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Paris and Normandy Cruise with Guest Speaker Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster

9 days
France
Starting from $3698*

Join us on this beautiful 9 day Paris and Normandy Cruise aboard the Ama Waterways MS AmaLyra with Guest Speaker Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster.  Prices start from *$3,698.  See brochure for special airfare pricing for a city near you.

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount

What’s Included

  • Beverages with All Meals
  • Cruise
  • Meals on Ship
  • Wine, Beer & Soft Drinks
  • Most Shore Excursions

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 DEPART USA

Board your overnight flight to Paris, France.

Day 2 ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE – EMBARKATION

Arrive in Paris, one of world’s most romantic cities, and board your luxurious ship. (D)

Day 3 LES ANDELYS

Uncover the history of Château Gaillard, the former stronghold of Richard the Lionheart, situated on the chalk cliffs high above the Seine, on a tour. Or, if you prefer a more active adventure, you can hike there from the banks of the Seine, admiring the scenic views along the way. For those who wish to explore the area on two wheels, join a guided bike tour through the charming town of Les Andelys. After your adventures, set sail along the meandering Seine, enjoying the beautiful views of the Seine Valley’s dramatic white cliffs and centuries-old half-timbered houses. (B,L,D)

Day 4 LE HAVRE

Visit the seaside town of Honfleur, renowned for its picturesque harbor, and for being an inspirational site for Impressionist painters. If you wish to experience a different kind of inspiration, the Romanesque Normandy Abbey Route will take you to the magnificent Abbaye de Montivilliers and Abbaye du Valasse. For a more active adventure, you can bike through Normandy’s picturesque landscape. (B,L,D)

Day 5 CAUDEBEC-EN-CAUX – NORMANDY BEACHES

Experience the Normandy region with one of three tours. For those wishing to go to the American sector of the historic Normandy Beaches, you will visit the cemetery at Colleville-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. If you prefer, 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 Courseulle and finally Arromanches. As an alternative experience, travel through beautiful countryside of Pays d’Auge, surrounded by the apple orchards of the famed Cider Route. Visit the 17th-century Château du Breuil, one of the most prestigious Calvados distilleries and taste a broad range of ciders and Calvados, before visiting Cambremer and Beuvron-en-Auge, voted one of the most beautiful towns in France. (B,L,D)

Day 6 ROUEN

Spend the morning enjoying medieval Rouen with a choice of three excursions. Join a walking tour past 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. For those who wish to be more active, you can join a biking or hiking tour around the city. Later in the day, you can explore the Jewish area of Rouen; or go on the “Tastes of Normandy” tour, where you’ll be treated to the delicious flavors of the region, including chocolate, cheese and cider. (B,L,D)

Day 7 VERNON

Sail along picturesque Seine to Vernon, where you will have a choice of three exciting excursions. Art lovers who choose to visit Claude Monet’s gardens in Giverny will immediately recognize images immortalized in Monet’s most beloved paintings—such as water lilies, Japanese bridges and graceful willow trees. Wander around his famous gardens and home where he lived for more than four decades. You also have the choice to explore the 18th-century Château de Bizy, inspired by the opulence of Versailles. Or for those who wish a more active adventure, you can go on a guided bike tour, taking in the enchanting beauty of the region. (B,L,D)

Day 8 CONFLANS -- PARIS

Visit Château Malmaison, the former home of Napoleon and Josephine Bonaparte. You’ll learn what life was like for the Bonapartes and how Josephine endeavored to transform the large estate into “the most beautiful and curious garden in Europe.” Alternatively, travel to Auberge Ravoux in the heart of Auvers-sur- Oise, the last home of artist Vincent van Gogh. His spirit still lingers in his former attic rooms at the Ravoux Inn. The mere 70 days Van Gogh spent in Auvers-sur-Oise were astonishingly prolific as he painted more than 70 works here before his death. Later in the day, set sail for Paris. (B,L,D)

Day 9 PARIS - DISEMBARKATION

Disembark your cruise in Paris. (B)

Enhance Your Journey

Paris Pre-Tour $700

DEPART USA
Board your overnight flight to Paris, France.  

ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE  
Arrive in Paris and check-in to your hotel. The balance of the day is yours to start exploring this beautiful city.

PARIS  
Enjoy some of Paris’ most famous sights during your guided city tour this morning, such as the Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde and the Eiffel Tower, plus a visit inside Notre Dame Cathedral. Tonight, an optional “Montmartre & Illuminations” tour is available, with breathtaking and not-to-be-missed views of Paris after dark.

PARIS  
Your last day in Paris is free to enjoy at your leisure. If you wish, you may join an optional “Seine Cruise & Eiffel Tower” tour this morning, which offers a different perspective on the city’s top landmarks. This evening, an optional “Parisian Cabaret Dinner Show" is available, featuring excellent French cuisine and a fantastic, high-spirited theatrical performance.

PARIS - LYON - EMBARKATION  
After checking out of your hotel, you will board the TGV high-speed train that will whisk you through the French countryside to Lyon. Nestled between the Saone and Rhone rivers, Lyon is one of France’s most important cities and its gastronomic capital. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time for lunch on your own before a private cooking demonstration. Later, transfer to your luxurious ship, where you will gather this evening for a Welcome Dinner.

Departure Dates

  1. June 12, 2019
*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount