Luxury 7 night Seine River Cruise to Paris and Normandy on board the AmaLegro from £1,449
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Luxury Seine River Cruise: Your holiday begins as you depart from iconic London St. Pancras station on board the Eurostar to the magical city of Paris. From here you will cruise in luxury aboard the beautifully appointed AmaLegro ship, staying in your own spacious state-room and enjoying gourmet dining, as you travel along the river Seine on a journey of delightful discovery.
Highlights of your voyage include the village of Giverny and Monet’s evocative house and garden, exploring Honfleur, a charming French harbour made famous from artists’ paintings, and strolling through Rouen, the historic capital of Normandy, followed by an unforgettable excursion to the famous Normandy beaches.
You may conclude your holiday with the sights of Paris – the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées and the Louvre – before the final leg of your journey home to London; or if you prefer, we can your extend your holiday by rail for you, to more wonderful destinations in France and beyond. We will advise and assist you on every aspect of your journey, to create your perfect luxury holiday.
7 night / 8 day cruise holiday by First Class rail including all meals – special offer – from £1,449 per person (based on 2 people travelling together staying in a Category D cabin – upgrades are available on request).
This excellent offer includes Standard Premier Class return rail from London to Paris aboard Eurostar, taxi transfers and shore excursions, as well as beer, wine and soft drinks with your lunch and evening meals.
Day 1 – Seine River Cruise: London to Paris and onwards to your luxury cruise ship AmaLegro
Your holiday begins as you stroll into stunning London St. Pancras station. Take your time to admire the magnificent glass roof and then sit back, relax and watch the countryside glide past as you travel by Eurostar to the magical city of Paris at speeds of up to 186mph. Enjoy the light meal and drinks served on board in Standard Premier Class (formerly 1st class). On arrival at the Gare du Nord your private taxi will transfer you to your luxury cruise aboard the beautifully appointed AmaLegro. This evening meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner.
Day 2 – Vernon and Monet’s Garden at Giverny
After breakfast on board spend your morning enjoying the lovely scenic route along the Seine as you cruise to the provincial town of Vernon. Lunch is served on board and the afternoon brings the chance to visit Giverny. Here you will tour the house and gardens of the Impressionist master Claude Monet. The artist lived here for more than four decades, immortalizing the flowers, footbridges and stone structures of his country estate in some of his most famous paintings, including the renowned Water Lilies series. Relax over dinner this evening as you reflect on the day’s events.
Day 3 – Cruise to Caudebec-en-Caux – Sightseeing in Rouen
This morning gaze onto pretty scenery over breakfast as you cruise at a leisurely pace along the Seine to the old fishing village of Caudebec. On arrival you have a choice of two different tours. The first option is to visit Honfleur, a historic picturesque port with pastel-coloured houses that was a favourite subject of artists such as Courbet, Boudin and Monet. The town’s medieval Sainte-Catherine Church, with its separate bell tower, is the largest wooden church in France. Alternatively choose the “Routes des Abbayes” excursion, spotlighting Normandy’s famous abbeys, more than 100 of which once covered this region and visit the ruined abbey in Jumièges as well as St. Wandrille, still a working monastery, before you return to AmaLegro for another sumptuous dinner on board.
Day 4 – D-Day Remembered or Traditional Normandy and the Pays d’Auge
Today after breakfast you will have the choice of two different excursions.
‘D-Day Remembered’ is a full day excursion tracing the events of June 6th 1944. We start at Pegasus Bridge where the first glider-borne troops landed hours before the invasion began. Then we drive the entire Normandy Beach landings – Gold, Juno & Sword beaches in the British and Canadian sectors. Lunch is in the town of Arromanches where days after D-Day a giant floating harbour was situated. Those that wish can visit the D-Day Museum. In the afternoon we visit the US sector, Omaha and Utah beaches. Our final stop is the cemetery at St.Laurent, famous from the opening scenes of Saving Private Ryan.
As an alternative you can discover traditional Normandy with a visit to the Pays d’Auge and historic Caen. The ‘lands of the Auge’ are home to traditional Normandy towns and villages, such as Beuvron-en-Auge, one of the most beautiful villages in France, with timber-framed houses, calvados, cider and cheese production. Caen was the home of William the Conqueror, he was responsible for building its huge 11th century fortress, still one of the largest in Europe, and it’s within the Cathedral that his tomb lies.
You return to your comfortable cruise ship for dinner on board this evening.
Day 5 – Rouen
This morning you can enjoy a morning walk through the medieval city of Rouen and see the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral, painted numberous times by Monet, and the square where Joan of Arc was martyred. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to tour Rouen on your own before your relax in your cabin or make use of the excellent facilities on board AmaLegro before dinner.
Day 6 – Les Andelys and Château Gaillard
Today after breakfast sit back and enjoy a scenic cruise to the village of Les Andelys, site of Château Gaillard, built in 1196 by Richard the Lionheart. Here you have the opportunity to tour the ruins of this former stronghold of the Middle-Ages before continuing your cruise along the Seine. Another excellent lunch and dinner are served on board today.
Day 7 – Conflans – Château Malmaison or Auvers-sur-Oise
Today you will have your choice of two fascinating and contrasting excursions.
The first option is to visit Château Malmaison, a small castle purchased by Josephine Bonaparte in 1799. The castle became the headquarters of the French government, along with the Tuileries, from 1800 to 1802. After Napoleon and Josephine’s divorce in 1809, she continued to live there until her death in 1814. Today’s tour will include the charming château, gardens and museum.
As an alternative, travel to the town of Auvers-sur-Oise. The town is famous for the number of painters who lived there in the 19th century. Among them: Paul Cézanne, Charles-François Daubigny, Camille Pissarro, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and Vincent van Gogh. An ‘Artists Walk’ will include sites associated with the artists’ works, including the house of Daubigny, now a museum, and the house of Dr. Gachet, a famous subject of Van Gogh. The tour will also visit the Auberge Ravoux, known as the ‘Home of Van Gogh’. The artist died in one of the inn’s upstairs rooms, which has been preserved. He and his brother Theo are both buried in the town cemetery nearby. This evening settle down to your farewell dinner on the AmaLegro.
Day 8 – Paris to London – Homeward bound
After breakfast say farewell to the AmaLegro as you transfer to the Gare du Nord to board the Eurostar service.
The pace has quickened, yet the memories remain to savour over your light meal and drinks, and beyond, as you return to London St. Pancras station and the final leg of your journey home.
Christened in 2007, the AmaLegro’s décor combines beautiful shades of terracotta with golds to create an elegant, yet inviting environment. Most staterooms feature French balconies and all include amenities such as crisp white bedding, complimentary bottled water, Internet, hit movies and marble-trimmed bathrooms. Enjoy entertainment in the Main Lounge or a board game in the cosy Aft Lounge. AmaLegro also features a Massage, Hair and Beauty Salon; fitness room and sauna, plus a whirlpool and walking track on the Sun Deck, for relaxing and taking in wonderful views.
There are also over 20 bicycles on board giving you the opportunity to explore the riverside paths or meander through cobbled streets individually or with a small group.
This luxurious cruise ship features 70 staterooms and 4 suites with a maximum of 150 passengers.
Gourmet dining in the AmaLegro restaurant brings you sophisticated and outstanding cuisine with delightful attentive service. The fine regional cuisine is prepared under the direction of gold-medal winning chefs from Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. Savour culinary masterpieces and free-flowing local wines and dinner at dinner, while surrounded by the beautiful pastoral scenery along the river Seine.