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Paris & Normandy

Enjoy a 7-night Seine River voyage through the heart of Normandy, followed by 2 nights in romantic Paris, the “City of Light”
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10 Days - Travel to Paris and return from Paris

OVERVIEW

Begin your journey in magical Paris, the “City of Light,” where you will embark upon your luxurious river cruise ship. Visit the village of Giverny, where Monet lived and worked for 43 years, and Honfleur, a charming French harbor town immortalized by generations of artists. Take an unforgettable excursion the famous Normandy beaches of WWII, then stroll through Rouen, the historic capital of Normandy. Visit Les Andelys, home of Château Gaillard. Conclude your journey with a panoramic tour of Paris’ top sights and a visit to the Musée d’Orsay.


  • SELECT DIRECTION:
DayDestinationActivities
1ParisEMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
2VernonFree time
GivernyExcursion to Monet’s home and gardens in Giverny
VernonOR Château de Bizy tour
3VernonScenic cruising
Caudebec-en-cauxHonfleur excursion
OR Routes des Abbayes tour
4Caudebec-en-cauxFull day excursion to Normandy Beaches
OR Pays d’Auge excursion
5RouenWalking tour
OR Rouen bike tour
6Les AndelysScenic cruising
Chateau Gaillard tour
OR Les Andelys bike tour
OR Château Gaillard hike
7ConflansChâteau Malmaison excursion
OR Artists’ Walk tour of Auvers-sur-Oise
8ParisDISEMBARKATION
Panoramic city tour
Musée d'Orsay visit
Hotel check-in
9ParisFree day
10ParisReturn flight home
DayDestinationActivities
1ParisEMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
2VernonFree time
GivernyExcursion to Monet’s home and gardens in Giverny
VernonOR Château de Bizy tour
3VernonScenic cruising
Caudebec-en-cauxHonfleur excursion
OR Routes des Abbayes tour
4Caudebec-en-cauxFull day excursion to Normandy Beaches
OR Pays d’Auge excursion
5RouenWalking tour
OR Rouen bike tour
6Les AndelysScenic cruising
Chateau Gaillard tour
OR Les Andelys bike tour
OR Château Gaillard hike
7ConflansChâteau Malmaison excursion
OR Artists’ Walk tour of Auvers-sur-Oise
8ParisDISEMBARKATION

INCLUDED FEATURES

  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodations in an outside stateroom - most staterooms offer French balconies.
  • Shore excursions in every port 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 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 AmaWaterways
  • All local taxes

DETAILED ITINERARY


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Day 1ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE - EMBARKATION
Arrive in Paris, one of Europe’s most romantic cities, and board your luxurious ship. Meet your fellow travelers at the Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 2VERNON
Spend the morning enjoying the scenery along the Seine as you cruise to the provincial town of Vernon. Upon arrival, you will have 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. (B,L,D)
Day 3VERNON - CAUDEBEC-EN-CAUX
After a scenic morning cruise, arrive in the old fishing village of Caudebec-en-Caux. You will be able to 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. You will visit the ruined abbey in Jumièges as well as St. George Boscherville, a former Benedictine abbey. (B,L,D)
Day 4CAUDEBEC-EN-CAUX – NORMANDY BEACHES
Today, you have the choice of four different excursions. “D-Day Remembered” is a full day excursion to the US sector, where you will 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 will 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, you will 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). You will 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. (B,L,D)
Day 5ROUEN
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, you will have free time to explore Rouen on your own or join a guided bike tour along the banks of the Seine. (B,L,D)
Day 6LES ANDELYS – CONFLANS
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. (B,L,D)
Day 7CONFLANS -- PARIS
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 will include 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. (B,L,D)
Day 8PARIS - DISEMBARKATION
After disembarking the ship this morning, guests participating in the post extension will enjoy a panoramic tour of Paris on which they will see many fantastic sights, such as the Pantheon, Champs de Mars, Eiffel Tower and Arc du Triumph. Afterwards, you will 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, you will be transferred to your hotel. (B)
Day 9PARIS
Today is yours to enjoy however you wish. Explore Paris’ multitude of landmarks, museums, cafes and shops. (B)
Day 10DEPART PARIS
Your river cruise vacation comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
Day 1ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE - EMBARKATION
Arrive in Paris, one of Europe’s most romantic cities, and board your luxurious ship. Meet your fellow travelers at the Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 2VERNON
Spend the morning enjoying the scenery along the Seine as you cruise to the provincial town of Vernon. Upon arrival, you will have 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. (B,L,D)
Day 3VERNON - CAUDEBEC-EN-CAUX
After a scenic morning cruise, arrive in the old fishing village of Caudebec-en-Caux. You will be able to 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. You will visit the ruined abbey in Jumièges as well as St. George Boscherville, a former Benedictine abbey. (B,L,D)
Day 4CAUDEBEC-EN-CAUX – NORMANDY BEACHES
Today, you have the choice of four different excursions. “D-Day Remembered” is a full day excursion to the US sector, where you will 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 will 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, you will 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). You will 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. (B,L,D)
Day 5ROUEN
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, you will have free time to explore Rouen on your own or join a guided bike tour along the banks of the Seine. (B,L,D)
Day 6LES ANDELYS – CONFLANS
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. (B,L,D)
Day 7CONFLANS -- PARIS
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 will include 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. (B,L,D)
Day 8PARIS - DISEMBARKATION
Disembark your cruise in Paris. (B)

