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Paris sizzles while Normandy’s stunning coastline, incredible food & artistic beauty beckon.  Be inspired by Monet’s Gardens, Rousen’s cathedral and the charming harbor town of Honfluer, also captured on canvas by the Impressionist Masters at the Musee d’Orsay.  Or visit magnificent monasteries on the “Routes des Abbayes” and the unforgettable beaches of Normandy where Allied forces invaded on WWII’s D-Day.  Relive the grandeur of royalty at historic chateaux.  Blend a passion for the good life with culture, architecture and timeless landscapes, and you have Northern France

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Wine Cruise Departures: March 19,  March 26,  April 2, October 29 & November 5.

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Award Winning AmaWaterways

With the highest-rated ships in Europe according to the third edition of Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe & the USA, AmaWaterways has received countless honors and accolades, including 2018 AFAR and USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards for “Best River Cruise Line,” as well as 2018 Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks for “Vest River Cruise Line for Active Cruisers.”

“AmaWaterways spends considerable more on high-quality food ingredients and wine and hotel crew service training than  any other river cruise company.” – Douglas Ward, Berlitz River Cruising Europe

Now is the perfect time to start planning your 2020 vacation!  Early booking discounts available.

  • Call for Cabin Availability & PricingPRICING (based on double occupancy)*
    Cruise Only From (category E)$3,09* **
    Additional 2 nights Paris$700*
    Port charges$189
    Travel ProtectionCall for quote
    SAVEIn addition, other early booking discounts may be available.
    $100 Privilege Rewards Past AMA guest discount (if applicable).
    * Call for single supplement.
    ** Cruise price and airfare depends on cabin selection & departure date selected; air pricing available approximately 11 months prior to departure.

    Cancellation policy: if insurance is not purchased, cancellation charges will be assessed as follows: cancellation charges are per-person, based on the cancellation date, as follows:
    (i) more than 121 days before departure: $200 loss of deposit;
    (ii) 120-90 days before departure: $400 loss of deposit;
    (iii) 89-60 days before departure: 35% of cruise or cruise tour price;
    (iv) 59-30 days before departure: 50% of cruise or cruise tour price;
    (v) 29-07 days before departure: 80% of cruise or cruise tour price;
    (vi) 6 days or less before departure: 100% of cruise or cruise tour price.
    Cancellation charges also apply to additional charges for upgrades, transfers and other pre-purchased services. Protection plan premiums are non-refundable. Additional cancellation fees apply for air tickets. After travel begins, there is no refund for unused services, or unused portions of cruise or cruise/tour.
    A valid passport is required with expiration greater than 6 months from return date
    • Operated by AMAWATERWAYS
    • Home pick-up/return Indy metro area
    • Prices are per person, double occupancy, and are subject to availability.
    • Call for pre/post-trip hotel
    • 7-night deluxe cruise, state-of-the-art river cruise vessel with spacious outside staterooms.
    • Daily sightseeing program as outlined in the Itinerary
    • Superb dining with all meals included during your cruise
    • Optional: 2 nights hotel accommodation in Paris at the Renaissance Paris Le Parc Trocadero Hotel  (or similar), including city tour, Montmartre, illumination tour, Musee d’Orsay and daily breakfast
    • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodations in river-view staterooms.  Many staterooms offer French balaconies
    • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s great wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
    • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain’s Gala Dinner
    • Special Cruise Highlights:lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and piano music
    • Use of bicycles to explore on you own and guided bicycle tours
    • Complimentary WI-Fi access on board
    • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
    • All English Language onboard in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
    • Services of Professional Cruise Director
    • All local taxes for inclusions

    Day 0: DEPART USA (overnight flight)
    Board your overnight flight to Paris, France (IFM)

    Day 1: ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE (optional pre-cruise)
    Arrive in Paris and check into your hotel. Renaissance Paris Le Parc Trocadero Hotel or similar (B)

    Day 2: PARIS (optional pre-cruise)
    Enjoy a morning tour of Paris, taking in all of its iconic sites.  Later in the day, visit Montmartre, long known as the city’s premier artist’s enclave.  During the mid to late 1800s, artists also began calling Montmartre home.  Oissarro and Jongkind were two of the first to live there, followed by other notable artists.  For easy access to Montmartre, hop abroad the funicular railroad that ascends the hill.  Montmartre’s most recognizable landmark is the Bassillica du Sacre-Coeur, constructed from 1876-1912.  The white dome of this Roman Catholic basilica sits at the highest point in the city.  After you visit to Montmartre, you’rll be taken on an illumination tour, discovering why Paris is known as the “City of Lights”. Renaissance Paris Le Parc Trocadero Hotel or similar (B)

