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Enjoy a wonderful, wine themed journey of discovery from Paris through to Normandy guided by an special international wine host. 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. Explore 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 Château Gaillard. Conclude your journey with the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées and the Louvre in the magical city of Paris.
In order to provide clients with the upmost flexibility in flight choices AMA Waterways' prices are quoted on a cruise only basis. As a result there are no restrictions placed on which airport you can fly from and in which class. The choice is entirely up to you.
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This morning, enjoy an onboard wine lecture and tasting as you cruise along the Seine to the provincial town of Vernon. You will visit the nearby Chateau de Bizy, once referred to as "the Versailles of Normandy. The chateau features a majestic courtyard, beautiful furnishings and a charming park embellished with fountains, waterfalls, and water jets, all of which evoke the Baroque splendour of the 18th century. Your visit will include a tour of the salons, tasting of Normandy Apple Cider and some delicious Norman cheeses. We moor overnight in Vernon.
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After a scenic morning cruise on the Seine, arrive in Caudebec. You will have a choice of two different tours. The first option is to visit the village of Honfleur, located on the southern bank of the Seine across from Le Havre. This historic port, with its picturesque houses with slate-covered facades, was a favourite subject of artists such as Courbet, Boudin and Monet. Honfleur's 15th-cenutury Sainte-Catherine church, with its detached bell tower, is the largest wooden church in France. Alternatively, you may visit the Fécamp Monastery for a tasting of Bénédictine, an herbal brandy-based liqueur created by the monks in the 16th century. Today, the beverage continues to be made by a private company on the grounds of the abbey. The ship moors in Caudebec overnight.
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Today, you will have the choice of three different excursions. "D-Day Remembered" is a full day excursion tracing the events of June 6th 1944. The first excursion is to the US sector. Stops include the village of Arromanches, with free time to visit the museums before visiting St.Laurent-sur-Mer; the US Cemetery at Omaha Beach; and the Ranger monument at Pointe du Hoc before returning to the ship in Rouen. If you prefer, you may tour the British and Canadian sectors where you will visit Arromanches, with free time to visit the museums before visiting the Juno Beach Centre, and an excursion is the Pegasus Monument in Ranville. As an alternative to the "D-Day Remembered" excursions, opt for the "Taste of Normandy" excursion, which includes a tour to a Calvados distillery and a tasting of Normandy's famous cider and the apple brandy Calvados.
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Enjoy a morning walk through this medieval city and see the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral, painted numerous times by Monet, and the square where Joan of Arc was martyred. This afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore Rouen on your own. Tonight, join your fellow guests on board for a sumptuous Chaîne Des Rôtisseurs Dinner with wine pairing.
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Admire the view as you cruise from Rouen towards Les Andelys this morning and enjoy an onboard wine lecture and tasting. Once you've arrived in Les Andelys, an afternoon stroll on the riverside offers beautiful views of the Seine Valley, centuries-old half-timbered houses and the ruins of Chateau-Gaillard perched above the town. The once-massive stronghold of Richard the Lionhearted was completed in 1198, and consisted of three different enclosures divided by dry moats. More active guests may wish to hike up the hill to tour the ruins of this historic castle. Your ship departs tonight for Paris. This evening, mingle with your fellow guests on board at the Captain's Gala Dinner.
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The morning is yours to enjoy however you wish, perhaps to visit one of Paris' most spectacular museums - the Musee D'Orsay. Located on the Seine's Left Bank, the museum was built in the former Gare (railway station) d'Orsay and houses an extensive collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces. Later this afternoon, you will also enjoy a special Champagne tasting. The ship moors overnight in Paris.
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AmaWaterways' custom-built ships have set new standards in european river cruising and offer a number of exclusive features such as French balconies in most staterooms; complimentary in-room Internet and first-run Hollywood hit movies; exquisite cuisine with unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; complimentary Wi-Fi; free guided bicycle tours and much more
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Begin with a sophisticated and stylish setting. Toss in a cheerful atmosphere. Add our sumptuous cuisine, wonderful regional wines and attentive service; then sprinkle in gorgeous views. The result - an outstanding dining experience.
Primus Perchtold, AmaWaterways' Executive Chef and winner of three gold medals at the European Championship of Culinary Art in Nuremberg, designs exquisite menus for guests' enjoyment in Europe.
