Paris and the Villages of Normandy
Our river journey along the Seine brings us from Paris, the "city of light," to historic chateaux, ancient abbeys, the gardens of Giverny, and medieval towns of great character.
Trip Details at-a-Glance
|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|
8-day cruise, sultural explorations and walking tours
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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.
We arrive in Paris, with a mid-afternoon transfer to our luxurious ship, the AmaLegro. This evening we meet our fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner.
Vernon / Giverny
We spend the morning enjoying the lovely scenery along the Seine as we cruise to the provincial town of Vernon. The afternoon brings the chance to visit Giverny, where we 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.
Caudebec / Honfleur or Normandy’s famous abbeys
After a scenic morning cruise on the Seine, we 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. We will visit the ruined abbey in Jumièges as well as St. Wandrille, still a working monastery.
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.
Rouen / Les Andelys
We 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, we have free time to explore Rouen on our own, perhaps stopping to sample some of Normandy’s famous and delicious cheeses. This afternoon, we enjoy scenic cruising on the Seine to Les Andelys.
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 we continue our cruise along the Seine. The ship arrives tonight in Conflans.
Château Malmaison or Auvers-sur-Oise
Today we have a choice of two excursions. The first option is to visit Château Malmaison, former home of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine. Our 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. Our “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.
Paris / Disembark / City tour of Paris
After disembarking our ship this morning, we 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, we transfer to our hotel for overnight.
Day free in Paris
Today is free to explore Paris’ multitude of landmarks, museums, cafes, and shops, or choose one of several optional tours.
Transfer to the airport and depart on homeward-bound flight.
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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.
Departures and Trip Cost
Price is per person in Category E, a deluxe stateroom with a window. Cabin upgrades are available at additional cost (listed below this chart).
|Paris||Mar 27-Apr 5, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||Mar 27||$2,799||$3,399|
|Paris||Apr 3-12, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||Apr 3||$2,899||$3,499|
|Paris||Apr 10-19, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||Apr 10||$3,099||$3,699|
|Paris||Apr 17-26, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||Apr 17||$3,199||$3,799|
|Paris||Apr 24-May 3, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||Apr 24||$3,299||$3,899|
|Paris||May 1-10, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||May 1||$3,499||$4,099|
|Paris||May 8-17, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||May 8||$3,499||$4,099|
|Paris||May 22-31, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||May 22||$3,599||$4,199|
|Paris||May 29-Jun 7, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||May 29||$3,599||$4,199|
|Paris||Jun 5-14, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||Jun 5||$3,599||$4,199|
|Paris||Jun 12-21, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||Jun 12||$3,599||$4,199|
|Paris||Jun 19-28, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||Jun 19||$3,499||$4,099|
|Paris||Jun 26-Jul 5, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||Jun 26||$3,399||$3,999|
|Paris||Jul 3-12, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||Jul 3||$3,399||$3,999|
|Paris||Jul 10-19, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||Jul 10||$3,399||$3,999|
|Paris||Jul 17-26, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||Jul 17||$3,399||$3,999|
|Paris||Jul 24-Aug 2, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||Jul 24||$3,399||$3,999|
|Paris||Jul 31-Aug 9, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||Jul 31||$3,399||$3,999|
|Paris||Aug 7-16, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||Aug 7||$3,399||$3,999|
|Paris||Aug 14-23, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||Aug 14||$3,399||$3,999|
|Paris||Aug 21-30, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||Aug 21||$3,499||$4,099|
|Paris||Aug 28-Sep 6, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||Aug 28||$3,599||$4,199|
|Paris||Sep 4-13, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||Sep 4||$3,799||$4,399|
