La Belle France: Paris, Normandy and the River Seine
8 Days
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La Belle France: Paris, Normandy and the River Seine




8 Days

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.

Stay Paris

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.

Stay Conflans

1:30am - 5:00pm


This morning, join a walking tour of the capital of the Normandy region 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, visit Lyons-la-Forêt, known as one of the most beautiful villages of France, situated 30 km east of Rouen, in a beautiful forested setting in Normandy. Late this afternoon, the vessel departs as it continues northward.

Stay Rouen

8:00am - 5:30pm


The harbor of Le Havre is your convenient base for two optional land explorations. This morning, opt for a tour to the nearby city of Honfleur, with its picturesque old harbor lined with 16th—18th century townhouses. After lunch, 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. On board your AMADEUS vessel this evening, local chanson singers provide you with a taste of French culture and music. 

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 World War II Mulberries. Or choose an excursion to Fécamp, a seaside resort and home to Le Palais Bénédictine, which produces the famous liqueur invented by Benedictine monks in the 16th century. The vessel departs after dinner this evening.

Stay Le Havre

Departure at 9:00am


Stay Caudebec-en-Caux

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. Indulge in a delightful lunch on board before embarking on 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


Stay Vernon

11:30am - 1:30pm


Stay Mantes-La-Jolie

5:30pm - 6:30pm

In the early morning, it is once again “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, join us as we delve into the allure of Montmartre, an eternal muse for creativity and expression, located on the highest hill in northern Paris. From its cobbled streets and quaint cafes to its iconic Sacré-Coeur, Montmartre offers a unique experience that transports visitors back to the ”La Belle Époque“ era.

Late this afternoon, enjoy a festive Captain‘s Gala Dinner and admire the city lights of the French capital.

Stay Paris

Arrival at 3:30am


After breakfast, your AMADEUS crew bids you “adieu” and we hope to see you again soon!

Stay Paris

Over Night

We reserve the right to make amendments to the timetable and program.

$150 pp Early Booking Discount

Book now and save $150 per person for all bookings made until 30 November 2024.

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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

  • 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.

Package A | for only $ 375 per person

Enjoy a package of these pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.

  • Painters' village Auvers-sur-Oise
  • Rouen walking tour
  • Honfleur - city of art and history
  • Monet’s Muses & Château Gaillard
  • Paris - Cafés, Cathedrals & City of Light

Package B | for only $ 525 per person

Enjoy a package of these pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.

  • Painters' village Auvers-sur-Oise
  • Rouen walking tour
  • Honfleur - city of art and history
  • Étretat - cliffs and walking tour
  • Fécamp with Palais Bénédictine
  • Monet’s Muses & Château Gaillard
  • Paris - Cafés, Cathedrals & City of Light

Package C | for only $ 881 per person

  • Painters' village Auvers-sur-Oise
  • Rouen walking tour
  • Pressoir D’or and free time in Lyons-la-Forêt
  • Honfleur - city of art and history
  • Étretat - cliffs and walking tour
  • Full-day "Fascinating Normandy" with lunch
  • Monet’s Muses & Château Gaillard
  • Joséphine, Napoleon and Chateau de Malmaison
  • Paris - Cafés, Cathedrals & City of Light
  • Montmartre walking tour

Paris – Paris

Unit Price

Painters' village Auvers-sur-Oise

$ 142

Rouen walking tour

$ 28

Pressoir D’or and free time in Lyons-la-Forêt

$ 94

Honfleur - city of art and history

$ 81

Étretat - cliffs and walking tour

$ 75

Chanson singers on board


Full-day "Fascinating Normandy" with lunch

$ 243

OR Fécamp with Palais Bénédictine

$ 102

Monet’s Muses & Château Gaillard

$ 115

Joséphine, Napoleon and Chateau de Malmaison

$ 104

Paris - Cafés, Cathedrals & City of Light

$ 75

Montmartre walking tour

$ 80

Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.

Additional Services


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

Paris (France)

Airport - Port $ 85

Airport CDG - Hotel $ 85

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