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10 Day Small Group Tour and European River Cruise

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Engaging Discoveries for our World Travelers

Note: Shore excursions and sightseeing tours on this program are offered by Ama Waterways and are not limited to 16 guests.

  • Set sail on an all-inclusive cruise along the Seine enjoying sightseeing, fine meals and free-flowing local wines with dinner.
  • Visit the village of Giverny, where Monet lived for 43 years.
  • Explore Honfleur, a charming French harbor town made famous from artist's paintings.
  • Stroll through Rouen, the historic capital of Normandy, followed by an unforgettable excursion to the famous Normandy beaches.

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Day
1

Arrive in Paris, France

Arrive in Paris and transfer to your luxurious ship. Meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner. Meals D

Day
2

Vernon

Spend the morning enjoying the lovely scenery along the Seine as you cruise to the provincial town of Vernon. The afternoon brings the chance to visit Giverny. There, you will tour the house and gardens of the Impressionist master Claude Monet. The artist lived here for more than four decades, immortalizing the flowers, footbridges and stone structures of his country estate in some of his most famous paintings, including the renowned Water Lillies series. Meals B,L,D

Day
3

Vernon to Rouen

In the morning, enjoy the scenery as you cruise leisurely on the Seine. Arrive in Rouen, where you will tour this medieval city, the historic capital of Normandy. Walk through the old town to the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral, painted numerous times by Monet. You will also visit the square where Joan of Arc was martyred. Afterwards there is free time to explore Rouen on your own, perhaps stopping in to a local shop to sample some of the famous Norman cheeses. Meals B,L,D

Day
4

Rouen

Today, you will have the choice of two different excursions. “D-Day Remembered” is a full day excursion tracing the events of June 6th 1944. We start at Pegasus Bridge where the first glider bornb troops landed hours before the invasion began. Then we drive the entire Normandy Beach landings – Gold, June & Sword beaches in the British and Canadian sectors. Lunch is the town of Arromanches where days after D-Day a giant floating harbor was situated. Those that wish can visit the D-Day Museum. In the afternoon we visit the US sector, Omaha and Utah beaches. Our final stop the cemetery at St.Laurent, famous from the opening scenes of Saving Private Ryan. As an alternative you can discover traditional Normandy with a visit to the Pays d’Auge and historic Caen. The “lands of the Auge” are home to traditional Norman Towns and villages, such as Beuvron-en-Auge with timber-framed houses, cider and cheese production. Caen was the home of William the Conqueror, he was responsible for building its huge 11th century fortress, still one of the largest in Europe, and it’s within the Cathedral that his tomb lies. Meals B,L,D

Day
5

Rouen

This morning you have a choice of two different tours. The first option is to visit Honfleur, located on the southern bank of the Seine across from Le Havre. Known for its historic port surrounded by picturesque houses with slate-covered facades, Honfleur was a favorite subject of artists such as Courbet, Boudin and Monet. Honfleur’s 15th-cenutury Sainte-Catherine church, with its detached bell tower, is the largest wooden church in France. In the alternative, you may choose the "Route des Abbeyes" tour spotlighting Normandy's famous abbeys. An important part of the region’s history, more than 100 abbeys once dotted the Norman landscape. You will visit the ruins of the Norman abbey of Jumieges and the imposing Benedictine abbey of St. Wandrille, still a functioning monastery. This afternoon, enjoy scenic cruising on the Seine. Meals B,L,D

Day
6

Les Andelys

Enjoy a scenic cruise to Les Andelys, comprised of two sections, Grand-Andely and Petit-Andely. Located on a bend in the Seine surrounded by white cliffs, Les Andelys is the birthplace of the classical painter Nicolas Poussin. A stroll on the riverside offers beautiful views of the Seine Valley, centuries-old half-timbered houses and the ruins of Chateau-Gaillard perched above the town. The once-massive stronghold of Richard the Lionheart was completed in 1198, and consisted of three different enclosures divided by dry moats. Captured by the French in 1204, it changed hands a number of times during the Hundred Years War, coming permanently under French control in the 15th century. You will tour the ruins of this historic castle before continuing your cruise along the Seine. Meals B,L,D

