A river cruise along the third-longest river in France, Seine, offers a fulfilling experience of history, art, food, and wine. Rising at Dijon, in the north-east of France, the river flows 775 km through the picturesque countryside, passing by many fascinating towns and cities until it finally empties into the English Channel.
The highlight of the river cruise is Paris, the famed capital where you can experience wondrous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre as you enjoy the beautiful cafes and parks. The river’s stretch through the capital alone boasts 32 bridges – Pont Neuf being the oldest bridge, featured in many works of art and poetry, and the Pont Des Arts, whose railings were once home to the famous ‘Locks of Love’. Near Pont Neuf lies a beautiful little island where you can relax under the willow trees, accompanied by some exquisite French wine and an exceptional view of the river. Towards the northwest of Paris, you find the city of Conflans featuring an abundance of decorated houseboats. Visit the home of Vincent Van Gogh – Auvers-Sur-Oise, a quaint town just outside Conflans.
The historic town of Les Andelys in Normandy, France
French city of Rouen on the river Seine
As you travel onwards, taking in the breathtaking hills and valleys of the French countryside, you reach Vernon, offering a historical experience through its half-timbered mansions, fine arts museums, 12th-century castles, and the stunning Chateau de Bizy. Next to Vernon lies the home of the French impressionist painter Claude Monet, Giverny. Here you can visit Monet’s home and gardens, featuring his paintings whose inspirations were Giverny’s natural beauty.
On a scenic bend of the Seine lies Les Andelys, one of the most beautiful places in the country, divided into Les Petit Andely and Les Grand Andely. Walk across the Avenue de la Republique, the street connecting the two halves of Andely decorated with 19th-century architecture. The last stretch of the Seine passes through Normandy. Here, you find the magnificent city of Rouen, featuring the Cathedral whose tombs house the heart of Richard the Lionheart and the field of wildflowers, which mark the place where Joan of Arc became a martyr. This city is brimming with Norman history and culture.
A Seine river cruise takes you from the exciting city of Paris through the quiet and tranquil historic villages in Normandy. It is truly a river cruise everyone should take.