This week-long cruise aboard the AMADEUS Diamond, begins and ends in Paris — the city of light. Combine the most romantic city in the world with a fascinating journey into the past of the Impressionist masters.
Follow the footsteps of Van Gogh, Cezanne and Gauguin while winding along the Seine River into the beautiful Normandy region to Le Havre on the rugged Atlantic Coast. Normandy was the stage of one of the most pivotal military operations in history: D-Day during World War II.
Idyllic Normandy villages, the “museum town” of Rouen and the picturesque harbor town of Honfl eur are among the wonders to be explored during this cruise.
This afternoon, embark the vessel and get settled into your cabin. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a specially-prepared Welcome Dinner.
Arrive in Conflans, at the confluence of the Oise and the Seine. Visit the little town 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. Visit Auberge Ravoux, where Van Gogh lived in a very simple and small room only lit by sky light. Inspired by the picturesque site with its inhabitants and surroundings, Van Gogh painted close to 80 canvases here, which come alive in the winding streets of the village.
This morning we reach Rouen, often called the “Ville musée” (Museum Town). If you enjoy museums, visit one of the many art, history, and antiquities museums scattered through the city. Visit the cathedral that inspired Claude Monet and the modern Church of Joan of Arc with its magnificent 16th-century stained-glass windows. Also in Rouen is the “Place du Vieux Marché”, the site where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake.
This afternoon venture to the famous “Gros Horloge,” the astronomical clock, and the Fine Arts Museum or join us for an excursion to a typical French farmhouse of the 18th century.
Although the harbor of Le Havre was greatly destroyed in World War II, it was rebuilt and continues to be an important port city in Normandy. Explore the Normandy coastline with a walk along Ètretat’s cliff-top paths for a view of steep chalk rocks with impressive needle-like formations, which have inspired many well-known artists.
Nearby, is the city of Honfleur, where the Seine meets the Atlantic. This harbor town is regarded as a jewel on the Côte Fleurie and is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. As alternative explore the beautiful beaches of Côte Fleurie.
Today, join us on a fascinating full-day Norman journey, a land of farmlands, beaches, towns. It is a land with a rich culinary tradition, based on its fine local produce like world-famous cheeses and apples from which cider and the brandy Calvados are made. Normandy also boasts many historic landmarks, such as the Normandy landing beaches and the city of Arromanches, the closest harbour linked with the liberation of Western Europe after D-Day. At the end of this excursion, rejoin the ship in Caudebec-en-Caux.
If you want to spend your morning on board you can join us on an excursion to the Palais Benedictine or explore Caudebec-en-Caux during a walking tour.
Today, your vessel anchors in the little town of Les Andelys in the shadow of Chateau Gaillard, the one time home to Richard the Lionheart. Relax in town or venture farther afield to nearby Giverny, home to Impressionist Claude Monet, until his death in 1926. The beautiful surroundings and vivid flora, were inspiration for some of his most famous works.
Alternatively, explore Les Andelys and the town of Vernon on a walking tour, or the village of La Roche-Guyon, situated at the foot of picturesque chalk cliffs. In nearby Vernon, you can rejoin the vessel. In the afternoon you can visit the residence of Emperor Napoleon and his wife Joséphine or the medieval Chantilly Castle. Onboard, the Captain’s Gala Dinner is a wonderful finish to a fantastic day.
In the early morning, it is once more “Bienvenue” to the French capital. Explore the sights of the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, and the bustling Champs-Élysées.
For the afternoon another interesting area to explore is quirky artists’ district of Montmartre and the Sacré-Coeur, located on the highest hill in northern Paris. Or stroll through former royal palace park Jardin du Luxembourg.
After breakfast we bid you “adieu” and hope to see you again soon!
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