Begin your journey through northern France in Paris, the "City of Light," where you will embark your cruise. Visit the village of Giverny, where Monet lived for 43 years, before exploring Honfleur, a charming French harbour 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. Visit the charming town of Les Andelys, home of the impressive Chateau Gaillard.
Your spacious ship offers a choice of eating areas with open seating and complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, outdoor decks, and three lounges. Large cabins offer plush bedding, sitting area and free internet access.
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Paris and Normandy
Day 1 - Paris (France)
Embark AmaLyra in Paris (D)
Day 2 - Vernon
Cruise along the Seine this morning to Vernon to enjoy free time exploring the town. This afternoon visit Giverny where you can tour the house and beautiful gardens of Claude Monet which featured in some of his most famous paintings, or visit the palace and enchanting gardens of Chateau de Bizy. Ship moors overnight in Vernon. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Caudebec-en-Caux
After a morning cruising along the Seine, arrive at Caudebec from where you can choose to visit the picturesque port of Honfleur which inspired many artists including Monet, or choose the 'Routes des Abbayes' tour spotlighting Normandy's famous abbeys. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Caudebec-en-Caux
Today choose from a full 'D-Day Remembered' excursion to the US sector, visiting the village of Arromanches, the US Cemetery and the Omaha Beach, or visit the US sector including the cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. The third option is to rural Normandy and a tour of a Calvados distillery to sample apple cider and brandy. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Rouen
Enjoy a walking tour of medieval Rouen and see the imposing cathedral which was painted by Monet, and walk to the square where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. Spend time at leisure or take the guided bike tour along the Seine. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Les Andelys
Enjoy a scenic cruise to the village of Les Andelys, site of Chateau Gaillard, built in 1196 by Richard the Lionheart. Tour the ruins of this former stronghold of the Middle Ages, or join the guided bike tour through Les Andelys, before continuing your cruise along the Seine. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Conflans
Today choose from two excursions. Visit Chateau Malmaison, a small castle which was once home to Napoleon Bonaparte. Alternatively travel to Auvers-sur-Oise which is famous for a number of painters who lived there including Cezanne and Vincent Van Gogh. An 'Artists Walk' takes you to the sites associated with the artists and visit Auberge Ravouz, known as the 'Home of Van Gogh. The ship departs in the afternoon and arrives in Paris this evening. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - Paris
This morning after breakfast, disembark your cruise in Paris. (B)
For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary