Joe Sixpack Paris & Normandy Beer Themed River Cruise 

Oct 22nd – 29th 2020

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Our host Don Russell (aka Joe Sixpack) & his amazing wife Theresa

Visit the US Cemetery in Normandy for an incredibly moving ceremony.

Cruise the Seine river for our next Joe Sixpack Beer Themed trip.  This private group will cruise in luxury with fellow beer enthusiasts and Don Russell, aka Joe Sixpack our host and beer expert.  Click on the tabs below to learn more or call Susan Wolfson at 610-398-2444 to reserve your spot.

  • Paris & Normandy

    Go Astro Travel, LLC is offering our sixth Joe Sixpack beer themed trip and our 4th with AmaWaterways.  The Paris & Normandy cruise offers a wonderful experience.   As you sail the Seine you will enjoy medieval history,  impressionist art history as well as WWII history.  Visiting the beaches of Normandy is one of the most moving experience you will have on a river cruise.  We will combine the regular tours with a  beer pairing dinner and beer themed activities/excursions.


    • Several beer themed excursions/events just for our private group
    • Search out new varieties of beer and wine not exported to the US
    • Compare notes with Don Russell, acclaimed beer expert
    • AmaWaterways luxury including first rate food and service
    • All Excursions on an AmaWaterways cruise are included
    • Opportunities for bicycle excursions, wine tastings and world class scenery

    No trip to the Normandy region of France would be complete without sampling of all the wonderful cuisine! AmaWaterways provides the best the local area has to offer!

    Click here to read our blog from our previous Paris & Normandy Cruise 

    See what our host had to say about our last beer trip

  • Paris & Normandy

    Paris always sizzles while Normandy beckons with its stunning coastline, incredible food and artistic beauty. Monet’s Gardens, Rouen’s Cathedral of Notre Dame and the charming harbor town of Honfleur, will inspire you the same way as they inspired the great Impressionists. For inspiration of a different kind, travel the “Routes des Abbayes,” visiting some of the most magnificent monasteries, and to the unforgettable beaches of Normandy where Allied forces landed during WWII’s D-Day invasion. Relive the grandeur of royalty at Château Malmaison, the former home of Napoleon and Josephine Bonaparte, and at Chateau de Bizy, once referred to as “the Versailles of Normandy.” Blend a passion for the good life with culture, art, architecture and timeless landscapes, and you have Northern France.

    Pre-Cruise Extension:

    You’ll have the opportunity to start in Paris a few days before the cruise.  Our host Don Russell will be putting together an amazing pre cruise option for you to enjoy.  Details & pricing will be posted when they become available.


    Flights are not included.  You will fly in and out of Paris.  AmaWaterways offers contracted rates which should be available around the beginning of December 2019

    DAY 1

    Board the ship in Paris for your Paris & Normandy cruise. (D)

    DAY 2

    Uncover the history of Château Gaillard, the former stronghold of Richard the Lionheart, situated on the chalk cliffs high above the Seine, on a morning tour. Or, if you prefer a more active adventure, you can hike there from the banks of the Seine, admiring the scenic views along the way. For those who wish to explore the area on two wheels, join a guided bike tour through the charming town of Les Andelys. After your adventures, set sail along the meandering Seine for a scenic cruise. (B,L,D)

    DAY 3

    There are several different choices of excursions, both during the morning and afternoon, depending on your interests. You can choose between an excursion to the seaside town of Honfleur, renowned for its picturesque harbor, and for being an inspirational site for Impressionist painters; or enjoy a full-day excursion that includes Honfleur and the delicious Pays d’Auge region of Normandy, where apple cider, Calvados and pommeau outrank French wine. Enjoy a country drive through Beamont-en-Auge and Pont l’Eveque, and afterwards, be treated to a cheese and Calvados tasting. During the afternoon, you can join a city tour of the UNESCO-designated Le Havre. Alternatively, you have the choice of a bike tour through Le Havre. (B,L,D)

