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Seine River Cruise Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond

Paris Lights & the D-Day Sites of Normandy

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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 family trip to France. 

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Highlights

  • Pedal among hallowed D-Day hedgerows and take a private tour of the American Military Cemetery at Omaha beach
  • Marvel at the famous Bayeux Tapestry, with its endless battles scenes laboriously stitched by hand 
  • Ride along the Grand Canal in the gardens of Versailles, the historic playground for Paris's royalty
  • Venture to Honfleur, Rouen and Giverny, scenes brilliantly captured by Monet and van Gogh, among other luminary artists
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Itinerary

Day 1 Bike to the palace of the Sun King in Versailles | With our local guide, wander through the castle's majestic gardens | Pedal to St. Cloud, peering at the City of Light from above | Spin into Paris and to your floating luxury hotel for the week. 

Day 2 Two-wheel it through rural Normandy to Les Andelys | Hike to Château Gaillard for impressive vistas of the village and Seine Valley below | The ruins of this medieval fortress beckon to visit | Take in views of the Seine as we sail this afternoon. 

Days 3-4 Stroll in colorful Honfleur | Bike through the lush landscape and thatched-roof cottages of Marais Vernier | Delight in fresh seafood and local delicacies in this picture-perfect town | Join a local historian for a private tour of the American Military Cemetery | Bike along Omaha Beach and amid World War II battlefields | Visit beautifully preserved Bayeux and its 11th-century tapestry. 

Days 5-6 Explore vibrant 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 | Wonder at the Romanesque remains of Jumièges Abbey, known as the most beautiful ruin in France | Visit impressionist master Monet's home, gardens and water lily ponds at Giverny | Spin along the Seine to Château de La Roche-Guyon. 

Days 7-8 Ride  to Auvers-sur-Oise, home to Cézanne, Pissarro and van Gogh | Enjoy views of the Seine as you cruise back to Paris.

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.

PORTS OF CALL  Paris | Vernon | Les Andelys | Le Havre | Caudebec-en-Caux | Rouen | Vernon | Conflans | Paris

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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. You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 30 or more. Call us for date availability and pricing. If your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

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    Premiere Ship

    AmaWaterways River Ship - Seine River Cruise
    AmaWaterways Ship

    AmaLyra​ (7 nights)

    Activity Level

    This trip is rated Levels 1-4

    What's Included

    Services and equipment are included.

    Why Backroads

    Why Travel with Backroads in Seine River

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    Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

    AmaWaterways River Ship - Seine River Cruise

    AmaWaterways Ship

    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.

    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.

    Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

    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 8* 300 17* 700 25 1100
    2 13 500 19 900 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 13* 400 21 1000 30* 1400
     

    Note:

    * Includes shuttle.

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

    Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

    Meals

    All breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners

    Also Included

    • Expert Backroads Trip Leaders, on ship and on shore
    • Off-the-beaten path exploration
    • Access to all ship amenities
    • Impeccable and personalized service from ship staff and Backroads Leaders
    • Exclusive activities that amplify your appreciation and understanding of the local culture
    • Exclusive biking routes with multiple options at varied paces
    • Gratuities on ship and on shore handled by your Backroads Leaders
    • Exploring lesser known routes away from busy ports
    • Dedicated support vans
    • Custom Titanium bike
    • Easy-to-use route directions so you're free to explore independently
    • Private walking tours with expert guides
    • Exceptional dining experiences
    • Access to all ship activities and excursions
    • Private cocktail/wine receptions
    • Wine included with all onboard meals
    • Off-ship lunches in genuine settings

    Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

    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.

    Ships

    The ships we sail on are like floating luxury hotels, so you can visit a new destination each day without touching your suitcase once you've settled in. Our ships are custom‐designed with a variety of inviting spaces that offer plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing. These ships are vastly smaller than most cruise ships, with up to just 150 passengers on our river trips and up to only 250 on our ocean trips.

    Backroads Support on Board and on Shore

    We sail with up to 40 Backroads guests. Occasionally there may be more than one Backroads group on board and you may cross paths with the other group on some routes or at restaurants. For instance, we may have a group of 20 hikers and another group of 20 bikers. When this occurs, each group will have their own dedicated onboard Backroads leaders. On shore, you'll have up to three additional land-based leaders to support your group, offering the same high ratio of Backroads Trip Leaders to guests as you'll find on our hotel trips.

    Backroads Cruising Life

    If you're new to Backroads active cruise trips, there are a few things you need to know. Our cruises are smaller, and much more intimate than a typical cruise. They are also quite lively, social experiences, shaped by both our Backroads group and the larger ship community. Additionally, even with an itinerary subject to fixed nautical schedules that may occasionally limit our time on shore, we get out and explore far beyond the cruise norm. If you love meeting new people, enjoy the ease of unpacking once, and don't mind a set schedule of port departure times, you'll love our approach to active river and ocean cruising. Nobody does it like we do.

    Meals

    On our active cruises, we seek out diversity by including regionally authentic and inventive meals for onshore lunches, picnics and the occasional onshore dinner. On-ship meals, though delightful, are meant to appeal to a wide cross section of passengers and may at times feel more conventional for some, and less reflective of the region than on Backroads hotel trips.

    Itinerary Flexibility: Going with the Flow

    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.

    Why Travel with Backroads in Seine River

    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

    Our custom-designed titanium bikes are best in class. From avid cyclists to easygoing riders, we believe that everyone deserves a seriously great bike to match their riding style. Learn more about our bike fleet.

    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.

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    Backroads Seine River Cruise Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond
    Backroads Seine River Cruise Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond
    Backroads Seine River Cruise Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond
    Backroads Seine River Cruise Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond

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    Straight Talk

    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.

    Ships

    The ships we sail on are like floating luxury hotels, so you can visit a new destination each day without touching your suitcase once you've settled in. Our ships are custom‐designed with a variety of inviting spaces that offer plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing. These ships are vastly smaller than most cruise ships, with up to just 150 passengers on our river trips and up to only 250 on our ocean trips.

    Backroads Support on Board and on Shore

    We sail with up to 40 Backroads guests. Occasionally there may be more than one Backroads group on board and you may cross paths with the other group on some routes or at restaurants. For instance, we may have a group of 20 hikers and another group of 20 bikers. When this occurs, each group will have their own dedicated onboard Backroads leaders. On shore, you'll have up to three additional land-based leaders to support your group, offering the same high ratio of Backroads Trip Leaders to guests as you'll find on our hotel trips.

    Backroads Cruising Life

    If you're new to Backroads active cruise trips, there are a few things you need to know. Our cruises are smaller, and much more intimate than a typical cruise. They are also quite lively, social experiences, shaped by both our Backroads group and the larger ship community. Additionally, even with an itinerary subject to fixed nautical schedules that may occasionally limit our time on shore, we get out and explore far beyond the cruise norm. If you love meeting new people, enjoy the ease of unpacking once, and don't mind a set schedule of port departure times, you'll love our approach to active river and ocean cruising. Nobody does it like we do.

    Meals

    On our active cruises, we seek out diversity by including regionally authentic and inventive meals for onshore lunches, picnics and the occasional onshore dinner. On-ship meals, though delightful, are meant to appeal to a wide cross section of passengers and may at times feel more conventional for some, and less reflective of the region than on Backroads hotel trips.

    Itinerary Flexibility: Going with the Flow

    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.
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