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Navigate along the enchanting Seine through France's most inspiring destinations, aboard the luxurious MS Amalyra. Let the culture, traditions, history and art of France captivate you as you enjoy the relaxed and comfortable atmosphere on board.  Begin your river cruise experience in magical Paris, the “City of Light”. Visit Honfleur, a charming French harbor town immortalized by generations of artists. Stroll through Rouen, the historic capital of Normandy, then take an unforgettable excursion to the famous Normandy beaches of WWII. Visit Les Andelys, home of Château Gaillard. Conclude your European river cruise with a panoramic tour of Paris’s top sites and a visit to the Musee d’Orsay.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Paris, France | Embark
Day 2 : Vernon
Day 3 : Caudebec-en-caux
Day 4 : Normandy Beaches
Day 5 : Rouen
Day 6 : Les Andelys | Conflans
Day 7 : Conflans | Paris
Day 8 : Paris | Disembark
Day 9 : Paris
Day 10 : Depart Paris

Highlights

  • Join delightful tastings of French wine and cheese
  • Discover the historic port of Honfleur, a favorite subject of artists
  • Explore the World War II museums and beaches of Normandy
  • Admire the famous museums and historic sites of Paris

Ship

MS Amalyra

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Visit the unique Sacre Coeur Basilica while touring through Paris The gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral towers over the streets of Paris An Allied Battle Tank from WWII Sunrise on the cliffs Utah Beach on the Normandy coast

Day 1 Paris, France | Embark

Arrive in Paris, one of Europe’s most romantic cities, and board your luxurious ship. Meet your fellow travelers at the Welcome Dinner.

* Wine-themed cruise:
Arrive in Paris and embark on your luxurious ship. Meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Aboard Wine Toast. The ship cruises overnight.

Day 2 Vernon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning enjoying the scenery along the Seine as you cruise to the provincial town of Vernon. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time to explore the town at your leisure. Later, visit Giverny and the enchanting home and gardens of Impressionist master Claude Monet, as well as the Impressionist Museum. The artist lived here for more than four decades, working to immortalize his ponds and flower gardens in some of his most iconic paintings. Alternatively, you can visit the palace and lush gardens of Château de Bizy. The ship moors overnight in Vernon. 

* Wine-themed cruise:
This morning, enjoy an onboard wine lecture and tasting as you cruise along the Seine to the provincial town of Vernon. Visit the nearby Chateau de Bizy, once referred to as “the Versailles of Normandy. The chateau features a majestic courtyard, beautiful furnishings and a charming park embellished with fountains, waterfalls, and water jets, all of which evoke the Baroque splendor of the 18th century. Your visit includes a tour of the salons, tasting of Normandy Apple Cider and some delicious Norman cheeses. The ship moors overnight in Vernon.

Day 3 Caudebec-en-caux

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After a scenic morning cruise, arrive in the old fishing village of Caudebec-en-Caux. You have a choice of two different tours today. The first option is to visit Honfleur, a historic and picturesque port with pastel-colored houses that was a favorite subject of artists such as Courbet, Boudin and Monet. The town’s medieval Sainte-Catherine church, with its separate bell tower, is considered the largest wooden church in France. As an alternative, choose the "Routes des Abbayes" excursion spotlighting Normandy's famous abbeys, more than 100 of which once covered this region. Visit the ruined abbey in Jumièges as well as St. George Boscherville, a former Benedictine abbey. 

* Wine-themed cruise:
After a scenic morning cruise on the Seine, arrive in Caudebec and choose between two different tours. The first option is to visit the village of Honfleur, located on the southern bank of the Seine across from Le Havre. This historic port, with its picturesque houses with slate-covered facades, was a favorite subject of artists such as Courbet, Boudin and Monet. Honfleur’s 15th-cenutury Sainte-Catherine church, with its detached bell tower, is the largest wooden church in France. Alternatively, you may visit the Fécamp Monastery for a tasting of Bénédictine, an herbal brandy-based liqueur created by the monks in the 16th century. Today, the beverage continues to be made by a private company on the grounds of the abbey. The ship moors in Caudebec overnight.

