Paris → Paris
The gems of winding Seine await you on this cruise, together with some of the most beautiful French golf courses! Our journey commences and ends in Paris, and takes you to idyllic Norman villages and the picturesque harbor town of Honfleur, up to Le Havre, on the rugged Atlantic coast. The landscapes along the banks of the Seine provide the perfect setting for golf excursions. In the company of an experienced golf expert, you will enjoy the unmistakable French flair while playing a relaxed round of golf.
Embark in the afternoon and get settled in your cabin. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a specially prepared Welcome Dinner. Afterwards, you will be briefed on all onshore excursions, golf clubs and starting times, while the ship will have left Paris and cruise to the next port of call: Conflans
Arrive in Conflans, at the confluence of the Oise and the Seine Rivers. In the morning, you are transferred to the famous Le Golf National Club, which is situated southwest of Paris in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, near the Palace of Versailles. At this legendary golf club you will be able to play the Aigle course, which is maintained at the same impeccable levels as its sister course, the Albatros. A delicious dinner awaits you back on board while your ship continues its journey down the Seine.
Le Golf National - Aigle course
Situated near the renowned Palace of Versailles and just 25 kilometers away from the Eiffel Tower, this is a club no golf enthusiast should miss. Le Golf National is the home of the Open de France and hosted the Ryder Cup in 2018. The club was created to be the permanent home of the Open de France and was inaugurated in 1990. Its three courses were designed by golf architects Hubert Chesneau and Robert von Hagge, who transformed the initially flat landscape into one of France’s most popular and iconic golfing destinations. Le Golf National’s 18-hole Aigle course has a traditional links style feel to it and features undulating fairways, meticulously manicured greens and flowing roughs. While the course does not have many of the typical lake water hazards or bunkers, the contoured fairways can be deceptive and the course is sure to offer challenges for golfers of all handicap levels.
This morning, we reach Rouen, often called the "Ville Musée" (Museum Town) because of the many art, history, and antiquities museums scattered across the city. In the morning, start your trip to Golf d'Étretat, a breathtaking golfing destination. Set above the cliffs of Étretat with a spectacular view of the English Channel, the magnificent, wave-cut arches of the famous cliffs and the charming village below, the Étretat Golf Club is over 100 years old and is considered one of the best French seaside golf courses.
Étretat Golf ClubSet above the cliffs of Étretat with a spectacular view of the English Channel, the magnificent, wave-cut arches of the famous cliffs and the charming village below, the Étretat Golf Club is considered one of the three best French seaside golf courses. The club, which is over 100 years old, was founded in 1908 by Englishmen. The first president was Bernard Forbes, 8th Earl of Granard. The original 13-hole course was designed by Julien Chantepie and Arnaud Massy (the only Frenchman to have won the Open). The club closed during WWII, but reopened in 1949, after the landmines had been cleared out. Didier Fruchet revised the layout in the 1990s and today the resort extends over 6,000 meters. The 18-hole course will test every facet of players' games, particularly with the exciting sequence of holes at the back nine, between the 10th and the 14th, where the fairways run along the cliff edge.
Le Havre lies at the mouth of the Seine in the English Channel and is the second largest port in France. In the morning, join the excursion to the cliff paths of Étretat, where the iconic, steep chalk cliffs and impressive needle-like formations of the Normandy coastline have inspired many well-known artists. In the afternoon, you can take part in an excursion to the picturesque harbor town of Honfleur, situated on the opposite bank of the Seine estuary, where the Seine meets the Atlantic. Alternatively, you can take part in an optional trip to the Champ de Bataille Golf Club, which is located in exceptional natural surroundings on the grounds of a 17th century castle. This optional trip can be booked until 1 month before departure.
Champ de Bataille Golf Club (optional)
Located on the grounds of the Château du Champ de Bataille, a castle in Upper Normandy in France, this woodland championship course is set in an exceptional natural and historical environment. It was designed in 1990 by the American architect Robin Nelson and the French landscape gardener Thierry Huau, who was responsible for ensuring that the natural beauty of the area was retained. Ranked among the top 25 finest golf courses in France, the Champ de Bataille course stretches across 370 acres of historic forest and parkland. The course was designed to follow the natural valleys and water hazards of the estate, featuring centuries-old trees, lakes and impressive clusters of rhododendrons. The narrow woodland course and the natural water hazards require skill and concentration, offering golfers plenty of technical challenges. The natural beauty of the course may also challenge golfers' concentration, particularly in spring when the rhododendrons are in full bloom!
Optional golf club trip can be booked until 1 month before departure.
The minimum number of participants is 10.
Before your floating hotel departs Le Havre, you board a comfortable coach to the third included golf experience, this time on the magnificent green expanses of the Barrière golf course at Deauville. Situated between sea and countryside, the Club is considered one of the most beautiful golf courses of France. In the afternoon, the vessel arrives in the small riverside town of Caudebec-en-Caux, where you rejoin for a delicious dinner.
Barrière de Deauville Golf Club
Situated on the heights of Mont Canisy, just outside Deauville, the Barrière de Deauville Golf Club opened in 1929 and is considered one of the most beautiful golf courses in France. Its three 9-hole courses, with a mix of tree-lined and open parkland holes, stretching across rolling terrain, were designed by architects Tom Simpson and Henry Cotton. This is a genuine championship course which has hosted the French Open, the Ebel Match Play and the Air France Madame, as well as players such as Gary Player, Tony Jacklin and Peter Fowler. It offers stunning views of the sea and the surrounding Normandy countryside, while presenting technical challenges that will test even experienced players, particularly on Cotton's Bleu course, with par 36, which is characterized by its green speed and many bunkers. Simpson's 9-hole Rouge course fits well with the 9-hole Blanc course, as well as the additional Bleu course. From the Blanc course, usually played as the backnine of the 18, golfers can enjoy stunning views over Deauville.
Today, your vessel anchors in the little town of Les Andelys in the shadow of Château Gaillard, once home to Richard Lionheart. From here you will pay another visit to Le Golf National, this time to enjoy the famous and challenging Albatros golf course, which is considered one of the best in Europe, is the home of the Open de France and has seen further improvements since it was chosen as the host venue for the Ryder Cup 2018. In the evening your ship makes a short stop in Poissy, where you will board again. Tonight, the Captain invites you to his Gala Dinner – a wonderful finish to an unforgettable day.
Le Golf National - Albatros course
The Golf National complex, founded in 1985, is situated southwest of Paris in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, near the Palace of Versailles. Designed by architects Hubert Chesneau and Robert von Hagge as a permanent home for the Open de France, Le Golf National features the championship Albatros course, which is considered one of the best in Europe. Extensive renovations have taken place on the Albatros course since it was chosen as the host venue for the Ryder Cup 2018. Players can expect a course that offers plenty of risk/reward situations, with undulating fairways and links-style bunkers, and can look forward to the challenging water hazards that surround the final four holes. The Albatros course masterfully combines a traditional links feel with the modern features of target golf.
In the early hours of the morning we will say “Bienvenue” to the French capital once again. The day is yours to explore this romantic city. An included city tour takes you to the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, the Eiffel Tower, and the bustling Champs-Élysées in the morning. In the afternoon, an optional tour allows you to explore the quirky artists’ district of Montmartre and the Sacré-Coeur, located on the highest hill in northern Paris. In the evening, celebrate your golf trip at the Champions-Cocktail with the captain.
After breakfast, your Amadeus Diamond crew bids you “adieu”. We hope to see you again soon!
Owing to the variety of available excursions it‘s often difficult to choose between them - so on this cruise we offer you tailor-made and carefully composed sets of excursions that you can book in advance with 15% discount. All excursions can of course also be booked individually at regular rates on board.
|Cruise Highlights||Unit Price|
|Excursion to Étretat||$A 87.00|
|Excursion to Honfleur||included|
|Champ de Bataille Golf Club (optional)||$A 315.00|
|City tour of Paris||included|
|Guided walking tour of the Montmartre district (only bookable in advance)||$A 83.00|
|Excursion to the Palace of Versailles (only bookable in advance)||$A 167.00|
|Onboard Booking Price|
|Prices for packages booked in advance|