My Favorite Voyages of 2016: On The Seine With AmaWaterways

Before we sailed from Paris, the captain maneuvered AmaLegro and spotlighted the Statue of Liberty. © 2016 Ralph Grizzle

AmaWaterways operates in three regions of France: Bordeaux, Provence and Paris/Normandy. One of my favorites is along the romantic Seine.

The seven-night voyage begins in the "City of Light," where the AmaLegro was docked within view of the Eiffel Tower.

Once underway, AmaLegro follows the meandering Seine along landscapes that inspired impressionists such as Claude Monet. In fact, on an included excursion you'll visit Giverny to see where the artist lived and work for 43 years.

At Monet’s Gardens. © 2016 Ralph Grizzle

Other excursions visit Honfleur, the charming French harbor town that has been immortalized by generations of artists, and Rouen, the historic capital of Normandy known for its cathedral and Joan of Arc's martyrdom. Those interested in World War II history can visit the Normandy Landing Beaches on included excursions.

AmaLegro also stops for an afternoon in Les Andelys, where you can join a guided bike tour or hike up to the ruins of medieval Château Gaillard, built during the time of Richard the Lionheart.

AmaLegro docked in Les Andelys. © 2016 Ralph Grizzle

On any day, feel free to take a bike out on your own to pedal along the Seine, one of my favorite ways to experience the region. Return home to the AmaLegro with two dining venues, included wine and beer during lunch and dinner, cozy staterooms with French balconies and included high-speed internet and WiFi.

This is November in France? Photo by Mike Louagie

The cruise ends back in Paris after a splendid week on the Seine.

In 2017, AmaLyra will operate on the Seine as AmaLegro is retired from the AmaWaterways’ fleet.

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