    DAY 4

    Experience the Normandy region with one of three tours. For those wishing to go to the American sector of the historic Normandy Beaches, you will visit the cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, Omaha Beach, the artillery battery at Longues-sur-Mer and the village of Arromanches, where the remains of the floating harbor used during the WWII landings can be seen. If you prefer, you can tour the Gold and Juno beaches in the British and Canadian sectors, where you will visit Ranville Cemetery, Pegasus Bridge, the Canadian cemetery at Beny-sur-Mer, the WWII museum in Courseulle and, finally, Arromanches. If you wish to experience a different kind of inspiration, the Romanesque Normandy Abbey Route will take you to one of the magnificent historic abbeys of the region. Later in the day, travel to Caudebec-en-Caux and journey back in time with the interactive exhibits and vessels at the Seine Museum. (B,L,D)

    DAY 5

    Spend the morning enjoying medieval Rouen with a choice of several excursions. Join a walking tour past the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral, painted numerous times by Monet, and see the square where Joan of Arc was martyred, as well as the Medieval Quarter and Great Clock. You also have the choice to explore Lyons-la-Forêt, built on the site of a former fortress and featuring remarkable centuries-old architecture; go on the “Tastes of Normandy” tour, where you’ll be treated to the delicious flavors of the region, including chocolate, macaron, Norman cheese and cider; or get active by going on a guided bike tour. (B,L,D)

    DAY 6

    Enjoy scenic cruising around Vernon before disembarking the ship for your excursion. You will have a choice of three excursions, depending on your interests. Visit Claude Monet’s home and gardens in Giverny. Art lovers will immediately recognize images immortalized in Monet’s most beloved paintings—such as water lilies, Japanese bridges and graceful willow trees. Wander around his famous gardens and home where he lived for more than four decades. Or visit the regal 18th-century Château de Bizy, inspired by the opulence of Versailles. Enjoy an escorted tour of the palace and gardens. If you prefer a more active adventure, go on a guided bike tour, taking in the beautiful French countryside. In the evening, visit the quaint village of La Roche-Guyon, one of the most beautiful in France, and enjoy free time to stroll along the Seine or amid the pretty architecture. (B,L,D)

    DAY 7

    Travel to Auberge Ravoux in the heart of Auvers-sur-Oise, the last home of artist Vincent van Gogh. His spirit still lingers in his former attic rooms at the Ravoux Inn. The mere 70 days Van Gogh spent in Auvers-sur-Oise were astonishingly prolific as he painted more than 70 works here before his death. Or enjoy the youthful energy of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, with its museums, bookstores, churches and galleries. If you prefer something more active, strap on your helmet and pedal around the city of Conflans. Later in the day, relax on the Sun Deck or on your balcony as the ship takes a scenic cruise on its way to Paris. (B,L,D)

    DAY 8

    Bid farewell to Paris and prepare for your flight home. (B)

    • Top Reasons Why AmaWaterways Outshines Other River Cruise Lines:
    1. Because the owner designs his own ships, they are designed with lower draft and less weight –  This allows them to sail in more extreme water conditions.  A common problem in river cruising is high and low water situations.  AmaWaterways ships are less susceptible to theses issues. AmaWaterways had zero cancellations due to low water levels in 2015; the other popular lines had cancellations, extended bus routes and/or required transferring ships.
    2. More Excursions Included – AmaWaterways offers an excursion in every port while many lines only offer 1 excursion per day.
    3. More excursion choices included at no extra cost – gentle, regular and active tour paces, Limited Edition tours, even some tours for late risers.
    4. Bikes on board –  AmaWaterways has bikes on board for you to enjoy any time you’d like.
    5. Local Wines – When in Austria enjoy Austrian wines, in Budapest enjoy Hungarian wines.  Other lines give you house wines or charge you a fee for an upgraded wine package.
    6. Less Passengers – AmaWaterways twin balcony ships are the same physical size as other ships but the Ama ships carry about 30 less passengers.  When other lines have to bring out folding chairs for entertainment and informational sessions Ama can comfortably fit every passenger. There’s always plenty of room in the restaurant.
    7. Family owned and operated.  Personalized service, world class cruise managers, attention to detail. You are not a number on an AmaWaterways cruise.
    8. Best Food – The Only River Cruise Line Inducted into La Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
    9. The Highest Rated Ships in Europe, Berlitz Guide to River Cruising in Europe
    10. Included amenities include pool or hot spa on many ships.   Massage services and hair salon available (as an extra) as well.
    11. Very favorable terms and conditions including deposit requirements and airline rates
    12. Pre and post extensions in world class cities hosted with the same cruise manager as on the river
    13. A fabulous second restaurant for 24 people, The Chief’s Table which provide that “next level” of dining experience
  • Ship Information – The AmaLyra


