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Paris & the River Seine: Paris River Cruise

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,279

‘Paris is always a good idea,’ said Audrey Hepburn. We couldn’t agree more, but there’s more to France than its charismatic capital. Cruise the Seine to explore a countryside that compliments one of the world’s most beautiful cities.


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This exquisite 8-day cruise down the Seine takes you through a region that inspired Van Gough, Monet, Cezanne, and countless others, before returning to Paris, a city synonymous with romance and refinement.

Embarking in Paris, prepare for a full day walking the footsteps of Europe’s artistic masters. Visit Van Gogh’s final resting place, then journey through Chateau d’Auvers, a multimedia museum exploring Daubigny, Cezannne, Monet, and other greats. Then sail on to historic Rouen, where you’ll have the option of walking tours through this medieval town. Monet in particular was taken by its gothic architecture – rare in France at the time. Gaining the complete picture of the area’s history would take weeks, but these walking tours offer a good start, rewarding you with some beautiful photos.

Enjoy a walking tour of the cliffs along the Normandy coast, including the fishing village of Etretat. Here, you’re following not only the great painters, but writers such as Victor Hugo and Flaubert. A guide takes you through many of the sights, including Honfleur and the Vieux Bassin. Exploring Normandy further, you may opt for a day tour that takes you to see the 70 metre long Bayezux Tapestry, showing the conquest of England by William the Conqueror. If you’d prefer a more modern slice of this region’s history, embark on a Battlefield Tour, recalling the famous Normandy invasion during WW2.

Explore the remains of Chateau Gaillard, once the proud fortress of Richard LionHeart, then go on to Giverny, the town that charmed Monet so much, he chose to stay until his death. Turning back towards Paris, you’ll have the option of visiting – and skipping the line at – Versailles, palace of the Sun King, Louis XIV. This is one of Paris’ must-see attractions, despite being located some distance from the city. Your appetite for splendour sated, return to the City of Lights itself for a magical day ideal for any first timer, or return visitor. Your Paris city tour explores Montmarte, the hilly, picturesque neighbourhood that offered Picasso, Renoir, Toulouse-Letrec and many others an inspiring view of their city. A hint of their bohemian spirit lives on as you explore the laneways.

Spend the afternoon exploring Paris your way with an optional tour. For art lovers, a visit to the Louvre is a must. The Venus de Milo and the Mona Lisa are the (typically crowded) star attractions, but over 30,000 pieces from across the world are housed here. Seeing the whole museum in one visit is nearly impossible, so do a little homework before you arrive to ensure you see the works that interest you. If you’ve had your ‘art fix’ for this trip, head for Le Marais, an aristocratic district that embodies French sidewalk style (we recommend at least two cafe stops). It’s packed with history, and in recent decades has become the epicentre of Paris’ LGBT community. It also puts you within reach of majestic Notre Dame, so take in another Paris icon before you depart.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,279

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Day 1

Paris

Please make your own way to the port to board the MS Amadeus Diamond and ensure you arrive in time for the 4:00pm check in. There will be plenty of time to get to know your floating hotel before the Amadeus team welcome you on board with a cocktail in the panorama bar. In the evening, the on-board chef will serve a carefully devised welcome dinner. During dinner the vessel will depart from Paris and set off north for Conflans. The boat will leave port around 8:00pm.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration7 Nights
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MS Amadeus Diamond

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    MS Amadeus Diamond



    Since its debut in 2009 the Amadeus Diamond has set new standards in European river cruising. This river cruiser is a nothing other than a floating luxury hotel, impressing its passengers from the moment they step on board. Allow this grand vessel to lure you ...

    Since its debut in 2009 the Amadeus Diamond has set new standards in European river cruising. This river cruiser is a nothing other than a floating luxury hotel, impressing its passengers from the moment they step on board. Allow this grand vessel to lure you away from normality - perhaps by inducing you to read an absorbing book in a chaise lounge on the sundeck, or to sample a relaxing massage. Get to see fascinating countries and meet interesting people over a convivial cup of coffee in the Amadeus-Club or, while practicing your golf on the putting green on the sundeck.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Beauty Salon
    • Exercise Room
    • Fitness Centre
    • Golf
    • Internet
    • Laundry Service
    • Library
    • Massages
    • Pool (s)

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Day 2

Conflans

During breakfast your vessel will arrive in the medieval town of Conflans. From here you can set off on an optional excursion which will introduce you to the famous expressionist artists in the small town of Auvers-sur-Oise. Many of the great masters (including Cezanne, Pissarro and Daubigny) moved here, the most famous being Vincent van Gogh whose last resting place is right here in this town. Enjoy a multi-media show at the Chateau d'Auvers where the modern museum takes you on a trip back to the 19th century and presents some of the greatest French artists and their best-known works. After this trip it is time to return to the Amadeus Diamond where you can reflect on the memories of the day while the vessel sets off from Conflans in the early evening to return to Rouen.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Rouen and Caudebec en Caux

This morning, you reach the town of Rouen in northern France. During the morning you can take an optional guided tour to explore the town. A visit to the beautiful medieval town centre is a must, along with the imposing Gothic cathedral and 'Le Gros Horloge', one of the world's oldest astrological timepieces. Also worth a visit is the 'Eglise Sainte-Jeanne D'arc' church where a monument now marks the spot where Joan of Arc was executed. Then it's time to return to the Amadeus Diamond for lunch before the vessel sets sail for Caudebec en Caux. This small community is the ideal starting point for numerous exciting optionnal excursions in Normandy. You have the option to take a tour along the so-called 'Abbey Road' offers a chance to see many of these beautiful buildings: countless churches, castles and abbeys await along this romantic route. Some of the buildings have fallen into disrepair over the course of the centuries, such as the former Jumieges Abbey which is now open to the public.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Caudebec en Caux

