Seine River - Best Tours & Trips 2019

52 Seine River tours from 27 tour companies. 3 reviews. 2.3/5 avg rating.
After France’s most famous river passes through Paris, it winds north to Normandy on the English Channel, and offers a prime European river cruising experience geared toward art, architecture and history lovers. With a number of river cruising lines offering this voyage, Stride can help sort out the best one for you, and get you on your way to one of Europe’s most enchanting waterways.
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

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Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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River Cruise to Northern France

ROW Adventures
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
7 days
$ 711 / day
$ 4,975
From : $ 6,119
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Visit the Abbey of Hautvilliers where the monk Dom Perignon first made Champagne
  • Visit to the world famous cellars of Moet and Chandon for a tour and tasting
  • Visits to small family-run vineyards
  • Visit Meaux and Coulomniers, one of the centres of Brie cheese
  • Visit the magnificent Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte
Visits:
Paris, Reims, France
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Paris, Provence & the French Riviera

8 days
$ 230 / day
$ 1,837
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Tour through the cultural apex of Paris with commentary for all landmarks, museums and natural attractions.
  • Wander through museums in Paris, cruise along the River Seine, travel from city to city, and tease the senses with food and wine.
  • Indulge the senses in a tour showcasing art from Cezanne and Van Gogh and admire the Film Festival Palace.
  • Explore Monaco, Monte Carlo, and Eze on the third and final tour.
  • Capture memories in frames along the beautiful beaches of Nice, and don't forget to pick up a souvenir for home.
Visits:
Aix En Provence, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées, Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Luxembourg, Monte Carlo, Pantheon, Paris, The Louvre, Cote d'Ivoire, France, Monaco
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Paris & Rome Explorer

7 days
$ 309 / day
$ 2,166
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Let the magnificent art in the museums of Paris captivate you.
  • Cruise along the Seine, stand under the Arc de Triomphe, or climb the Eiffel Tower.
  • Leave behind the City of Light and catch your plane to visit another historic city: Rome.
  • Toss a coin over your shoulder into the Trevi fountain for a wish, or let the awe of the Colosseum overwhelm you.
  • Walk the Ancient Appian Way, or stand under the domed roof of the Pantheon where generations have stood before.
Visits:
Colosseum, Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Musée d’Orsay , Paris, Rome, St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican Museum, France, Italy
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Paris, Champagne & the French Countryside

9 days
$ 282 / day
$ 2,534
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Tour through Paris with your knowledgeable guide to see iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower!
  • Explore 800 year old cathedrals and 3,000 year old cities!
  • Enjoy the charming scenery of the fairy tale-like Colmar.
  • Wander through the medieval Avignon where the Palace of the Popes stands tall.
  • Enjoy your time at the seaside port town of Marseille with a day trip to Aix-en-Provence!
Visits:
Aix En Provence, Arc de Triomphe, Avignon, Burgundy, Champs-Élysées, Eiffel Tower, Lyon, Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, Reims, Saint Paul de Mausole, Saint Remy de Provence, Strasbourg, The Louvre, France
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Normandy, Brittany & Chateaux Country

8 days
$ 361 / day
$ 2,891
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Visit two of France's most eye-widening castles, Chateau Chambord and Chenonceau in Chateau Country!
  • Indulge in delicious dinners and taste local wine and cider throughout the countryside.
  • On your very first night, you'll see an unforgettable view of Paris from the second floor of the illuminated Eiffel Tower.
  • Immerse yourself in history as you visit the world-famous Normandy Beaches.
  • Enjoy coastal views during your stay in majestic Mont St. Michel.
Visits:
Loire Valley, Normandy, Palace of Versailles, Paris, France
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Paris & Chateau Experience

7 days
$ 260 / day
$ 1,818
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Take advantage of the splendors of the 2-day pass - from entry to the Louvre to a cruise along the river Siene!
  • Dig through Parisian culture as you walk through the best of the shopping districts that are sure to hold treasures for any traveler.
  • Pick up your rental car and venture to Chantilly, a peaceful city surrounded by a lush forest.
  • Embrace the noble feeling of Chantilly by touring through its stunning castles and exploring expansive royal gardens.
  • Indulge in traditional, local cuisine in restaurants that have been serving since royalty lived in the castles gracing the city.
Visits:
Louvre Museum, Musée d’Orsay , Paris, The Louvre, France
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Paris & London

