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D-Day River Cruise 2025

Group River Tour

Join our special group aboard the luxurious Amadeus Diamond sailing from Paris to enjoy the French countryside and picturesque towns while uncovering the history of the Battle of Normandy – with three departures to choose from.

Departs 11 June, 23 July & 24 September 2025 from Paris

from $6474
8 Days
  • per person, twin share
  • SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: varies based on cabin type
  • DEPOSIT: 20%

D-Day River Cruise 2025

June to August marks the anniversary of the Battle of Normandy – the campaign that liberated France from Nazi occupation. Commencing with the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944, Operation Overlord was the largest amphibious assault in history, beginning the march eastward to defeat Germany. Our special group will cruise the River Seine aboard the Amadeus Diamond, beginning and ending in Paris. Escorted by an expert battlefield Historian, our special tour includes evening seminars and two days’ comprehensive touring of the D-Day beaches.

On-board Amadeus Diamond, enjoy fine-dining meals, with a generous continental breakfast buffet, multi-course lunches and dinners – all included. Free-flowing hand-selected wines, beer and soft-drinks are included at every lunch and dinner, and complimentary coffee and tea are available 24-hours in the Amadeus Club. Relax and watch the countryside go by from your stateroom, the Panorama Bar, or River Terrace, utilise complimentary on-board WiFi, or enjoy Sun Deck with golf putting green, chess, shuffle board and lounge area. A 24-hour fitness centre and massage room are also on-board.

Amadeus River Cruises is a family-owned Austrian company underpinned by 40 years of experience. Its award-winning fleet has been designed with a focus on comfort, style, and guest experience. On-board chefs serve fine-dining fare using fresh, local ingredients, and Amadeus is at the forefront of sustainable river cruising – awarded a prestigious  Green Award in 2022

Stateroom Types of Amadeus Diamond

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Haydn Cabin C-4 (15m²) with panoramic window

Small panoramic windows (cannot be opened), ample closet space, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, bathrobe, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. Located on the bottom deck, towards the back of the vessel.

from $6,474 per person, twin share

Haydn Cabin C-1 (15m²) with panoramic window

Small panoramic windows (cannot be opened), ample closet space, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, bathrobe, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. Located on the bottom deck, close to the fitness room.

from $7,074 per person, twin share

Strauss Cabin B-4 (15m²) with French balcony

Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with French balcony, ample closet space, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, bathrobe, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. Located on the middle deck towards the back of the vessel.

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from $7,807 per person, twin share

Strauss Cabin B-1 (15m²) with French balcony

Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with French balcony, ample closet space, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, bathrobe, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. Located on the middle deck.

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from $8,240 per person, twin share

Mozart Cabin A-1 (15m²) with French balcony

Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with French balcony, ample closet space, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, bathrobe, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. Located on the top deck.

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from $9,357 per person, twin share

Mozart Suite (22m²) with French balcony

Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with French balcony, mini-bar, bathrobe, ample closet space, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, bathrobe, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. Located on the top deck.

from $9,907 per person, twin share

Deck Plan of Amadeus Diamond

Amadeus Diamond Image Gallery

Day 1 > Embark Paris

Embark this afternoon in Paris, the romantic City of Light, with embarkation from 4pm.

After unpacking, join your Historian and fellow Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours’ special group travellers for a Welcome Cocktail and Welcome Dinner.

Star Inclusions: Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner

Day 2 > Conflans

Arrive early in the morning in Conflans-St.-Honorine, at the confluence of the rivers Oise and Seine. Choose to join an optional shore excursion or to relax as you please. Today our special group comes together for our first Seminar, led by your expert Historian.

Star Inclusions: Battle of Normandy Special Group Seminar

Optional shore excursion:

  • A guided tour of Painters Village Auvers-sur-Oise – a charming town which was an inspiration to many Impressionist masters, including Cezanne, Pissarro, Daubigny and Vincent van Gogh, whose final resting place is here.

Day 3 > Rouen

Our cruise arrives in Rouen at 8am. Choose to enjoy an optional shore excursion, or relax as you please. Today our special group comes together for a Seminar, led by your Historian.

Star Inclusions: Battle of Normandy Special Group Seminar

 Optional shore excursions:

  • A walking tour of Rouen, uncovering the capital of the Normandy region including visiting the cathedral that inspired Claude Monet, and the modern Church of Joan of Arc with its magnificent 16th century stained-glass windows.
  • Visit Le Pressoir d‘Or, a typical 17th Century farmhouse to taste cider and view the orchard cellar and museum dedicated to the old apple press, before visiting the beautiful village of Lyons-la-Forêt.

