Silver Travel Wine Club

July 2024: Spotlight on the Seine

This month’s Wine Club, in partnership with AmaWaterways, heads to the Seine.

Read on to find out more.

With countless vineyards close by, France’s second largest waterway (the Seine) allows us to sample some of the country’s most renowned wines and ciders. The wine variety that instantly characterises northern France comes from the Champagne region about 90 miles east of Paris. Stemming from chalky soils and cool temperatures, these sparkling varieties produce a sweet effervescence and unparalleled quality that merit exclusive classification as the one and only wine known as “Champagne”.

Another specialty drink is found closer to the English Channel. Normandy’s fruit-filled orchards have been picked and pressed into a rich cider brandy called Calvados for nearly 500 years. Made from over 170 apple and pear varieties, this rustic spirit is distilled twice and barrel-aged for at least two years before bottling. The result is a palate-pleasing liqueur bursting with complex apple elements and hints of cinnamon spice.

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Join an unforgettable AmaWaterways Wine Cruise and delight in one of the world’s most perfect trifectas: travel, wine, and elegant cuisine. Each of their Celebration of Wine River Cruises is hosted by an enthusiastic wine professional who leads you through tastings and interactive discussions, accompanies you on select shore excursions to vineyards and cellars, and helps curate a special food and wine pairing dinner on board.

Impressions of the Seine and Paris (wine cruise)

Discover the most renowned sites in Paris as well as sites memorialized by famous Impressionist painters along France’s Seine River. Meander through the renowned Gardens d’Acquigny and visit Monet’s home and gardens in Giverny. Indulge in Norman chocolate, cheese and cider and enhance your best self on guided bike tours through charming cities like Le Havre and Rouen. With fairytale castles, châteaux and idyllic scenery at every turn, this cruise is sure to inspire your own art – or at least conjure beautiful memories and dreams for years to come!

Itinerary: Paris to Le Havre

  • Day 1: Paris – Embarkation
  • Day 2: Paris
  • Day 3: Mantes-la-Jolie – La Roche Guyon
  • Day 4: Vernon
  • Day 5: Rouen
  • Day 6: Caudebec-en-Caux
  • Day 7: Le Havre
  • Day 8: Le Havre – Disembarkation

Sailing 5th April 2025 onboard AmaDante

Fly-cruise fares:

  • 7-night Fly-Cruise package from £3,383pp
  • Based on a Category E (Window) stateroom
  • Includes flights from London or Manchester
  • Savings up to £1,150 per couple

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Win a case of wine from the Seine region

Comment below and tell us which excursion included in the cruise you would choose, and why?

A winner will be chosen in early August 2024.
The competition closes on 31 July 2024.

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  1. Definitely it would be the Normandy Beaches for me. I last visited Arromanches 45 years ago with my parents and I would love to see the new Memorial to those British trops who fought so bravely on D Day

  2. The Giverny visit would be lovely – seeing Monet’s garden would be a big tick om my bucket list!

  3. I’d love to see Monet’s garden, with or without the water lilies in bloom I’m sure it’s beautiful!

  4. Monet’s home and gardens in Giverny.
    First visited forty years ago – a 40th birthday present from and with my children. The gardens were magnificent, just as I had imagined they would be. The sun was shining. And there was a wedding party, with guests resplendent in all their finery amidst the blooms. I’d love to have seen the pictures taken by their photographer. Unfortunately, my own camera was a basic Brownie. Remember them?? I’ve always had it in mind to go back, this time with a camera that would do it all justice.

  5. I owuld love to go on a guided bike tour. It’s a great way of seeing a lot of the area.

  6. The guided bike tour through Rouen would be so lovely, I have never been there (or anywhere much in France really) so what a treat – and on a bike too! Wow.

  7. Monet’s home and garden at Giverny. I have his picture of waterlillies on my wall, so I see it every day. (Not the real painting – just a print!)

  8. Rouen – tastes of Normandy – cheese chocolate and cider – three of my favourite things

  9. Having just been to a Monet exhibition in Harrogate I would love to go to Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny.

