This week-long cruise aboard the AMADEUS Diamond, begins and ends in Paris — the city of light. Combine 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 while winding along the Seine River into the beautiful Normandy region to Le Havre on the rugged Atlantic Coast. Normandy was the stage of one of the most pivotal military operations in history: D-Day during World War II.
Idyllic Normandy villages, the “museum town” of Rouen and the picturesque harbor town of Honfl eur are among the wonders to be explored during this cruise.
Embark this afternoon in Paris, the romantic City of Light. After unpacking, join your fellow travelers for a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a specially-prepared Welcome Dinner.
Arrive in Conflans St. Honorine, at the confluence of the rivers Oise and Seine.
Join a guided tour to the little town of Auvers-sur-Oise, an inspiration to many Impressionist masters, including Cezanne, Pissarro and Daubigny. The most famous of these artists is Vincent van Gogh, whose final resting place is here. Depart late this afternoon.
This morning, join a walking tour of the capital of the Normandy region and visit the cathedral that inspired Claude Monet, and the modern Church of Joan of Arc with its magnificent 16th-century stained-glass windows.
This afternoon, either join a guided visit to the Rouen Museum of Fine Arts with its collection of impressionist paintings, or explore the countryside with a visit to Domaine Duclos Fougeray – a Norman farmhouse where you can learn about the local apple culture and the sheep herding tradition. Late this afternoon, the vessel departs as it continues northward.
The harbor of Le Havre is your convenient base for three optional land explorations. Explore the Norman coastline on a walk along Étretat’s cliff-top paths for a view of the steep chalk rocks with impressive needle-like formations, which have inspired many well-known artists.
This afternoon, opt for a tour to the nearby city of Honfleur, with its picturesque old harbor lined with 16th -18th century townhouses. Alternatively, join an excursion along the Côte Fleurie. This stretch of coastline is one of the most beautiful for its horticulture and scenery. On board the vessel this evening, enjoy the music of local chanson singers.
Today, join us on a full-day Norman journey. Experience a combination of rich culinary traditions and historic landmarks including the closest harbor linked with the liberation of Western Europe after D-Day – the city of Arromanches with its remnants of World War II Mulberries.
For those remaining on board, this afternoon offers the chance to explore the relaxing town of Caudebec-en-Caux on a walking tour. Or choose an excursion to Fécamp, a seaside resort and home to Le Palais Bénédictine, which produces the famous Bénédictine liqueur. The vessel departs after dinner this evening.
Today, there are several choices for the day’s adventures. Relax in little town of Les Andelys or venture farther afield to nearby Giverny, to visit the home of Impressionist Claude Monet and the beautiful gardens which were inspiration for several works of art. For a more active outing, join the tours of the tranquil little towns of Les Andelys and Vernon, which reward with stories of Richard the Lionheart, vistas of Château-Gaillard and promenades along the riverbanks.
After lunch on board, join an excursion to Château de Malmaison, the former residence of Joséphine and Napoleon Bonaparte, to immerse yourself in the privacy of the Imperial couple. Or visit La Roche Guyon and its magnificent Château. Rejoin the ship in Mantes-La-Jolie later this afternoon and prepare for a festive Captain’s Gala Dinner.
In the early morning, it is once more “Bienvenue” to the French capital. Explore the sights of the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, and the bustling Champs-Élysées during a morning city tour. Later in the day, head to the popular Jardin du Luxembourg and Quartier Latin – home to the Sorbonne University.
Alternatively, visit the artists’ district of Montmartre and the Sacré-Coeur, located on the highest hill in northern Paris. Spend the night on board in the French capital.
After breakfast, your AMADEUS crew bids you “adieu” and we hope to see you again soon!
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