Last updated: 05:00 AM ET, Tue November 22 2016

Cider, Calvados and Cycling on the Seine

Cider, Calvados and Cycling on the Seine

Photo courtesy of AmaWaterways

Just because you’ve been to a destination before doesn’t mean there won’t be new wonders to discover during the next visit. Kristin Karst, Executive Vice President & Co-Owner of AmaWaterways experienced this during her cruise through the French countryside on the Seine aboard AmaLegro.

Highlights of the region include the Normandy Beaches, Monet’s home and garden in Giverny and an assortment of grand chateaus. The added bonus on Karst’s trip was the autumn apple harvest. She was able to enjoy such treats as apple pudding and apple tarts, an array of ciders and the region’s revered Calvados — an apple brandy.

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After the apple harvest feasting, Karst burned calories with a cycling trip along the Seine along with a few other cruisers. They pedaled through the quaint village of Les Andelys, overlooked by the ruins of Chateau Gaillard.

“As anyone who loves to bike will tell you, the rush of energy gives you a heightened alertness and freedom at a pace that still lets you appreciate the view,” Karst explained.

Afterward, while relaxing on the ship, she talked with her new friends about “how amazing it is to be able to experience centuries-old traditions and see them with a fresh perspective every time we travel.”

To find out more about Kristin Karst’s cruise, go to her blog on the AmaWaterways website.