Day 4 Normandy Beaches

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, you have the choice of four different excursions. “D-Day Remembered” is a full day excursion to the US sector, where you can visit the cemetery at Coleville-sur-Mer, Omaha Beach, the artillery battery at Longues-sur-Mer and the village of Arromanches, where the remains of the floating harbor used during the WWII landings can be seen. As an alternative, you can tour the Gold and Juno beaches in the British and Canadian sectors, and visit Ranville Cemetery, Pegasus Bridge, the Canadian cemetery at Beny-sur-Mer, the WWII museum in Courselle, Juno and Gold Beaches, and finally Arromanches. Afterwards, return to the ship in Caudebec. A third option is an excursion to rural Normandy, which includes a visit to the Pays d’Auge and “Routes du Cidre” (the Cider Road). Visit beautiful Norman towns and villages, such as Beuvron-en-Auge, and Cambremer, the Chateau St. Germaine de Livet and a Calvados distillery where you may sample apple cider and apple brandy.

* Wine-themed cruise:
Today, you have the choice of three different excursions. “D-Day Remembered” is a full day excursion tracing the events of June 6th 1944. The first excursion is to the US sector. Stops include the village of  Arromanches, with free time to visit the museums before visiting St.Laurent-sur-Mer; the US Cemetery at Omaha Beach; and the Ranger monument at Pointe du Hoc before returning to the ship in Caudebec. If you prefer, you may tour the British and Canadian sectors where you can visit Arromanches, with free time to visit the museums before visiting the Juno Beach Centre, and an excursion is the Pegasus Monument in Ranville. As an alternative to the “D-Day Remembered” excursions, opt for the “Taste of Normandy” excursion, which includes a tour to a Calvados distillery and a tasting of Normandy’s famous cider and the apple brandy Calvados.

Day 5 Rouen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a morning walk through the medieval city of Rouen and visit the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral, painted numerous times by Monet, and see the square where Joan of Arc was martyred, as well as the Medieval Quarter and Great Clock. Afterwards, enjoy some free time to explore Rouen on your own or join a guided bike tour along the banks of the Seine.

* Wine-themed cruise:
Enjoy a morning walk through this medieval city and see the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral, painted numerous times by Monet, and the square where Joan of Arc was martyred. This afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore Rouen on your own. Tonight, join your fellow guests on board for a sumptuous Chaîne Des Rôtisseurs Dinner with wine pairing.

Day 6 Les Andelys | Conflans

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depart Rouen this morning and enjoy scenic cruising on the Seine to Les Andelys. A mid-day stroll along the river in Les Andelys offers beautiful views of the Seine Valley’s dramatic white cliffs, centuries-old half-timbered houses, and the hilltop ruins of Château Gaillard. You can make your way to this former stronghold of Richard the Lionheart, which changed hands a number of times during the Hundred Years’ War, on a standard tour or on a hike. You may also opt instead for a guided bike tour through the village of Les Andelys. The ship arrives tonight in Conflans.

* Wine-themed cruise:
Admire the view as you cruise from Rouen towards Les Andelys this morning and enjoy an onboard wine lecture and tasting. Once you’ve arrived in Les Andelys, an afternoon stroll on the riverside offers beautiful views of the Seine Valley, centuries-old half-timbered houses and the ruins of Chateau-Gaillard perched above the town. The once-massive stronghold of Richard the Lionhearted was completed in 1198, and consisted of three different enclosures divided by dry moats. More active guests may wish to hike up the hill to tour the ruins of this historic castle. Your ship departs tonight for Paris. This evening, mingle with your fellow guests on board at the Captain’s Gala Dinner.

