MUSCARDINI CELLARS INAUGURAL RIVER CRUISE
The River Seine - Paris & Normandy
March 30th - April 8th, 2017
Join us on a 7 night river wine cruise, starting in Paris, cruising down the River Seine through Normandy aboard the deluxe river ship M/S AmaLyra!
Save $1500 per stateroom ($750 per person) when you book before SEPTEMBER 30, 2016.
Reservations and deposit must be made by SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 to receive special booking discount.
Paris & Normandy River Cruise
Embarkation Date: March 30, 2017
While on board, I will host two wine tastings as well as a private paired dinner, pouring what I consider my best work to date. We’ll explore the towns and villages of Normandy, including the villages and haunts frequented by Napoleon and Richard the Lion Heart; painted by Cezanne, Monet and Van Gogh. The legendary Norman houses and chateaux here are beautiful and historic. We’ll spend an emotional day visiting the beaches of Omaha and Juno, walking the sands and cliffs where the WWII Allied Invasion took place.
Day 1: March 30 - ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE - EMBARKATION
Arrive in Paris and embark to your luxurious ship. Meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 2: March 31 - VERNON
Spend the morning enjoying the scenery along the Seine as you cruise to the provincial town of Vernon. Upon arrival, you will have free time to explore the town at your leisure. Later, you will visit Giverny and the home and gardens of Impressionist master Claude Monet. The artist lived here for more than four decades and immortalized his ponds and flower gardens in some of his most iconic paintings. The ship moors overnight in Vernon. (B,L,D)
Day 3: April 1 - Day 3 April 1: VERNON - CAUDEBEC-EN-CAUX
After a scenic morning cruise on the Seine, arrive in the old fishing village of Caudebec. You will have a choice of two different tours. The first option is to visit Honfleur, a historic and picturesque port with pastel-colored houses that was a favorite subject of artists such as Courbet, Boudin and Monet. The town’s medieval Sainte-Catherine church, with its separate bell tower, is the largest wooden church in France. As an alternative, choose the "Routes des Abbayes" excursion spotlighting Normandy's famous abbeys, more than 100 of which once covered this region. You will visit the ruined abbey in Jumièges as well as St. Wandrille, still a working monastery. (B,L,D)
Day 4: April 2 - Day 4 April 2: CAUDEBEC-EN-CAUX – NORMANDY BEACHES
Today, you have the choice of three different excursions. “D-Day Remembered” is a full day excursion to the US sector. Your first stop will be the village of Arromanches, where the remains of the floating harbor used during the WWII landings can be seen. You will have free time to see the museums before visiting the US Cemetery and Omaha Beach at St. Laurent-sur-Mer. Your last stop is the artillery battery at Longues-sur-Mer before returning to the ship in Caudebec. As an alternative, you can tour the Gold and Juno beaches in the British and Canadian sectors. Your first stop will be the Pegasus Monument in Ranville followed by Canadian cemetery at Beny-sur-Mer. You will also have the chance to visit the Juno Beach Centre, Canada’s WWII museum, with a final stop at Arromanches. A third option is an excursion to rural Normandy, which includes a visit to the Pays d’Auge and “Routes du Cidre” (the Cider Road). You will visit beautiful Norman towns and villages, such as Beuvron-en-Auge, Crevecoeur-en-Auge and Cambremer, and tour a Calvados distillery where you may sample apple cider and apple brandy. (B,L,D)
Day 5: April 3 - ROUEN
Enjoy a morning walk through the medieval city of Rouen and see the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral, painted numerous times by Monet, and the square where Joan of Arc was martyred. Afterwards, you will have free time to explore Rouen on your own. (B,L,D)
Day 6: April 4 - LES ANDELYS – CONFLANS
Depart Rouen early this morning and enjoy scenic cruising on the Seine to Les Andelys. An mid-day stroll along the river offers beautiful views of the Seine Valley’s dramatic white cliffs, centuries-old half-timbered houses, and the hilltop ruins of Château Gaillard. This former stronghold of Richard the Lionheart changed hands a number of times during the Hundred Years’ War. Athletically-inclined guests may enjoy hiking up to visit the ruins of this historic castle before we continue our cruise along the Seine. The ship arrives tonight in Conflans. (B,L,D)
Day 7: April 5 - CONFLANS -- PARIS
Today, you have a choice of two excursions. The first option is to visit Château Malmaison, former home of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine. Your tour includes the Château’s interior, gardens and museum. Alternatively, travel to Auvers-sur-Oise, a town famous for the Impressionist painters who lived there in the 19th century, such as Paul Cézanne and Camille Pissarro. Your “Artists’ Walk” tour will include many sites associated with their work, including the Auberge Ravoux, former home of Vincent van Gogh. The upstairs room where Van Gogh died has been meticulously preserved. He and his brother Theo are both buried in the nearby town cemetery. The ship departs this afternoon for Paris, arriving in the evening. (B,L,D)
Day 8: April 6 - PARIS - DISEMBARKATION
Your cruise concludes with disembarkation in Paris. (B)
Optional Paris Post Cruise Extension
April 6 - April 8, 2017
After disembarking the ship, travelers may choose to also join me in a post cruise extension in Paris, where we will enjoy a panoramic tour of Paris plus a visit to one of the city’s most renowned museums. The Paris post cruise extension will include two nights in Paris, with sightseeing and a special private dinner on our last evening hosted in a charming Parisian restaurant.
Day 8: April 6 - PARIS - DISEMBARKATION
After disembarking the ship this morning, guests participating in the post cruise extension in Paris will enjoy a panoramic tour of Paris plus a visit to one of the city’s most renowned museums, the Musée d’Orsay, built in a former railway station on the Left Bank. Its collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces is the largest in the world and includes well-known works by Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin and Van Gogh. After touring the museum, you will be transferred to your hotel. (B)
Day 9: April 7 - PARIS
Today is yours to enjoy however you wish. Explore Paris’ multitude of landmarks, museums, cafes and shops, or choose one of several optional tours. This evening enjoy a special Farewell Dinner in a charming, authentic Parisian Restaurant.(B, D)
Day 10: April 8 - DEPART PARIS
Your river cruise vacation comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
For complete information visit www.toursandwine.com/muscardinicellars or call Georgia Shoemaker at Expanding Horizons, 1-714-988-6408.