Day 4 > Le Havre and D-Day Battlefields: American Sector

Today we will spend a full day exploring the D-Day battlefields, accompanied by our expert Historian. Our special group will be met at Le Havre Pier by our coach at 9am. As we drive through Normandy, we will learn stories from the landing and the troops involved, on both sides, highlighting these personal stories through visits to Le Cambe German Cemetery and Colleville-Sur-Mer American Cemetery. In Sainte-Mère-Eglise – near the church where US-paratrooper John Steele was caught, hanging from the bell tower by his parachute – we will visit the immersive Airborne Museum to learn about the paratroopers, invasion preparations in England and battles for liberation. And visiting the infamous Omaha Beach, the bloodiest landing site on D-Day, we will see where American troops came ashore under a hail of gunfire and suffered thousands of casualties – the action famously depicted in Saving Private Ryan. As we tour back towards Le Havre, we pass multiple drop sites and learn more about the battle from our Historian. We will arrive back at Le Havre Pier to the Amadeus Diamond at around 5:30pm to enjoy an evening of leisure, entertained by the music of local chanson singers.

Star Inclusions: Le Cambe German Cemetery, Sainte-Mère-Eglise Airborne Museum, Colleville-sur-Mer American Cemetery, Omaha Beach

Day 5 > Le Havre & D-Day Beaches: British Sector – Caudebec-en-Caux

Today our special group will spend a full day exploring the British Sector of the D-Day Battlefields. We will be met at Le Havre Pier by our coach at 9am to travel to Ranville War Cemetery to learn the stories of the British and Commonwealth soldiers and pay our respects to Australian Flight Lieutenants Thomas Robert Bowden Anderson and Henry Lacy Smith who are buried here.

At the Benouville Memorial Pegasus Museum, we will learn the story of the successful coup de main to capture Pegasus and Horsa bridges, before travelling to the Ver-sur-Mer British Normandy Memorial. A quick drive will then take us to Arromanches – part of the Gold Beach landing area – where the Allies established an artificial harbour to unload heavy equipment. During 100 days of operation of the port, 2.5 million men, 500,000 vehicles and 4 million tonnes of material were landed. We will then visit Longues-sur-Mer Gun Battery, before travelling to Caudebec-en-Caux Pier to reboard at around 5:30pm.

Star Inclusions: Ranville War Cemetery, Benouville Memorial Pegasus Museum, Arromanches / Gold Beach, Longues Gun Battery

Day 6 > Les Andelys – Vernon – Mantes-le-Jolie

After two days of battlefield touring, enjoy a day to relax and explore the cultural highlights, villages and towns of France. You may choose to join an optional shore excursion, to uncover the region’s art and imperial history. Today, our special group comes together for our final Seminar, led by your Historian. After our final Seminar, we bid “Au Revoir” to our Historian as we sail towards Paris.

Star Inclusions: Battle of Normandy Special Group Seminar

Optional shore excursions:

  • Monet’s Muses and Château Gaillard – explore the remains of the English King’s stronghold: Château Gaillard, before continuing to Giverny, to visit the home of Impressionist Claude Monet and the beautiful gardens which were inspiration for several works of art.
  • Josephine, Napolean, and Château de Malmaison – explore the former residence of Joséphine and Napoleon Bonaparte, the Imperial couple.

Day 7 > Paris

In the early morning, it’s “Bienvenue“ to the French capital. Explore the City of Light at your leisure, or choose to join an optional shore excursion. Late this afternoon, enjoy a festive Captain‘s Gala Dinner and admire the city lights of the French capital on our last night aboard Amadeus Diamond.

Star Inclusions: Captain’s Gala Dinner

Optional shore excursions:

  • Paris: Cafes, Cathedrals & City of Light – explore the sights of the Eiffel Tower and the bustling Champs-Élysées, one of the world’s most famous commercial streets, during a morning city tour.
  • Montmartre walking tour – delve into the allure of Montmartre, an eternal muse for creativity and expression, located on the highest hill in northern Paris. From its cobbled streets and quaint cafes to its iconic Sacré-Coeur, Montmartre offers a unique experience that transports visitors back to the ”La Belle Époque“ era.

 

Day 8 > Paris

After breakfast, your Amadeus crew bids you “adieu”.

The journey may be over, but the memories will last a lifetime.