 

 

DATES & RATES

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Aug 4 ParisAug 5AmaLegroParisAug 5$3,599$4,199Has Sailed
Aug 11 ♦° ParisAug 12AmaLegroParisAug 12$3,599$4,199Has Sailed
Aug 18ParisAug 19AmaLegroParisAug 19$3,699$4,299Has Sailed
Aug 25ParisAug 26AmaLegroParisAug 26$3,799$4,399Has Sailed
Sep 8ParisSep 9AmaLegroParisSep 9$3,899$4,499Has Sailed
Sep 15ParisSep 16AmaLegroParisSep 16$3,899$4,499Has Sailed
Sep 22ParisSep 23AmaLegroParisSep 23$3,899$4,499Has Sailed
Sep 29ParisSep 30AmaLegroParisSep 30$3,899$4,499Click to view upgrades
Oct 6ParisOct 7AmaLegroParisOct 7$3,799 $4,399 Click to view upgrades
Oct 13 ♦° ParisOct 14AmaLegroParisOct 14$3,599$4,199Click to view upgrades
Oct 20ParisOct 21AmaLegroParisOct 21$3,499 $4,099 Click to view upgrades
Oct 27ParisOct 28AmaLegroParisOct 28$3,399 $3,999 Click to view upgrades
Nov 3ParisNov 4AmaLegroParisNov 4$3,199 $3,799 Click to view upgrades
Nov 10 ParisNov 11AmaLegroParisNov 11$3,099 $3,699 Click to view upgrades

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Notes:

Important:  Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

Port Charges:  $168 per person.

Single Supplement for Cruise:  50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price. Please see terms below for details.

Single Supplement for Land:  $300 per person.

Bedding:  Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).

**:  Note: Monet’s home and other attractions in Giverny are closed in March, November and December. Guests may participate in alternative excursions or visit another city on these cruises.


All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. CST#2065452-40.

SHIP(S)

AmaLegro

Christened in 2007, the beautifully-appointed 148-passenger AmaLegro features spacious staterooms, most with French Balconies, whirlpool, Internet/WiFi access and more.

REVIEWS

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SHOREX

Guests may select TOUR A or TOUR B

GIVERNY TOUR (TOUR A)
  • Excursion Time: Afternoon
  • Duration: 4 hrs
  • Level of Difficulty : 3
  • Duration of Bus Ride: 30 mins

Summary of Excursion

Experience the colorful splendor of Claude Monet’s magnificent gardens at his former home in Giverny. Any lover of art will immediately recognize images immortalized in Monet’s most beloved paintings, such as water lilies, Japanese bridges and graceful willow trees. The artist lived here for more than four decades and immortalized his ponds and flower gardens in some of his most iconic paintings.

What you will visit:

Claude Monet’s House & Garden, Impressionist Museum


CHATEAU DE BIZY (TOUR B)
  • Excursion Time: Afternoon
  • Duration: 2 hrs 15 mins
  • Level of Difficulty : 3
  • Duration of Bus Ride: 30 mins
  • Duration of Walking Tour: 1 hr 15 mins

Summary of Excursion

The Chateau de Bizy, once referred to as “the Versailles of Normandy,” 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. Our tour today will visit the Palace and Gardens.

