Reader offer: Meet chef Michel Roux on a cruise of the Seine in France

Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: Meet chef Michel Roux on a cruise of the Seine from Paris to Normandy

Paris, the City of Light, is the start and end point for this fabulous cruise on Europe’s most romantic river. The eight-day break also calls at several charming spots along the Seine including Rouen and Versailles, and the beaches of Normandy on France’s northern coast.

Your memorable trip will coincide with the Rugby World Cup final on October 28 at Paris’s Stade de France, so you can soak up the atmosphere – or even go to the match if you’re lucky enough to have tickets – without worrying about accommodation.

Joining you on SS Joie de Vivre for part of your Seine cruise will be acclaimed chef Michel Roux, who’ll host a live cooking demonstration and a Q&A, so you can learn more about fine French cuisine from an expert.

Setting off from the capital, you’ll sail through the beautiful landscape of rural Normandy and experience the highlights of northern France. As well as the region’s glorious countryside, there’s a wealth of fascinating history, pretty towns and villages to explore along the way, and – naturellement – great food and wine.

Your home for the week will be the lovely SS Joie de Vivre, a ship with hand-crafted furniture and fine antiques, original artwork and signature accents inspired by 20th Century Parisian design.

Tower and the glory: See Paris as well as the lovely French countryside on The Mail on Sunday’s exclusive Seine cruise

You’ll find plenty to do on board, with a spa and entertainment centres. The all-suite ship offers fine French cuisine in Le Bistrot or at Claude’s, its glitzy supper club. Staterooms are lavishly appointed with beautiful bathrooms, hand-crafted Savoir of England beds and flatscreen TVs.

During the cruise, you’ll have the opportunity to explore various aspects of northern France’s past, from a captivating tour of the majestic palace of Versailles, once home to King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, to a solemn day spent visiting the D-Day landing beaches and war cemeteries of Normandy, a key site in Second World War history.

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You’ll visit the Place of Versailles, once home to King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette


You will be joined by Michel Roux Jr

Michel Roux Jr is one of the world’s great chefs, taking over Le Gavroche in Mayfair from his father Albert and earning two Michelin stars. Michel’s many TV appearances include Michel Roux’s French Country Cooking and C4’s Hidden Kitchens.

Medieval Rouen: This city holds so much intrigue for history-lovers. The roll-call of famous people who lived or died in Rouen is long and varied – Richard the Lionheart, Joan of Arc, Gustave Flaubert and Claude Monet among them.

Sail the Seine in style: Your floating home for this cruise will be the gloriously decorated SS Joie de Vivre. This sleek boat is decked out in fine antiques, with original interiors inspired by 20th Century Parisian design. While you’re sailing, you can spend time enjoying the spa, wellness centre, wine bar, bistro and entertainment centre.

Visit Versailles: See one of France’s most impressive buildings, the ornate Palace of Versailles, built by Louis XIV and later home to Marie Antoinette. You’ll see some of the palace’s private rooms and get a glimpse of France’s royal past.

Explore Paris: Whether you’re a first-time visitor to the City of Light or have been many times before, there’s something for everyone in this cosmopolitan and romantic capital. Enjoy a panoramic overview of the city, join a local expert for a walk through much-loved neighbourhoods, or pedal your way along the Left Bank – a fresh and fun way to take in the sights.

Be in Paris for the Rugby World Cup final: Your last full day on this trip coincides with the Rugby World Cup final in Paris. There’s sure to be a joyous atmosphere in the city, and if you’re lucky enough to have tickets to the final, this cruise is a great way to enjoy a holiday leading up to the match. You won’t even have to compete for accommodation.

Meet Michel Roux: French-British chef Michel Roux Jr will share his culinary expertise with you during a private cooking demonstration and will answer your queries during a question-and-answer session.


  • Seven-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on SS Joie de Vivre.
  • All meals aboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients, including seven breakfasts and dinners and five lunches.
  • Cooking demonstration, talk and Q&A with Michel Roux Jr.
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell receptions.
  • Welcome and farewell gala dinners. 
  • Unlimited beverages on board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, speciality coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water. 
  • Six excursions as detailed in the itinerary, including visits to three Unesco World Heritage sites.
  • Free wi-fi access on the ship.

YOUR ITINERARY: DAY 1 Arrive in Paris DAY 2 La Roche-Guyon, Vernon DAY 3 Rouen DAY 4 Caudebec-en-Caux DAY 5 The Normandy beaches DAY 6 Palace of Versailles DAYS 7 & 8 Paris


The dates: October 22 to 29, 2023. The price: From £3,299pp*.

Call 0808 304 4619 quoting MOS MICHEL ROUX. To find out more, visit

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: *From price is per person, based on two sharing a riverview stateroom, subject to availability. Includes £800pp discount. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included but required for most of our overseas trips, and should be taken out at time of booking. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Uniworld River Cruises Limited. 

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