  10. The Monet Gardens look beautiful and I would be happy to sample the local cheese and wine! x

  11. Vernon – such a beautiful place & so much to see and do. I didn’t realise how much I liked architecture until I visited, plus of course all that gorgeous french wine and cheese – mmmm 🙂

  12. The wine cruise sounds fab, not been to France since a child so this woule be lovely to see the differences and changes

  13. The Bayeux and Caen tour. I’d love to see the Bayeux Tapestry: in Canterbury (where I live) some historians believe it was actually made here, by nuns: another link with the area is that Caen stone was used to build Canterbury Cathedral.

  14. Guided bike tour with fairytale castles, chateaux & idyllic scenery, what’s not to like?!

  15. Guided bike tour to see fairytale castles, chateaux & idyllic scenery sounds so mesmerising.

  16. It would have to be the calvados, cider and cheese tasting at La Roche-Guyon as I cannot think of a better combination of tastes and treats.

  17. I would choose the guided bike tours as they would allow me to see the regions close up and would also compensate for the amazing food and wine I would be enjoying, perhaps a little too much!

  18. Having studied an art based subject at University, I have it on my unfulfilled bucket list to see Monet’s garden. Couple that with wine and the history of the region, who could ask for more.

  19. I would be happy just sitting on board sipping champagne but if pressed I would like to see the Bayeux Tapestry again, which I last saw 30 years ago

  20. I would choose the Tastes of Normandy tour in Rouen, because it sounds amazing. Chocolate, Cheese & Cider … what more could anyone want!

  21. I enjoy sightseeing, especially visiting old buildings and formal gardens. I really like the three Cs – Chocolate, cheese and cider. With various chocolates and ciders to try, and a large variety of cheeses and wines to consume, it will be a gastronomist’s cruise of a lifetime.

  22. Impressions of the Seine and Paris as I could take my wife for our 30th wedding anniversary as we went to Paris before we were married and she was unwell so this would be so special.

  23. Paris so romantic, would love to take my wife up the Eiffel Tower and visit Montmartre, last time I was on my own.

  24. Visit Monet’s home and gardens in Giverny to see if they are as beautiful as the art work.

  25. Lots of lovely things to do but the guided bike tours through charming cities like Le Havre and Rouen, would be special.

  26. Lots of great choices on this cruise. Château de Gaillon and Gardens d’Acquigny would be one of mine.

  27. There’s so many fabulous choices but I’d love to visit Château de Bonnemare as I love places like that and perhaps for a bit of “ghost hunting”!

  28. I would love to visit Monet’s home and garden. He conjures up vivid images in my mind just looking at his paintings. I buy his paintings to give as wedding presents, I hope they like them as much as I do.

  29. So many exciting places to visit but it is my dream to visit Monet’s home and gardens in Giverny.

  30. I would love them all but would particularly like to visit the Jardin des Plantes in Paris.

  31. As a keen gardener, it’s Giverny for me. I would love to stand on the bridges overlooking the water lilies.

  32. Would love to revisit Monet’s garden. Glorious range of colours. The village itself is also beautiful.

  33. Would love to revisit Le Havre to see the unusual architecture and maybe the tall ships regatta. It is often criticised for it’s brutalist architecture, but is actually fascinating!

  34. Any of the excursions which allow me to sample and buy the wonderful fresh French food and drinks.cheese,chocolate and ciders what more could you want

  35. A bike tour round Rouen would be amazing – stopping to try the wonderful wine and cheese with a crusty baguette !!

  36. Rouen, its elegant historic centre. Follow the footsteps of Joan of Arc, visit the many beautiful architectural buildings such as the Cathedral, the Gros Horlage, so many great sights. Visit MacDonalds situated in one of the oldest buildings in the city (joke! Not with all the delicious local breads and cheeses).

  37. The Normandy Beaches, thankful for my freedom every day, particularly so I can travel. For my tomorrow they gave their today..

