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14 Day Seine River Cruise with Amsterdam, Bruges & Paris

From Amsterdam, Netherlands to Paris, France
Length: 14 Days - Departs: Mon, Apr 14, 2025
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Departure
Apr 14, 2025
Arrival
Apr 27, 2025

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    DAY 1, Monday - Depart for the Netherlands
    Mon, Apr 14, 2025
    Depart for the Netherlands
  2. Day 2
    DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Amsterdam
    Tue, Apr 15, 2025
    Welcome to Amsterdam, Holland's sophisticated and modern capital. Transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 PM, followed by dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive no later than 3 PM
    Overnight: Amsterdam
    Meals: Dinner
  3. Day 3
    DAY 3, Wednesday - Amsterdam City Tour
    Wed, Apr 16, 2025
    Today's panoramic tour of 700-year-old Amsterdam introduces you to both the old and the new sections of this city. View the Royal Palace on Amsterdam's Dam Square, the king's official home-away-from-home. On to the Dutch National Monument dedicated by Queen Juliana as a memorial to the victims of WWII and to the unusual Skinny Bridge, once so narrow that pedestrians could not pass each other. Then, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals for an up-close view of the stately historic homes, 16th century warehouses and charming churches with striking bell towers. The rest of the day is free, or join the optional Windmills & Edam tour. Head north of Amsterdam to the Museum Mill. Here, visit an authentic windmill, see how the mill works, and meet a local miller. Afterward, travel to the town of Edam, best known for its famed cheese. View the leaning Carillon tower, the 15th century Grote Kerk, (Great Church), and town hall. Learn how Edam's world-famous cheese is made and enjoy a tasting
    Optional: Half Day Windmills & Edam (PM)
    Overnight: Amsterdam
    Meals: Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    DAY 4, Thursday - Travel to Bruges, Bruges City Tour
    Thu, Apr 17, 2025
    Depart Amsterdam and travel through Holland's open fields, crisscrossed with canals and windmills to Bruges, also known as the "Venice of the North," and home to some of Europe's best-preserved medieval buildings. Embark on a tour of Bruges' medieval district with its charming squares and historic buildings. The walking tour includes the Lake of Love (Minnewater), the Beguinage Convent, the Market Square and Belfry, and the Town Hall Square with its Chapel of the Holy Blood. View Our Lady's Church, which houses the famous Madonna statue by Michelangelo. Balance of the day is at leisure
    Overnight: Bruges
    Meals: Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    DAY 5, Friday - Travel to Paris, Cruise Embarkation
    Fri, Apr 18, 2025
    Depart Bruges and travel to Paris. Arrive and transfer to the ship. Embarkation begins at 2 PM. After arrival formalities, time to relax on board. Tonight, meet your Cruise Director and enjoy dinner, as it sets the mood for your delightful river cruise
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    DAY 6, Saturday - Arrive in Conflans, Auvers-Sur-Oise
    Sat, Apr 19, 2025
    This morning, arrive in Conflans. Embark on a tour of the quaint town of Auvers-sur-Oise, and learn about Van Gogh's troubled life. View Ravoux Inn, where he rented a room, and spent the final months of his life. During his time in Auvers-sur-Oise, Van Gogh was very prolific and painted over 70 works. View the cemetery where he is buried and return to the ship for lunch. This afternoon perhaps, join the optional tour to magnificent Versailles to witness the grandeur of French classical architecture
    Optional: Palace of Versailles (PM)
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    DAY 7, Sunday - Les Andelys
    Sun, Apr 20, 2025
    This morning, arrive at Les Andelys and enjoy an informative presentation on Château Gaillard. Disembark and head up to Château Gaillard, built by Richard the Lionheart. Explore the grounds and admire the panoramic views of the Seine and of the charming town at the foot of the hill before returning to the ship. On board, attend a lecture on the life of Joan of Arc
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    DAY 8, Monday - Caudebec
    Mon, Apr 21, 2025
    Spend the day at leisure in the quaint town of Caudebec. Take a stroll along the riverfront promenade and continue to the historic center. Admire the intricate carvings in the entranceway and the ornate bell tower of the 15th century Gothic church of Notre-Dame. Perhaps, join the optional full day tour to Normandy Beaches. Immerse yourself into World War II history during this tour. View Utah Beach, and then make a stop at the Ranger Memorial at Pointe du Hoc. Continue east to visit Omaha Beach and the site of the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. The cemetery covers 172.5 acres and contains the graves of 9,387 American soldiers
    Optional: Full Day Normandy Beaches
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    DAY 9, Tuesday - Rouen
    Tue, Apr 22, 2025
    This morning, continue sailing towards Rouen or join the optional Half Day Honfleur. Discover the historic city of Honfleur. View Vieux Bassin, the old harbor with its half-timbered houses, and colorful boats, Church of Saint-Etienne, Sainte-Catherine Church, built entirely out of wood, and the Lieutenancy, an ancient medieval fortification. Conclude the tour with a tasting of local cider and fresh crepes. After lunch onboard take a walking tour of the medieval quarter of Rouen. View the Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral that inspired Claude Monet to paint the cathedral series and the famous Gros Horloge, a 16th century astronomical clock. Walk through the cobblestone streets lined with half-timbered storybook houses and view the courthouse and the Market Square where Joan of Arc was martyred
    Optional: Half Day Honfleur (AM)
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day 10
    DAY 10, Wednesday - Vernon, Giverny
    Wed, Apr 23, 2025
    Arrive in Vernon this morning and disembark the ship for your excursion to Giverny, home of Claude Monet, one of the world's greatest impressionist painters. Walk through the famous gardens that inspired many of his masterpieces, including his famous "water lilies" series of paintings. In the afternoon, free time to discover Vernon, before you set sail for Paris
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day 11
    DAY 11, Thursday - Panoramic Tour of Paris
    Thu, Apr 24, 2025
    Begin the day in Paris, the City of Light, with a panoramic tour, including a drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe. View the iconic Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, the Latin Quarter, and the lively Opera district. Spend the afternoon at leisure, or join the optional half day tour to Montmarte. Explore Montmartre with its bohemian vibe. View the Moulin Rouge and walk along the winding lanes to mingle with street artists selling their wares at Place du Tertre. Spectacular views of the city await you from the steps of the Sacré-Coeur Basilica. Afterward, enjoy a drink at a local bistro
    Optional: Half Day Montmartre (PM)
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  12. Day 12
    DAY 12, Friday - Louvre Museum
    Fri, Apr 25, 2025
    This morning, visit the incomparable Louvre, one of the world's most famous museums. Of the many exhibitions found therein, view the medieval fortress, Venus de Milo, Winged Victory of Samothrace and the museum's most reputed masterpiece, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. Afternoon is at leisure to further explore this fascinating city on your own
    Overnight: Paris
    Meals: Breakfast
  13. Day 13
    DAY 13, Saturday - Full Day in Paris
    Sat, Apr 26, 2025
    Spend the day at leisure or join the optional Champagne region tour. Travel to the heart of the Champagne region, which is famous for the sparkling white wine that bears its name. Drive along the elegant Avenue de Champagne, in Epernay, home to many of the world's most celebrated Champagne houses. Visit one of the wine cellars learn more about the champagne process and savor tastings of this expensive delight. Then, on to Reims with its Gothic cathedral adorned with striking stained glass windows, where many of France's kings were crowned. Return to Paris and spend the rest of the evening at leisure
    Optional: Full Day Champagne Region (AM)
    Overnight: Paris
    Meals: Breakfast
  14. Day 14
    DAY 14, Sunday - Depart France
    Sun, Apr 27, 2025
    Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
    Meals: Breakfast

