RIVER CRUISES ALONG THE SEINE
Paris ~ Giverny ~ Les Andelys ~ Rouen ~ Honfleur ~ Normandy Beaches
A cruise along the river Seine from Paris to the English Channel (or in the reverse direction) is definitely one of life’s great travel pleasures – taking in the elegance and culture of Paris, the City of Light, the beauty of Normandy and the charm of its coastal towns.
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Typical Seine Cruise Itineraries
There’s a huge choice when it comes to cruising the Seine, with many trips beginning in Paris, where you’ll see all the major sights – including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, the Champs Élysées, the Cathedral of Notre-Dame and the Arc de Triomphe. It’s a great way to get a taste of this most romantic of capital cities.
Leaving the scenic delights of Paris behind, you’ll soon find that Normandy is just as charming. Stopping at Vernon, you’re just a stone’s throw from the beautiful house and gardens of Claude Monet at Giverny. Back in Vernon, meanwhile, you’ll discover an endearing town lined with half-timbered houses medieval streets and a lovely 12th century gothic church.
Set in simply idyllic countryside on a chalk cliff-lined bend of the Seine, Les Andelys also boasts a couple of historical gems – the ruins of Château Gaillard, a medieval military masterpiece built by Richard the Lionheart in 1196; and the Notre Dame Collegiate Church, dating back to the 13th century.
No visit to Normandy would be complete without a stop in one of the most historic sites in France, Rouen. Crammed with stunning Gothic architecture, including the splendid cathedral, you can also visit the main market place where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in 1431. It’s an ancient city with a turbulent past, but it also has a great deal of art and culture to discover.
From Caudebec-en-Caux, down river from Rouen, there are tours to the Normandy landing beaches as well as to the 7th century Jumièges Abbey, a ruined monastery that is one of the oldest in the world.
Arriving in the impossibly pretty coastal town of Honfleur, you’ll immediately see why it provided much of the inspiration for Monet’s paintings and is celebrated as Eric Satie‘s birthplace. Tall, colourful houses line the harbour, while narrow streets wind their way through the ancient town. Honfleur is also a great base for day trips along the Normandy coast, including the glamorous seaside resort of Deauville and the stunning cliffs of Étretat.
Cruising the Seine has something for everyone, from superb culture and shopping, to natural beauty, history and world class food and drink.