Overview IMPRESSIONS OF THE SEINE & PARIS
November 4, 2021 to November 11, 2021
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- 7-NIGHT CRUISE WITH 2 NIGHTS PARIS PRE-CRUISE AND 3 NIGHTS ST. MALO, BRITTANY, 1 NIGHT PARIS CHARLES DE GAULLE POST-CRUISE
CRUISE FROM: LE HAVRE TO PARIS
Discover the most renowned sites in Paris as well as sites memorialized by famous Impressionist painters along France’s Seine River. Meander through the renowned gardens of Château d’Ambleville and visit Monet’s home and gardens in Giverny. Indulge in Norman chocolate, cheese, and cider and enhance your best self on guided bike tours through charming cities like Les Andelys. With fairytale castles, châteaux, and idyllic scenery at every turn, this cruise is sure to inspire your own art – or at least conjure beautiful memories and dreams for years to come!
CURRENT PRICING: Escorted group pricing starting at $2,945.00 per person based on double occupancy for cruise only does not include airfare.
Sale is in effect until September 30, 2020
$400 per person deposit needed to reserve cabins
No interest payment plans available
Other sailings are available, contact us for pricing
Impressions of the Seine & Paris
AT A GLANCE
Day 1 Le Havre
Board your ship in Paris for your Impressions of the Seine & Paris Celebration of Wine River Cruise. (D)
Day 2 Le Havre
There are several different choices of excursions, both during the morning and afternoon, depending on your interests. You can choose between an excursion to the seaside town of Honfleur, renowned for its picturesque harbor, and for being an inspirational site for Impressionist painters. Alternatively, you can also choose a full-day excursion to see the historic Normandy Beaches, where you may visit such sites as 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. you have the choice of a bike tour through Le Havre. Later in the day, for those not on the full-day excursion, join a city tour of the UNESCO-designated Le Havre, pedal through it on a guided bike tour or visit the Palais Bénédictine a Fécamp, where you’ll be treated to a tasting of an herbal elixir, la Bénédictine, developed during the Renaissance and blended with 27 plants and spices. (B,L,D)
Day 3 Le Havre
Visit Bayeux, with a medieval city center and the world-renowned Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts the 1066 Norman invasion of England, followed by a visit to Caen, where one of the top sites is the Château de Caen, an 11th-century castle built by William the Conqueror. Or instead, admire the 30-acre Harcourt Arboretum, with its nearly 3,000 trees, as well as the palatial Château du Champ de Bataille and the commune of Le Bec-Hellouin, known for its 11th-century abbey. Later, enjoy a scenic cruise from Le Havre to Caudebec-en-Caux, where you can visit Museo Seine, a museum focusing on the history of the Seine River. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Rouen
Spend the morning enjoying medieval Rouen with a choice of several 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. You also have the choice to explore Lyons-la-Forêt, built on the site of a former fortress and featuring remarkable centuries-old architecture, as well as the idyllic castle Vascoeuil with its octagonal tower, art exhibitions, and sculpture park. 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. Later in the day, bike through Rouen or experience another local château, the Gothic Château d’Etelan, where you may see the medieval cellar, castle wall and guardhouse dating back to 1350. (B,L,D)
Day 5 Vernon
Take in the scenery on a scenic cruise before disembarking the ship to experience the colorful splendor of Claude Monet’s magnificent gardens at his former home in Giverny, admiring the water lilies, Japanese bridges, and graceful willow trees immortalized in his paintings. For a more active adventure, pedal through Vernon on a guided bike tour. Or journey to Château de Gaillon, a picturesque Renaissance-style castle, as well as the beautiful Gardens d’Acquigny, boasting waterfalls, bridges, canals, and a wide variety of trees and plant life. Alternatively, prepare your palate for a wine tasting event at Chateau de Bizy, once referred to as the “Versailles of Normandy,” where you will enjoy a tour of the salons and a tasting of Norman apple cider and cheese. Later in the day, cruise to La Roche-Guyon where you’ll be treated to free time to explore the city on your own. (B,L,D)
Day 6 La Roche-Guyon
Experience the world through your taste buds and join a tasting tour during which you’ll get a chance to try the region’s famous apple-based calvados, cider, and cheese. Or pedal to the French commune of Mantes-La-Jolie, founded in the early Middle Ages. If you prefer to sit back and relax, stay aboard the ship and watch the scenery go by as you sail to Mantes-La-Jolie instead. During the afternoon, go on a city tour during which you may see some of Mantes-La-Jolie’s beautiful religious structures, like the Gothic Notre Dame de Mantes, followed by a unique visit to a local bee farm. Alternatively, enhance your best self with a bike tour and venture further through the city to take in more of its history and charm. Or visit the distinctive Château d’Anet, an elegant Renaissance château built in the 16th century by King Henri II for his mistress, Diane de Poiters. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Paris
Enjoy some of Paris’s most famous sights during your panoramic tour. You will be guided through the charming Latin Quarter, home to the world-famous Sorbonne University, and through the stunning 400-year-old Luxembourg Gardens, created by King Henry IV’s widow, Marie de’ Medici. Afterward, travel through Paris and see such sights as the Champs-Élysées with its cinemas, sidewalk cafes, and luxury specialty shops; the Arc de Triomphe; and the Eiffel Tower. You may choose instead to pedal through the city or immerse yourself in a sensory experience at Paris’s Musée du Vin wine museum. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Paris
Disembark your ship in Paris and prepare for your return flight home or enjoy a custom post-cruise extension. (B)
Pre and Post Cruise Extensions / More Information
AmaWaterways offers the 7-night cruise with a 2 night Paris pre-cruise extension and/or a 3 night St. Malo and Brittany, 1 night Paris Charles De Gaulle post-cruise extension.
Pre and post extensions offered by Travel by Jon & Jo’El.
Once we are within 331 days of the cruise (December 28th) we will offer pricing on our pre-cruise extension that will include 1 night in Honfleur and 2 nights in St Malo. A guided tour of Mont St Michel, St Malo, Dinard, Dinan, and wherever we all decide to explore. We will be renting vans and have a knowledgeable guide with us. This is the tour for those who do not mind changing plans and can go with the flow. We will see the important sites but may sidetrack and go explore another small town or drive to a fantastic restaurant we hear about. These extensions will be more cost-effective than the ones offered by AmaWaterways. As we get closer we will have a get together to discuss these as they evolve.
Bulk Airfare can be purchased through AmaWaterways and will be quoted after December 28th as well.