Seine River Cruise Paris to Normandy - Firebird Tours ®

Seine River Paris
Amadeus Diamond ship
Notre Dam

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Trip Overview

The river cruise to Paris and Normandy is the ultimate French adventure. During your cruise, you will explore the icons of Paris, including Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Notre Dame, and Versailles Palace, then you will make your way to Auvers-sur-Oise and visit the House of Van Gogh. You will continue exploring the breathtaking Normandy and finish your tour in the capital with a visit to Montmartre. The 12 days in the most romantic Europe's destination will be unforgettable as the cruise includes carefully planned land tour programs with exceptional local guides, private transfers and the entertaining time on board the modern, very comfortable MS Amadeus ship.

Tour type:
Cruise
Tour rating:
4 / 5, Based on
  • PERSONALIZED SERVICE
  • Your dedicated travel specialist
    Private guides and drivers before and after the cruise
    Exceptional local guides
    Emergency support
  • BEST SHIPS
  • Modern Amadeus ship
    Only outside cabins with river views
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 2 private guided walking city tours
    1 private guided day-tour outside the city
    6 group tours
  • MEALS
  • 11 breakfasts
    6 lunches & 7 dinners
    Drinks on board
    Cider and calvados tasting

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Bonjour! Arrival to Paris

Bonjour and welcome to the most romantic city in the world and the charming capital of France - Paris! Your private driver meets you at the arrival hall of the airport holding a sign with your name on it and transfers you to the hotel.

Meals are not included.

Day 2
Exploring Crème de la Crème of Louvre & the Latin Quarter

After breakfast, your private guide meets you in the hotel lobby and takes you on a 6-hour walking tour of the two famous districts of Paris: Latin Quarter (5th) and Marais (4th).

Your tour of the fabulous capital of France begins with the UNESCO Site Heritage - Banks of Seine river. Continue to the Latin quarter and taste a Bohemian charm of the medieval narrow streets and stone-paved alleyways. Reach the Ile de la Cite where you see the world’s most famous gothic cathedral - Notre Dame. Walk through the Ile Saint Louis and get closer to more sights: Hôtel de Ville (city hall), Fountain of the Innocents and Palais Royal. 

You then proceed with the tour of the Louvre Museum, one of the world’s largest museums, taking advantage of your skip-the-line tickets. You see the crème de la crème collections and the most celebrated works of art, ancient artifacts, Greek sculptures, including the famous Venus di MiloWinged Victory, and masterpieces of Michelangelo, Eugène Delacroix, Paolo Veronese and the world’s most enigmatic Portrait of Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.

After the tour, you return to the hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 3
Tour of the Champs-Elysees and Eiffel Tower Districts

Following breakfast, your private guide meets you in the hotel lobby and takes you on a 5-hour walking tour of the Champs-Elysees (8th) and Eiffel Tower (7th) districts. 

Today you start with outstanding Places Vendome and Concorde and proceed to the Tuileries Gardens - the oldest park in the city. You get to see one of the most recognizable landmarks with its magnificent glass-domed roof - Grand Palais and smaller but similar Petit Palais, built for the Universal Exhibition in 1900. Step on the most ornate and extravagant bridge in the city - Pont Alexandre III and continue to the Place de Trocadero which is the vantage point of the Eiffel Tower*. 

After the tour, you may return to the hotel or take an optional boat cruise along the Seine river.
*Note: Tickets to the Eiffel Tower are not included in the city tour due to limited availability. Please, ask your travel specialist about available tickets for your tour date if you would like to include it.

Breakfast is included.

Day 4
Tour of Versailles Magnifique

Together with your experienced guide you take a short train ride to taste what it means to be a local, and appear in the heart of Versailles in just 1 hour.

You see the Palace of Versailles and admire its grandiose opulence from the inside. You get to walk through its well-known Hall of Mirrors where the Treaty of Versailles was signed and see the actual rooms of the most extravagant king of France, Louis the XIV. You also discover the world famous Le Notre gardens, see the Grand Trianon (exterior) and enjoy an inside visit to Petit Trianon - Marie-Antoinette’s estate. 

After the tour, you are taken back to your hotel and have the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 5
Leisure Day and Embarkation

Spend this morning at leisure or join one of our carefully planned optional tours. In the afternoon* your driver meets you at the hotel lobby to take you to the MS Amadeus Diamond ship for embarkation.

