Paris → Paris
This week-long cruise aboard the AMADEUS Diamond, which starts and ends in Paris, combines what is probably the most romantic city in the world with a fascinating journey into the past of the Impressionist masters. Follow the footsteps of van Gogh, Cezanne and Gauguin on this tour along the winding Seine River into Normandy (without doubt one of the most beautiful regions of France), up to Le Havre on the rugged Atlantic coast. Normandy is also an important part of European history due to events that took place there during the Second World War. Visits to idyllic Normandy villages, the “museum town” of Rouen and the picturesque harbour town of Honfleur are only some of the wonders to be explored on this cruise program.
Embark in the afternoon and get settled in your cabin. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a specially prepared Welcome Dinner. Afterwards, you will be briefed on all onshore excursions, golf clubs and starting times, while the ship will have left Paris and cruise to the next port of call: Conflans
Arrive in Conflans, at the confluence of the Oise and the Seine. In the morning, you are transferred to the famous Le Golf National club, which is situated southwest of Paris in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, near the Palace of Versailles. Le Golf National features the Albatros golf course, which is considered one of the best in Europe and has seen further improvements since it was chosen as the host venue for the Ryder Cup 2018. Enjoy dinner on board in the evening.
Le Golf National
The Golf National complex, founded in 1985, is situated southwest of Paris in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, near the Palace of Versailles. Designed by architects Hubert Chesneau and Robert von Hagge as a permanent home for the Open de France, Le Golf National features the championship Albatros course, which is considered one of the best in Europe. Extensive renovations have taken place on the Albatros course since it was chosen as the host venue for the Ryder Cup 2018. Players can expect a course that offers plenty of risk/reward situations, with undulating fairways and links-style bunkers, and can look forward to the challenging water hazards that surround the final four holes. The Albatros course masterfully combines a traditional links feel with the modern features of target golf. Golf National’s second 18-hole course, the Aigle, offers a more relaxed experience – a perfect warm-up course for the more challenging Albatros course. Oiselet, the 9-hole third course of Golf National, is ideal for practice sessions.
This morning, we reach Rouen, often called the “Ville Musée” (Museum Town) because of the many art, history, and antiquities museums scattered across the city. The town is also known for the cathedral that inspired Claude Monet, the modern Church of Joan of Arc, with its magnificent 16thcentury stained-glass windows, the “Gros Horloge” (astronomical clock), and the Parliament of Normandy. Get to know this fascinating town in Normandy better on a guided walking tour in the morning. Thereafter, you will be transferred to the Golf Hôtel de Saint Saëns, which is picturesquely situated bordering the Eawy Forest – the largest beechwood forest in France.
Golf Hôtel de Saint-Saëns
The Golf Hôtel de Saint-Saëns is situated between Rouen and Dieppe, bordering the Eawy Forest – the largest beechwood forest in France. Designed by architect Denis Robinson, the first five holes of the golf course opened in 1988.The course opened fully in 1989 and has hosted various European championships. The 71-par woodland golf course stretches over 6009 meters and is considered one of the most picturesque courses in Normandy, providing not only a charming setting but also a challenging course with plenty of variety for players, as it is composed of three distinct sections, each of which presents its own unique challenges. From hole 1 to hole 5, the Varenne River flows along the greens and fairways. The next section, up to hole ten, is characterized by a lovely beech and oak forest. Finally, on the other side of the forest, the course opens onto a plateau, with spectacular views of the Normandy countryside and the club house, which is housed in the charming 19th century manor, “Le Vaudichon”.
Although the harbor of Le Havre was largely destroyed in World War II, it was rebuilt and continues to be an important port city in Normandy. In the morning, you are transferred to the breathtaking Golf d’Étretat Golf Club. Set above the cliffs of Étretat with a spectacular view of the English Channel, the magnificent, wave-cut arches of the famous cliffs and the charming village below, the Étretat Golf Club is over 100 years old and is considered one of the three best French seaside golf courses. After visiting this famous golf club, join the walking tour along the cliff paths of Étretat, where the iconic, steep chalk cliffs and impressive needle-like formations of the Normandy coastline have inspired many well-known artists.