    After checking out of your hotel, you’ll visit one of the world’s most renowned museums, the Musee d’Orsay.  Housed in the train station building constructed by Victor Laboux for the 1900 World Fair, the Orsay is the national museum devoted to all the arts between 1848-1914.  The various artistic movements represented include Academism, Realism, Impressionism, Symbolism and Art Nouveau.  Among the featured artists are Cezanne, Monet, Renoir, Rodin, Seurat, Sisly and Van Gogh.  You”ll be taken to the ship after your museum visit.  (B, D)

    Day 4: LES ANDELYS
    Uncover the history of Château Gaillard, the former stronghold of Richard the Lionheart, situated on the chalk cliffs high above the Seine, on a morning tour. Or, if you prefer a more active adventure, you can hike there from the banks of the Seine, admiring the scenic views along the way. For those who wish to explore the area on two wheels, join a guided bike tour through the charming town of Les Andelys. After your adventures, set sail along the meandering Seine, enjoying the beautiful views of the Seine Valley’s dramatic white cliffs and centuries-old half-timbered houses. (B,L,D)

    Day 5: LE HAVRE
    There are several different choices of excursions, both during the morning and afternoon, depending on your interests. You can choose between a full-day excursion to the seaside town of Honfleur, renowned for its picturesque harbor, and for being an inspirational site for Impressionist painters; or enjoy a half-day excursion here that includes a Market visit and free time. You also can split your day between Honfleur and the delicious Pays d’Auge region of Normandy, where apple cider, Calvados and pommeau outrank French wine. This excursion includes a scenic coastal drive through Beamont-en-Auge and Pont l’Eveque with a Calvados tasting. During the afternoon, you can join a city tour of the UNESCO-designated Le Havre. Alternatively, you have the choice to visit Etretat, where nature has carved fabulous shapes out of the white cliffs and was the inspiration for many Impressionist artists. Should you wish to get more active, you can go on a bike tour to La Havre. (B, L, D)

    Experience the Normandy region with one of three tours. For those wishing to go to the American sector of the historic Normandy Beaches, you will visit the cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, Omaha Beach, the artillery battery at Longues-sur-Mer and the village of Arromanches, where the remains of the floating harbor used during the WWII landings can be seen. If you prefer, you can tour the Gold and Juno beaches in the British and Canadian sectors, where you will visit Ranville Cemetery, Pegasus Bridge, the Canadian cemetery at Beny-sur-Mer, the WWII museum in Courseulle and finally Arromanches. If you wish to experience a different kind of inspiration, the Romanesque Normandy Abbey Route will take you to the magnificent historic abbeys of the region. Or journey back in time with the interactive exhibits and vessels at the Seine Museum. (B, L, D)

    Day 7: ROUEN
    Spend the morning enjoying medieval Rouen with a choice of three excursions. Join a walking tour past the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral, painted numerous times by Monet, and see the square where Joan of Arc was martyred, as well as the Medieval Quarter and Great Clock. For those who wish to be more active, you can join a biking or hiking tour around the city. Later in the day, you can explore the Jewish area of Rouen; or go on the “Tastes of Normandy” tour, where you’ll be treated to the delicious flavors of the region, including chocolate, cheese and cider. (B, L, D)

    Day 8: VERNON
    In Vernon, you will have a choice of three excursions, depending on your interests. Visit Claude Monet’s home and gardens in Giverny. Art lovers will immediately recognize images immortalized in Monet’s most beloved paintings-such as water lilies, Japanese bridges and graceful willow trees. Wander around his famous gardens and home where he lived for more than four decades. Alternatively, visit the regal 18th-century Château de Bizy, inspired by the opulence of Versailles and enjoy an escorted tour of the palace and gardens. If you prefer a more active adventure, go on a guided bike tour, taking in the beautiful French countryside. (B, L, D)

    Visit Château Malmaison, the former home of Napoleon and Josephine Bonaparte. You’ll learn what life was like for the Bonapartes and how Josephine endeavored to transform the large estate into “the most beautiful and curious garden in Europe.” Alternatively, travel to Auberge Ravoux in the heart of Auvers-sur-Oise, the last home of artist Vincent van Gogh. His spirit still lingers in his former attic rooms at the Ravoux Inn. The mere 70 days Van Gogh spent in Auvers-sur-Oise were astonishingly prolific as he painted more than 70 works here before his death. Or enjoy pedaling through the city of Conflans. Later in the day, set sail for Paris (B, L, D)

    Bid farewell to Paris and prepare for your flight home. (B)


  • Image Courtesy ©Calvados Tourisme_Normandy Regional Tourist Board

    Image Courtesy Tourism Normandy France

    Image Courtesy American Battle Mounments Commission

    Image Courtesy © Tourism Normandy France_ E. Valere CRT

    Image Courtesy © Buedel Wolfgang_Normandy Regional Tourist Board

    Image Courtesy Tourism Normandy France

    Image Courtesy Ariane Cauderlier_Giverny.org_Tourism Normandy France

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