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    The 144-passenger AmaLyra made her debut in 2009. Relax in spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms, ranging in size from 170-225 sq. ft., or in a single stateroom of 140 sq. ft. You can always indulge even more in one of the suites at 255 sq. ft. Most staterooms have a French balcony. Additional stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the marble bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads, soothing bath and body products, robes and hair dryers. Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area with sofa and two chairs, and an expansive bathroom complete with a bathtub and separate shower. The AmaDante offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a sauna, whirlpool, massage and hair salon, a stylish and inviting Main Lounge, and specialty coffee station. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, you’ll be treated to exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine always paired with unlimited wine, as well as beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. You’ll also enjoy a variety of dining venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, featuring an exquisite tasting menu prepared right before your eyes. With a walking track on the Sun Deck, a fitness room and a fleet of onboard bicycles to use on your own or on one of the many guided bike tours, as well as healthy menu choices, you’ll have everything needed to stay active and healthy while sailing Europe’s great rivers.

    Deck Plan




    Cabins are efficient and well appointed.  Shown is the Category A at 170 sq ft of space.  Categories B & C are identical to Category A.  The only difference is location. For  Most cabins have French Balconies; some of fixed windows.

    Category A, B & C cabin

    Category A, B & C cabin

    Category D or E High Fixed Window

    Category D or E High Fixed Window

  • Pricing

    Prices below are for the 7 night cruise and are per person based on double occupancy.  Prices are based on availability and are valid until December 31, 2019.    Please call or email for single occupancy pricing 610-398-2444

    Joe Sixpack Exclusive!   Book now and receive a $150 per person onboard credit*

    Suite (french balcony)

    Violin Deck 255 sq ft




    $6237 (1 left)

    A+ (french balcony)

    Violin Deck 225

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    A (french balcony)

    Violin Deck 170 sq ft



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    B (french balcony)

    Cello Deck 170 sq ft





    C (french balcony)

    Violin/Cello Deck 170 sq ft



    Sold Out

    D (fixed window)

    Piano Deck 170 sq ft

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    E (fixed window)

    Piano Deck 170 sq ft

    Sold Out

    *The onboard credit can be used in the lounge for drinks, in the spa, at the gift shop or put towards your onboard gratuities

    What’s Included?

    Your Stateroom & Ship

    • Deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom – most staterooms offer French Balconies 
    • State-of-the-art Infotainment System in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library & English language TV stations
    • Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
    • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily

    Your Excursion & Events

    • Beer events/excursions designed especially for our group by Joe Sixpack
    • Life enriching tours and excursions daily with personal headset included
    • “Limited Edition Tours”
    • Bicycles to explore on your own & guided bicycle tours
    • Special highlights including lectures, cooking demonstration, on board music performances and piano music
    • All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)

    Your Meals & Drinks

    • New for 2018 Cocktail Hour each evening before dinner
    • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
    • Multiple dining venues
    • Unlimited red & white wines from Europe’s great wine regions during meals
    • Beer & soft drinks with every lunch & dinner on board
    • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
    • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain’s Gala Dinner
    • Cocktails each evening