Normandy, Paris, and
Seine River Cruise!
April 26 - May 4, 2022
Join us as we cruise from Paris to the Normandy Coast aboard the Amadeus Diamond. We'll start out exploring Paris by water and by land! You'll have an afternoon to explore the City of Lights on your own. After leaving Paris, we'll cruise the Seine River to visit historic medieval cities and beautiful landscapes. We'll stop to tour the cities of Rouen, Le Havre and others before landing in Normandy for a full-day tour of historic landmarks. Our ship will be the luxurious Amadeus Diamond riverboat!
Round trip airfare from Nashville to Paris
All meals and snacks onboard the MS Amadeus Diamond, regional wines and beer at dinner
Dedicated tour director
7 night cruise with outside cabin
All tours and excursions as listed
$4,895 per person, double occupancy (single upgrade available)
Post-trip extension 2 nights in London - $950/pp dbl
An Initial Deposit of $500 per person is due with reservation Form to secure reservations. Final payment due 90 days prior to departure.
Cities and Port:
Paris, the “City of Light” is the world’s most visited capital. Enjoy a Paris City Tour to see the beloved landmarks that line the Seine including the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. Also see the majestic Arc de Triomphe and ride along the Champs-Élysées. During your leisure afternoon, wander the historic banks of the Seine which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
CONFLANS - AUVERS-SUR-OISE
Conflans is only an hour or so from Paris but things move slower in this town. Visitthe village of Auvers-sur-Oise, an inspiration to many of the famous Impressionist masters including Cezanne, Pissarro & Daubigny. The most famous of these artists is Vincent van Gogh, whose final resting place is located here & where he was inspired to create nearly 80 canvases. See Auberge Ravoux, where Van Gogh lived. Experience a multimedia museum journey about the great masters at the Chateau D’Auvers featuring over 500 paintings set in motion with sound effects & period music.
Enjoy a Rouen Walking Tour including a visit to the magnificent cathedral that inspired Claude Monet, and the modern Church of Joan of Arc with its magnificent 16th-century stained-glass windows. Rouen is known as Museum Town for its many museums, was important in the Roman era and Middle Ages, and features a cobblestoned pedestrian center with medieval half-timbered houses.
LE HAVRE - ETRETAT
A UNESCO World Heritage Site & important port, Le Havre, sits where the Seine River meets the English Channel. The harbor was destroyed in World War II and was rebuilt. Enjoy a Etretat Tour to explore the famous Normandy coastline featuring cliff-top paths for views of steep chalk rocks with impressive needlelike formations, which have inspired many well-known artists. Enjoy some leisure time in the attractive village of Etretat.
HISTORIC NORMANDY TOUR
Discover Normandy on this full day tour featuring many historic landmarks. Visit Pointe du Hoc, site of a German artillery unit where the US Army climbed 100 foot cliffs. Stop at Omaha Beach, the most famous of the five code named beaches. Visit Colleville Sur Mer, an American Cemetery where over 9,000 American troops are laid to rest. Enjoy lunch before a visit to the Arromanches Museum, site of an Allied operations artificial harbor where staggeringly large concrete blocks remain.
LES ANDELYS - SEINE CRUISING
This morning your vessel stops in the quaint little town of Les Andelys in the shadow of Chateau Gaillard, the one time home to Richard the Lionheart. After a long day to Normandy, today is the perfect day to relax onboard to the passing Seine scenery & enjoy the ship amenities. If you wish, an optional will be available to visit Chateau Gaillard and nearby Giverny, home to Impressionist Claude Monet.
THE SHIP - MS AMADEUS DIAMOND:
The 144-passenger MS Amadeus Diamond has been a highlight of the fleet since 2009, and is the new jewel of the French waterways after its complete renovation in 2019. The refresh upgraded both the interior of the ship and the ship’s technology. The Diamond travels exclusively along the Seine and allows guests to experience the charm of northern France in an unforgettable way. The extensive Restaurant and the Panorama Bar offer divine views of the passing riverscapes. The 60-staterooms & 12-suites are bright, modern and provide a wonderful private space to enjoy your river cruise. The attentive English Speaking onboard service staff will see to your comfort with typical European hospitality. The beauty of river cruising is that the most interesting destinations come to you. This Diamond charter features English-only onboard commentary with inclusive sightseeing excursions balanced with choice to simply relax onboard during your leisure time or add sightseeing with optional excursions. The ship offers countless choices for your leisure time including a putting green, fitness studio, massage facilities & quiet spaces to escape with a book.
ALL MEALS INCLUDED ONBOARD
Three meals daily are served graciously in the exquisite restaurant and feature local & international specialties. All dinners are four courses and are served with included Regional Wines & Beer. While dining, you have splendid views of the passing scenic landscapes through the large picture windows. Enjoy afternoon and/or late evening snacks in the lounge based on the daily schedule.
Day 1 - Depart US - Overnight Flight
Day 2 - Arrive Paris Board the MS Amadeus Diamond for your 7 Night Seine River Cruise Welcome Drink & Welcome Dinner onboard - Ship departs Paris.
Day 3 - Conflans Morning Cruising - Arrive in Conflans Afternoon - Auvers-sur-Oise Excursion (Village of Van Gogh).
Day 4 - Rouen Morning - Rouen Walking Tour (Museum Town) Afternoon - Explore Rouen on your own - Ship departs late afternoon.
Day 5 - Le Havre Morning - Étretat Tour (Walk along the Normandy Coastline & scenic village) Afternoon at Leisure or Optional Excursion to Honfleur.
Day 6 - Le Havre - Caud ebec-en-Caux Full Day Tour of Historic Normandy with Lunch (WWII D-Day Landing Beaches including Omaha Beach & American Cemetery Colleville).
Day 7 - Les Andelys Leisure Day Onboard - Relax & Seine River Cruising Optional Excursions to Chateau Gaillard & Giverney, and Chateau de Malmaison - Gala Farewell Dinner Onboard.
Day 8 - Paris Paris, the “City of Light” is the world’s most visited capital. Enjoy a Paris City Tour to see the beloved landmarks that line the Seine including the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. Also see the majestic Arc de Triomphe and ride along the Champs-Élysées. Afternoon at Leisure in Paris to explore. Optional Excursion - Montmarte Walking Tour Final Dinner Onboard in Paris.
Day 9 - Paris - Flight Home Transfer to the Paris Airport for your flight home (B)
Seine Cruise Itinerary
We'll be seeing a great deal of this fascinating country during our 10 day exploration.
We'll be spending our last night at Cabra Castle. The original castle, built around 1699, was confiscated by Cromwell.
The spectacular Cliffs of Moher will be one of the highlights of your trip. Watch the puffins roost on the cliffs.
Eiffel Tower from the Seine
Dublin has it all - pubs, museums, oh and pubs.
Be sure to check out the original Book of Kells in this ancient library.
Every day you'll visit a different village, or Limerick, or Galway - or the Waterford plant!