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Paris & the River Seine: Paris River Cruise

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,500

‘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$ 1,500

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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
Accommodation

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

Arrive in Conflans, at the confluence of the Oise and the Seine. Visit the little town of Auvers-sur-Oise, an inspiration to many of the famous Impressionist masters, including Cezanne, Pissarro and Daubigny. The most famous of these artists is Vincent van Gogh, whose final resting place is located here. Visit Auberge Ravoux, where Van Gogh lived in a very simple and small room only lit by sky light. Inspired by the picturesque site with its inhabitants and surroundings, Van Gogh painted close to 80 canvases here, which come alive in the winding streets of the village.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Rouen

This morning you will reach Rouen, often called the "Ville musée" (Museum Town). If you enjoy museums, visit one of the many art, history, and antiquities museums scattered through the city. Visit the cathedral that inspired Claude Monet and the modern Church of Joan of Arc with its magnificent 16th-century stained-glass windows. See the "Gros Horloge," the astronomical clock, and the Parliament of Normandy. Also in Rouen is the "Place du Vieux Marché", the site where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. This afternoon venture down the romantic "Abbey Trail" for a view of countless churches, castles, and abbeys.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Le Havre

Although the harbor of Le Havre was greatly destroyed in World War II, it was rebuilt and continues to be an important port city in Normandy. Explore the Normandy coastline with a walk along Ètretat's cliff-top paths for a view of steep chalk rocks with impressive needle-like formations, which have inspired many well-known artists. Nearby, is the city of Honfleur, where the Seine meets the Atlantic. This harbor town is regarded as a jewel on the Côte Fleurie and is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Le Havre and Caudebec en Caux

Today, visit some of the most important places in recent history - the Normandy landing beaches. See Ponte du Hoc, Omaha Beach, the American military cemetery in Colleville, and the remains of the artificial harbor in Arromanches. If you prefer, explore the rural you can explore the rural charms of the Normandy region. Visit the historic towns of Caen and Bayeux, following the footsteps of William the Conqueror, the Duke of Normandy, and the subsequent King of England, discover the richness of Calvados and the famous cheese of Pont l'Eveque.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Les Andelys and Poissy

Today, visit some of the most important places in recent history - the Normandy landing beaches. See Ponte du Hoc, Omaha Beach, the American military cemetery in Colleville, and the remains of the artificial harbor in Arromanches. If you prefer, explore the rural you can explore the rural charms of the Normandy region. Visit the historic towns of Caen and Bayeux, following the footsteps of William the Conqueror, the Duke of Normandy, and the subsequent King of England, discover the richness of Calvados and the famous cheese of Pont l'Eveque.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Paris

In the early morning, it is once more "Bienvenue" to the French capital. Explore the sights of the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, and the bustling Champs-Elysees. Another interesting area to explore is quirky artists' district of Montmartre and the Sacre-Coeur, located on the highest hill in northern Paris. On your last evening, enjoy an illuminated Paris from the ship or the streets, where you can fully see the "City of Lights" in all her glory.

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:

2018:  Apr 12, 19; Jun 14, 28; Jul 5, 26;  Aug 16; Sep 13; Oct 25; Nov 1

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.

TB LUFTNERPAR18CRDIS: PRS B4S
1 Nov 2018
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