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La Belle France: Paris, Normandy & River Seine

Paris →  Paris

8 Days

This week-long cruise aboard the AMADEUS Diamond, which starts and ends in Paris, combines what is probably 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 on this tour along the winding Seine River into Normandy (without doubt one of the most beautiful regions of France), up to Le Havre on the rugged Atlantic coast.

Normandy is also an important part of European history due to events that took place there during the Second World War. Visits to idyllic Normandy villages, the “museum town” of Rouen and the picturesque harbour town of Honfleur are only some of the wonders to be explored on this cruise program.


This afternoon, embark the vessel and get settled into your cabin. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a specially-prepared Welcome Dinner.

Stay Paris
Departure at 8pm

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.

Stay Conflans
1.30am - 5pm

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. See the “Gros Horloge,” the astronomical clock, and the Parliament of Normandy. Also in Rouen is the “Place du Vieux Marché”, the site where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. This afternoon venture down the romantic “Abbey Trail” for a view of countless churches, castles, and abbeys.

Stay Rouen
8am - 5.30pm

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.

Stay Le Havre
Arrival at 3.30am

Today, visit some of the most important places in recent history – the Normandy landing beaches and the remains of the artificial harbor in Arromanches. Not far from the solemn significance of the landing beaches are charming villages that champion many of the things the French hold dear: good wholesome food and drink, strong local community and beautiful handcrafted things that last. Throughout Normandy, artisans—cheesemakers, metalworkers, potters, lacemakers, bell forgers, and cidermakers—still run thriving trades. After all, Camembert, Livarot, and Pont l’Évêque cheeses all come from Normandy, as do caramels au beurre d’Isigny made with creamy Norman salted butter. Enjoy the smooth, layered flavor of Calvados, an amber-hued brandy distilled from cider and renowned for its sweet aroma. Your Norman journey ends in Caudebec where you board the ship.



Stay Le Havre
Departure at 9am
Stay Caudebec en Caux
3pm - 10pm

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. Return to the ship in Vernon for lunch. The Captain’s Gala Dinner in the evening is a wonderful finish to a fantastic day.

Stay Les Andelys
8am - 9am
Stay Vernon
11.30am - 13.30pm
Stay Poissy
7.30pm - 8.30pm

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. Another interesting area to explore is quirky artists’ district of Montmartre and the Sacré-Coeur, located on the highest hill in northern Paris. Or, round out your Normandy experience with a visit to the spectacular Palace of Versailles. Originally a small hunting lodge, the palace was extended to its current size by the “Sun King” Louis XIV and is now one of Europe’s largest palaces.

Stay Paris
Arrival at 3am

After breakfast we bid you “adieu” and hope to see you again soon!

Dates & Prices

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  • Large, outside river-view staterooms, most with French balconies or walk-out balconies
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer & soft drinks
    with every lunch and dinner onboard
  • Gourmet dining onboard 
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Services of an experienced English-speaking onboard Cruise Director
  • 24 hour coffee station​
  • All onboard entertainment including talks, cooking demonstrations, musical performances and nightly piano music
  • Bottled water in every stateroom 
  • In-stateroom infotainment center
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for optional excursions
  • All local taxes & port charges included

Excursion Packages

Owing to the variety of available excursions it‘s often difficult to choose between them - so on this cruise we offer you tailor-made and carefully composed sets of excursions that you can book in advance with 15% discount. All excursions can of course also be booked individually at regular rates on board.

Cruise Highlights Unit Price A B C
Excursion to Auvers-sur-Oise $ 106.00
Rouen walking tour $ 19.00
Excursion along the “Abbey Trail” $ 69.00
Excursion to Étretat $ 54.00
Excursion to Honfleur $ 54.00
Full-day excursion „Fascinating Normandy“ with lunch $ 185.00
Excursion to Chateau Gaillard and Giverny $ 83.00
City tour of Paris $ 54.00
Guided walking tour of the Montmartre district $ 54.00
Excursion to the Palace of Versailles $ 107.00
Onboard Booking Price $ 340.00 $ 525.00 $ 731.00
Prices for packages booked in advance $ 288.00 $ 446.00 $ 620.00

Arrival & Hotel

Arrival & Transfer

You're in good hands with us from the start: Let us book you a transfer from the airport or train station to the ship port and back. The following prices apply per person per transfer.

Airport CDG - Port $58
Train station – Port $49

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