AMA Seine River Wine Appreciation Cruise with Doreen
Did you know our own Doreen Kyle is the proud owner of a lovely vineyard in Missouri? Wouldn't you enjoy cruising the Seine with Doreen on an elegant wine appreciation cruise March 29, 2018?
Best of all you'll save $750 per person if you contact Doreen and reserve your cabin by November 30, 2017.
On our Paris and Normandy wine appreciation sailing you will uncork local traditions, savor intense flavors and enjoy palate-pleasing adventures as you explore wondrous and unforgettable destinations. You will have the choice to join special tours that are designed to bring Europe’s rich wine heritage to life and, what’s more, a dedicated wine expert will be on board (in addition to Doreen) to lead tastings and suggest pairings with our award-winning cuisine. This cruise is a one-of-a-kind way to not only see, but also to taste – don’t miss this chance to indulge as you cruise along the legendary waterways of Europe. There is also an option to add two extra nights in Paris. Talk about an amazing trip!
Paris & Normandy
AT A GLANCE
Arrive in Paris, one of world’s most romantic cities, and board your luxurious ship. (D)
Day 2, Vernon
Sail along the meandering Seine to Vernon, where you will have time to explore at your leisure before either visiting Claude Monet’s Gardens in Giverny or Château de Bizy. Art lovers will immediately recognize images immortalized in Monet’s most beloved paintings, such as water lilies, Japanese bridges and graceful willow trees, while wandering around his famous gardens and home where he lived for more than four decades. Alternatively, visit Château de Bizy with its majestic courtyard and charming park embellished with fountains. (B,L,D)
Day 3, Le Havre
Visit the seaside town of Honfleur, renowned for its picturesque harbor, and for being an inspirational site for Impressionist painters. If you wish to experience a different kind of inspiration, the Romanesque Normandy Abbey Route will take you to the magnificent Abbaye de Montivilliers and Abbaye du Valasse. For a more active adventure, you can bike through Normandy’s picturesque landscape. (B,L,D)
Day 4, Caudebec-en-Caux
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
Day 5, 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 be treated to a delicious chocolate tour. (B,L,D)
Day 6, Les Andelys
A mid-day stroll along the river in Les Andelys offers beautiful views of the Seine Valley’s dramatic white cliffs, centuries-old half-timbered houses and the hilltop ruins of Château Gaillard. Visit the former stronghold of Richard the Lionheart on a standard tour, or go on a more active adventure and hike there. For those who wish to explore the area on two wheels, join a guided bike tour through Les Andelys. (B,L,D)
Day 7, Conflans
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. (B,L,D)
Day 8, Paris
Disembark your cruise in Paris. (B)