• Seine River Cruise
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  • Seine River Cruise
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  • Seine River Cruise Bike Tour
    Single Supplement Waived on 7/5/18 Departure

Seine River Cruise Bike Tour

Paris to Normandy

  • Experience Paris' world-renowned sights—the Louvre, Notre Dame, Pont des Arts and the palace of Versailles
  • Admire Honfleur, Rouen and Giverny, landscapes brilliantly captured by Monet and van Gogh, among other luminary artists
  • Marvel at the famous Bayeux Tapestry, with its endless battles scenes laboriously stitched by hand
  • Bike among hallowed D-Day sites and take a private tour of Omaha Beach and the American Military Cemetery

This is a new perspective. It's Monet's quiet Seine. Joan of Arc's last moments. Richard the Lionheart's medieval château. And an American soldier's Omaha Beach. Every turn of the Seine reveals another story, another piece of history, another impressionist's impression. It's not just another trip to France.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Ride to the castle of the Sun King in Versailles | Spin to St. Cloud, peering at “The City of Light” from above | Pedal into Paris and to your floating luxury hotel for the week.

Day 2 Visit impressionist master Monet's home, gardens and water lily ponds at Giverny | Ride along the Seine to Château de Roche-Guyon.

Day 3 Pedal through the lush Marais Vernier | Stroll in colorful Honfleur | Delight in riverside Caudebec-en-Caux, with its ancient fortifications and flamboyant cathedral.

Day 4 Join a local historian for a private tour of Omaha Beach and the American Military Cemetery | Bike amid WW II battlefields | Visit beautifully preserved Bayeux and its 11th-century tapestry.

Day 5 Explore medieval Rouen on foot | On a private tour, see where Joan of Arc was sent to the stake and admire Notre Dame Cathedral, painted by Monet in the 1890s. 

Day 6 Enjoy views of the Seine as we sail to Les Andelys | Ride in the Normandy landscape | Wander through the impressive ruins of Richard the Lionheart's medieval Château Gaillard, overlooking the river.

Days 7-8 Bike to Auvers-sur-Oise, home to Cézanne, Pissarro and van Gogh | Cruise back to Paris, enjoying views of the Seine. 

Please note: Due to the multiple stateroom options available on this trip, reservations can only be made by contacting one of our Trip Consultants at 800-462-2848 or via email.

Love the barge-bike, no need to pack up every morning. The professional, personable leaders made a great trip even more fun. Can't say enough about the great service and food on the AmaLyra either. Even rain couldn't dampen our spirits as we sailed up and down hills through the French countryside. The tour at Omaha Beach was moving. The architecture through the country is beautiful. The Garmins are a nice touch for faster and slower cyclists -can't get lost. Kudos to Otis and Louis.
Michele K - Tampa, Fl USA

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception. Read the Straight Talk

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We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations & Group Size

The ships we sail on are your floating luxury hotel for the entire trip, letting you visit a new city or country each day without having to unpack and pack up your bags! These 50- to 150-passenger ships are custom‐designed with a variety of inviting common spaces so you'll have plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing.

Due to the unique nature of our active River Cruise trips, we welcome more guests (up to 60) on each departure than on our land-based trips, which are limited to 20 guests for Walking & Hiking and 26 guests for Biking and Multi-Adventure trips. This allows us to create our own robust active community with that special Backroads camaraderie during our week-long journey. Sometimes walkers and bikers—and occasionally families—will travel aboard the same ship, but participate in separate activities with their own dedicated leaders.

With our usual choice of fantastic route options each day, rest assured that you'll have plenty of like-minded travelers with whom to ride, hike or enjoy cultural interests. Our unique logistics model—which includes both onboard and onshore Backroads staff, plus additional leaders and vans—allows for meals and shore activities to be organized into smaller groups, ensuring the same unparalleled support and service as on any other Backroads trip.