Today there are two optional excursions to give you a chance to draw inspiration from the magnificent natural landscapes of Normandy and recharge your batteries. During the morning you can join in on a walk along the coast of Etretat. The steep chalk cliffs with their imposing needle-like formations have inspired many great artists including Boudin, Monet and Manet. In the afternoon you can choose to take a trip to Honfleur. This small town is one of the most beautiful treasures of the Cote Fleurie and you can take a stroll along the picturesque old harbour basin dating from the 17th century and explore the nostalgic cobble-stoned alleyways of the romantic old town. In the evening it's time to return to the vessel and spend the night in Caudebec en Caux.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Caudebec en Caux

Today you can choose between two exciting optional all-day excursions - both equally appealing. The first takes you along the famous Normandy beaches where the allied troops landed in 1944. During the tour you'll visit the landing sites at Pointe du Hoc and Omaha Beach, the American cemetery in Colleville and the former Arromanches harbour which the allied forces built to transport further troops to land. As an alternative, you can take a tour to Bayeux, Caen and Pont l'eveque which focuses on the treasures of the landscape. With lush green meadows, rustic half-timbered houses and apple orchards as far as the eye can see, Normandy quite rightly impresses visitors, year in, year out. You'll visit the historic towns of Caen and Bayeux where you can walk in the footsteps of William the Conqueror, the Duke of Normandy and subsequent King of England. Later you can explore the community of Pont l'eveque which is famous for its cheeses. It's also home to numerous traditional half-timbered houses which you can admire as you take a gentle stroll through the area. In the evening, you will return to the Amadeus Diamond before setting sail upstream.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Les Andelys and Vernon

This morning your vessel will arrive in Les Andelys, one of the most beautiful towns along the Seine. This is the starting point for an optional morning excursion to the Chateau Gaillard (built in 1196), the castle of Richard the Lionheart. Visitors can enjoy breath-taking views of the river and surrounding landscape. The tour then leads on to the town of Giverny, where the famous impressionist Claude Monet lived until his death in 1926. Take a look around his house and the magnificent garden which inspired the artist in many of his paintings. After lunch there's a chance to visit one of the world's best known buildings - the magnificent Palace of Versailles. Originally a small hunting lodge, the palace was extended to its current size under the rule of Louis XIV and is now one of Europe's largest palaces. The tour takes you through the private regal rooms and into the world-famous Hall of Mirrors. A detour to the lush castle gardens is also a must. In the evening it's time to head back to the Amadeus Diamond with lots of new memories. The vessel travels from Les Andelys via Vernon to Poissy while you're out and, once you're back on board, continues to Paris.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Paris

Early in the morning you arrive back in the French capital of Paris where you can choose between several excursions. In the morning there's a city tour taking in the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and the lively Champs Elysees. In the afternoon you can choose to visit the vibrant artists' quarter of Montmartre, based on a hill in the northern part of the city. Alternatively you can pick a visit to the Louvre, home to some of the world's most important works of art such as Da Vinci's world-famous Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. Or you can set off on a tour of discovery through the aristocratic Le Marais district, known as the Jewish centre of the city and home to some true architectural treasures. As the crowning finale of the cruise, on your last evening you can enjoy a romantic boat trip by night through the illuminated city of Paris, showing off the metropolis in all its splendour.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Departure

Now it's time to say 'au revoir', disembarkation beginning after breakfast. The crew of the Amadeus Diamond wish you a relaxing onward journey.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Mar 30; Apr 6, 20; May 11; Jun 15, 22; Sep 28; Oct 5, 12

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8-day river cruise with large outside river-view staterooms
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for all excursions
  • Services of an experienced Cruise Director
  • Onboard Concierge Service, dedicated to the independent experience seeker
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included 
  • Red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions with every dinner on board
  • Coffee and tea after lunch and dinner
  • 24-hour complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water.
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner. 
  • Special onboard entertainment 
  • All English language on board
  • Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • All port taxes and local taxes.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Excursions
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified

OTHER INFORMATION:

* Shore excursion packages should be purchased in advanced in order to ensure availability. They can be purchased onboard once sailing at a higher cost (prices and availability subject to vary).

Package A: City Walk Rouen, Excursion Etretat, Excursion to Chataeu Gaillard /Giverny & Monet, and City Tour Paris.

Package B: Excursion Auvers sur Oise, City Walk Rouen, Excursion Etretat, Excursion to Chataeu Gaillard /Giverny & Monet, City Tour Paris, Visit district Montmartre, and Paris Illuminations Night Cruise.

Package C: Excursion Auvers sur Oise, City Walk Rouen, Tour of the Abbey Road, Excursion Etretat, Excursion Honfleur, Fascinating Normandy, Excursion to Chataeu Gaillard /Giverny & Monet, Excursion Versailles, Visit district Montmartre, and Paris Illuminations Night Cruise.

Additional Options:

  • Full day excursion Battlefield Tour in Normandy (including lunch)
  • Visit Museum Louvre
  • Visit district Le Marais

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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12 Oct 2017
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