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Paris and Normandy Cruise

Launched in 2009, the Amalyra is a state-of-the-art river cruise vessel. Luxury, style and comfort define the Amalyra, where an exceptionally professional crew ensures that you receive top class service throughout your journey. The ship is cleverly designed to offer more space than other European vessels and she accommodates no more than 148 passengers in exquisitely decorated staterooms. The ship has a large number of bicycles on board, which guests are able to use free of charge for excursions into the small towns which line the river banks.

 

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Embark

Embark the ship in Paris.

Day 1: Paris

Board the Amalyra in Paris today. There will be time to settle into your stateroom or suite before meeting the other guests for a Welcome Dinner on board tonight.

Day 2: Les Andelys

Your first port of call is Les Andelys where you can uncover the history of Château Gaillard, the former stronghold of Richard the Lionheart, situated on the chalk cliffs high above the Seine. Or, if you prefer a more active adventure, you can hike there from the banks of the Seine, admiring the scenic views along the way. For those who wish to explore the area on two wheels, join a guided bike tour through the charming town of Les Andelys.

Day 3: Le Havre

Today there are several different choices of excursions to choose from depending on your interests including a full-day excursion to the seaside town of Honfleur, renowned for its picturesque harbour, and for being an inspirational site for Impressionist painters. You also can split your day between Honfleur and the delicious Pays d'Auge region of Normandy, where apple cider, Calvados and pommeau outrank French wine. This excursion includes a scenic coastal drive through Beamont-en-Auge and Pont l'Eveque with a Calvados tasting. During the afternoon, you can join a city tour of the UNESCO-designated Le Havre.

Day 4: Caudebec-En-Caux - Normandy Beaches

Today you can choose from three different excursions. “For those wishing to go to the American sector of the historic Normandy Beaches, you will visit the cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, Omaha Beach, the artillery battery at Longues-sur-Mer and the village of Arromanches, where the remains of the floating harbour used during the WWII landings can be seen. If you prefer, 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 Courseulle and finally Arromanches. If you fancy something entirely different the Romanesque Normandy Abbey Route will take you to the magnificent historic abbeys of the region.

Day 5: Rouen

Enjoy a morning tour of the medieval city of Rouen, visiting the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral, depicted numerous times by Monet. You will also see the square where Joan of Arc was martyred. For those who wish to be more active, you can join a biking or hiking tour around the city. Later in the day, you can explore the Jewish area of Rouen; or go on the “Tastes of Normandy” tour, where you’ll be treated to the delicious flavors of the region, including chocolate, cheese and cider.

Day 6: Vernon

In Vernon, you will have a choice of three excursions, depending on your interests. Visit Claude Monet's home and gardens in Giverny. Art lovers will immediately recognize images immortalized in Monet's most beloved paintings-such as water lilies, Japanese bridges and graceful willow trees. Wander around his famous gardens and home where he lived for more than four decades. Alternatively, visit the regal 18th-century Château de Bizy, inspired by the opulence of Versailles and enjoy an escorted tour of the palace and gardens.

Day 7: Conflans

Today you may visit Château Malmaison, the former home of Napoleon and Josephine Bonaparte. You'll 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." Alternatively, travel to Auberge Ravoux in the heart of Auvers-sur-Oise, the last home of artist Vincent van Gogh. Or enjoy pedaling through the city of Conflans. Later in the day, set sail for Paris.

Day 8: Paris

Your Seine Cruise comes to an end this morning as you disembark in Paris after a final breakfast on board.

Disembark

Disembark the ship in Paris.

Includes

  • 7 Nights' accommodation on the Amalyra
  • Full board during the cruise, including complimentary local Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
  • Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drink
  • Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
  • Daily sightseeing and excursions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Port Taxes are shown separately on the website and will be charged at the time of booking
  • Bottled water replenished daily in Staterooms

Excludes

  • International Flights & Transfers
  • Beverages, other than those already mentioned
  • Personal expenses on board
  • Personal insurance
  • Passport and visa costs
  • Gratuities
 

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