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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 OR Honfleur
Day 4 : Caudebec-en-caux | 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, France

Highlights

  • Enjoy 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:
Sail along the meandering Seine to Vernon, where you have time to explore at your leisure before visiting Claude Monet’s Gardens in Giverny. Art lovers may immediately recognize images immortalized in Monet’s most beloved paintings—such as water lilies, Japanese bridges and graceful willow trees, while wandering around his famous gardens and home where he lived for more than four decades. Later in the day visit the 18th-century Château de Bizy, inspired by the opulence of Versailles. Enjoy an escorted tour of the salons and sample some delicious Norman cheeses, apple cider and Calvados at special tasting stations throughout the estate. You also have the chance to uncover your own natural talent for wine tasting. 

Day 3 Caudebec-en-Caux OR Honfleur

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After a scenic morning cruise, arrive in the old fishing village of Caudebec-en-Caux. You can choose from 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:
Visit the seaside town of Honfleur, renowned for its picturesque harbor, and for being an inspirational site for Impressionist painters. If you wish to experience a different kind of inspiration, travel along Normandy’s dramatic Alabaster Coast to the Fécamp Monastery. It is there that 19th-century wine merchant Alexandre Le Grand rediscovered the recipe for a special elixir—a medicinal herbal liquor known as la Bénédictine. Originally developed by a Venetian monk, this mysterious elixir’s complex flavor profile is sure to delight those who try it, which you can during your tasting. For a more active adventure, you can bike through Normandy’s picturesque landscape.

Day 4 Caudebec-en-caux | 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, where you can stop at 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:
Experience the Normandy region with one of three tours. For those wishing to go to the American sector of the historic Normandy Beaches, you can visit the cemetery at Colleville-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. If you prefer, you can tour the Gold and Juno beaches in the British and Canadian sectors, where you can visit Ranville Cemetery, Pegasus Bridge, the Canadian cemetery at Beny-sur-Mer, the WWII museum in Courseulle and finally Arromanches. As an alternative experience, travel through the beautiful countryside of Pays d’Auge, surrounded by the apple orchards of the famed Cider Route. Visit the 17th-century Château du Breuil, one of the most prestigious Calvados distilleries and taste a broad range of ciders and Calvados, before visiting Cambremer and Beuvron-en-Auge, voted one of the most beautiful towns in France. 

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:
Spend the morning enjoying medieval Rouen with a choice of three excursions. Join a walking tour past 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. For those who wish to be more active, you can join a biking or hiking tour around the city. Later in the day, you can explore the Jewish area of Rouen, or be treated to a delicious chocolate tour.

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:
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. Visit the former stronghold of Richard the Lionheart on a standard tour, or go on a more active adventure and hike there. For those who wish to explore the area on two wheels, join a guided bike tour through Les Andelys.

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.

* Wine-themed cruise:
Spend the day in Paris the way the Parisians have done for centuries visiting either Les Passages Couverts or Le Marais. In Paris during the 18th and 19th century, in the areas around today’s Grands Boulevards, many glass-roofed shopping galleries known as Les Passages Couverts (covered passages) were created. These forerunners to our modern day malls simultaneously allowed guests to take a shortcut, shelter from the rain, shop, dine or spend a secluded hour in the arms of a lover. There were once over 100 passages couverts throughout the city, now only about 20 exist. Enjoy strolling through the beautiful glass-covered passages with marble paneled corridors, discovering shops, restaurants and art galleries hidden within. Alternatively, visit Le Marais, one of Paris’ oldest and most visually stunning quarters. First developed in the 12th century, the neighborhood, whose name means "swamp" in French and once was one, went from being a royal favorite under Henry IV and Louis XIII, to falling into ruin after the French Revolution of 1789. Since its revival in the 1960s, it has shone as a center of Parisian artistic and cultural life, and is one of the only areas that preserves the narrow streets and architectural styles of medieval and Renaissance-era Paris. Now one of the most affluent and prestigious areas in the city, Le Marais has become a fashionable district, home to many trendy restaurants, fashion houses, and art galleries, and you have a wonderful time exploring the area. Cap the day off with a Champagne tasting onboard.

Day 8 Paris | Disembark

After disembarking the ship this morning, guests participating in the post extension have a panoramic tour of Paris to 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, be transferred to your hotel.

* Wine-themed cruise:
After disembarking the ship, enjoy a panoramic city tour, followed by a visit to Paris’s famous Wine Museum, housed within limestone quarries from the Middle Ages that once served as cellars for a monastery. The museum's collection includes more than 200 artifacts as well as informational panels on how your favorite red, white, rosé, champagne and cognac were and still are brought to fruition. Generations of vintners, winery masters, coopers and wine experts have continued to refine their techniques to produce the most prestigious wines. 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, France

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

MS Amalyra

Paris

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Notes

2017 Included Features:
- 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with French balconies)
- Computer for internet access
- Entertainment on Demand system featuring, movies, TV shows, news and music
- Desk and sitting area
- Bottled water replenished daily
- Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
- Internet and Wi-Fi access
- Daily entertainment including cultural performances
- All onboard dining in a variety of venues
- Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
- The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
- Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
- La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
- Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
- Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
- Immersive tours in every destination
- Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
- Bike tours and hikes
- Limited Edition Tours
- Knowledgeable guides
- Personal headset for easy exploration
- Airport transfers with purchase of air from the expedition company
- Land Program
- 2 nights hotel in Paris at the Paris Intercontinental Marceau (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast.

2018 Included Features:
- 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with French balconies)
- Computer for internet access
- Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
- Desk and sitting area
- Bottled water replenished daily
- Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
- Internet and Wi-Fi access
- Daily entertainment including cultural performances
- All onboard dining in a variety of venues
- Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
- The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
- Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
- La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
- Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
- Sip & Sail Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
- Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
- Immersive tours in every destination
- Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
- Bike tours and hikes
- Special Interest Tours
- Knowledgeable guides
- Personal headset for easy exploration
- Airport transfers with purchase of air from the expedition company
- Land Program
- 2 nights hotel in Paris at the Paris InterContinental Marceau (or similar), including city tour, Musée d'Orsay daily breakfast.

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  • 9 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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