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Join FAMTrips.travel and AmaWaterways in Paris and Normandy for one of their most historical and also romantic river cruise itineraries. Experience the romance of beautiful villages of Giverny, home to Monet’s beautiful gardens and his inspiration for his water lilies works of art and lovely picturesque ports such Honfleur, as well as Rouen, the city were Joan of Arc was martyred. Come along and learn with us as we take part in the amazing WW II historical tours to the famous beaches of Normandy where our Allied Forces waged the battles that turned the tables of WWII! You will also visit the beautiful American Cemetery and fascinating memorial museum. There are several choices for the WWII beaches and memorials you may prefer to visit, based upon your historical preferences, as well.

In following ports, you may want to climb up to the ramparts of the former castle of Richard the Lionheart, or visit the final home of Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine, or tour the former home of Vincent van Gogh during your artist walks! And with all excursions included in this fam cost, as well as so many excellent amenities offered by AMA Waterways, it is the perfect time to discover river cruising at its finest! This cruise ends in Paris where you can also elect to book an optional stay with us in the magical city of lights or join us for a 2nd week of river cruising at its finest on the sister ship. AMA Dolce, in the fabulous Bordeaux wine region of France.

If you elect to do both itineraries, you can easily transfer by high speed TGV train from Paris to Bordeaux. You can either arrange this transfer on your own, or AMA Waterways can arrange it for you. There are also other optional pre or post stay options that are available either in Paris or post stays in the Loire Valley after the Bordeaux cruise. All shore excursions are INCLUDED during this cruise itinerary, as well as complimentary specialty local wines and beer selections each day at lunch and dinner on the ship. The day to day itinerary for the Paris Normandy cruise on the Seine river follows:

All Shore excursions are INCLUDED throughout the entire cruise, in addition to a lovely choice of complimentary local wines and beers each day during lunch and dinner. This is a wonderful savings in addition to the special rate below are approximately 60% -70% discount off of regular rates!

 

 

DAY 1: ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE – EMBARKATION

Arrive in Paris, one of Europe’s most romantic cities, and board your luxurious ship AmaLyra. Meet your fellow travelers at the Welcome Dinner. (D)

DAY 2: VERNON

Spend the morning enjoying the scenery along the Seine as you cruise to the provincial town of Vernon. Upon arrival, you will have free time to explore the town at your leisure. Later, visit Giverny and the enchanting home and gardens of Impressionist master Claude Monet, as well as the Impressionist Museum. The artist lived here for more than four decades, working to immortalize his ponds and flower gardens in some of his most iconic paintings. Alternatively, you can visit the palace and lush gardens of Château de Bizy. This evening the FAMTrips.travel group will enjoy a group dinner in the specialty dining room named THE CHEF’s TABLE. It will be our first opportunity to get to know one another as a group. The ship moors overnight in Vernon. (B,L,D)

DAY 3: VERNON – CAUDEBEC-EN-CAUX

After a scenic morning cruise, we arrive in the old fishing village of Caudebec-en-Caux. You will be able to choose from two different tours today. 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. It is a charming small city with such an artistic flair throughout. The town’s medieval Sainte-Catherine church, with its separate bell tower, is considered 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. You will visit the ruined abbey in Jumièges as well as St. George Boscherville, a former Benedictine abbey. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: CAUDEBEC-EN-CAUX – NORMANDY BEACHES

Today, you have the choice of four different excursions. “D-Day Remembered” is a full day excursion to the US sector, where you will visit the cemetery at Coleville-sur-Mer, Omaha Beach, the artillery battery at Longues-sur-Mer and the village of Arromanches, where the remains of the floating harbor used during the WWII landings can be seen. As an alternative, you can tour the Gold and Juno beaches in the British and Canadian sectors, where you will visit Ranville Cemetery, Pegasus Bridge, the Canadian cemetery at Beny-sur-Mer, the WWII museum in Courselle, Juno and Gold Beaches, and finally Arromanches. This is an amazing experience as you learn so many details of how the battles at Normandy were won and so many of the details about this period of WW II history.

Afterwards, you will return to the ship in Caudebec. 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). You will visit beautiful Norman towns and villages, such as Beuvron-en-Auge, and Cambremer, the Chateau St. Germaine de Livet and a Calvados distillery where you may sample apple cider and apple brandy. (B,L,D)

DAY 5: ROUEN

Enjoy a morning walk through the medieval city of Rouen and visit the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral, painted numerous times by Monet, and see the square where Joan of Arc was martyred, as well as the Medieval Quarter and Great Clock. Afterwards, you will have free time to explore Rouen on your own or join a guided bike tour along the banks of the Seine. (B,L,D)

DAY 6: LES ANDELYS – CONFLANS

Depart Rouen this morning and enjoy scenic cruising on the Seine to Les Andelys. A mid-day 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. You can make your way to this former stronghold, the castle remains of Richard the Lionheart, which changed hands a number of times during the Hundred Years’ War, on a standard tour or on a hike. You may also opt instead for a guided bike tour through the village of Les Andelys. The ship arrives tonight in Conflans. (B,L,D)

DAY 7: CONFLANS — PARIS

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 will include 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. (B,L,D)

DAY 8: PARIS – DISEMBARKATION

After disembarking the ship this morning, agents and guests who are participating in the post stay Paris extension will enjoy a panoramic tour of Paris on which they will see many fantastic sights, such as the Pantheon, Champs de Mars, Eiffel Tower and Arc du Triumph. Afterwards, you will visit 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, you will be transferred to your hotel. (B)

If you, instead, elect to also take part in the AMAWaterways Bordeaux river cruise itinerary, you may purchase a transfer from Paris to Bordeaux through FAMTrips.travel to take you to meet you ship in Bordeaux. To also book the Bordeaux itinerary, just go to www.famtrips.travel site. To book this Paris Normandy cruise, see the tab below to click for the application.


DAY 9: PARIS
Today is yours to enjoy however you wish. Explore Paris’ multitude of landmarks, museums, cafes and shops. (B)

DAY 10: DEPART PARIS

Your Optional Post Stay in Paris has come to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

 

All Shore excursions are INCLUDED throughout the entire cruise, in addition to a lovely choice of complimentary local wines and beers each day during lunch and dinner. This is a wonderful savings in addition to the special rate below are approximately 60% -70% discount off of regular rates!

Cost of FAM

Rate for Category B French Balcony: $1599. + port tax
Rate for Category A French Balcony $1699. + port tax
Special “Friends and Family” Discount $2095 pp + tax for Cat B & $2195 + tax for Cat A
(You can compare retail rate for this sailing which are $3695++ for category B)
All Shore excursions during cruise and complimentary local specialty beer and wine selections each day with lunch and dinner!

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