Paris and Normandy route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $2899  
Length: 10 days
Arrive: Paris, France
Depart: Paris, France
Lodging: 2 nights hotels, 7 nights aboard a 150-passenger premium river vessel
Meals: All meals included aboard ship and with the group ashore, including house wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner onboard
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Walking, River Cruising
Trip Level: 8-day cruise, sultural explorations and walking tours

Our first river cruise. Excellent, capable staff, great shore itineraries and guides.Pamela S.—Guilford, CT

Choosing the Right Trip

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Our magical journey on France’s Seine River includes an exploration of Paris, the “City of Light,” and brings us to Giverny, home of artist Claude Monet, Honfleur, immortalized by generations of artists, and Rouen, where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. A highlight is an unforgettable excursion to Normandy’s famous D-Day beaches.

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.


Day 1

Arrive in Paris, with a mid-afternoon transfer to the luxurious AmaLegro. This evening, meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner.

Day 2
Vernon / Giverny

Spend the morning enjoying the lovely scenery along the Seine while cruising to the provincial town of Vernon. The afternoon brings the chance to visit Giverny, where you tour the house and gardens of the Impressionist master Claude Monet. The artist lived here for more than four decades, immortalizing the flowers, foot bridges, and stone structures of his country estate in some of his most famous paintings, including the renowned Water Lilies series.

Day 3
Caudebec / Honfleur or Normandy’s famous abbeys

After a scenic morning cruise on the Seine, arrive in the old fishing village of Caudebec, with a choice of two different tours. The first option is to visit Honfleur, a historic and picturesque port with pastel-colored houses that was a favorite subject of artists such as Courbet, Boudin, and Monet. The town’s medieval Sainte-Catherine church, with its separate bell tower, is the largest wooden church in France. As an alternative, choose the "Routes des Abbayes" excursion spotlighting Normandy's famous abbeys, more than 100 of which once covered this region. Visit the ruined abbey in Jumièges as well as St. Wandrille, still a working monastery.

Day 4
Normandy Beaches or Pays d’Auge

Today we have the choice of three different excursions. “D-Day Remembered” is a full day excursion to the US sector, Omaha and Utah beaches. Our first stop is the village of Arromanches, where the remains of the floating harbor used during the WWII landings can be seen. We will have free time to see the museums and have lunch on our own before visiting the US Cemetery and Omaha Beach at St. Laurent-sur-Mer. Our last stop is the Ranger Monument at Pointe du Hoc before returning to the ship in Rouen. As an alternative, we can tour the Gold and Juno beaches in the British and Canadian sectors. Our first stop is the Canadian cemetery at Beny-sur-Mer, followed by the Pegasus Monument in Ranville. We have free time for lunch on our own before visiting the Juno Beach Centre, Canada’s WWII museum, with a final stop at Arromanches. A third option is an excursion to rural Normandy, which includes a visit to the Pays d’Auge and “Routes du Cidre” (the Cider Road). We visit beautiful Norman towns and villages, such as Beuvron-en-Auge, Crevecoeur-en-Auge, and Crambremer, and tour a Calvados distillery where we may sample apple cider and apple brandy.

Day 5
Rouen / Les Andelys

Enjoy a morning walk through medieval Rouen and see the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral, painted numerous times by Monet, and the square where Joan of Arc was martyred. Afterwards, you have free time to explore Rouen on your own, perhaps stopping to sample some of Normandy’s famous and delicious cheeses. This afternoon,  enjoy scenic cruising on the Seine to Les Andelys.

Day 6
Les Andelys / Château Gaillard

An afternoon stroll along the river in Les Andelys offers beautiful views of the Seine Valley’s dramatic white cliffs, centuries-old half-timbered houses, and the hilltop ruins of Château Gaillard. This former stronghold of Richard the Lionheart changed hands a number of times during the Hundred Years’ War. Athletically-inclined guests may enjoy hiking up to visit the ruins of this historic castle before continuing our cruise along the Seine. The ship arrives tonight in Conflans.