What you will visit:

Chateau de Bizy

Guests may select TOUR A or TOUR B

HONFLEUR EXCURSION (TOUR A)
  • Excursion Time: Afternoon
  • Duration: 4 hrs 45 mins
  • Level of Difficulty : 2–3
  • Duration of Bus Ride: 3 hrs
  • Duration of Walking Tour: 1 hr

Summary of Excursion

The seaside town of Honfleur is renowned for its picturesque harbor. Many Impressionist painters, including Courbet, Boudin and Claude Monet, were charmed by the town’s narrow, pastel-colored houses and boat-filled harbor and made this area the subject of many of their paintings. You will enjoy some free time to explore Honfleur’s shops and art galleries before rejoining the ship in Caudebec-en-Caux.

What you will see:

Church of Saint-Catherine

What you will visit:

Honfleur Harbor & Waterfront


ROUTES DES ABBAYES EXCURSION (TOUR B)
  • Excursion Time: Afternoon
  • Duration: 4 hrs
  • Level of Difficulty : 2-3
  • Duration of Bus Ride: 1 hr 30 mins
  • Duration of Walking Tour: 1 hr 30 mins

Summary of Excursion

This excursion takes you to two of Normandy’s most magnificent spiritual centers. The first stop is at the Benedictine monastery of Saint-Georges de Boscherville, which once pioneered the use of medicinal plants and flowers to cure ills and boost flagging spirits. The second is of Saint-Pierre de Jumieges, considered one of France’s most beautiful ruins, with its twin towers and imposing position overlooking the Seine.

What you will visit:

The abbeys of Saint-Georges de Boscherville and Saint-Pierre de Jumieges

Guests may select TOUR A or TOUR B or TOUR C

NORMANDY BEACHES – U.S. FORCES LANDING BEACHES (TOUR A)
  • Excursion Time: Full Day
  • Duration: 10 hrs 30 mins
  • Level of Difficulty : 2
  • Duration of Bus Ride: 6 hrs

Summary of Excursion

Today’s excursion takes you back in time to 1944, when the Allied Forces stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. Start your tour with a visit to the famous Normandy American Cemetery & Memorial, followed by free time at the cemetery or a visit to the visitor center museum. Next, we will depart for St. Laurent-sur-Mer, site of the Omaha Beach landings. Later stop at the artillery battery at Longues-sur-Mer, part of Germany’s Atlantic Wall. Your tour will conclude with a visit to Arromanches-les-Bains, located along the stretch of coast designated “Gold Beach” where ghostly concrete vestiges of the invasion are still visible offshore.

What you will visit:

Normandy American Cemetery & Memorial, St. Laurent-sur-Mer (Omaha Beach), Longues-sur-Mer, Arromanches-les- Bains (Gold Beach)


NORMANDY BEACHES – GREAT BRITAIN & CANADIAN FORCES LANDING BEACHES (TOUR B)
  • Excursion Time: Full Day
  • Duration: 1o hrs
  • Level of Difficulty : 1
  • Duration of Bus Ride: 6 hrs

Summary of Excursion

Today’s excursion takes you back in time to 1944, when the Allied Forces stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. You will visit the British Cemetery in Ranville followed by a stop at the Pegasus Bridge Memorial, the first bridge to be liberated by British Glider troops on D-Day. Next visit the Canadian War Cemetery at Beny-sur-Mer before departing for Courseulles-sur-Mer where you will have some free time here for lunch. We will visit the Juno Beach Center, a museum dedicated to contributions made by Canadian soldiers during the liberation of Europe. Afterwards, depart for a scenic drive along the Landing Beaches to Arromanches-les-Bains, where we will make a photo stop along the stretch of coast once code-named “Gold Beach,” where ghostly concrete vestiges of the invasion are still visible offshore.

What you will see:

Pegasus Bridge Memorial, Arromanches-les-Bains (Gold Beach)

What you will visit:

Rainville War Cemetery, Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Courseulles-sur-Mer & Juno Beach Center


PAYS D’AUGE EXCURSION (TOUR C)
  • Excursion Time: Full Day
  • Duration: 8 hrs 45 mins
  • Level of Difficulty : 2
  • Duration of Bus Ride: 4 hrs

Summary of Excursion

The heart of Normandy is known as the Pays d’Auge, a place of rolling hills, lush green pastures, contented dairy cows, and fragrant apple orchards. We will start at Le Breuil-en-Auge, where you will visit the 17th century Chateau du Breuil, You will be given a guided tour of the distillery and castle, and a tasting of Normandy’s famous Pommeau cider & Calvados brandy made with local apples. Afterwards, we will visit Cambremer and Beuvron-en-Auge, an utterly charming village that was voted one of the most beautiful in France.

