Join us on our delightful cruise plying the River Seine from glittering Paris through the picturesque Norman countryside.  

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 Cityscape of Paris  Entrance to the Louvre, Paris  Seine River, Paris  The Palace of Versailles  Monet's gardens at Giverny  Monet's gardens at Giverny  The famous lily pads and green bridge at Giverny used as inspiration for Monet   The famous Gros Horloge in Rouen  The cathedral in Rouen  View of Pointe du Hoc   American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer  The American Cemetery  The charming port of Honfleur

A Seine River Cruise

9 days from $4,990

Join us on our delightful cruise plying the River Seine from glittering Paris through the picturesque Norman countryside.  

or Call 855-330-1542

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

We looked at several river cruise vendors. But when the Smithsonian Journeys catalog arrived, there was no question this was the one! Competitive pricing PLUS Smithsonian expertise, plus I just knew we would be comfortable with fellow lovers of the Smithsonian.

- Mary S.

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Overview

FlexAir is designed to provide you with the flexibility and choice you need to personalize your air travel experience. Explore a wide range of flight options in consultation with our experienced travel professionals to select the flights, routing, class of service, and dates of travel that most fit your needs. Our partner tour operator has negotiated contracts with a wide variety of carriers that allow them to hold flight reservations and then issue your ticket close to departure without additional fees. This protects you from the need to purchase published-fare tickets, which must be ticketed within 24 hours of purchase. FlexAir reservations provide the flexibility to adjust reservations without penalty and to accommodate extensions and upgrades right up until ticketing time, usually around 45 days before departure. We look forward to providing you with more choice and the best possible itinerary for your air travel plans.

Program Includes:

  • Guaranteed transfers between the airport and your overseas accommodations upon arrival and departure (in most cases). We will provide you with all of the details you need to guarantee your transfer.
  • Air schedule change and delay assistance. Book FlexAir to ensure assistance should schedule changes or delays impact your air travel plans.
  • Flight insurance worth up to $250,000, subject to policy terms, is automatically included.
  • Confirmed airline seat assignments at the time of booking (in most cases).

We looked at several river cruise vendors. But when the Smithsonian Journeys catalog arrived, there was no question this was the one! Competitive pricing PLUS Smithsonian expertise, plus I just knew we would be comfortable with fellow lovers of the Smithsonian.

- Mary S.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S. for Paris, France

Depart the U.S. on your transatlantic flight to Paris.

Day 2 — Paris

Upon arrival at Charles de Gaulle International Airport, you will be met by your Smithsonian Journeys Travel Director. Transfer to the MS Amadeus Diamond docked along the Seine. Early arrivals in Paris will be transferred to a centrally-located Paris hotel. Refreshments and a secure area will be arranged for guests to relax, leave their hand luggage and begin exploring the city prior to transferring to the ship. This evening, gather for a welcome reception followed by dinner on board. (R,D)

Day 3 — Conflans-Sainte-Honorine / Auvers-sur-Oise / Versailles

Start each day with a full breakfast during your cruise. Depart the ship on a guided walk through the narrow streets and lanes of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. The name of the village derives from its strategic position at the confluence of the Seine and Oise rivers. Return to the ship for lunch. This afternoon, depart by motor coach for the Palace of Versailles, a World Heritage site and principal royal residence of France from 1682 until 1789. The palace is one of the finest achievements of art and architecture in the world. A guided visit will take you through the King’s Grand Apartment, the Hall of Mirrors, more than 230 feet long, and the Queen’s Apartments. After your tour, there’s time to stroll through the formal French gardens created by André Le Notre for Louis XIV. Return to the ship later in the day and enjoy dinner and a relaxing evening onboard. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Rouen

Begin your day with an excursion to the ancient Abbey de Jumieges, originally built in 654 when Christianity first arrived in the region. The Abbey was later destroyed by Viking invaders then rebuilt in the 11th century. Victor Hugo once described the Abbey as the most beautiful ruins in all of France. Next, explore the cloisters and ruins of the Church of Saint Peter before stopping to see the Abbey of Saint Wandrille, constructed in 649. After lunch on board, join an escorted walk of Rouen, the capital of Normandy. Stop at the landmark Gros Horloge, the city’s spectacular 14th century astronomical clock. The tour will continue with a visit of the magnificent Cathedral of Notre Dame. In the late 1890s the façade of the cathedral was frequently painted by Claude Monet becoming his famous Rouen Cathedral Series. Return to the ship and join fellow travelers in the Smithsonian Journeys Travelers Corner; an opportunity for a more informal discussion about your recent discoveries along the river. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Normandy Coast