 

  • Services of an expert WW2 Historian throughout the cruise
  • Three exclusive Normandy and D-Day history seminars led by your expert WW2 Historian during the cruise
  • Two days of comprehensive shore touring (days 4 and 5) exploring Normandy and the D-Day beaches, escorted by your expert WW2 Historian
  • Luxury accommodation aboard Amadeus Diamond in a stateroom of your choice. All staterooms include river views, individual climate control, an in-room safe, and choice of bed configuration
  • Complimentary WiFi aboard Amadeus Diamond, and on-board fitness centre open 24/7
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Reception aboard Amadeus Diamond
  • Gourmet dining aboard Amadeus Diamond for all main meals, afternoon and late-night snack, including continental breakfast buffet, multi-course lunch, and 4-5 course dinner
  • Free-flowing hand-selected wines included aboard Amadeus Diamond at every lunch and dinner, as well as beer and soft drinks
  • Coffee and tea available 24-hours every day in the Amadeus club onboard
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles to explore ashore
  • All tips and gratuities, port taxes, embarkation, disembarkation and lock fees are included

Haydn Cabin C-4 (15m²) with panoramic window

Small panoramic windows (cannot be opened), ample closet space, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, bathrobe, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. Located on the bottom deck, towards the back of the vessel.

TOUR ID

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TO

PRICE

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BNC11JUN-C4

11 June 2025

18 June 2025

from $6,474 pp, twin share

BNC23JUL-C4

23 July 2025

30 July 2025

from $6,474 pp, twin share

BNC24SEP-C4

24 September 2025

1 October 2025

from $6,474 pp, twin share

Haydn Cabin C-1 (15m²) with panoramic window

Small panoramic windows (cannot be opened), ample closet space, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, bathrobe, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. Located on the bottom deck, close to the fitness room.

TOUR ID

FROM

TO

PRICE

CHOOSE DATE

BNC11JUN-C1

11 June 2025

18 June 2025

from $7,074 pp, twin share

BNC23JUL-C1

23 July 2025

30 July 2025

from $7,074 pp, twin share

BNC24SEP-C1

24 September 2025

1 October 2025

from $7,074 pp, twin share

Strauss Cabin B-4 (15m²) with French balcony

Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with French balcony, ample closet space, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, bathrobe, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. Located on the middle deck towards the back of the vessel.

TOUR ID

FROM

TO

PRICE

CHOOSE DATE

BNC11JUN-B4

11 June 2025

18 June 2025

from $7,807 pp, twin share

BNC23JUL-B4

23 July 2025

30 July 2025

from $7,807 pp, twin share

BNC24SEP-B4

24 September 2025

1 October 2025

from $7,807 pp, twin share

Strauss Cabin B-1 (15m²) with French balcony

Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with French balcony, ample closet space, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, bathrobe, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. Located on the middle deck.

TOUR ID

FROM

TO

PRICE

CHOOSE DATE

BNC11JUN-B1

11 June 2025

18 June 2025

from $8,240 pp, twin share

BNC23JUL-B1

23 July 2025

30 July 2025

from $8,240 pp, twin share

BNC24SEP-B1

24 September 2025

1 October 2025

from $8,240 pp, twin share

Mozart Cabin A-1 (15m²) with French balcony

Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with French balcony, ample closet space, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, bathrobe, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. Located on the top deck.

TOUR ID

FROM

TO

PRICE

CHOOSE DATE

BNC11JUN-A1

11 June 2025

18 June 2025

from $9,357 pp, twin share

BNC23JUL-A1

23 July 2025

30 July 2025

from $9,357 pp, twin share

BNC24SEP-A1

24 September 2025

1 October 2025

from $9,357 pp, twin share

Mozart Suite (22m²) with French balcony

Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with French balcony, mini-bar, bathrobe, ample closet space, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, bathrobe, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. Located on the top deck.

TOUR ID

FROM

TO

PRICE

CHOOSE DATE

BNC11JUN-SUITE

11 June 2025

18 June 2025

from $9,907 pp, twin share

BNC23JUL-SUITE

23 July 2025

30 July 2025

from $9,357 pp, twin share

BNC24SEP-SUITE

24 September 2025

1 October 2025

from $9,357 pp, twin share

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D- Day River Cruise 2025

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Please note: Itineraries are subject to change due to operational reasons. In addition, your Historian may alter the sites visited on each day to suit local conditions. Any changes will be advised closer to the time of departure.

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Ask about our airfare, hotel and car hire deals, which offer great discounts when booked in conjunction with our tours.

Please note: Itineraries are subject to change due to operational reasons. In addition, your Historian may alter the sites visited on each day to suit local conditions. Any changes will be advised closer to the time of departure.

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