Today you enjoy a Welcome cocktail and dinner as you begin your cruise of France.

*Standard check-out time in the hotel is before 12.00. Check-in on the ship starts at 16.00.

Breakfast, dinner, and a welcome drink are included.

Day 6
Impressioninsts Tour in Auvers-sur-Oise

Following breakfast, together with your guide, you go on a 4.5-hour group tour to a petite town called Auvers-Sur-Oise.

Many famous artists have painted here, among them are Cezanne, Pissarro, Daubigny and, of course, Vincent van Gogh, who painted many masterpieces here.

Together with your guide, you visit the House of Van Gogh and Vincent’s bedroom. He stayed here in a very simple and small room only lit by a skylight. He never painted in this room and it was never rented out again. In 1985 this room was classified as a historic monument.

After the tour, you return to your ship and continue cruising.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks are included.

Day 7
Rouen Walking Tour & Abbey Trail Tour

After breakfast you arrive in Rouen, often referred to as "the city of 100 spires". Together with your guide, you have a 2-hour walking tour.

During this group tour, you see the soaring Rouen Cathedral which is the tallest cathedral in France and which was painted by Claude Monet in his series in the 1890s. You see the futuristic St. Joan of Arc church, erected in honor of Joan of Arc who was executed in this city at Place du Vieux Marché, that you also visit. Then proceed to the Gros Horloge or ClockTower in the beautifully restored medieval quarter, see the Renaissance Parlement de Normandie and the imposing Gothic Church of Saint-Maclou.

In the afternoon you join a 4-hour tour of the "Abbey Trail" as once there were more than 100 abbeys in this area. Together with your guide, you take a bus to see several architectural gems, including the village of St. Wandrille, founded in 649, and the ruins of Jumieges, one of the oldest monasteries in the western world.

After the tour, you return to the ship and continue cruising.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks are included.

Day 8
Exploring the Cliffs of Etretat & Honfleur

Following breakfast, you join a 4-hour group tour to the picturesque Ètretat, located north of Le Harve. With your guide, you have a short bus ride to this scenic natural wonder.

As a highlight of the day you walk along one of the most stunning natural sights in Europe, the cliff-top paths of Ètretat, take in the views of steep chalk rocks with impressive needle-like formations, which have inspired many well-known artists like Monet, Maupassant, Victor Hugo.

You then continue with a guided walking tour of the town, that has medieval houses and fishing cottages and was a popular seaside resort during the 19th century. Here you have some free time to enjoy the town on your own.

Afterward, you go on a 4-hour walking tour of the city of Honfleur, boasting numerous historic sights. You see the old port called Vieux Bassin, the Lieutenancy building, the Old Salt Stores and St Catherine’s Church.

After the tour, you are taken back to the ship to continue cruising.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks are included.

Day 9
Exploring Normandy

Today your ship arrives in France's Caudebec en Caux. After breakfast prepare for a full day of touring Normandy!

The first city you visit is Bayeux, a typical yet special Normandy town. Together with your group guide, you explore this town which boasts its well-preserved 15th-century buildings. You get to visit the Tapestry Museum to see the UNESCO-listed tapestry - an embroidered cloth relating the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and accession of William the Conqueror to the throne of England.

After lunch, you continue to Pont l’Evêque, noted for its gastronomy and half-timbered houses. Here you have an authentic Normandy lunch break. As a highlight of the day, you visit a traditional distillery where you learn about Calvados and have a tasting.

The last place on your list is the resort town Deauville, often referred to as the "queen of the Norman beaches". You have some free time to take in the beauty of this city.

After the tour, you are taken back to the ship to continue your cruise.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks are included.

Day 10
Tour of Chateau Gaillard & Claude Monet's House in Giverny

Following breakfast, your ship arrives in Les Andelys. Today together with your group guide you set off on a 4-hour exploration of the must-visit sites of the region.

Your first stop today is the striking Chateau Gaillard that is famous for once being the home of Richard the Lionheart. Built at the end of the 12th century, it is a gem of France that overlooks the River Seine.