|Paris||Sep 11-20, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||Sep 11||$3,799||$4,399|
|Paris||Sep 18-27, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||Sep 18||$3,799||$4,399|
|Paris||Sep 25-Oct 4, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||Sep 25||$3,799||$4,399|
|Paris||Oct 2-11, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||Oct 2||$3,799||$4,399|
|Paris||Oct 9-18, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||Oct 9||$3,699||$4,299|
|Paris||Oct 16-25, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||Oct 16||$3,499||$4,099|
|Paris||Oct 23-Nov 1, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||Oct 23||$3,399||$3,999|
|Paris||Oct 30-Nov 8, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||Oct 30||$3,299||$3,899|
|Paris||Nov 6-15, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||Nov 6||$3,099||$3,699|
|Paris||Nov 13-22, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||Nov 13||$2,999||$3,599|
|Paris||Nov 20-29, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||Nov 20||$2,999||$3,599|
|Paris||Nov 27-Dec 6, 2014||AmaLegro||Paris||Nov 27||$3,099||$3,699|
|Paris||Mar 26-Apr 4, 2015||AmaLegro||Paris||Mar 26||$2,899||$3,499|
|Paris||Apr 2-11, 2015||AmaLegro||Paris||Apr 2||$2,999||$3,599|
|Paris||Apr 9-18, 2015||AmaLegro||Paris||Apr 9||$3,199||$3,799|
|Paris||Apr 16-25, 2015||AmaLegro||Paris||Apr 16||$3,299||$3,899|
|Paris||Apr 30-May 9, 2015||AmaLegro||Paris||Apr 30||$3,599||$4,199|
|Paris||May 7-16, 2015||AmaLegro||Paris||May 7||$3,599||$4,199|
|Paris||May 21-30, 2015||AmaLegro||Paris||May 21||$3,699||$4,299|
|Paris||May 28-Jun 6, 2015||AmaLegro||Paris||May 28||$3,699||$4,299|
|Paris||Jun 4-13, 2015||AmaLegro||Paris||Jun 4||$3,699||$4,299|
|Paris||Jun 11-20, 2015||AmaLegro||Paris||Jun 11||$3,699||$4,299|
|Paris||Jun 18-27, 2015||AmaLegro||Paris||Jun 18||$3,599||$4,199|
|Paris||Jul 2-11, 2015||AmaLegro||Paris||Jul 2||$3,499||$4,099|
|Paris||Jul 9-18, 2015||AmaLegro||Paris||Jul 9||$3,499||$4,099|
|Paris||Jul 16-25, 2015||AmaLegro||Paris||Jul 16||$3,499||$4,099|
|Paris||Jul 23-Aug 1, 2015||AmaLegro||Paris||Jul 23||$3,499||$4,099|
|Paris||Jul 30-Aug 8, 2015||AmaLegro||Paris||Jul 30||$3,499||$4,099|
|Paris||Aug 6-15, 2015||AmaLegro||Paris||Aug 6||$3,499||$4,099|
|Paris||Aug 13-22, 2015||AmaLegro||Paris||Aug 13||$3,599||$4,199|
|Paris||Aug 20-29, 2015||AmaLegro||Paris||Aug 20||$3,699||$4,299|
|Paris||Aug 27-Sep 5, 2015||AmaLegro||Paris||Aug 27||$3,799||$4,399|
|Paris||Sep 10-19, 2015||AmaLegro||Paris||Sep 10||$3,899||$4,499|
|Paris||Sep 17-26, 2015||AmaLegro||Paris||Sep 17||$3,899||$4,499|
|Paris||Sep 24-Oct 3, 2015||AmaLegro||Paris||Sep 24||$3,899||$4,499|
|Paris||Oct 1-10, 2015||AmaLegro||Paris||Oct 1||$3,899||$4,499|
|Paris||Oct 8-17, 2015||AmaLegro||Paris||Oct 8||$3,799||$4,399|
|Paris||Oct 15-24, 2015||AmaLegro||Paris||Oct 15||$3,599||$4,199|
|Paris||Oct 22-31, 2015||AmaLegro||Paris||Oct 22||$3,499||$4,099|
|Paris||Oct 29-Nov 7, 2015||AmaLegro||Paris||Oct 29||$3,399||$3,999|
|Paris||Nov 5-14, 2015||AmaLegro||Paris||Nov 5||$3,199||$3,799|
|Paris||Nov 12-21, 2015‡||AmaLegro||Paris||Nov 12||$3,099||$3,699|
|Paris||Nov 19-28, 2015||AmaLegro||Paris||Nov 19||$3,099||$3,699|
|Paris||Nov 26-Dec 5, 2015||AmaLegro||Paris||Nov 26||$3,199||$3,799|
|Paris||Dec 3-12, 2015||AmaLegro||Paris||Dec 3||$3,199||$3,799|
|Paris||Dec 10-19, 2015||AmaLegro||Paris||Dec 10||$3,199||$3,799|
‡ “In Celebration of Wine” cruise.
Price above is per person in Category E, a deluxe stateroom with a window. Cabin upgrades are available at additional cost (see below).
AmaLegro Cabin Upgrade Pricing
|D||Piano||Window||add $249||add $299|
|C||Violin/Cello||French Balcony||add $649||add $799|
|B||Violin/Cello||French Balcony||add $849||add $999|
|A||Violin||French Balcony||add $979||add $1099|
|S||Violin||French Balcony||add $1,999||add $2,299|
Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price
Single Supplement for Land: $280 per person.
Port Charges: $161 (2014) or $168 (2015) per person
Important: Dates, prices and itineraries for 2015 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: These cruises are not exclusive Wilderness Travel departures. The itinerary, lecturers, and other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the ship operator.
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
- Transfer from Prague to the ship in Vilshofen
- 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.
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*
More than 121 days prior to departure: $200 per person
120-90 days prior: $400
89-60 days prior: 35% of cruise or trip price
59-30 days prior: 50% of cruise or trip price
29-7 days prior: 80% of cruise or trip price
6 days or fewer days prior: 100% of cruise or trip price
*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.
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.