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Seine Cruises

Winding its way leisurely through the heart of Paris and enchanting Norman countryside, the Seine River is France’s second longest. Flowing from the English Channel, it takes you past apple orchards and farmlands, romantic castle ruins, the former homes of Napoleon and Richard the Lionheart, and the historic D-Day beaches of Normandy. A Seine River Cruise gives you the chance to explore Versailles one day and Monet’s Giverny garden the next, not to mention all the iconic sights of Paris from the Eiffel Tower to the Champs-Elysees....

SEINE CRUISE PORTS

Vernon

Vernon

Claude Monet fans and gardening enthusiasts alike will want to put Vernon at the top of their bucket list – you can see the Impressionist artist’s blooming lovely gardens in all their glory at the nearby Monet Foundation in Giverny! Beyond its artistic associations, Vernon’s also home to the stately Chateau de Bizy and features a charming village centre with half-timber houses, outdoor cafes and lovely river views.

Paris

Paris,

Explore the history and romance of the City of Lights, famed for its bistros, high fashion and fine art. Enjoy the Paris views from the top of the Eiffel Tower, admire the intricate details of the Notre Dame Cathedral and view masterworks like the Mona Lisa in the iconic Louvre Museum. From gorgeous art nouveau cafes to the industrial style of the Pompidou building, the city’s architecture is always inspiring!

Rouen

Rouen

Normandy’s capital is famous for its beautiful pedestrian centre, featuring architecture straight out of the Middle Ages with its half-timbered houses and cobblestones. The Rouen Cathedral of Notre Dame was a favourite of Claude Monet, and you’ll find additional examples of Gothic style in the churches of Saints Ouen and Maclou. The city’s known for its associations with Joan of Arc, featured in its modern museums.

What You Need To Know About Seine

When is the best time to visit the Seine?

There’s really no wrong time to tour the Seine, with each season holding its own charms. From the twinkling lights and Christmas markets of winter to the changing leaves and apple harvest of autumn, there’s a strong case to be made for cruising in the colder months! Paris is infamously beautiful in the springtime as its trees blossom and temperatures start to rise. However, summer is also a peak time for Seine cruising particularly during the month of August when Parisians leave town to escape the heat, meaning you’ll have the city all to yourself!

What are the can’t-miss highlights of a Seine river cruise?

The Seine stretches from Paris all the way to Honfleur, passing through the gorgeous Normandy region along the way. Start with top Parisian highlights whether you fancy seeing the gargoyles of the Notre Dame Cathedral, taking a jaunt up the Eiffel Tower or viewing masterworks at the Louvre. Stop off at Vernon to tour Monet’s famous gardens and the Baroque splendour of Bizy Castle, and Rouen to explore perfectly preserved half-timbred medieval streetscapes. Les Andeyls are charming fishing villages housing the ruins of Chateau Gaillard, while Honfleur has much to offer including a 15th century church crafted entirely from wood.

What are the visa requirements?

Touring down the Seine is fuss-free - there’s no need for a visa to visit the Seine region if you’re a British citizen, as this river is located entirely within France. Just double check the expiration date on your passport to make sure it’s up to date! If you have a different type of British nationality, check the current entry requirements on the French Foreign Ministry website for up-to-date info. If you fall in love with the Seine (and who could blame you!) and wish to stay for a longer period over three months, contact the French Embassy for assistance.

Which Seine regional dishes should you try?

The food alone gives plenty of reason to visit the Seine region, starting with the fresh seafood sourced from Normandy’s coastline. Oysters, scallops, and lobsters are beautifully prepared in simple buttery sauces in Honfleur’s bustling eateries. The region’s cheese is world-famous, including locally made Camembert, Neufchatel, and Livarot varieties to liven up your cheese board. The river passes through apple orchards, which are used to make mouth-watering tarts and tempting tipples like cider and calvados. Be sure to try the dairy-licious local rice pudding called ‘Tergoule’ or the ‘Sucres de Pommes’, a sweet apple candy made in Rouen.

SEINE EXPERTS

We have over 130 expert cruise consultants to help you book the perfect cruise. Many have first hand experience of Seine and you can find some of their best tips and advice below.
Cruise Expert Shannon Jones

Shannon Jones

Seine

The Seine – THE most romantic River of all

SEINE - DID YOU KNOW?

  • The Seine is named after the Gallo-Roman goddess of the river, and gives direct access to multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Versailles, Chartres Cathedral, Le Havre and Palace of Fontainebleau.

 

  • The mouth of the Seine is over 10 miles wide, and the river flows for over 480 miles from its source to the northwest of Dijon to the English Channel. It’s been used as a commercial waterway since Roman times, being one of the easiest rivers to navigate in France. Ocean-going ships can travel as far inland as Rouen, while recreational boats can travel the whole length.

 

  • There are two natural islands in the Seine positioned in the heart of Paris, including the Ile de la Cite and Ile Saint-Louis. The river provides an excellent viewing point for many of Paris’s top landmarks, from Sainte Chapelle and Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower and Place de la Concorde. The city’s divided into two sections by the river, the Left and Right Bank.

 

  • The Seine’s crossed by plentiful bridges, including 37 within Paris alone! The oldest is the Pont Neuf, constructed between 1578 and 1607. Another notable bridge to see is the Pont de Normandie, which links Honfleur with Le Havre. It spans over 2,000 metres in length, held up with cable suspensions.