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					                                      RIVER CRUISING IN EUROPE
Are you ready to try a different style of cruising? How about a river cruise sailing out of Paris on the
Seine river? River cruising has become very popular and many of the boats have recently been updated.
This style of cruising gives cruisers an exciting and different option from the large mega liners. Imagine
stepping off your boat and being in the middle of the town, city or market.

AmaWaterways has a wonderful 7 night cruise in 2013 aboard the AmaLegro departing from Paris, for
solo travelers, starting from $1,699* per person. You can also add an additional land tour at a solo
traveler price. Many dates are available between March and November, 2013. (See the itinerary below.)



Day 1    DEPART USA/CANADA
         Board your overnight flight to Paris, France.

Day 2    ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE - EMBARKATION
         Arrive in Paris and transfer to your luxurious ship. Meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner. (D)

Day 3    VERNON
         Spend the morning enjoying the lovely scenery along the Seine as you cruise to the provincial town of Vernon. The
         afternoon brings the chance to visit Giverny. There, you will tour the house and gardens of the Impressionist master
         Claude Monet. The artist lived here for more than four decades, immortalizing the flowers, footbridges and stone
         structures of his country estate in some of his most famous paintings, including the renowned Water Lillies series.
         (B,L,D)

Day 4    VERNON - ROUEN
         In the morning, enjoy the scenery as you cruise leisurely on the Seine. Arrive in Rouen, where you will tour this
         medieval city, the historic capital of Normandy. Walk through the old town to the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral,
         painted numerous times by Monet. You will also visit the square where Joan of Arc was martyred. Afterwards there is
         free time to explore Rouen on your own, perhaps stopping in to a local shop to sample some of the famous Norman
         cheeses. (B,L,D)

Day 5    ROUEN
         Today, you will have the choice of two different excursions. “D-Day Remembered” is a full day excursion tracing the
         events of June 6th 1944. We start at Pegasus Bridge where the first glider bornb troops landed hours before the
         invasion began. Then we drive the entire Normandy Beach landings – Gold, June & Sword beaches in the British and
         Canadian sectors. Lunch is the town of Arromanches where days after D-Day a giant floating harbor was situated.
         Those that wish can visit the D-Day Museum. In the afternoon we visit the US sector, Omaha and Utah beaches. Our
         final stop the cemetery at St.Laurent, famous from the opening scenes of Saving Private Ryan. As an alternative you
         can discover traditional Normandy with a visit to the Pays d’Auge and historic Caen. The “lands of the Auge” are
         home to traditional Norman Towns and villages, such as Beuvron-en-Auge with timber-framed houses, cider and
         cheese production. Caen was the home of William the Conqueror, he was responsible for building its huge 11th
         century fortress, still one of the largest in Europe, and it’s within the Cathedral that his tomb lies. (B,L,D)

Day 6    ROUEN
         This morning you have a choice of two different tours. The first option is to visit Honfleur, located on the southern
         bank of the Seine across from Le Havre. Known for its historic port surrounded by picturesque houses with slate-
         covered facades, Honfleur was a favorite subject of artists such as Courbet, Boudin and Monet. Honfleur’s 15th-
         cenutury Sainte-Catherine church, with its detached bell tower, is the largest wooden church in France. In the
         alternative, you may choose the "Route des Abbeyes" tour spotlighting Normandy's famous abbeys. An important
         part of the region’s history, more than 100 abbeys once dotted the Norman landscape. You will visit the ruins of the
         Norman abbey of Jumieges and the imposing Benedictine abbey of St. Wandrille, still a functioning monastery. This
         afternoon, enjoy scenic cruising on the Seine. (B,L,D)

Day 7    LES ANDELYS
         Enjoy a scenic cruise to Les Andelys, comprised of two sections, Grand-Andely and Petit-Andely. Located on a bend
         in the Seine surrounded by white cliffs, Les Andelys is the birthplace of the classical painter Nicolas Poussin. A stroll
         on the riverside offers beautiful views of the Seine Valley, centuries-old half-timbered houses and the ruins of
         Chateau-Gaillard perched above the town. The once-massive stronghold of Richard the Lionheart was completed in
         1198, and consisted of three different enclosures divided by dry moats. Captured by the French in 1204, it changed
         hands a number of times during the Hundred Years War, coming permanently under French control in the 15th
         century. You will tour the ruins of this historic castle before continuing your cruise along the Seine. (B,L,D)

Day 8    CONFLANS
         Today, you will have your choice of two excursions. The first option is to visit Chateau Malmaison, home to Emperor
         Napoleon Bonaparte and his Empress Josephine. After Napoleon and Josephine’s divorce in 1809, she continued to
         live there until her death in 1814. Today’s tour will include the charming chateau, gardens and museum. Alternatively,
         travel to the town of Auvers-sur-Oise. The town is famous for the number of Impressionist painters who lived there in
         the 19th century. Among them: Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro and Vincent van Gogh. Your “Artists Walk” tour will
         include many sites associated with their works, including the house of Dr. Gachet, a famous subject of Van Gogh and
         the Auberge Ravoux, known as the “Home of Van Gogh.” The upstairs room, where Van Gogh died has been
         preserved. He and his brother Theo are both buried in the town cemetery nearby. (B,L,D)

Day 9    PARIS - DISEMBARKATION
         After disembarkation this morning, you will tour one of Paris’ most spectacular museums: the Musee D’Orsay,
         Located on the Seine’s Left Bank, the museum was built in the former Gare (railway station) d'Orsay, and houses an
         extensive collection of French art dating from 1848 to 1915. Its collection of impressionist and post-impressionist
         masterpieces is the largest in the world; and includes iconic works by Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne,
         Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin and Van Gogh. Among the paintings on display are many that will seem familiar from your
         cruise, such as Monet’s series on the Rouen Cathedral and his Blue Water Lillies, and Van Gogh’s The Church at
         Auvers, Portrait of Dr. Gachet and Bedroom in Arles. After touring the museum, you will transfer to your hotel. (B)

Day 10   PARIS
         Today is yours to enjoy as a free day in Paris, where a multitude of landmarks, museums, cafes and shops beckon.
         (B)

Day 11   DEPART PARIS
         Your river cruise vacation comes to an end as you transfer to the airport for your homeward flight.



         *Offer not applicable to the following cruise departures: April 5, April 12, May 3, May 24, June 7, June 28, Jul 26 and Aug 2,2013. Offers are valid on
         new cruise bookings only made by August 31, 2012. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions or discounts except Early Booking Discount
         and Privilege Program benefits (AmaWaterways’ loyalty program for past passengers). $2,000 Savings is per stateroom, based on double occupancy
         only. Single occupancy staterooms will have the single supplement waived on the cruise and the land portion of the itinerary. Availability is limited on
         these cruises; capacity controlled and subject to change or discontinuation without notice. Other restrictions may apply.   Call Departures at
         (480) 830-8822 for all the information.

				
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