Notice: very limited AVAILABILITY Book now to reserve your spot
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, October 30, 2019
Return: Thursday, November 7, 2019
AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
Wellness Program with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.
Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
Internet and Wi-Fi access
Sun deck whirlpool and walking track
Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
Daily entertainment including cultural performances
All onboard dining in a variety of venues
Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with French balconies)
Computer for internet access
Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
Desk and sitting area
Bottled water replenished daily
A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
Immersive tours in every destination
Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
Bike tours and hikes
Special Interest Tours
Personal headset for easy exploration
Daily Complimentary Cocktail Hour
Immersive Tours in Every Port
Roundtrip Airport to Ship Transfers
7 Night River Cruise aboard the AmaLyra
All Meals Onboard ship
Unlimited Fine Wine, Beer and Soft Drinks with Lunch & Dinner
Notice: very limited AVAILABILITY Book now to reserve your spot
Pre-Cruise Paris Package: $700 per person; double occupancy
DEPOSIT $400 Per Person due with Reservation
FINAL PAYMENT July 2, 2019
CANCELLATION POLICY $200 Per Person Cancellation Penalty will be imposed after reservation to July, 1, 2019. | $400 Per Person Cancellation Penalty will be imposed from July 2, 2019 to July 31, 2019. | Full Penalty will be imposed for any cancellations received after August 1, 2019.
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.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
TRAVEL DAY This day is set aside for your travels from home to a local airport and your overnight flight to Europe.
Thursday, October 31, 2019
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, November 1, 2019
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, November 2, 2019
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, November 3, 2019
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, November 4, 2019
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, November 5, 2019
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, November 6, 2019
PARIS Visit Paris's famous Wine Museum, the Musee du Vin, located in the heart of the city, not far from the Eiffel Tower. The Wine Museum is housed in what used to be crude limestone quarries that were mined between the 13th and the 18th centuries to supply the stones used to build Paris. The three vaulted cellars, which today houses the Wine Museum restaurant, were used in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Friars of Passy Monastery for storing their wine. The museum's permanent collection contains more than 2,200 items and has been under the ownership of the Echansons Council of (Le Conseil des Échansons de France) since 1984. The collection pays tribute to generations of winemakers, cellar masters, oenologists and coopers who have relentlessly perfected their craft to produce the most prestigious vintages. You may also enjoy an exhilarating bike ride around Paris to take in all the sights. The perfect way to cap off your day is with a Champagne tasting onboard. (B,L,D)
Thursday, November 7, 2019
PARIS – DISEMBARKATION Disembark the ship as you prepare for your flight home. (B)