A Seine river cruise through France will appeal to historians, nature lovers, art lovers, sightseers and shoppers as it takes in Paris, Giverny, Versailles and the Normandy coast.
The Seine River stands as one of Europe’s great waterways and one of France’s most fabulous. Rising near Dijon it flows northwest through Paris, across Normandy and into the English Channel at Le Havre. Take a luxury Seine river cruise to see this historic area and its key attractions.
When to go:
Cruises on the Seine operate virtually year-round. High season is July to August during the summer but the shoulder months are more moderate and there is a wider range of cultural events taking place. A cruise in the run-up to Christmas is also good as key cities gear up for the festive period.
A Seine River cruise is an ideal way to see Paris; from the river there are breath-taking views of Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, Musée d’ Orsay and Eiffel Tower. There are also 37 bridges to negotiate. To fully appreciate this iconic city though add on some time here before or after your Seine cruise.
Outside of Paris, the Seine flows through a rural French wilderness dotted with medieval fortresses and charming towns such as Giverny, where Monet lived, and Rouen, where Joan of Arc was executed. Shore excursions are many and varied along the length of the Seine, such are the wealth of attractions and opportunities to explore.