What you will see:

Pays d’Auge region

What you will visit:

Beuvron-en-Auge, Le Breuil-en-Auge & Chateau du Breuil, Cambremer

Guests may select TOUR A or TOUR B

ROUEN WALKING TOUR (TOUR A)
  • Excursion Time: Morning
  • Duration: 2 hrs
  • Level of Difficulty : 2-3
  • Duration of Walking Tour: 2 hrs

Summary of Excursion

On our visit to the historic city of Rouen, we will see the Old Market Square where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake, the medieval quarter with its half-timbered buildings and the Great Clock. You’ll also visit the Cathedral of Notre Dame, a favorite subject of artist Claude Monet and the final resting place of William the Conqueror’s father and England’s King Richard the Lionheart.

What you will see:

Old Market Square, Medieval Quarter, the Great Clock, Cathedral of Notre Dame

What you will visit:

Cathedral of Notre Dame


GUIDED BIKE TOUR OF ROUEN (TOUR B)
  • Excursion Time: Morning
  • Duration: 2 hrs
  • Level of Difficulty : 5
  • Duration of Bike Tour: 2 hrs
  • Distance: 6 miles / 10 kilometers

Summary of Excursion

For a fun and fresh way to see the sights of Rouen, cruise the city’s history-filled streets by bicycle.Summary of Excursion

What you will see:

Cathedral of Notre Dame, Old Market Square, Medieval Quarter, the Great Clock

Please Note:

This bike tour is capacity controlled. Please see your Cruise Manager once onboard for more information.

Guests may select TOUR A or TOUR B or TOUR C

CHATEAU GAILLARD (TOUR A)
  • Excursion Time: Afternoon
  • Duration: 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Level of Difficulty : 2 or 5
  • Duration of Bus Ride: 30 mins
  • Duration of Walking Tour: 1 hr

Summary of Excursion

Chateau Gaillard was skillfully designed and built by the fiery Richard I of England, feudal Duke of Normandy, better known as Richard the Lionheart. Perched high above the Seine and Les Andelys, Chateau Gaillard was a virtually impregnable fortress. We will travel by mini coach up to the ruins for stunning views of the river and surrounding landscape. Those who are up to the physical challenge are welcome to walk down from the ruins to the ship. (Note: This climb is strenuous and should only be undertaken by guests in excellent physical health).

What you will visit:

Chateau Gaillard


GUIDED BIKE TOUR OF LES ANDELYS (TOUR B)
  • Excursion Time: Afternoon
  • Duration: 2 hrs
  • Level of Difficulty : 5
  • Duration of Bike Tour: 2 hrs
  • Distance: 12 miles / 20 kilometers

Summary of Excursion

Experience Les Andelys a town nestled in a tight bend of the Seine. Our guided bike tour will show us the original village, built as the quarters for the workers of Chateau Gaillard. Surrounded by sights long steeped in history, you’ll enjoy learning all about the rich history of this fascinating and beautiful area.

What you will see:

Grand Andely city center

Please Note:

This bike tour is capacity controlled. Please see your Cruise Manager once onboard for more information.


CHATEAU GAILLARD HIKE (TOUR C)
  • Excursion Time: Afternoon
  • Duration: 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Level of Difficulty : 5
  • Duration of Hiking Tour: 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Distance: 2 miles / 3 kilometers

Summary of Excursion

As an alternative to the Chateau Gaillard tour, the more active guest may choose to venture high above the town for a visit to the majestic medieval castle, Chateau Gaillard. Hike up to the castle and visit the outside ruins before walking down to Petite Andely for a guided walking tour. Afterwards enjoy some free time before return back to you ship. (Note: The climb to Chateau Gaillard is extremely strenuous and should only be undertaken by guests in excellent physical health).

Please Note:

This hiking tour is capacity controlled. Please see your Cruise Manager once onboard for more information. This is a strenuous climb. Firm hiking shoes are required.

What you will see:

Petit Andely & Chateau Gaillard

Guests may select TOUR A or TOUR B

ARTISTS WALK OF AUVERS-SUR-OISE (TOUR A)
  • Excursion Time: Morning
  • Duration: 3 hrs 30 mins
  • Level of Difficulty : 2-3
  • Duration of Bus Ride: 1 hr
  • Duration of Walking Tour: 1 hr

Summary of Excursion

This excursion takes you to visit the Auberge Ravoux in the heart of Auvers-sur-Oise the last home of artist Vincent Van Gogh. His spirit still lingers in his former attic rooms at the Ravoux Inn. The mere 70 days Van Gogh spent in Auverssur- Oise were astonishingly prolific – he painted more than 70 works here before his death. During our time in this charming village, we will also visit the cemetery where both Vincent and his brother Theo are buried.

