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Normandy to Paris Aboard AmaLyra

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  • Jun 04, 2019 - Jun 13, 2019


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Normandy to Paris Aboard AmaLyra

June 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day landings by Allied Forces as part of World War II’s Operation Overlord. On this specially timed program, arrive in France for D-Day, June 6, and visit Omaha Beach or Caen to observe the anniversary before boarding AmaLyra for a seven-night cruise along the Seine River. Along the way, trace the rich cultural history of France with visits to Jumièges Abbey, the new Joan of Arc Historial in Rouen, and Claude Monet’s home in Giverny. In Compiègne, see where the French signed a truce with the Germans in 1940 or walk in the footsteps of America’s Founding Fathers at the Château de Chantilly. Our journey concludes with an afternoon in magical Paris.

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Introduced in 2009, the 144-passenger AmaLyra quickly earned a “Best New River Cruise Ship” distinction for comfort and style. Stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. Additional comforts and conveniences include a sauna, whirlpool, massage and hair salon, a stylish lounge, and specialty coffee station. With a walking track on the Sun Deck, a fitness room and a fleet of onboard bicycles to use ashore or on one of the many guided bike tours, as well as healthy menu choices, you’ll have all you need to stay active and healthy while sailing one of Europe’s great rivers.

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An optional prelude is offered in Normandy June 1–5, 2019

Tuesday, June 4 DEPARTURE
Depart on an overnight flight to Paris.

Arrive in Paris and travel by private motorcoach to Deauville and the renowned Hotel Le Normandy. Gather at the hotel this evening for introductory remarks and a welcome reception. R

On this 75th anniversary of the Allied invasion, travel to Pointe du Hoc, where U.S. Army Rangers scaled 100-foothigh cliffs to silence the German guns that threatened the D-Day operation. Continue to Omaha Beach to attend the commemoration ceremony at the American Military Cemetery. Alternatively, visit Caen and the Memorial Museum, which chronicles the lead-up to and consequences of World War II. Continue to the Abbaye aux Hommes, where the city’s inhabitants found refuge during the Normandy landings. The abbey’s St. Etienne Church is also the burial place of William the Conqueror. Drive to Conflans to board the AmaLyra in the early evening. B,L,D

Friday, June 7 LES ANDELYS
During a relaxed morning, attend a lecture related to World War II. Arrive this afternoon in Les Andelys to discover the hilltop ruins of Château Gaillard, commissioned by Richard the Lionheart in the 11th century. A more active option will also be offered. Sample local cheeses and ciders before returning to the AmaLyra. As we cruise toward Caudebecen-Caux, the Captain hosts dinner this evening. B,L,D

Saturday, June 8 CAUDEBEC-EN-CAUX
Depart for Varengeville-sur-Mer to visit a private estate, Les Bois des Moutiers, where we are invited for a light lunch. This Arts and Crafts house, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, is sustained significant damage during the war and has since been lovingly restored. Alternatively, see the ruins of Jumièges Abbey, a Benedictine monastery founded in the 7th century, and tour the still-active St. Wandrille Abbey. Or admire the paintings collection at the Musée d’Art Moderne André Malraux in Le Havre, a seaport city devastated during the Battle of Normandy and rebuilt in Modernist style by Auguste Perret. Return to AmaLyra for lunch. Attend an onboard lecture as we cruise the Seine River. The captain hosts dinner this evening. B,L,D

Sunday, June 9 ROUEN
Today discover the medieval city of Rouen on a walking tour. See the cathedral, a masterpiece of High Gothic architecture and a favorite subject of Monet, and the Place de Vieux Marché, to visit the new Joan of Arc Historial. Return to the ship for lunch or enjoy free time in town. In the afternoon visit the art museum or attend a discussion about the legacy of the war with a panel of journalists. You may wish to dine ashore this evening. B,L,D

Monday, June 10 VERNON
Depart from the pleasant town of Vernon for Giverny and Claude Monet’s home, which remains largely unchanged since 1926. See the colorful gardens that were an inspiration for many of his paintings. We will also visit the nearby Museum of Impressionisms that explores this important artistic movement and its legacy. A lecture will be offered as we cruise to Conflans during the afternoon.B,L,D

Tuesday, June 11 CONFLANS
Today excursions will be offered to Compiègne, Chantilly, or Auvers-sur-Oise. In Compiègne, visit the site where the armistice was signed to end World War I. Years later, in 1940, the French signed a truce with the Germans in the same place. We will also see the memorial at a former WWII-era internment camp. Alternatively, discover the Château de Chantilly, where some of the Founding Fathers were received by the Prince de Conde. Enjoy a tour that includes the 17th-century formal gardens by Le Notre, the impressive library, and masterpieces by Raphael, Poussin, and Corot. Or follow in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh and other painters in charming Auvers-sur-Oise. Attend the captain’s gala dinner tonight. B,L,D

Wednesday, June 12 PARIS
Following a relaxing morning cruise, arrive in Paris at lunchtime. At the golden-domed Hôtel des Invalides, visit the Army Museum, with its impressive collection of photographs, uniforms, weapons, and documents related to the First and Second World Wars. For art lovers, another option will be a special guided tour of the Musée de l’Orangérie, which houses masterpieces by Monet and his contemporaries. Or meet with a representative from the U.S. Embassy to discuss Franco-American relations, past and present. You may wish to dine ashore in Paris this evening. B,L,D

Thursday, June 13 PARIS / RETURN
Disembark the ship early this morning for the flight home. B

An optional postlude is offered in Versailles June 13–15, 2019