Then continue to the charming little village of Giverny, which was the place where Claude Monet lived and worked. Here you enter the house of Monet and see his blue sitting room, living room, dining room and kitchen.

After the tour, you return to your ship and in the evening enjoy the Captain’s Gala Dinner.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks are included.

Day 11
City Tour of the Montmartre District & Paris by Night Cruise

Prepare for an exciting day of exploring Paris! Your morning is at leisure and in the afternoon your group guide takes you on a 3-hour walking tour of the historic Montmartre district, renown for being the area of painters and artists. Here you see the major sights of the district and rise to the hill to see magnificent panoramic views of Paris.

As a grand finale of the day, you have a 3-hour Paris by night cruise along the Seine. Take in the beauty of Paris and its main attractions as they glimmer in evening illumination.

After the tour, you are taken back to your vessel.

Breakfast, lunch, drinks, and dinner are included.

Day 12
Departure

This is the last day of your tour of France. Your private driver takes you to the airport in Paris for your flight back home.

We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future vacations!

Breakfast is included.


Included

4 nights at 4-star centrally located hotel

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant
hotel Opera Richepanse

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

What's Included

Firebird signature land program in Paris:

  • Accommodation in a centrally located 4-star hotel in Paris (4 nights); 
  • Delicious breakfasts at the hotel;
  • Private professional licensed English-speaking local guide in Paris; 
  • Skip-the-line entrance tickets to Louvre Museum and Versailles museums;
  • Regular class train tickets Paris-Versailles-Paris;
  • Airport and port transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;



Cruise program:

  • 7* nights on board the MS Amadeus Diamond, accommodation in an outside river-view stateroom;
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included during the cruise (buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack) in the elegant Panorama-Restaurant, which accommodates all guests in one seating;
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner onboard;
  • 24-hour coffee station and bottled water in cabins; 
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner;
  • Special onboard entertainment including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and nightly music by the Amadeus Duo in the Panorama Bar;
  • Services of an experienced, multilingual Cruise Director;
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard;
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles;
  • English-speaking professional guides and rich sightseeing programs in each port of call;
  • State-of-the-art audio headsets for all excursions;
  • All port taxes and local taxes;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.


Not included: flights, visas, optional tours, gratuities and all personal expenses.
Note: Smoking on the cruise ship is permitted on the Sun Deck only.

Tour Highlights
  • Guided city tours of Paris and Honfleur
  • "Paris by Night" cruise experience
  • Tour of Versailles Palace
  • Visiting the Louvre Museum and Portrait of Mona Lisa
  • Tour of Champs-Elysees
  • Tour of Eiffel Tower district
What to Know
  • You can expect to find some shops, restaurants, and museums closed for lunch between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m
  • French breakfast is not as heavy as other European breakfast meals, it usually includes sweet pastries, toast, fruit, yogurt, cereal
  • Tipping in restaurants might be included in the bill, "service compris" (tip included) or "service non-compris" (tip not included), but in any case, if you liked the service you can leave few Euros on the table either way

Dates & Rates

Dates
Sep 9
Sep - 20, 2018
Oct 21
Nov - 1, 2018
Oct 28
Nov - 6, 2018
Cabin A category
$7,071
deposit
$1,415
$5,779
deposit
$1,156
$5,588
deposit
$1,118
Cabin B category
$6,397
deposit
$1,280
$5,440
deposit
$1,088
$5,249
deposit
$1,050
Cabin C category
$5,723
deposit
$1,145
$4,814
deposit
$963
$4,690
deposit
$938
Suite Cabin
$7,381
deposit
$1,477
$6,358
deposit
$1,272
$6,078
deposit
$1,216
Dates
Sep 9
Sep - 20, 2018
Oct 21
Nov - 1, 2018
Oct 28
Nov - 6, 2018
Cabin A category
$7,071
deposit
$1,415
$5,779
deposit
$1,156
$5,588
deposit
$1,118
Cabin B category
$6,397
deposit
$1,280
$5,440
deposit
$1,088
$5,249
deposit
$1,050
Cabin C category
$5,723
deposit
$1,145
$4,814
deposit
$963
$4,690
deposit
$938
Suite Cabin
$7,381
deposit
$1,477
$6,358
deposit
$1,272
$6,078
deposit
$1,216

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