What you will see:

Auvers-sur-Oise

What you will visit:

Maison Van Gogh, Notre Dame D’Auvers Cemetery


CHATEAU DE MALMAISON (TOUR B)
  • Excursion Time: Morning
  • Duration: 3 hrs 30 mins
  • Level of Difficulty : 2-3
  • Duration of Bus Ride: 1 hr
  • Duration of Walking Tour: 1 hr 15 mins

Summary of Excursion

Chateau de Malmaison has a long and storied past, but is best known as the former home of Napoleon and Josephine Bonaparte, and (for a brief time) the seat of the French Government. On our visit to the Chateau, we will learn what life was like for the Bonapartes and how Josephine endeavored to transform the large estate into “the most beautiful and curious garden in Europe.” After visiting the Chateau and its gardens, we will rejoin the ship in Conflans.

What you will visit:

Chateau de Malmaison and Gardens


PARIS CITY TOUR & MUSÉE D’ORSAY
  • Excursion Time: Morning
  • Duration: 5 hrs 30 mins
  • Level of Difficulty : 2-3
  • Duration of Bus Ride: 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Duration of Walking Tour: 1 hrs 30 mins

Summary of Excursion

Bid adieu to your ship this morning and set off on a panoramic tour of Paris’ most famous sights. You will see such sights such as the Champs Elysees, a stately boulevard lined with cinemas, sidewalk cafés and luxury specialty shops, the Arc du Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower. We will stop at the Musee d’Orsay, known for its vast collection of Impressionist artwork. Enjoy a visit of the museum and free time for lunch on your own. Later this afternoon, you will be transferred to your Paris hotel, your home for the next two nights.

What you will see:

Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral

What you will visit:

Musee d’Orsay


OPTIONAL – PARISIAN CABARET AT PARADIS LATIN
  • Excursion Time: Evening
  • Duration: 4 hrs 30 mins
  • Level of Difficulty : 1
  • Duration of Bus Ride: 1 hr

Summary of Excursion

Synonymous with Paris, the cabaret is one of the most popular entertainments the city offers. Tonight’s venue, the Paradis Latin, was built by Gustave Eiffel at the end of the 19th century. Treat yourself to a dinner show that features French Cancan dancing, songs, comedy skits and acrobatics. This delightful performance includes a three course dinner with champagne and wine. Tres Paris!

What you will visit:

Paradis Latin

Please Note:

There is an additional cost of 146 euros for this optional tour. Please speak to your Cruise Manager for additional information and to book this tour.


OPTIONAL – LE MARAIS
  • Excursion Time: Morning
  • Duration: 4 hrs
  • Level of Difficulty : 2
  • Duration of Bus Ride: 1 hr
  • Duration of Walking Tour: 1 hr 30 mins

Summary of Excursion

Le Marais is 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 Henri 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 is undoubtedly a stunning place to walk around, eat, drink, and lounge.

What you will visit:

Le Marais District

Please Note:

There is an additional cost of 70 euros for this optional tour. Please speak to your Cruise Manager for additional information and to book this tour.


OPTIONAL – MONTMARTRE & ILLUMINATIONS
  • Excursion Time: Evening
  • Duration: 5 hrs 30 mins
  • Level of Difficulty : 2
  • Duration of Bus Ride: 2 hrs
  • Duration of Walking Tour: 1 hr

Summary of Excursion

Montmartre (Hill of Martyrs) was home to the burgeoning Parisian artist community in the late 19th century. The bohemian village-like nature of this suburb attracted painters and sculptors from all across Europe. Its center, Place du Tertre, still has the vibe of the Belle Epoque era, with street artists, performers, and restaurants. Dominating the area at the city’s highest point is the white Sacré-Coeur Basilica, sometimes referred to as the “wedding cake church,” which offers breathtaking views of Paris. Rejoin the coach for an evening tour of the “City of Lights.” You will see the illuminated monuments and historic buildings, and, for the grand finale, the sparkling Eiffel tower, only illuminated for a brief time every night.

What you will see:

Basilica of the Sacré-Coeur, Illuminated Paris, Eiffel Tower

What you will visit:

Montmartre

Please Note:

There is an additional cost of 65 euros for this optional tour. Please speak to your Cruise Manager for additional information and to book this tour.