Depart the ship and travel to Etretat, a charming village perched high above the English Channel in Upper Normandy. View the impressive chalk cliffs and needle-like formations that rise from the sea and have inspired many well-known artists. Continue to the Chateau du Bec, a beautiful 10th century, privately owned castle where you will be personally welcomed by the owners.  After your tour of the Chateau, attend a talk about Norman culinary traditions with a local chef, then enjoy a lunch inspired by the recipe books of Claude Monet who lived nearby at Giverny. This afternoon, visit Honfleur, where the Seine meets the English Channel. This harbor town is regarded as a jewel on the Cote Fleurie. Enjoy an escorted walking tour of the 17th-century harbor area. See the Vieux Bassin, or Old Port Harbor, one of the most compelling sites in the city. Take in the attractive half-timbered houses that line the time-worn cobblestone streets. See the church of Sainte Catherine, the largest wooden church in France and built by the local ship builders. Honfleur has been an inspiration for painters during the 19th century when a dynamic group of artists gathered, and were later known as the Impressionists. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Caen / Arromanches / Omaha Beach

This morning travel by motor coach to Caen, the capital of Lower Normandy and visit the Memorial Peace Museum, a compelling preamble to the time you’ll spend visiting the D-Day Landing Beaches, later in the excursion. The museum highlights the origins of World War II, the war itself, and its aftermath, as well as the opportunities and challenges for future generations in achieving peace. Continue to Arromanches where the U.S. and the Allies established a strategic temporary harbor, a critical entry point for the heavy equipment needed in support of Allied troops. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to Omaha Beach, the scene of fierce battles where American forces suffered nearly 10,000 casualties. Pause at the Omaha Beach War Memorial and pay homage to the fallen. Afterward, visit the U.S. Military Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. The cemetery covers 172 acres and contains the graves of 9,386 American servicemen, most of whom gave their lives during the landings and subsequent operations of World War II. Return to the ship late in the day. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Les Andelys / Giverny / Vernon

Depart the ship in Les Andelys and travel to Giverny, to explore the home and gardens of Claude Monet. Monet lived and painted at his home and surrounding gardens for 43 years. The home contains his studio-sitting room and his exceptional collection of Japanese prints. Passionate about gardening, he applied his sense of design in creating spectacular perspectives, highlighting the house and intensifying areas of shade. Fascinated by the play of light and reflections on water, in 1893 he acquired additional land and diverted a narrow arm of the River Epte to create his spectacular water garden with its world-famous Japanese bridge, plantings of bamboo, willow, maple trees, beds of peonies and his renowned water lilies that frame the pond. After returning to the ship, begin the cruise back to Paris. Get together this evening for refreshments and dinner and enjoy lively conversation about your time at Giverny. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Paris

After an early morning arrival, you’ll marvel at the beauty of Paris’ most famous landmarks. A scenic cruise along the Seine allows you to take in many of the highlights of the city like the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Musee d’Orsay, and Notre Dame Cathedral, now under re-construction after the fire in April of 2019. Continue to Ile de la Cite, the historic center of the city, for a closer look at the great cathedral. Cross the Archbishop’s Bridge to the Left Bank and the Latin Quarter. Stroll through narrow streets where for centuries artists, writers, philosophers, and students from the Sorbonne have lived a bohemian lifestyle for which the district is famous. Return to the MS Amadeus Diamond and enjoy lunch onboard. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore the great city of Paris. Throughout the afternoon, an exclusive shuttle bus will be available from the ship to pre-determined points in the city. This evening, gather with fellow Smithsonian Journeys travelers for a farewell reception and dinner on board. (B,L,D)

Day 9 – Depart Paris for the U.S.

This morning, disembark the ship and transfer to Charles de Gaulle International Airport for your flight to the U.S.  (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)