Seine River Cruise
8 days and includes Normandy Beaches excursion!
Paris September 8, 2016
Thursday, Sep. 8th, 11:30am
- Visit the historic beaches of Normandy including the American Cemetery and lunch
- Explore the picturesque region which inspired the Impressionist painters Van Gogh and Monet
- Exclusive Highlight: Taste of Normandy with a visit to a distillery of Calvados
- Taste the culinary delights of Normandy with a local farm visit and lunch
Day 1 - Paris, France
After your included transfer from the Paris Charles de Gaulle, embark the Amadeus Diamond, your home for the next 7 nights. Enjoy time settling in before meeting your fellow guests and crew at a welcome cocktail reception. Later, delight in the Captain's Welcome Dinner as we sail out of Paris (don't despair — we will be back to savor her delights!).
Day 2 - Conflans/Auvers sur Oise/Chareau d'Auvers
From Conflans, we’ll enjoy a guided visit to the pretty riverside village of Auvers sur Oise. In the second half of the 19th century, this lovely spot drew artists such as Camille Pissarro, Paul Cezanne, Camille Corot, and Charles-Francois Daubigny, but it is Vincent van Gogh whose memory looms over them all. In a wheat field just outside town he took his life, after creating numerous — unsold! — paintings here, works that would become priceless masterpieces. Join the legions who have paid their respects at his grave and gaze on the scenery that inspired his gifted and all too short life. We’ll also visit the town’s lovely Chateau, now a museum offering audio-visual accounts of the lives of the Impressionists, along with some artifacts from their time here (although, unfortunately, none of the paintings they produced). If the weather is fine and you feel like a stroll or a bicycle ride, you’ll find lots of lovely nooks and crannies to explore, from the lovely chapel and old hospital to nearby Roman ruins.
Day 3 - Rouen
With its beautiful medieval quarter and soaring Gothic cathedral, Rouen is a vision straight out of the Middle Ages — you can even stand on the exact spot where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake by the invading English. Such atrocities were standard fare for Rouen, which has seen conflict from its earliest days, due in large part to its strategic location on the Seine. Today however, largely restored after its last drubbing in World War II, this lovely City of Spires is filled with a number of important churches and museums stuffed with riches from Normandy’s long and colorful history. On our guided walking tour we’ll visit the cathedral and the Eglise Jean d’Arc, an eye-catching modern church in front of which stands a concrete-and-metal cross marking the spot where The Maid of Orleans met her fate.
Back on board, enjoy lunch and an afternoon of leisurely cruising as we head to Caudebec en Caux, ending with a delicious dinner featuring traditional Normandy entertainment.
Day 5 - Caudebec en Caux/Normandy Beaches
Today will be your choice of an all day excursion to the Normandy D-Day Beaches or a full day excursion exploring Normandy, including Bayeux, Caen, Pont l’eveque, Trouville & Deauville. At 6:30 am on June 6, 1944, 135,000 men and 20,000 vehicles of the Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, making their first incursion in Europe in World War II. Called Operation Overlord, the invasion took place on five beachheads, dubbed Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword. On our full-day, guided tour of Normandy, we will explore the area, stopping to visit Point du Hoc, Omaha Beach, the American Military Cemetery, and the village of Arromanches, where the Allies built the ingenious artificial ports that allowed them to land.
Day 6 - Les Andelys
This morning we arrive in Les Andelys, situated on a bend of the Seine and one of the most picturesque places in France. From here we’ll set off by coach, stopping briefly at the imposing Chateau Gaillard, built in 1196 by England’s King Richard the Lionhearted. Constructed in just one year, it is a breathtaking example of medieval military architecture.
Our destination is the town of Giverny, home of Claude Monet from 1883 until his death in 1926. Visit the beautiful gardens and charming stone farmhouse where he lived and worked and see the water garden with its Japanese bridge, water lilies, wisteria, and azaleas that inspired many of his masterpieces.
For our afternoon excursion, you'll have the opportunity to explore the Palace of Versailles.The Château de Versailles, which has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List for 30 years, is one of the most beautiful achievements of 18th-century French art. The site began as Louis XIII’s hunting lodge before his son Louis XIV transformed and expanded it, moving the court and government of France to Versailles in 1682.
Each of the three French kings who lived there until the French Revolution added improvements to make it more beautiful. Returning to the ship, enjoy lunch and an afternoon and evening of leisurely cruising as we head back to Paris. Tonight, celebrate your cruise at the Captain's Farewell Dinner.
Day 7 - Paris
Sit back and relax this morning as we take you on a guided tour of one of the world’s most magnificent capitals. You could spend a lifetime getting to know the City of Light, but for now we will stick to the highlights, from the Eiffel Tower to the Latin Quarter, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Opera House, and along the glittering Champs Elysées. Following lunch on board, we’ll enjoy a guided tour of the Louvre, a fortress-turned royal palace that the Revolutionary Convention in turn made into a national museum, in 1793. The paintings, sculptures, and artefacts on display here include Assyrian, Etruscan, Greek, Coptic, and Islamic art and antiquities. When it opened in the late 18th century, the Louvre contained some 2,500 paintings and objets d’art — today nearly 35,000 are on display, including the Venus de Milo, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, and, of course, the Mona Lisa.
Returning to the ship for dinner, we’ll enjoy one last treat afterwards: a private Bateau Mouche Paris at Night cruise with cocktails and petit fours, showcasing Paris in all its illuminated glory.
Day 8 - Paris
All too soon it is time to say adieu to your cruise ship, disembarking after breakfast for your transfer to the airport or the Paris Charles De Gaulle airport or hotel in central paris for your Independent Finale 3-day stay.
- 8-day river cruise with large, outside river-view staterooms, most with French balconies or walk-out balconies
- Airport Meet & Greet & Transfers to/from Ship
- Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner onboard
- Gourmet dining onboard
- 24 hour coffee station
- Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
- 11 culturally enriched shore excursions with expert local guides
- Services of an experienced Group Leader and onboard Cruise Director
- All onboard entertainment including lectures, cooking demonstrations and nightly musical performances
- Bottled water in every stateroom and provided with each shore excursion
- In-stateroom infotainment center
- Complimentary wifi onboard
- Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
- Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets
- All port charges included
- All local taxes and entrance fees included
- All onboard gratuities included
double occupancy $7064.00 ($3532 per person)
single occupancy $4062.00
B4 cabin on the Strauss Deck with panorama view (deck 2)
double occupancy $8924.00 ($4462 per person)
single occupancy $5801.00
Suite with French Balcony
$13706 ($6853 per person - there is full single supplement on suites)
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