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The gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral towers over the streets of Paris

Paris & Normandy (Wine Themed) - Cruise Only

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Begin your European tour in magical Paris, the “City of Light,” where you embark upon your luxurious river cruise ship, MS Amalyra. 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, then return to Paris for a final exploration before ending your journey. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Paris, France | Embarkation
Day 2 : Vernon
Day 3 : Vernon-Caudebec
Day 4 : Caudebec–Normandy Beaches
Day 5 : Rouen
Day 6 : Rouen | Les Andelys
Day 7 : Paris
Day 8 : Paris | Disembarkation

Highlights

  • Visit the Chateau de Bizy near Vernon and its majestic park
  • Enjoy cider and wine tastings from one of France's best wine regions
  • Tour the historic village of Honfleur, a favorite subject of artists
  • See the beaches of Normandy, and discover its World War II history
  • Explore Paris and its spectacular art museums

Ship

MS Amalyra

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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

Day 1 Paris, France | Embarkation

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
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 Vernon-Caudebec

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After a scenic morning cruise on the Seine, arrive in Caudebec. You have a choice of 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 Caudebec–Normandy Beaches

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 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 Rouen | Les Andelys

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 Paris

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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, also enjoy a special Champagne tasting. The ship moors overnight in Paris. 

Day 8 Paris | Disembarkation

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark your cruise in Paris.

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Notes

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
- 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 AmaWaterways
- All local taxes

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