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8-Day LGBT+, inclusive and  guaranteed full ship charter, Seine River Cruise –  Paris to Paris including the historic Beaches of Normandy.

Your all LGBT + adventure starts and ends in Paris, combines what is probably the most romantic city in the world with a fascinating journey into the past of the Impressionist masters. Follow the footsteps of van Gogh, Cezanne and Gauguin on this tour along the winding Seine River into Normandy (without doubt one of the most beautiful regions of France), up to Le Havre on the rugged Atlantic coast.

Normandy is also an important part of European history due to events that took place there during the Second World War. Visits to idyllic Normandy villages, the “museum town” of Rouen and the picturesque harbor town of Honfleur are only some of the wonders to be explored on this cruise program.

This cruise vacation has it all—historic sites, charming towns, world-class wine and cuisine and more!

 

Amadeus Diamond

The Amadeus Diamond, which departs from Paris, travels exclusively along the Seine and allows guests to experience the charm of northern France in an unforgettable way. You will feel at home from the moment you board this stylish cruise ship, where contemporary design meets the highest levels of comfort, inviting you to relax and enjoy the exceptional ambiance on board.

The ship has been a highlight of the Amadeus fleet since it was built in 2009, and is the new jewel on the French waterways after its complete renovation in 2019. Your accommodation on board is both elegant and comfortable. All 8 suites and the majority of the 68 cabins have French balconies, as well as modern bathrooms. The ship offers countless options for your leisure time, from golf on the Sun Deck, to a fitness studio, to massage facilities, ensuring that every taste is catered for. Your culinary needs will be taken care of by the Panorama Restaurant, where you can dine in style, while admiring the fascinating passing river landscapes.

Year built: 2009
Length: 361 feet
Width: 36.5 feet
Number of cabins: 74
Capacity: 146 passengers

Amenities: All cabins are equipped with air-conditioning, central heating, bathroom with shower, satellite TV, safe, hairdryers, 220 V electrical outlets — and each gives you a view of the river.

Inclusions

  • Airport transfer from airport (CGD) to the ship.
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom, most with French balconies.
  • State-of-the-art Infotainment System in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board.
  • Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding.
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included during your cruise.
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from France’s great wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every dinner on board.
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily.
  • Brand g signature entertainment.
  • Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • Post cruise transfer to airport (CDG)

Highlights and Sightseeing

  • Church of Joan of Arc with its magnificent 16th- century stained-glass windows
  • Étretat – renowned for its coastal scenery, in particular its white cliffs
  • Honfleur – gorgeous maritime city with narrow streets, steeped in history, and in the footsteps of sailors, painters, artists and musicians
  • Visit the D-Day land beaches of Normandy
  • Giverny– the former home of Claude Monet
  • Paris to Versailles – the sumptuous, grandiose and opulent palace of Louis XIV
  • Montmartre – is the picture-postcard idea of Paris, with its narrow, winding streets peppered with steep stairways and charming lampposts and its cobbled squares filled with watercolor painters and sketch artists

Flight Recommendations

  • Arrivals: For the main program you should schedule your flights to arrive in Paris on May 12th. The first scheduled activity will be cruise embarkation beginning at 4:00pm. Airport arrival transfers will be provided from Paris airports if you arrive on the 12th. If you arrive earlier than 4:00pm on 12th you may be able to drop your luggage at the boat and enjoy the city independently until boarding begins.
  • Departures: You should plan to depart from Paris, France on May 19th. The boat is docked in Paris overnight from the 18th, and therefore you may disembark as early as necessary to catch a morning flight. Airport departure transfers will be provided if you depart from Paris airports on the 19th.

This afternoon, embark the vessel and get settled into your cabin. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a specially-prepared Welcome Dinner.

Arrive in Conflans, at the confluence of the Oise and the Seine. Visit the little town of Auvers-sur-Oise, an inspiration to many of the famous Impressionist masters, including Cezanne, Pissarro and Daubigny. The most famous of these artists is Vincent van Gogh, whose final resting place is located here. Visit Auberge Ravoux, where Van Gogh lived in a very simple and small room only lit by sky light. Inspired by the picturesque site with its inhabitants and surroundings, Van Gogh painted close to 80 canvases here, which come alive in the winding streets of the village.

This morning we reach Rouen, often called the “Ville musée” (Museum Town). If you enjoy museums, visit one of the many art, history, and antiquities museums scattered through the city. Visit the cathedral that inspired Claude Monet and the modern Church of Joan of Arc with its magnificent 16th-century stained-glass windows. See the “Gros Horloge,” the astronomical clock, and the Parliament of Normandy. Also in Rouen is the “Place du Vieux Marché”, the site where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. This afternoon venture down the romantic “Abbey Trail” for a view of countless churches, castles, and abbeys.

Although the harbor of Le Havre was greatly destroyed in World War II, it was rebuilt and continues to be an important port city in Normandy. Explore the Normandy coastline with a walk along Ètretat’s cliff-top paths for a view of steep chalk rocks with impressive needle-like formations, which have inspired many well-known artists. Nearby, is the city of Honfleur, where the Seine meets the Atlantic. This harbor town is regarded as a jewel on the Côte Fleurie and is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

Today, visit some of the most important places in recent history – the Normandy landing beaches and the remains of the artificial harbor in Arromanches. Not far from the solemn significance of the landing beaches are charming villages that champion many of the things the French hold dear: good wholesome food and drink, strong local community and beautiful handcrafted things that last. Throughout Normandy, artisans—cheesemakers, metalworkers, potters, lacemakers, bell forgers, and cidermakers—still run thriving trades. After all, Camembert, Livarot, and Pont l’Évêque cheeses all come from Normandy, as do caramels au beurre d’Isigny made with creamy Norman salted butter. Enjoy the smooth, layered flavor of Calvados, an amber-hued brandy distilled from cider and renowned for its sweet aroma. Your Norman journey ends in Caudebec where you board the ship.

Today, your vessel anchors in the little town of Les Andelys in the shadow of Chateau Gaillard, the one time home to Richard the Lionheart. Relax in town or venture farther afield to nearby Giverny, home to Impressionist Claude Monet, until his death in 1926. The beautiful surroundings and vivid flora, were inspiration for some of his most famous works. Return to the ship in Vernon for lunch. The Captain’s Gala Dinner in the evening is a wonderful finish to a fantastic day.

In the early morning, it is once more “Bienvenue” to the French capital. Explore the sights of the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, and the bustling Champs-Élysées. Another interesting area to explore is quirky artists’ district of Montmartre and the Sacré-Coeur, located on the highest hill in northern Paris. Or, round out your Normandy experience with a visit to the spectacular Palace of Versailles. Originally a small hunting lodge, the palace was extended to its current size by the “Sun King” Louis XIV and is now one of Europe’s largest palaces.

Morning disembarkation. Transfer to Paris airport(CDG) or you have the option to make your own post cruise arrangements.

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Enhance the Experience We have been booking with Concierge Travel for many years. They provide access to all of the Gay Travel products available and are able to provide advice on which type of travel or specific trips will meet our needs. Concierge team members often join us on the trip and provide a few little extras to enhance the experience. We would never consider using anyone else.

Joe and Keith Houston, TX

Joe and Keith