Every AmaWaterways vessel cruising in Europe is an official member of La Chaine des Rotisseurs. Membership is considered an achievement of world-class culinary acumen.
AmaWaterways is the only river cruise line invited to join one of the world's most prestigious culinary organizations founded in 1950 in Paris.
Early risers enjoy breakfast in the main lounge while a full buffet breakfast with made-to-order specialties, accompanied by freshly-baked breads and pastries is served from 7am daily.
At lunch, you'll find an enticing buffet laden with fresh salads, pasta dishes, hot entrees, and desserts, as well as meals to order from the menu; a light lunch option is also available in the main lounge.
In the afternoon, stop by the main lounge for tea or complimentary espresso, as well as sandwiches, pastries and cookies.
Dinner is a multi-course affair, accompanied by free-flowing wines and beer.
Every dinner on board includes free-flowing regional wines as well as complimentary beer and soft drinks.
Complimentary sparkling wine is also served with breakfast.
Bottled water, specialty teas and coffees are always available free of charge.
New for 2012, these specially-crafted guided walking tours provide a delectable taste of Europe in select destinations. Tours include visits to cooking schools, stops at culinary specialty shops, chocolatiers and charcuteries and perhaps a bistro or biergarten and more.
After dinner, you are invited to enjoy engaging evening entertainment. You are sure to be enthralled as different performers come on board each night. It's the perfect complement to your daily discoveries.
Set your own pace on shore excursions and the full attention of your guide. AmaWaterways ensures that you're treated with personalized attention, on land as well as on the river. The complimentary Small Group Shore Excursions provide a world-class tour in every destination using the very best local guides. You'll find no more intensive and immersive introduction to the culture and heritage of the region you're visiting.
To cater for different preferences AmaWarterways offer a Gentle Walkers group, for those who'd like to explore at a more leisurely pace. Wherever possible, an Active Walkers group, for those interested in covering more ground, and a Late Starter group for those who prefer to sleep in is also on offer.
AmaWaterways originated the concept of putting bicycles aboard river cruise ships in Europe. The idea sprung from the fact that so many of Europe's rivers are lined with paths that are perfect for pedaling. There are more than two dozen bicycles and plenty of safety helmets on board that are free for you to use. The bicycles give you the freedom to 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.
As you sail through Europe's most beautiful and tranquil scenery, why not take the opportunity to pamper yourself? There are an expert hair stylist, masseuse and beauty therapist at your disposal for the duration of the cruise. Nestled in a peaceful corner of the ship, next to a well equipped Fitness Center, the Massage, Beauty and Hair Salon offers a variety of treatments using only the finest products available. Pamper your body and rejuvenate your spirit while you're on board with AmaWaterways.
With AmaWaterways, you'll find an exceptional vacation experience. In addition you'll enjoy the finest onboard service of any river cruise line. After ten years in business, we believe that a big factor in our award-winning success is superior service and attention.
Our passengers consistently rate our personalized, professional and friendly service as a highlight of their cruise. How do we know? They tell us. Passengers aboard every AmaWaterways ship complete a detailed questionnaire at the end of their cruise, and we diligently read every single one of them. It provides continuous feedback on our passengers' experience, and enables us to guide our onboard staff. We can praise the staff for a job well done, and make quick adjustments before the start of the next cruise.
At AmaWaterways, customer service is our top priority.
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Prices are per person based on two sharing and are subject to availability at time of booking. Operators reserve the right to amend published prices prior to a confirmed booking being made.
2 nights B&B from: £375pp
Why not extend your stay with a few extra days in Paris to really explore theis city of light and love!
Includes 2 nights in a centrally located Paris Hotel, a guided tour of this historic city, a visit to the Paris Wine museum, including a wine tasting, and a full day to enjoy the city at your own pace.
Please call 0800 471 4754 for further information and assistance.
Mrs Hopkins, AmaWaterways - Grand Danube
“I cannot fault Global River Cruising. I have never been on a cruise before so inevitably felt a little anxiety - which deck to book a cabin on, how long a cruise for a first-timer, help with alternative travel to avoid London Airports,....all these and others instilled a trust that was reassuring.”
Mr Collier, Scenic - Rhine Highlights
“Simeon at GRC organised a trip for four of us a couple of years ago and was excellent. So we have asked him to do the same for us again this year and once again to our complete satisfaction.”
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