Day
7

Conflans

Today, you will have your choice of two excursions. The first option is to visit Chateau Malmaison, home to Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and his Empress Josephine. After Napoleon and Josephine’s divorce in 1809, she continued to live there until her death in 1814. Today’s tour will include the charming chateau, gardens and museum. Alternatively, travel to the town of Auvers-sur-Oise. The town is famous for the number of Impressionist painters who lived there in the 19th century. Among them: Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro and Vincent van Gogh. Your “Artists Walk” tour will include many sites associated with their works, including the house of Dr. Gachet, a famous subject of Van Gogh and the Auberge Ravoux, known as the “Home of Van Gogh.” The upstairs room, where Van Gogh died has been preserved. He and his brother Theo are both buried in the town cemetery nearby. Meals B,L,D

Day
8

Disembark in Paris

After disembarkation this morning, you will tour one of Paris’ most spectacular museums: the Musee D’Orsay, Located on the Seine’s Left Bank, the museum was built in the former Gare (railway station) d'Orsay, and houses an extensive collection of French art dating from 1848 to 1915. Its collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces is the largest in the world; and includes iconic works by Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin and Van Gogh. Among the paintings on display are many that will seem familiar from your cruise, such as Monet’s series on the Rouen Cathedral and his Blue Water Lillies, and Van Gogh’s The Church at Auvers, Portrait of Dr. Gachet and Bedroom in Arles. After touring the museum, you will transfer to your hotel. Meals B

Day
9

Paris

Today is yours to enjoy as a free day in Paris, where a multitude of landmarks, museums, cafes and shops beckon. Meals B

Day
10

Depart Paris

Your river cruise vacation comes to an end as you transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. Meals B

Private Tour Add-Ons

A Delightful Stay in London

Our 4-day FreeStyle Travel package includes 3 nights in your choice of city-center hotel, private airport transfers, daily breakfast, Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing with a Thames River Cruise, ticket for the London Eye and 3-day London Travel Card

Berlin

Our 4-day FreeStyle Travel package includes a choice of fine hotels, daily breakfast, chauffeured airport transfers and city sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide

MapSearch

In Celebration of Wine Cruises  

These special sailings feature renowned hosts and include complimentary lectures, wine tastings and excursions to historic vineyards and cellars. Passengers will learn about the regions' centuries-old wine traditions and sample award-winning vintages, and enjoy exclusive wine-themed excursions. AmaWaterways executives will accompany each cruise, in addition to celebrity wine hosts from some of the top wineries in the U.S.
4 Departures in 2015

Art Illuminations Cruise  

Immerse yourself in Northern France's fascinating artistic heritage and create your very own masterpieces inspired by the same landscapes that captivated artists like Monet, Renoir, Gauguin and many more.
1 Departure in 2015

Note: Shore excursions and sightseeing tours on this program are offered by AmaWaterways and are not limited to 16 guests.

2016 Port charges: $168 per person
2015 Port charges: $168 per person
Single Supplement for Cruise Only: 50% of twin price; Suites: 100% of twin price

2016 Prices are per person in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom with window. To upgrade to a higher Category, add per person:

Cat – Deck – Stateroom – Price
D – Piano Deck – Window – $299
C – Violin & Cello Deck – French Balcony – $899
B – Violin & Cello Deck – French Balcony – $1,099
A – Violin Deck – French Balcony – $1,199
S – Violin Deck – French Balcony – $2,399

2015 Prices are per person in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom with window. To upgrade to a higher Category, add per person:

Cat – Deck – Stateroom – Price
D – Piano Deck – Window – $299
C – Violin & Cello Deck – French Balcony – $799
B – Violin & Cello Deck – French Balcony – $999
A – Violin Deck – French Balcony – $1099
S – Violin Deck – French Balcony – $2299


Note: Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The choices are: Choice A: Two twin beds; Choice B: One large bed (larger than queen size)

Ask about international air service on Lufthansa. See your travel agent or call us for current international airfare associated with this program. We offer both economy and business class fares. Prices are in U.S. currency and are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Availability is limited.

Family + Friends

Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
  • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
  • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
  • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
  • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!

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