containers) and the Francois 1st lock. Visitors can also admire different types of boats, whether they are container ships which are sometimes over 300 metres long, or cruise liners stopping over in Le Havre. Depending on the weather, the tour may be extended by passing in front of the beach so that visitors can see the town of Le Havre from the sea.

Compagnie Tourisme et Loisirs Maritimes - Contact : Mme Elodie Abraham, tlm76@wanadoo.fr , +33 (0)6 16 80 24 10

  • A boat trip in the estuary from Honfleur

Since Impressionist times, many artists have depicted the Seine estuary

Compagnie Jolie France & Calypso - Contact : Mme Elise Roney, contact@promenade-en-bateau-honfleur.fr, +33 (0)6 71 64 50 46
Compagnie Les Vedettes Cauchois - Contact : Pierrick et Anne Cauchois, postmaster@promenades-en-mer.com, +33 (0)2 31 89 21 10 / +33 (0)6 14 96 37 95

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Vieux gréément en Normandie

  • A sea excursion beneath the cliffs aboard an old sailboat, at Fécamp – Maximum 27 passengers

Organised by Fécamp Tourist Office, this is a chance to discover the high cliffs of the Alabaster Coast – inspiration of so many artists – from the sea. Embarkation is from the heart of the port of Terre-Neuvas, aboard an old fishing boat, and the excursion is partly motor driven and partly by sail. The tour notably explains the story of the ever-changing light on this sea, which was so often depicted by painters.

Office intercommunal de tourisme de Fécamp
Contact : groupes@fecamptourisme.com, +33 (0)2 35 28 84 62

Cruises from Paris to Honfleur:

  • Compagnie les Vedettes de Paris - La croisière Impressions de Paris – Maximum 120 passagers

The Seine was one of the subjects most frequently depicted by the Impressionists. A new cruise, “Impressions of Paris”, provides a view of the capital city from the river and discusses the work of different painters from the places that inspired them, as seen from the boat: the Pont-Neuf where Renoir and Monet worked side by side; Chaillot hill (nowadays the Trocadéro), where the painter Berthe Morisot worked; the cathedral of Notre-Dame, which inspired numerous artists, such as Jongkind, Lebourg, Marquet and others. Don’t miss this new excursion, which not only lets you discover Paris by boat, but helps you better understand the environment and way of life of these artists, so far ahead of their time.

Compagnie les Vedettes de Paris - Contact : Mme Yasmina Mauritius, y.mauritius@vedettesdeparis.com, +33 (0)1 75 77 17 38

  • The Seine and the Impressionists river cruise

Compagnie CroisiEurope – This unusual excursion explains Impressionism from the Seine. Departing from Paris, the 7-day cruise alternates visits to key sites with thematic lectures on board. In the Paris region, you will visit the famous Musée Marmottan-Monet and the remarkable château of Auvers-sur-Oise. From there, the itinerary continues through Normandy with the sites of Giverny, Rouen, Caudebec-en-Caux and Honfleur. Excursions allow you to discover the Route of the Abbeys around Rouen, as well as the famous Alabaster Coast from Etretat to Fécamp, so often depicted by Impressionist artists.

Compagnie CroisiEurope - Contact : info@croisieurope.com +33 (0)3 88 76 40 66

 

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Panneau de randonnée

© Lesley WILLIAMSON

Musée des Impressionnismes, Giverny (Eure)

© Thierry SENI

A la conquête du Mont-Saint-Michel en ULM (Manche)