  38. I would love to cruise peacefully down the Seine, look at the beautiful scenery, sample wines and enjoy the food they are paired with. My idea of heaven.

  39. I would love to visit the Normandy beaches and pay respect to all those who died to give us the freedom we enjoy today

  40. I would choose the Medieval Rouen walking tour because I would really enjoy the personal touch you get with a walking tour. When you are walking you get to see lots of people and places you might otherwise miss, you also get the chance to chat with people you meet on the walking tour.

  41. Mantes-la-Jolie – La Roche Guyon to do the Calvados, cider and cheese tasting. I’ve got a bottle of Calvados at home and it’s fab, I’d love to try more of that. Not a big cider fan, too many bad memories from my teenage years! But I think tasting a few ‘good’ ciders instead of the cheap stuff we drank as teens would turn that around for me. Plus, my partner is a massive cheese head!

  42. Great sounding itinerary with lots of lovely sights. I am especially interested in the old castles at Le Havre.

  43. I would love to go on a tour of Le Havre – I remember going there many years ago when the children were small. It looked so interesting but we didn’t have a lot of time but did manage to buy some delicious black cherries from a woman selling them in the street.

  44. I can’t fail to enjoy Paris !- yes, there are some areas which are unbearably crowded with visitors, but it only takes a few minutes to wander away from the crowds and find yourself on a beautiful street with lovely architecture and cute coffee shops.

  45. Rouen , because from the moment you step foot on the cobbled stones, you’re transported back in time to medieval France, and I love history.

  46. I would love to see Monets garden. To be able to look at what he saw and understand his perspective and paintings more.

  47. I would like to go on the Paris excursion as I haven’t been to Paris since I went with the school, many many years ago and I would love to see it with adult eyes.

  48. I’d choose the Medieval Rouen walking tour, I went to Rouen 40 years ago on a school trip, and would love to go back and re-explore this fascinating city

  49. Calvados, cider and cheese tasting sounds perfect, but so many to choose from a great itinary

  50. Bike tour in vernon as I like to be active even on holiday and may have some calories to burn with the amazing food on board and all that wine tasting

  51. Mantés la Jolie for the the bees! How wonderful. As an art teacher I’ll join the chorus for visiting Monet’s garden. I haven’t spent much time in France and I’m desperate to explore and learn all about the food and culture of this region!

  52. I’d love to visit Le Havre, as I’ve always heard such lovely things about it. Although all the excursions sound amazing to be honest!

  53. It’s got to be Monet’s Garden – it’s been on my mum’s wall for the last 50 years!

  54. I would love all the tours but especially the Normandy Beaches which are so historically important and thought provoking so would be a privilege

  55. Wow, It’s Hard To Decide but Monet’s Garden would hopefully reinspire my artistic aspirations.

  56. I’d be grateful for any at all. The reason?, me and my Mum have really been through an awful time and would like to just get away.

  57. Harcourt Arboretum, Château du Champ de Bataille and Le Bec Hellouin – a busy but enjoyable day’s tour.

  58. France is so steeped in history and I just want to see more and more. I have recently come back from a cycling trip from Bayeux and Mont St Michel (which was breath-taking), and now I’d like to explore Rouen, with its ancient cathedrals castle and museums. Also, no matter where you go the food is second to none. I love France!

  59. I would love to go to Pairs. Ever since a little girl I have wanted to see the effile tower and have a glass of wine at the top to celebrate.

  60. Rouen – it would remind me of my childhood, the cobbled streets, the Gros-Horloge and delicious ice cream. Happy Memories!

  61. Gosh you are spoilt for choice…. Would it be Calvados, cider and cheese tasting, Monet’s garden, Rouen cathedral , Bayeux Tapestry or the Normandy beaches???? In April I’ll rule out Monet as the water lilies won’t be in flower. Much as I’m tempted by the food, I know the food on the cruise will be superb, so I’ll discount that one. The history of the Normandy beaches is probably a bit too recent for me so that comes down to Rouen Cathedral or Bayeux tapestry. Perhaps William the Conqueror wins over Joan of Arc?

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