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Utah Beach on the Normandy coast

Paris and Normandy (Art-Themed Cruise)

Example 10 Day Cruise aboard MS Amalegro
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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 Amalegro. 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 : Arrive In Paris, France | Embarkation
Day 2 : Vernon
Day 3 : Vernon | Caudebec-en-caux
Day 4 : Caudebec-en-caux | Normandy Beaches
Day 5 : Rouen
Day 6 : Les Andelys | Conflans
Day 7 : Conflans | Paris
Day 8 : Paris | Disembarkation
Day 9 : Paris
Day 10 : Depart Paris

Highlights

  • Visit famous landmarks painted by Impressionist master Claude Monet
  • Explore the famous Normandy beaches of WWII
  • View the white cliffs, half-timbered houses & ruins in the Seine Valley
  • Tour Paris's iconic landmarks, museums, cafes, and shops

Ship

MS Amalegro

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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

Day 1 Arrive In Paris, France | Embarkation

Arrive in Paris and embark your luxurious ship. Meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner. 

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, take some free time to explore the town at your leisure. Later, visit Giverny and the home and gardens of Impressionist master Claude Monet. The artist lived here for more than four decades and immortalized his ponds and flower gardens in some of his most iconic paintings. The ship moors overnight in Vernon. 

Day 3 Vernon | Caudebec-en-caux

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After a scenic morning cruise on the Seine, arrive in the old fishing village of Caudebec. Choose between two different tours. 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 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. Wandrille, still a working monastery. 

Day 4 Caudebec-en-caux | 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 to the US sector. Your first stop is the village of Arromanches, where the remains of the floating harbor used during the WWII landings can be seen. Have free time to see the museums before visiting the US Cemetery and Omaha Beach at St. Laurent-sur-Mer. Your last stop is the artillery battery at Longues-sur-Mer before returning to the ship in Caudebec. As an alternative, you can tour the Gold and Juno beaches in the British and Canadian sectors. Your first stop is the Pegasus Monument in Ranville followed by Canadian cemetery at Beny-sur-Mer. You also have the chance to visit the Juno Beach Centre, Canada’s WWII museum, with a final stop at Arromanches. 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, Crevecoeur-en-Auge and Cambremer, and tour a Calvados distillery where you may sample apple cider and apple brandy. 

Day 5 Rouen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a morning walk through the medieval city of Rouen and see the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral, painted numerous times by Monet, and the square where Joan of Arc was martyred. Afterwards, have free time to explore Rouen on your own. 

Day 6 Les Andelys | Conflans

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depart Rouen early this morning and enjoy scenic cruising on the Seine to Les Andelys. A mid-day stroll along the river offers beautiful views of the Seine Valley’s dramatic white cliffs, centuries-old half-timbered houses, and the hilltop ruins of Château Gaillard. This former stronghold of Richard the Lionheart changed hands a number of times during the Hundred Years’ War. Athletically-inclined guests may enjoy hiking up to visit the ruins of this historic castle before you continue your cruise along the Seine. The ship arrives tonight in Conflans. 

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 includes 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.

Day 8 Paris | Disembarkation

After disembarking the ship this morning, guests participating in the post-cruise extension in Paris may enjoy a panoramic tour of Paris plus a visit to 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. 

Day 9 Paris

Today is yours to enjoy however you wish. Explore Paris’s multitude of landmarks, museums, cafes and shops, or choose one of several optional tours. 

Day 10 Depart Paris

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

MS Amalegro

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$3,699
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Cat E
170 sq. feet. 5 cabins on Piano Deck. Picture window, sitting area, Infotainment system, safe, hair dryer, bathrobes, A/C, ample closet space. #108-113.
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170 sq. feet. 7 cabins on Piano Deck. Picture window, sitting area, Infotainment system, safe, hair dryer, bathrobes, A/C, ample closet space. #101-107.
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170 sq. feet. 4 cabins on Cello Deck. 4 cabins on Violin Deck. French balcony, sitting area, Infotainment system, safe, hair dryer, bathrobes, A/C, ample closet space. #225-230.
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170 sq. feet. 26 cabins on Cello Deck. 4 cabins on Violin Deck. French balcony, sitting area, Infotainment system, safe, hair dryer, bathrobes, A/C, ample closet space. #201-224.
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Cat A
170 sq. feet. 20 cabins on Violin Deck. French balcony, sitting area, Infotainment system, safe, hair dryer, bathrobes, A/C, ample closet space. #305-332.
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255 sq. feet. 4 cabins on Violin Deck. French balcony, sitting area, bathtub and shower, Infotainment system, safe, hair dryer, bathrobes, A/C, ample closet space. #310-304.

Notes

Included Features:
- 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodations in an outside stateroom - most staterooms offer French balconies.
- "Limited Edition Tours"
- Life-enriching tours 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 & 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 AmaWaterways
- All local taxes

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  • 9 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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