Paris always sparkles while Normandy beckons with its stunning coastline, incredible food and artistic beauty. The Normandy Beaches, charming Les Andelys, medieval Rouen and the harbor town of Honfleur, which were lovingly depicted by the Impressionists, forever inspire. Visit the Fécamp Monastery along Normandy's dramatic Alabaster Coast, where you'll be treated to its Benedictine elixir. Travel Normandy's Cider Route to sample some of their famous cider and Calvados; and taste the famed bubbly beverage, Champagne, as you listen to the story about a monk named Dom Pérignon. Relive the grandeur of royalty at Château de Bizy, once referred to as the "Versailles of Normandy," on an escorted tour of the salons and sample some delicious Norman cheeses and apple cider at special tasting stations throughout the estate. Soak up the art, architecture and timeless landscapes as you experience the best of the Normandy region.
Cruise: Paris to Normandy to Paris along the Seine River
Departure: Wednesday, August, 19, 2020
Return: Thursday, August, 19, 2020
Pricing & Inclusions
SUITES, OCCUPANCY & SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS All prices listed above are per person double occupancy. Suites and Single Supplement pricing is available upon request, please call our offices to inquire more.
PRE-CRUISE PARIS PACKAGE: $700 per person; double occupancy
INCLUSIONS Post cruise ship to Airport Transfers, 7 night River Cruise aboard the AmaLyra, All Meals Onboard Ship (B,L,D), Unlimited Fine Wine, Beer, and Soft Drinks with Lunch & Dinner, Daily Complimentary Cocktail hour, Immersive Tours in Every Port, Port Charges, Onboard Gratuity
DEPOSIT $400 Per Person due with Reservation
FINAL PAYMENT April 17, 2020
CANCELLATION POLICY Initial deposit of $200 per person is Non-refundable once the cabin is assigned with legal names. | $400 Per Person Cancellation Penalty will be imposed from 120-90 days prior to departure. | Full Penalty will be imposed for any cancellations received after the end of business 90 prior to departure.
PASSPORT NOTICE A passport is required to travel to this destination and must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date of your trip.
TRAVEL INSURANCE Optional Trip Insurance through Travel Insured International. To purchase, call our offices.
AMALYRA RIVER CRUISE EXPERIENCE
River Cruises are a very unique and intimate way to experience the world. There is a deep authenticity to the experience that does not sacrifice on luxury. This cruise will be on board the AmaLyra. After her launch, the AmaLyra quickly earned a "Best New River Cruise Ship" distinction in comfort and style. Perhaps it can be attributed to AmaLyra’s rippling Main Lounge carpet, evocative of the river, or her elegant love seats in varying shades of blue. Or maybe it was because of the scenery afforded by the ship’s French balconies, or because of the exquisite cuisine served by the Main Restaurant and in a delightful, multi-course production as part of The Chef’s Table experience. Whatever the reason, savor the comfort of staterooms appointed with Entertainment-On-Demand, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English-language TV stations. Revel in the indulgences offered by the sauna, whirlpool, and massage and hair salon. And take advantage of AmaLyra’s sun-deck walking track, fitness room and fleet of complimentary bikes—because maybe being on the best river cruise ship means being the best version of you.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2020
TRAVEL DAY This day is set aside for your travels from home to a local airport and your overnight flight to Europe.
Thursday, August 20, 2020
ARRIVE IN PARIS & TRANSFER TO SHIP Today your flight arrives in Paris. You will meet your AmaWaterways Cruise representative and transfer to the AmaLyra waiting to start your 7 Night Cruise.
EMBARKATION – PARIS, FRANCE Welcome to Paris, the wondrous “City of Light,” where you’ll board your luxurious cruise ship. Cap the evening off with a Welcome Aboard Wine Toast. (D)
THE AMALYRA Introduced in 2009, the 144-passenger AmaLyra quickly earned a "Best New River Cruise Ship" distinction in comfort and style. Most staterooms have a French balcony. Stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. The AmaLyra offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a sauna, whirlpool, massage and hair salon, a stylish and inviting Main Lounge, and specialty coffee station. You will also enjoy a variety of dining venues, including The Chefs Table specialty restaurant, featuring an exquisite tasting menu prepared right before your eyes.
Friday, August 21, 2020
LES ANDELYS Uncover the history of Château Gaillard, the former stronghold of Richard the Lionheart, situated on the chalk cliffs high above the Seine, on a tour. 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. After your adventures, enjoy an onboard wine tasting and set sail along the meandering Seine, enjoying the beautiful views of the Seine Valley's dramatic white cliffs and centuries-old half-timbered houses. (B,L,D)
Saturday, August 22, 2020
LE HARVE There are several different choices of excursions, both during the morning and afternoon, depending on your interests. You can choose between a full-day excursion to the seaside town of Honfleur, renowned for its picturesque harbor, and for being an inspirational site for Impressionist painters; or you can enjoy a half-day excursion here that includes a Market visit and free time. 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. Alternatively, you have the choice to travel along Normandy's dramatic Alabaster Coast to the Fécamp Monastery. It is there that 19th-century wine merchant Alexandre Le Grand rediscovered the recipe for a special elixir-a medicinal herbal liquor known as la Bénédictine. Originally developed by a Venetian monk, this mysterious elixir's complex flavor profile is sure to delight those who try it, which you will during your tasting. Should you wish to get more active, you can go on a bike tour of La Havre. (B,L,D)
Sunday, August 23, 2020
CAUDEBEC-EN-CAUX Experience the Normandy region with one of three tours. 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 harbor 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 wish to experience a different kind of inspiration, the Romanesque Normandy Abbey Route will take you to the magnificent historic abbeys of the region. Or journey back in time with the interactive exhibits and vessels at the Seine Museum. (B,L,D)
Monday, August 24, 2020
ROUEN Spend the morning enjoying medieval Rouen with a choice of three excursions. Join a walking tour past 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. 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, macaron, Norman cheese and cider. (B,L,D)
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
VERNON While enjoying scenic cruising in the morning, delight in an onboard wine tasting. In the afternoon, you will be taken to the 18th-century Château de Bizy, inspired by the opulence of Versailles. Enjoy an escorted tour of the salons and sample some delicious Norman cheeses and apple cider at special tasting stations throughout the estate. If you prefer a more active adventure, go on a guided bike tour, taking in beautiful French countryside. (B,L,D)
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
CONFLANS Travel to 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 Auvers-sur-Oise were astonishingly prolific as he painted more than 70 works here before his death. Or enjoy the youthful energy of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, with its museums, bookstores, churches and galleries. If you prefer something more active, strap on your helmet and pedal around the city of Conflans. Later in the day, relax on the Sun Deck or on your balcony as the ship takes a scenic cruise on its way to Paris. (B,L,D)
Thursday, August 27, 2020
PARIS – DISEMBARKATION Disembark the ship as you prepare for your flight home. (B)