Day 7
Château Malmaison or Auvers-sur-Oise

Today you have a choice of two excursions. The first option is to visit Château Malmaison, former home of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine. Your tour includes the Château’s interior, gardens, and museum. Alternatively, travel to Auvers-sur-Oise, a town famous for the Impressionist painters who lived there in the 19th century, such as Paul Cézanne and Camille Pissarro. Your “Artists’ Walk” tour  includes many sites associated with their work, including the Auberge Ravoux, former home of Vincent van Gogh. The upstairs room where Van Gogh died has been meticulously preserved. He and his brother Theo are both buried in the nearby town cemetery. The ship departs this afternoon for Paris, arriving in the evening.

Day 8
Paris / Disembark / City tour of Paris

After disembarking our ship this morning, enjoy a panoramic tour of Paris plus a visit to one of the city’s most renowned museums, the Musée d’Orsay, built in a former railway station on the Left Bank. Its collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces is the largest in the world and includes well-known works by Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin and Van Gogh. After touring the museum, transfer to a hotel for overnight.

Day 9
Day free in Paris

Today is free to explore Paris’ multitude of landmarks, museums, cafes, and shops, or choose one of several optional tours.

Day 10

Transfer to the airport and depart on homeward-bound flight.

2016 Cruise Collection

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What the Trip is Like

The trip is rated Level 1, Easiest, and is appropriate for anyone in good health who is physically active. Cruising days provide ample opportunities to relax on board, while shore excursions require a moderate amount of walking, often along uneven cobblestone streets and up and down stairs. To better accommodate our guests and their individual fitness levels, three levels of walking tours are offered whenever possible: "Regular Walkers" go at an average pace, "Gentle Walkers" proceed in a more relaxed manner, and "Active Walkers" move at a faster pace, which allows them some extra free time. Whenever possible, a "Late Starters" group is offered for guests who prefer to sleep in a bit.

Explanation of Trip Levels


Departures and Trip Cost

Price is per person in Category E, a deluxe stateroom with a window. Cabin upgrades are available at additional cost per person (listed below this chart).

‡ Mar 25-Apr 3, 2016 Paris AmaLegro Paris Mar 25 $2,899 $3,499
Apr 1-10, 2016 Paris AmaLegro Paris Apr 1 $2,999 $3,599
♦° Apr 8-17, 2016 Paris AmaLegro Paris Apr 8 $3,199 $3,799
Apr 15-24, 2016 Paris AmaLegro Paris Apr 15 $3,299 $3,899
Apr 29-May 8, 2016 Paris AmaLegro Paris Apr 29 $3,599 $4,199
May 20-29, 2016 Paris AmaLegro Paris May 20 $3,699 $4,299
May 27-Jun 5, 2016 Paris AmaLegro Paris May 27 $3,699 $4,299
Jun 3-12, 2016 Paris AmaLegro Paris Jun 3 $3,699 $4,299
Jun 17-26, 2016 Paris AmaLegro Paris Jun 17 $3,699 $4,299
♦° Jun 24-Jul 3, 2016 Paris AmaLegro Paris Jun 24 $3,699 $4,299
Jul 1-10, 2016 Paris AmaLegro Paris Jul 1 $3,599 $4,199
Jul 8-17, 2016 Paris AmaLegro Paris Jul 8 $3,599 $4,199
♦° Jul 15-24, 2016 Paris AmaLegro Paris Jul 15 $3,599 $4,199
Jul 29-Aug 7, 2016 Paris AmaLegro Paris Jul 29 $3,599 $4,199
‡ Aug 5-14, 2016 Paris AmaLegro Paris Aug 5 $3,599 $4,199
♦° Aug 12-21, 2016 Paris AmaLegro Paris Aug 12 $3,599 $4,199
Aug 19-28, 2016 Paris AmaLegro Paris Aug 19 $3,699 $4,299
Aug 26-Sep 4, 2016 Paris AmaLegro Paris Aug 26 $3,799 $4,399
Sep 9-18, 2016 Paris AmaLegro Paris Sep 9 $3,899 $4,499
Sep 16-25, 2016 Paris AmaLegro Paris Sep 16 $3,899 $4,499
Sep 23-Oct 2, 2016 Paris AmaLegro Paris Sep 23 $3,899 $4,499
Sep 30-Oct 9, 2016 Paris AmaLegro Paris Sep 30 $3,899 $4,499
♦° Oct 7-16, 2016 Paris AmaLegro Paris Oct 7 $3,799 $4,399
Oct 14-23, 2016 Paris AmaLegro Paris Oct 14 $3,599 $4,199
Oct 21-30, 2016 Paris AmaLegro Paris Oct 21 $3,499 $4,099
Oct 28-Nov 6, 2016 Paris AmaLegro Paris Oct 28 $3,399 $3,999
Nov 4-13, 2016 Paris AmaLegro Paris Nov 4 $3,199 $3,799
‡ Nov 11-20, 2016 Paris AmaLegro Paris Nov 11 $3,099 $3,699
Nov 18-27, 2016 Paris AmaLegro Paris Nov 18 $3,099 $3,699