7 days
$ 287 / day
$ 2,009
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Cruise along the Seine, get lost in museums and experience the culture of Paris.
  • Shop through the streets or hunt through the city for hidden speakeasies that have become the best exclusive bars.
  • All aboard the rail to London for another adventure of a different caliber.
  • Bob along the Thames, walk among the majesty of Buckingham Palace and listen closely as the art in famous museums speaks to you across time.
  • Take in the skyline of the city from the London Eye and go to Piccadilly Circus at night to see the lively lights that bring energy to the busy crux of the city.
Visits:
Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, London, Louvre Museum, Musée d’Orsay , The Louvre, Westminster Abbey, Windsor Great Park, England, France
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The Seine: Paris to Normandy

13 days
$ 261 / day
$ 3,395
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Visit the World War II Peace Memorial Museum
  • Visit the famed Sacre Coeur Basilica, with its dramatic perch on the top of the Montmartre hill.
  • Enjoy cruising on Seine River
  • Explore the sleepy village of Les Andelys
  • Enjoy views of Chateau Gaillard, an imposing fortress from the era of Richard the Lionhearted
  • Visit Rouen's wonderful Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Visit the Benedictine Order Castle at Fecamp and savor a taste of the famous Benedictine liqueur
  • Visit the Battery at Longues Sur Mer
Visits:
Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Giverny, Notre Dame Cathedral, Palace of Versailles, Paris, Rouen, France
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Paris & Normandy

8 days
$ 500 / day
$ 3,999
From : $ 4,919
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Visits:
Normandy, Paris, Rouen, France
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Parisian Royal Holiday

8 days
$ 437 / day
$ 3,499
From : $ 4,304
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Visits:
Paris, France
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Grand France

15 days
$ 507 / day
$ 7,599
From : $ 9,347
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Visits:
Arles, Avignon, Burgundy, Lyon, Normandy, Paris, Rouen, France
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River Seine Sojourn

3 days
$ 141 / day
$ 424
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Visit the stunning cathedral and marvel at its magnificent gothic-style façade
  • Explore the Place du Vieux Marché
  • Enjoy a magical evening in the French capital
  • Enjoy a superb scenic cruise along the winding waters of the River Seine

 

Visits:
Rouen, Southampton
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My Way: Europe in 14 Days Tour

Rick Steves
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
14 days
$ 214 / day
$ 2,995
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit the Notre-Dame Cathedral and exquisite Sainte-Chapelle
  • See the brilliantly lit Eiffel Tower and enjoy a twilight ride to the top
  • Explore Paris, one of the world's most thrilling cities!
  • You will have great time in the Berner Oberland's magnificent Lauterbrunnen Valley, flanked by towering
  • Experience  rolling hills of beautiful Burgundy and climb the high into the heart of the Swiss Alps
Visits:
Arc de Triomphe, Bavaria, Burgundy, Cinque Terre, Colosseum, Doge’s Palace, Munich, Paris, Rome, Sistine Chapel, Venice, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland
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France's Finest

Viking River Cruises
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 267 / day
$ 3,998
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • See the fantastic Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral,
  • Get an opportunity to see historic beaches of Normandy
  • Explore France
  • Discover Lyon a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Enjoy cruising to Les Andelys, known for its imposing castle
Visits:
Arles, Avignon, Eiffel Tower, Lyon, Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France
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Paris to Normandy with 3 Nights London

11 days
$ 335 / day
$ 3,685
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Onboard welcome reception
  • Choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; choice of guided walk, or guided hike in Les Andelys
  • Choice of excursion along the “Normandy Abbeys Route”, or hike in the Natural Park; lecture on board
  • Choice of full day excursions to Normandy landing beaches, or “A Taste of Normandy” excursion
  • Guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral
  • Choice of excursions to Auvers-sur-Oise, or Napoleon and Josephine’s Château de Malmaison
  • Choice of guided sightseeing, or “Heart of Paris” walk, visit Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Transfer to London
  • Guided sightseeing
  • Full day at leisure
  • This fabulous river cruise combines time in France’s unparalleled capital of Paris and exciting London, with beautiful scenery along the Seine River and the picturesque and historical region of Normandy


  • In Vernon, choose between two exciting guided visits—Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or the remarkable Bizy Castle, known as “Normandy’s Versailles
Visits:
London, Normandy, Paris, Rouen, Giverny, England, France, United Kingdom
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Top Seine River Experiences and Attractions

Top Seine River Experiences

Cruising past the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral as you leave the City of Light on your way north. 

Sipping wine on deck or on your own private balcony as your river cruise boat drifts past an ever-changing Normandy panorama.

Enjoying your cozy cabin – after unpacking just once – and letting your ship serve as your floating hotel, with all meals included. 

Walking the rooms and gardens of the fabulous Palace of Versailles, where King Louis XIV and later King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette held court before the French revolution. 