Day 7 Conflans | Paris

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, you have a choice of two excursions. The first option is to visit Château Malmaison, former home of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine. Your tour includes the Château’s interior, gardens and museum. Alternatively, travel to Auvers-sur-Oise, a town famous for the Impressionist painters who lived there in the 19th century, such as Paul Cézanne and Camille Pissarro. Your “Artists’ Walk” tour visits many sites associated with their work, including the Auberge Ravoux, former home of Vincent van Gogh. The upstairs room where Van Gogh died has been meticulously preserved. He and his brother Theo are both buried in the nearby town cemetery. The ship departs this afternoon for Paris, arriving in the evening.

* Wine-themed cruise:
The morning is yours to enjoy however you wish, perhaps to visit one of Paris’ most spectacular museums – the Musee du Vin. Later this afternoon, you can also enjoy a special Champagne tasting. The ship moors overnight in Paris.

Day 8 Paris | Disembark

After disembarking the ship this morning, guests participating in the post extension have a panoramic tour of Paris on which they can see many fantastic sights, such as the Pantheon, Champs de Mars, Eiffel Tower and Arc du Triumph. Afterwards, visit one of the city’s most renowned museums, the Musée d’Orsay, built in a former railway station on the Left Bank. Its collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces is the largest in the world and includes well-known works by Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin and Van Gogh. After touring the museum, transfer to your hotel.

* Wine-themed cruise:
After disembarkation this morning, guests with a Paris extension have a panoramic tour of this historic and beautiful city. Enjoy some free time to explore the city and have lunch on your own, then rejoin the group for a visit to the Wine Museum of Paris. In the museum's dense limestone cellars, you can learn the history of French winemaking techniques and sample wine from the museum's own vineyard in the South of France. After touring the museum, transfer to your hotel.

Day 9 Paris

Today is yours to enjoy however you wish. Explore Paris’ multitude of landmarks, museums, cafes and shops.

Day 10 Depart Paris

  • 1 Breakfast
Your river cruise vacation comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight.

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Notes

2017 Included Features:
- 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodations in an outside stateroom - most staterooms offer French balconies.
- Limited Edition Tours
- Shore excursions in every port with personal headset included
- Entertainment on demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library and English language TV stations
- Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
- Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms
- Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
- Multiple dining venues
- Unlimited red and white wines from France's great wine regions, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
- Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
- Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain's Gala Dinner
- Transfer from the ship to the hotel in Paris
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Paris at the Pullman Montparnasse (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
- Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
- Bicycles to explore on your own and guided bicycle tours
- Services of professional Cruise Manager
- All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
- Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from the expedition company
- All local taxes

2018 Included Features:
- 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in riverview stateroom or suite – most staterooms offer French balconies
- Fine dining, including unlimited complimentary hand-selected wines, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
- “Sip & Sail” Daily Cocktail Hour withcomplimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
- Cocktail Reception and Captain’s Gala Dinner
- Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
- Guided shore excursions in every port includingLimited Edition Tours
- Live entertainment, cooking demonstration and more
- Complimentary bicycles
- Services of a professionally trained Cruise Manager throughout your cruise and land stay
- An all English-speaking staff on board
- 2 nights hotel in Paris at the Paris IntercontinentalMarceau (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
- Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from the expedition company

Wine-themed Included Features:
- Special tours and tastings at local wineries and private cellars
- Learn about winemaking in renowned vineyards
- Onboard wine pairings with award-winning cuisine
- A wine expert that leads tastings and discussions
- 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodations in an outside stateroom - most staterooms offer French balconies.
- Life enriching tours with personal headset included
- "Limited Edition Tours"
- Entertainment on demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library and English language TV stations
- Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
- Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms
- Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
- Multiple dining venues
- Unlimited red & white wines from France's great wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
- Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
- Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner
- Transfer from the ship to the hotel in Paris
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Paris at the Pullman Montparnasse (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
- Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
- Services of professional Cruise Manager
- All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
- Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from the expedition company
- All local taxes

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