A classical music cruise hosted by Fred Child

WAIT LIST STARTED Paris to Normandy with Performance Today


It’s April in Paris! Join Performance Today host Fred Child on a classical music adventure from Paris to Normandy on the Seine River April 23 – May 3, 2018. Enjoy two nights of art, cuisine and classical music performances in the City of Light. Then board the privately chartered MS Amadeus Diamond River Ship for seven-night journey through Normandy. Drift from one stunning landscape to the next, stopping and exploring villages, markets, D-Day Beaches and Monet’s Garden. Enjoy a robust program of classical music performances, private recitals and “Perf Chats” with a special Performance Today artist-in-residence both on-board and in unique settings including chateaux and gardens.

Trip Hosts

Fred Child

Fred Child is the host of APM's Performance Today, the most-listened-to classical music radio show in America. Fred is also the commentator and announcer for Live from Lincoln Center, the only live performing arts series on television. In recent years, Fred has hosted a series of unique live national concert broadcasts, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic's opening concerts from Walt Disney Hall, Gustavo Dudamel's debut with the LA Philharmonic, season-opening concerts at Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonic live at Carnegie Hall, the Last Night of the Proms from the Royal Albert Hall in London, New Year's concerts by the New York Philharmonic, Seiji Ozawa's final concert with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood, and the ground-breaking "Spring for Music" concerts from Carnegie Hall. He has given concert talks for Lincoln Center, the Aspen Festival, Summerfest La Jolla, his CD reviews have appeared on NPR's All Things Considered and his music reports have appeared on NPR's Morning Edition and Weekend Edition. He's been a contributor to Billboard magazine, and a commentator for BBC Radio 3. While growing up in Portland, Oregon, Fred studied classical piano. He also dabbles in guitar, percussion, and bagpipes. Fred loves baseball (throws right, bats left) and is an avid hiker, climber, skier, cyclist, runner, and a licensed private pilot. In 2014, Fred led A London Rhapsody, a sold-out classical music trip with PT fans from across the United States. In 2015, A River Rhapsody on the Danube with Fred Child sold out in 11 days.

Timotheos Petrin - Performance Today Young Artist In Resident

Praised by critics for creating a sonority that "elicits the audience's most visceral reaction", Greek-Russian cellist Timotheos Petrin has performed as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician across Europe, Asia and North America. He is the winner of the 2015 Astral Artists Competition and a frequent participant at music festivals and music series such as, Chamberfest Cleveland, Ravinia Festival Steans Music Institute, Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth, Jupiter Chamber Players, Moritzburg Festival, Dimitria Festival. He made his debut performance with the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Athens Symphony Orchestra, the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra and the Kenneth Square Symphony Orchestra. He continues to give chamber music recitals in major cities in Germany, Russia, Greece, Taiwan, Korea, Hong-Kong. A 2017 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Mr. Petrin is a scholarship recipient and fellow of the Onassis Foundation and currently studies at the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of cellist Laurence Lesser.

Wang Jie - Performance Today Composer in Residence

Born in Shanghai, Wang Jie has emerged as one of the most evocative musical voices of her generation. Ranging from elegant to campy, one day she spins a few notes into large music forms, the next she calls Zodiac animals to the opera stage – a rare trait in today’s composers. Her music have been commissioned and/or performed by New York City Opera, American Composers Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, The Minnesota Orchestra, Fort Worth Opera, Music-Theatre Group, ICE, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Continuum, among others; during festivals such as MoMA’s Summer-Garden, Aspen Music Festival, Banff Summer Music Festival, Beijing New Music Festival; holding honors from the Koussevitzky Foundation, ASCAP, American Academy of Arts and Letters, Opera America, among others. She is alumna of Manhattan School of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music with principle teachers such as Richard Danielpour and Nils Vigeland. The New York Times describes her music as “Clear, lucid and evocative” and claims, “She is certainly an artist to watch.” She and her husband Fred Child, host of Performance Today, live in New York City.


April 23 – Depart USA

Overnight flight to the City of Light, Paris!

April 24 – Arrive in Paris

Our journey through Paris and Normandy officially begins in the historic heart of Paris. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner, hosted by Fred Child and your Earthbound Guides. Sleep in Paris (D).

April 25 – Flavors of Paris

Over the next two days, you’ll enjoy an in-depth look into France’s past by visiting the Île de la Cité, Notre Dame, the Left Bank and more. Sleep in Paris (D).

April 26 – The Musée D’orsay

Spend the morning with Monet, Manet, Cezanne and Renoir at the acclaimed Musée D’Orsay. Board the ship in the afternoon, enjoy a ship orientation and a welcome dinner, followed by an evening concert featuring the Rotterdam Symphony at the Theatre Des Champs-Elysses in Paris. Sleep on board (B,D).