Countries Visited

Belgium, France, Netherlands

Rivers Visited

Seine

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Inclusions

Price does not include airfare, departure or arrival transfers, airline taxes and fuel surcharges.

River Cruise Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Amsterdam, Paris-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 12 nights accommodations
  • 2 nights Amsterdam
  • 1 night Bruges
  • 7 nights outside cabin aboard the Deluxe
  • 2 nights Paris
  • River port charges of $190 per person
  • Cruise & hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 26 meals: 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Cruise director & activities host throughout cruise
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Tour manager in Amsterdam & Bruges
  • Local host in Paris
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions
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    Special Features

  • In Amsterdam, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals
  • Tour Bruges, home to some of Europe's best-preserved medieval buildings
  • See magnificent panoramic views of Seine River
  • In Auvers-sur-Oise, view Ravoux Inn where Van Gogh spent the final days of his life
  • Explore Chateau Gaillard, built by Richard the Lionheart
  • Visit the historic city of Rouen with its beautiful medieval quarter
  • Tour the home of Claude Monet in Giverny and view the tranquil gardens that inspired his masterpieces
  • Tour Paris, the historic City of Light and view the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides and the Latin Quarter
  • Take a guided visit to the treasure-filled Louvre Museum, home of the Mona Lisa and other celebrated masterpieces
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    River Cruise Features & Amenities

  • Welcome dinner and farewell dinner
  • Wine and beer with dinners
  • Locally inspired recipes
  • Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access in public areas
  • Self-serve coffee and tea station
  • Lounge serving premium spirits
  • Fitness center
  • Non-smoking ship interior
  • Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English
  • Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

    European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. When the option exists, the operator will "swap ships" with another vessel sailing in the opposite direction, retaining the sailing experience. Crew, ship and cabin configuration may differ. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

    †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    Not Included:
    Optional shore excursions and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land/Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

    Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises. There are no elevators or chair lifts on board. Kindly refer to our Terms for additional information.

    While sailing with Monarch Cruises, passengers are subject to the cruise's Terms & Conditions which can be viewed at: .

    Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

    European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. When the option exists, the operator will "swap ships" with another vessel sailing in the opposite direction, retaining the sailing experience. Crew, ship and cabin configuration may differ. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

    Please note that the following inclusions may contain items that are only applicable when you purchase Land & Air. The brochure prices below are for Land Only - call us for our best deal.

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    Questions & Answers

    Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

    Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

    Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

    The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

    Customer Reviews

    Overall Rating
    4.4
    Accommodations
    4.6
    Itinerary
    4.3
    Professional Staff
    4.6
    Repeat with Operator
    4.4
    Value for Money
    4.4

    Ratings based off 68 reviews - currently showing 26 reviews with comments only

    Pleasantly surprised at good quality, drinks offered, optional tours!

    The Gate 1 Monarch Empress was a lovely, comfortable riverboat and the staff was exceptional.

    The ship was spotless, the staff was incredibly good (a special shoutout to the Cruise Director Jutta and the Activvities Director Daniele), the food excellent and presented in a manner that reminded you of the best gournet restaurants. The excursions, concerts, etc were great. The cruise exceded my expectations.

    It was our first River Cruise & first time traveling with Gate 1. We had a wonderful experience. The itinerary was great and the food and service received was excellent.

    We will definitely recommend Gate 1 to our family and to all our friends as well. The excellent service provided by the staff is very much commendable . Exceeded beyond our expectation.

    Very much enjoyed our trip with the Gate 1 vacation tour. The selection of sites were beautiful, educational and unusual experience. We will book with them again by our next tour.

    Some of the optional tours lasted 8 hours which can make for a long day.

    Our tour agent, Allyson, was very helpful and kept us in constant touch about itinerary changes.

    The land portion of the tour lived up to my expectations. However, I was disappointed with the river cruise because (1) dining room staff was inexperienced (2) none of the staff addressed me by name (3) food selection was slim and uninteresting (4) entertainment on the cruise was limited (5) this cruise can not compare with the river cruises I have taken with Viking

    Gate one river cruises more than lived up to our expectation. Their staff was extremely professional and went out of their way to make our cruise a remarkable experience.

    We would not book another river cruise because we were looking to have a relaxing romantic cruise and the cruising was done at night and then the river became to shallow due to lack of rain and we had to be put up in a hotel. Not a pleasant experience at all. The accommodations, food people etc was very good.

    Gate 1 service and food is excellent, while the price is lower than other operators. I can't imagine the other operators having sufficiently better service to justify paying more.

    Gate 1 river cruise was wonderful!

    First time on a river cruise will definitely book another. We enjoyed the smaller cruise line and the staff went above and beyond to make you comfortable. The food was excellent with so many selections to chose from. Amsterdam and Belgium were amazing. I can't say enough about this wonderful experience. Thank you again gate 1!

    This trip was beyond expectations. Hotel accommodations were superior, really great. Staffs attended to every needs. Monarch Express operations went beyond expectations. The dining staff was exceptional... everyone on board was very professional and courteous and helpful throughout. The Captain maneuvered the ship around tough circumstances with locks. The tour guides on ALL the city and extra tours were superior, very knowledgeable, courteous, mindful of seniors, bus etiquette, et al. The chef and food prepared was EXCELLENT, expecially the unbelievable soup creations, and all meals delivered. This was a fun and interesting trip which I will do again with GATE1.

    I would suggest that instead of lengthy bus rides the traveler should be able to fly as an alternative.

    This was our second cruise on Gate1's Monarch Empress. The crew and facilities are both very good.

    I relayed a message to the tour manager that we could have spent another 30 minutes or so in Melk at the Abbey as there was little or no free time.

    I loved the Monarch Empress. It met our needs. The whole tour was great and the staff in the boat was just the best.

    Our group of 10 have just gotten back from the 14-day Danube river cruise tour from Prague to Budapest The trip was very nice and each one of us enjoyed it very much. The destinations are beautiful, service was good and food was good. We want to give a special thanks to our travel consultant who was very professional, detailed and friendly from the time of booking all the way until departure. Because we booked a land tour, our travel consultant helped arrange the transportation from the Prague airport to the hotel we stayed at. She also booked the trip for us from Prague to Cesky Kromlov. Every booking went smooth and excellent. This was the most memorable trip we have ever had. Plus we got a very good deal compared to other companies. Thank you to AffortableTours.com! :)

    The new boat was fabulous with many amenities, conveniences, and was state of the art. The entire crew, reception staff, wait service, tour directors, kitchen staff, entertainment, cabin staff, etc., was exceptional. The food exceeded our expectations. We would not hesitate to book again with the operator.

    Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Food service was plentiful and consistently good, not lavish. Wished we had more time to spend in each location, but I am sure that is similar on all cruises of this type and timeframe.

    Gate 1 travel did an outstanding job on providing a top flight tour and a very reasonable price.

    We had a wonderful time and memorable experiences with our Danube River cruise, meeting new friends along the way. We get to see a lot scenic locations. Overall we did have a great time..

    Everything are went well & good service.

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