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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.
Embark this afternoon in Paris, the romantic City of Light. After unpacking, join your fellow travelers for a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a specially-prepared Welcome Dinner.
Departure at 8:00pm
Arrive early in the morning in Conflans-St.-Honorine, at the confluence of the rivers Oise and Seine. Join a guided tour to the little town of Auvers-sur-Oise, a charming French town with narrow laneways, shuttered homes and the scent of roses guiding your exploration. It is not hard to see why the town was an inspiration to many Impressionist masters, including Cezanne, Pissarro and Daubigny. The most famous of these artists is Vincent van Gogh, whose final resting place is here. Depart late this afternoon.
1:30am - 5:00pm
This morning, join a walking tour of the capital of Normandy and visit the cathedral that inspired Claude Monet, and the modern Church of Joan of Arc with its magnificent 16th century stained-glass windows. This afternoon, go back to the 17th century by visiting Le Pressoir d‘Or, a typical farmhouse where you can taste cidre and view the orchard, cellar and the museum dedicated to the old apple press. Afterwards, there is enough time left to visit Lyons-la-Forêt, known as one of the most beautiful villages of France. Wander through the streets admiring the houses - many are half-timbered, others are in red brick, some richly decorated and many covered with flowers. Late this afternoon, the vessel departs as it continues northward.
8:00am - 5:30pm
The harbor of Le Havre is your convenient base for two optional land explorations. Explore the Norman coastline on a walk along Étretat’s cliff-top paths for a view of the steep chalk rocks with impressive needle-like formations. This afternoon, opt for a tour to the nearby city of Honfleur, with its picturesque old harbor lined with pastel colored 16th—18th century townhouses, complete with fishing boats and luxurious pleasure craft. Along the waterfront, watch the talented artists at work, capturing the delightful view for eternity. This stretch of coastline is one of the most beautiful for its horticulture and scenery. On board the vessel this evening, enjoy the music of local chanson singers.
Stay Le Havre
Arrival at 3:30am
Today, join us on a full-day Norman journey. Experience a combination of rich culinary traditions and historic landmarks including the closest harbor linked with the liberation of Western Europe after D-Day — the city of Arromanches with its remnants of the Second World War Mulberries. For those remaining on board, this afternoon offers the chance to explore Fécamp, a seaside resort and home to Le Palais Bénédictine, which produces the famous liqueur. The vessel departs after dinner this evening.
Stay Le Havre
Departure at 9:00am
3:00pm - 10:00pm
Today, there are several choices for the day’s adventures. Relax in little town of Les Andelys or venture farther afield to the remains of the English king’s stronghold: Château Gaillard. Continue to Giverny, to visit the home of Impressionist Claude Monet and the beautiful gardens which were inspiration for several works of art.
After lunch on board, join an excursion to Château de Malmaison, the former residence of Joséphine and Napoleon Bonaparte, to immerse yourself in the privacy of the Imperial couple. After you rejoin the ship in Mantes-la-Jolie later this afternoon, your ship continues to Paris.
Stay Les Andelys
8:00am - 9:00am
11:30am - 1:30pm
5:30pm - 6:30pm
In the early morning, it is once more “Bienvenue“ to the French capital. Explore the sights of the Eiffel Tower and the bustling Champs-Élysées, one of the world’s most famous commercial streets, during a morning city tour. Later in the day, visit the artists’ district of Montmartre and the Sacré-Coeur, located on the highest hill in northern Paris. It is here, in the seedy hillside quarter of Montmartre that young Pablo Picasso lived and worked when he first arrived in Paris in 1900. Late this afternoon, enjoy a festive Captain‘s Gala Dinner and admire the city lights of the French capital.
Arrival at 3:30am
After breakfast, your AMADEUS crew bids you “adieu” and we hope to see you again soon!
We reserve the right to make amendments to the timetable and program.
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Suites & Staterooms
- Luxury accommodation in an outside river-view stateroom of your choice: Spacious Mozart Suites, stateroom cabins on Mozart and Strauss Decks with French balconies offering a wide-open view
- Individual climate control and in-room safe
- Choice of bed configuration in all categories (double or twin bedding)
- Bottled water in every stateroom
- Gourmet dining featuring breakfast, multi-course lunches and dinners with menu choices (including vegetarian options), afternoon tea and late-night snack
- Free-flowing hand-selected wines from the best wine regions, draft beer, soda as well as coffee and tea with every lunch and dinner
- Coffee and tea available 24 hours a day in the Amadeus Club
- Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
An Array of Amenities
- Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
- Onboard fitness center open 24 hours a day
- All gratuities on board are included in your cruise fare
Voyage of Discovery
- Personalized service of an experienced, multilingual AMADEUS Cruise Director
- AMADEUS digital audio system for all guided excursions
- Variety of enriching onboard programs, including fascinating lectures, cooking demonstrations, local cultural performances, and music by our onboard musicians
- Complimentary use of onboard bicycles for independent exploration
- All port taxes, embarkation, disembarkation and lock fees included in your cruise fare
Excursions and excursion packages
Cruise your way and choose from a carefully curated selection of immersive and inspiring excursions and adventures! Select one of our packages offered at a discounted rate when purchased in advance or book individual shore excursions at regular rates on board your cruise.
Introductory Excursion Package | for only $ 341 per person
Enjoy a package of these pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.
Additional shore excursions can be purchased onboard at the below rate.
- Excursion to Auvers-sur-Oise – Tracing Van Gogh’s footsteps
- Rouen walking tour
- Étretat - cliffs and walking tour
- Monet's House and Garden with picture stop at Chateux Gailard
- Paris - City of Lights
Save up to $ 198 per person
Full Excursion Package | for only $ 749 per person
Pick from our selection of unforgettable shore excursions, plus enjoy a discounted rate when purchased in advance.
Book our full excursion package prior to departure for a great value. Create your personalized shore excursion program by choosing your favorite tours from our list of exciting options in each port. Please note, a discounted excursion may not be exchanged for another while during your cruise.
Paris – Paris
Excursion to Auvers-sur-Oise – Tracing Van Gogh’s footsteps
Rouen walking tour
Excursion to a typical farmhouse with tasting
Étretat - cliffs and walking tour
Honfleur - City of art and history
Full-day "Fascinating Normandy" with lunch
OR Fécamp with Palais Bénédictine
Monet's House and Garden with picture stop at Chateux Gailard
Chateau de Malmaison, once home to Josephine and Napoleon Bonaparte
Paris - City of Lights
Montmartre walking tour
Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.
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 - Port $ 73
Airport CDG - Hotel $ 73