April 27 – In the Footsteps of Van Gogh and Monet

This morning we set out for Giverny, the village where Claude Monet lived and found the inspiration for his Water Lilies. You’ll see the gardens in all their glorious splendor and have time to walk beneath the weeping willow and the little green bridge immortalized in his paintings. You’ll also tour his charming home, filled with the objects and art he loved. Stroll the village of Giverny before returning to the Diamond for dinner. (B,L,D)

April 28 – The Seaside Town of Honfleur

Honfleur, a town of painters and Impressionism, possesses that something extra that makes it irresistible. The changing light on the Seine estuary inspired Courbet, Monet, Boudin and many others. Today dozens of galleries and artists’ studios continue to display a wide choice of classical and modern paintings. Sleep on board. (B,L,D)

April 29 – D-Day Beaches and Normandy’s Cider Route

After breakfast, begin your full-day tour to the historic beaches of Normandy. Drive past Gold Beach, Courseulles sur Mer and Juno Beach on your way to visit such World War II landmarks as Omaha Beach, the American Military Cemetery and the Debarkation Museum in Arromanches. For those who prefer a slower day, there will be an option to visit Bayeux and its famous tapestry and other more leisurely pursuits. The choice is yours! Have dinner and relax aboard the ship tonight or take an evening stroll. Sleep on board. (B,L,D)

April 30 – A Day in Rouen

The city of Rouen, which stretches along the Seine, is Normandy’s cultural, historic, gastronomic, and vibrant capital. Monet’s canvases of the cathedral have made it the best-loved building in town, but many other glories stand out, including fine museums and the church dedicated to tragic visitor Joan of Arc. It was here in the 14th century courthouse where Joan of Arc was sentenced to death and on the nearby Market Square where she was burned at the stake. Sleep on board. (B,L,D)

May 1 – Rouen – Les Andelys

“What a gaillard!” (castle) exclaimed Richard the Lionheart, King of England and Duke of Normandy when he first laid eyes on Château-Gaillard. Built more than 800 years ago, on a spur, the Château-Gaillard looks over the town of Les Andelys and one of the most beautiful bends of the river Seine in Normandy. Today we’ll explore this scenic region and the very energetic may wish to hike up the top of the castle. Sleep on board. (B,L,D)

May 2 – Vernon – Cider Tasting and Domaine De Villaceaux

Enjoy a walk in the Domaine de Villarceaux, a stunning chateau surrounded by magnificent gardens. We’ll also taste the pride of Normandy: cider and Calvados. Made typically with apples, but also pears on occasion, French cider is a refreshing beverage for the over 21 crowd. Think of Calvados as cider’s aged sister, in the form of brandy, which makes a good (consumable) souvenir of France. This evening, enjoy a special gourmet farewell feast and cruise overnight to Paris. Sleep on board. (B,L,D)

May 3 – Arrive in Paris

Your river adventure comes to a close. Bon voyage!

Highlights in Your Journey

  • Hosted by Fred Child of Performance Today
  • Exclusive performances and "Perf Chats" with PT Artist-In-Resident
  • Guided by Earthbound Expeditions Founder, Matthew Brumley
  • A classical concert in Paris
  • Multiple private recitals and performances in special venues and chateaux
  • Entrance to Monet’s Garden in Giverny
  • Cider, wine and cheese tastings with producers in Normandy
  • Visit to Normandy historic sites, including the D-Day Beaches
  • And so much more!

Pricing and Terms

Double Cabin CategoryPer Person Before DiscountDeposit by November 1, 2017 & Each SavePay Final Balance by Check & SavePrice After Discount (Each)
C (Haydn Deck)$4,999-$500-$100$4,399
B (Strauss Deck)$5,699-$600-$100$4,999
A (Mozart Deck)$6,399-$600-$100$5,699
Suites French Balcony$7,099-$900-$100$6,099

Single Travelers: C-Deck add only $800. For single cabins on other decks, add $1,350 excluding suites. Space for single travelers is limited.

Not included: Air travel, gratuities for ship staff, travel insurance and any of the items not mentioned in your itinerary. Port Taxes, charges, & fees, currently $199 are additional.

Savings – Alumni discounts apply for all previous MPR/APM Public Radio Custom Travel guests. If your deposit is made by November 1, 2017 and you make your final payment by check, you will receive the additional discounts.

Advanced, canceled or delaying sailing for cruises: Please note that cruise schedules and tour activities can be subject to change due to changes in water levels, port accessibility, weather, labor disputes or for any other reason whatsoever. The Owner and Operator of the cruise vessel may, at any time cancel, advance or postpone any scheduled tour and may, but is not obliged to, substitute another vessel or itinerary, and it shall not be liable for any loss whatsoever to passengers by reasons such as cancellation, advancement or postponement.

Special air rate – Is an economy class and allows for no deviations or upgrades. Seat assignments are subject to the discretion of the airline, specific requests cannot be guaranteed. Special air rate for this trip is $999 from Minneapolis, Chicago, or Atlanta.

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