‡ “In Celebration of Wine” cruise.
♦° Art-themed Cruise

Price above is per person in Category E, a deluxe stateroom with a window. Cabin upgrades are available at additional cost per person (see below).

AmaLegro Cabin Upgrade Pricing Per Person

Category Deck Stateroom 2016
D Piano Window add $299
C Violin/Cello French Balcony add $899
B Violin/Cello French Balcony add $1099
A Violin French Balcony add $1199
S Violin French Balcony add $2,399

Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price
Single Supplement for Land: $300 per person.

Port Charges: $168 per person

Important: Dates, prices and itineraries for sailings are subject to change.

Bedding: Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).

Round trip airfare packages are available. Call for details.

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.

Trip Payment Schedule*

At time of reservation: $400
100 days prior to departure: Balance

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

Minimum fee: $200 per person
90-120 days prior to departure: $400 per person
60-89 days prior to departure: 35% of trip cost
30-59 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
7-29 days prior to departure: 80% of trip cost
6 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Deck Plan

Trip Cost Includes:

  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom (most staterooms offer French balconies)
  • 2 nights hotel in Paris at the Pullman Montparnasse (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • Life enriching tours and excursions daily
  • State-of-the-art Infotainment System in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library & English language TV stations
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms
  • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Multiple dining venues
  • Unlimited red and white wines from France's great wine regions, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and piano music
  • Services of professional Cruise Manager
  • All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • All local taxes

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

Airfare; arrival/departure transfers; taxes or government fees; passports or visa fees baggage fees; travel, health, accident or other insurance vaccinations; laundry; any meals or beverages not specified in itinerary; optional excursions; gratuities or other items of services of a personal nature.

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation to the arrival and from the departure cities listed below. For more detailed information, including transfers, please call our office at 1-800-368-2794.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.

2016 Departures

Arrival & Meeting Place
For Cruise & Land Passengers
Paris, France
Ama Legro
Date: Day 1
Flight arrival time: by 3:00 p.m.
Embarkation: 3:00 p.m.

Suggested arrival airport
Paris, France (Airport Code CDG or ORY)

Paris, France
Date: Day 8
(Cruise only passengers transfer to airport for departure on Day 8)
Paris, France
Date: Day 10

Suggested departure airport
Paris, France ( Airport code CDG or ORY)
Flight Departure time: after 12:00 pm

Expedition Details


A valid passport is required for traveling on this trip. Be sure to check the expiration date. Your passport must be valid for six months after the conclusion of your trip. It is a good idea to carry photocopies of your passport photo page in case your passport is lost or as an additional piece of identification, as well as two extra passport photos.


No visa is required for US Citizens traveling to France.


We recommend checking the Center for Disease Control at should you have any international health concerns.


No inoculations are currently required for Europe.


Christened in 2007, the AmaLegro's decor combines beautiful shades of terra cotta with golds to create an elegant yet inviting environment. Most staterooms feature French balconies, and all include amenities such as crisp white bedding and complimentary bottled water. Enjoy entertainment in the Main Lounge, or a board game in the cozy Aft Lounge. AmaLegro also features a massage and beauty salon,; fitness room and sauna, plus a whirlpool and walking track on the Sun Deck for relaxing and taking in wonderful views. The ship carries a fleet of bicycles and safety helmets free for you to use. The bicycles let you venture out and explore the riverside bikeways or meander through quaint cobblestone streets. The bikes are set up and ready for use as soon as the ship docks. Thanks to the computer provided in your stateroom and high-speed Internet access plus Wi-Fi, you can stay connected with friends and family back home. The exclusive movies-on-demand system offers Hollywood’s current releases, a selection of classic films, or entertaining travel videos chosen to coincide with your itinerary. You’ll also enjoy a variety of English-language news, sports and satellite TV stations, as a selection of music channels. It’s all available on your flat-panel TV, and it’s completely complimentary.