Itinerary Flexibility: Going with the Flow

Our daily itinerary is based on scheduled sailing and port arrival times and as a result some days have more opportunities for exploring on land while other days have more sailing time. Every river has its own unique temperament and for centuries water levels have shifted due to rain, temperature and agriculture. High water levels may mean the ship cannot pass under a bridge, low water levels result in slower sailing, and a disabled lock can also lead to some extra cruising time. Should any unforeseen change happen during your river cruise, we will work closely with AmaWaterways' Captain and staff, who are very experienced in going with the flow.

Stateroom Categories

In contrast to our usual land-based trips, which have similar room categories, the AmaWaterways ships offer a wide range of stateroom categories. The top-tier staterooms often fill fast so book as early as possible if this is important to you.

Double-Docking

Some port conditions require that ships tie up alongside each other, in which case you may need to walk through another ship to access our ship. This is a perfectly normal part of river cruising due to its popularity. You may occasionally experience obstructed views from your stateroom when the ship is double-docked, but rest assured that as soon as we set sail again your beautiful views will be restored.
$5,898 - $7,798
pp dbl. occ.
(+$0.00 to $3,900 for sgl. occ.)
Plus $168 pp port fees.

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AmaLyra (7 nights)

Enjoy views from the French balcony of your elegant private stateroom, relax in the whirlpool, walk a few laps on the track, or join fellow passengers on the Sun Deck or in the welcoming main lounge.

View the deck plans. See Dates & Prices for specific ship, stateroom category availability and embarkation/disembarkation details.

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There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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Best biking vacation ever!

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Love the barge-bike, no need to pack up every morning. The professional, personable leaders made a great trip even more fun. Can't say enough about the great service and food on the AmaLyra either. Even rain couldn't dampen our spirits as we sailed up and down hills through the French countryside. The tour at Omaha Beach was moving. The architecture through the country is beautiful. The Garmins are a nice touch for faster and slower cyclists -can't get lost. Kudos to Otis and Louis.

 
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Seine River/Bike Tour...the absolute best adventure!

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Comments about Seine River Cruise Bike Tour:

PHENOMENAL!! We were Backroads novices but were very impressed with every aspect of the trip and will most definitely be traveling with you again. Hope to book something for 2018 in the next month or so. We just cannot say enough great things about our trip!! Loved, loved, LOVED it!!

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Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

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Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 9 400 16 700 25 1100
2 13* 400 21 1000 30 1400
3 14* 700 24* 1100 36 1900
4 15* 600 23 800
Omaha Beach Tour (1.5 Hours)
5 18* 500 25* 1000 45 2000
Rouen Walking Tour (1.5 Hours)
6 24* 1100 32* 1400 50 2000
7 11* 400 20* 1000 30 1400
8 Disembarkation
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Seine River

The Métro Doesn’t Go to Normandy

But our luxury river cruise ship does. And along the way we've created a series of great biking routes that take in everything from the palace of Versailles to Monet's garden at Giverny to the D-day invasion beaches. All were designed by Backroads managers and leaders who live in Paris and environs, drawing on a network of insider connections and personal friendships we've built over the past 20 years.

We Reinvented the River Cruise

Backroads pioneered the active river trip, partnering with AmaWaterways, the leader in river cruising, to create a new kind of travel experience featuring biking and walking explorations from an elegant floating hotel. Read more about this ideal way to discover the heart of a region.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Seine River trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

Great Bikes Included (or Upgrade)

Choose a Backroads Custom Titanium or Custom Electric Assist bike—both are included in your trip price. Maybe a Specialized carbon-fiber pro model is more your speed or go for double fun on a tandem. Our fleet is the best in active travel, so you don't have to roll the dice on this vital trip component. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders. See the bike options for this trip.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Seine River—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in Seine River, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politic—and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

Navigate Your Way along the Seine River

Your ride comes equipped with a Garmin Edge Explore 1000, the best bike-touring GPS device on the market. This is a Backroads exclusive, and it's included with your bike on our Seine River trips. If you prefer to bring your own device, we also have downloadable GPS files and of course, our good old paper directions are always available. Read more on why our navigation options are the best.

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Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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