The 144-passengers MS Amadeus Diamond is the new jewel of the French waterways after its complete renovation in 2019. The Diamond travels exclusively along the Seine and allows guests to experience the charm of Northern France in an unforgettable way. The attentive English-speaking onboard service staff will see to your comfort with typical European hospitality. The beauty of river cruising is that the most interesting destinations come to you. This Diamond Cruise features English only onboard commentary with inclusive sightseeing excursions balanced with relaxing leisure time and optional excursions. The ship offers countless choices for your leisure time including a putting green, fitness studio, massage facilities, and quiet spaces to escape with a book.
Day 1 – Depart U.S. – Overnight Flight
Day 2 – Arrive in Paris – Meet your Tour/ Cruise Manager and transfer to your ship. Board the MS Amadeus Diamond for your 7 Night Seine River Cruise. Welcome Drink & Welcome Dinner onboard. Ship departs Paris. Dinner included. Overnight Amadeus Diamond.
Day 3 – Conflans – Auvers-sur-Oise – Arrive in Conflans, which is only an hour or so from Paris, but things move slower in this town. Visit the village of Auvers-sur-Oise, an inspiration to many of the famous Impressionist masters including Cezanne, Pissarro, and Daubigny. The most famous of these artists is Vincent Van Gogh, whose final resting place is located here and where he was inspired to create nearly 80 canvases. See Auberge Ravoux, where Van Gogh lived. Experience a multimedia journey about the great masters at the Chateau D’Auvers featuring over 500 paintings set in motion with sound effects and music. Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, & Dinner included. Overnight Amadeus Diamond.
Day 4 – Rouen – Enjoy a Rouen Walking Tour including a visit to the magnificent cathedral that inspired Claude Monet and the modern Church of Joan of Arc with its magnificent 16th century glass windows. Rouen is known as a Museum Town for its many museums and was important in the Roman era and Middle Ages. It features a cobblestoned pedestrian center with medieval half-timbered houses. Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, & Dinner included. Overnight Amadeus Diamond.
Day 5 – Le Havre – Etretat – A UNESCO World Heritage Site and important port, Le Havre sits where the Seine River meets the English Channel. The harbor was destroyed in World War II and was rebuilt. Enjoy a Etretat tour to explore the famous Normandy coastline featuring cliff-top paths for views of steep chalk rocks with impressive needlelike formation. Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, & Dinner included. Overnight Amadeus Diamond.
Day 6 – Full Day Tour of Historic Normandy – Discover Normandy on this full day tour featuring many historic landmarks. Visit Pointe du Hoc, site of a German artillery unit where the U.S. Army climbed 100-foot cliffs. Stop at Omaha Beach, the most famous of the five code-named beaches. Visit Colleville Sur Mer, an American Cemetery where over 9,000 American troops are laid to rest. Enjoy lunch before a visit to the Arromaches Museum, site of an Allied operations artificial harbor where staggeringly large concrete blocks remain. Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, & Dinner included. Overnight Amadeus Diamond.
Day 7 – Les Andelys – Seine Cruising – This morning your vessel stops in the quaint little town of Les Andelys in the shadow of Chateau Gaillard, the one-time home of Richard the Lionheart. After a long day to Normandy, today is the perfect day to relax onboard to the passing Seine scenery and enjoy the ship amenities. An optional excursion will be available to visit Chateau Gaillard and nearby Giverny, home to Impressionist Claude Monet. Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, & Dinner included. Overnight Amadeus Diamond.
Day 8 – Paris – Paris, the “City of Light” is the world’s most visited capital. Enjoy a Paris City Tour to see the beloved landmarks that line the Seine including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower. Also see the majestic Arc de Triomphe and ride along the Champs-Elysees. During your leisure afternoon wander the historic banks of the Seine which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ship docked overnight in Paris. Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, & Dinner included. Overnight Amadeus Diamond.
Day 9 – Flight Home – After an included breakfast, transfer to the Paris Airport for your flight home.
Meals: 7B, 6L, 7D