Étretat Golf Club
Set above the cliffs of Étreta with a spectacular view of the English Channel, the magnificent, wave-cut arches of the famous cliffs and the charming village below, the Étretat Golf Club is considered one of the three best French seaside golf courses. The club, which is over 100 years old, was founded in 1908 by Englishmen. The first president was Bernard Forbes, 8th Earl of Granard. Honorary members included the likes of Lord Denman, future vice-governor of Australia and Lord Wodehouse, Baron of Kimberley. The original 13-hole course was designed by Julien Chantepie and Arnaud Massy (the only Frenchman to have won the Open). The club closed during WWII, but reopened in 1949, after the landmines had been cleared out. Didier Fruchet revised the layout in the 1990s and today the resort extends over 6,000 meters. The 18-hole course will test every facet of players’ games, particularly with the exciting sequence of holes at the back nine, between the 10th and the 14th, where the fairways run along the cliff edge.
In the morning, you are transferred to the renowned Golf de Deauville Saint-Gatien club. Situated in the heart of the “Pays d’Auge”, Normandy, the course is set in idyllic natural surroundings
and stretches across both a valley and the higher terrain of a plain, surrounded by forests and overlooking the Seine River and the English Channel. Although there are no water hazards here, golfers are sure to enjoy both the technical challenges of the courses as well as the beautiful natural surroundings – from the varied tree and plant species to the panoramic views of lakes, rivers and the sea beyond the dunes of Granville. In the evening, celebrate your success at the Champions-Cocktail and the Award Ceremony with the captain.
Golf de Deauville Saint-Gatien Golf Club
The Golf de Deauville Saint-Gatien Golf Club is situated in the heart of the “Pays d’Auge”, Normandy. The 27-hole golf course is set in idyllic natural surroundings and stretches across both the valley and the higher terrain of the plain, overlooking the Seine and the English Channel. The 18-hole Rouge-Blanc course combines Tom Simpson’s 9-hole La Vallée course with Henry Cotton’s 9-hole La Bergerie course. La Chapelle, the third 9-hole course, was designed in 1988 by architect Olivier Brizon. All the courses have an open feel with treelined, wide fairways and imposing greenside bunkers. Although there are no water hazards, golfers are sure to enjoy both the technical challenges of the courses as well as the beautiful natural surroundings and panoramic
views of lakes, rivers and the English Channel beyond the dunes of Granville, which can be seen from the Omaha clifftops. The Normandy style clubhouse is atmospheric and charming and has ruins of an 18th century chapel running alongside it.
Today, your vessel anchors in the little town of Les Andelys in the shadow of Château Gaillard, once home to Richard Lionheart. This is the starting point for the optional excursion to Richard Lionheart’s Château and the nearby village of Giverny, which was home to the famous Impressionist Claude Monet until his death in 1926. The beautiful surroundings and vivid flora inspired many of his most famous works. Return to the ship in Vernon for lunch. Round out your Normandy experience
with an optional visit to the spectacular Palace of Versailles. Originally a small hunting lodge, the palace was extended to its current size by the “Sun King” Louis XIV and is now one of Europe’s largest palaces. In the evening, the captain invites you to his Gala Dinner - a wonderful finish to a
In the early hours of the morning we will say “Bienvenue” to the French capital once again. The day is yours to explore this romantic city. An optional city tour takes you to the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, the Eiffel Tower, and the bustling Champs-Élysées in the morning. In the afternoon, another optional tour allows you to explore the quirky artists’ district of Montmartre and the Sacré-Coeur, located on the highest hill in northern Paris. Since this is your last evening, why not join the optional boat ride, “Paris by Bight: Illumination Cruise on the Seine,” to see the “City of Lights” in all its glory. Whatever you choose to do, we are sure you will fall in love with this iconic city.
After breakfast, your Amadeus Diamond crew bids you “adieu”. We hope to see you again soon!
Owing to the variety of available excursions it‘s often difficult to choose between them - so on this cruise we offer you tailor-made and carefully composed sets of excursions that you can book in advance with 15% discount. All excursions can of course also be booked individually at regular rates on board.
|Cruise Highlights||Unit Price|
|Rouen walking tour (incl.)||included|
|Excursion to Étretat (incl.)||included|
|Excursion to Chateau Gaillard and Giverny||€ 72|
|Excursion to the Palace of Versailles (incl.)||included|
|City tour of Paris||€ 47|
|Guided walking tour of the Montmartre district||€ 47|
|Paris by night: Illuminated cruise on the Seine||€ 62|
|Onboard Booking Price|
|Prices for packages booked in advance|