Visiting Giverny, where Impressionist master Claude Monet lived and painted for more than 40 years.

Hiking to Chateau-Gaillard, a castle built by English King Richard the Lionheart following the Norman Conquest in 1196. 

Touring the city of Rouen, known for its Gothic cathedral and Joan of Arc’s martyrdom. 

Paying homage at the Normandy beaches where Allied troops landed on D-Day in World War II. 

Reliving the days of the Impressionists in Honfleur, a port city and favorite subject of the painters.

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Seine River Trip Reviews

3 Seine River Tour Reviews - Summary 33% Recommend

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Excellent!

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We went on the My Way Best of Euope 14 day tour last month. Excellent tour. So much to see!!! We loved it!! I would highly recommend it if you are an independent traveler who doesn't want any stress.

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Operator Rick Steves

Never again with Europamondo

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  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 3.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 1.0

Our tour was from Paris, to Normandy, to Brodeaux and back to Paris. The hotels were terrible. Dirty, cheap, broken beds, toilets and showers did not work. The included breakfast meals were disgusting. Instant egg mush and stale danish. Half of the coffee machines didn't work. The staffs were less than friendly. We had 2 different drivers: one was good, the other was all over the road. We had 3 different tour guides; 2 were OK but the 3rd was terrible (just kept reading out loud from of tour book). The tour was supposed to be in both Spanish and English, but they only spoke Spanish. None of the attraction tickets were included with the tour. Most of the tour was a drive-by experience as they did not allow time for you to do anything but use the restroom and eat quickly. A few times your meal had to come from a truck stop along the way (eat there or go hungry). During the tour they would try to up-sell you there evening side excursions. We tried one of them and it turned out to be a rip off. If you're looking for a great tour and good value for your money, go elsewhere.

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Operator Europamundo Vacations

Lesson learned: Never travel through EF College Break Again.

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  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0

I had to cancel my one week trip because of an unexpected stay in the hospital that made me unable to travel. After straightening everything out with my credit card company over a month ago and receiving my funds back, a man named Ryan decides to text message me (not through email-unprofessionalism at its best) and decides to give me an ultimatum. Which was to either pay him directly or he would press forward on filing a claim against my disputes and getting the funds back. Completely unprofessional, utterly rude, and this is a situation he should be contacting my credit card company about, not me, a valuable customer that has used EF College Break more than once. I will let me fellow colleagues and friends aware of the disastrous customer service they have going on here, and will never be traveling through this agency again.

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Operator EF College Break (EF Ultimate Break)

Seine River Tours and Travel Guide

Seine River Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Flowing some 485 miles from Burgundy to the English Channel, the Seine is the second longest river in France (after the Loire). Known as "the river of Paris", the Seine is France's best known waterway.

The City of Light was founded on a little island between the Seine’s left and right banks, which now form an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some 37 bridges cross the Seine in Paris, and most visitors to the city take a short cruise on a sightseeing boat along the river to view the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral and other iconic sights.

Seine river cruises begin in Paris, and as you embark on your voyage, you’ll have a chance to explore the life, history, and culture of the river, heading northward into Normandy and toward the English Channel, where it empties into the sea.

Seine cruises are perhaps most ideal for art lovers: the scenic river has inspired a slew of famous names including Matisse, Monet, Pissarro, Seurat, Corot, Turner, Dufy, and Sisley. These artists portrayed its landscapes in a variety of styles and, in some cases, made their homes in communities along the river. But history buffs -- drawn by sites ranging from the days of Richard the Lionheart and Joan of Arc to World War II -- will also relish a Seine cruise.

Seine River Cruise Routes

Paris to Normandy

Most Seine River cruises follow roughly similar seven-to-eight-day-long itineraries as they make their way from Paris to Normandy and back, though there are frequent variations in the order of port stops, and you may be offered multiple options at each stop. Most Seine cruises offer at least an optional visit to the opulent Palace of Versailles, where Louis XIV, known as the Sun King, held court.

Vernon, a river town of half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets, is notable for its proximity to Giverny, where artist Claude Monet lived and painted for more than 40 years. Tours visit his stone farmhouse where his gardens included water lilies and a Japanese bridge familiar to museum-goers throughout the world.

Top Attractions along the Seine River

There are several port call options along the Seine River, many of which focus on the impressive art history of the region. Be sure to read the itinerary carefully to make sure the cruise stops in places that you want to see. For example, while The Palace of Versailles is a popular tour destination, it’s not a guarantee that your Seine cruise will offer an excursion there.  

Here are some of the top attractions, cities, and towns to keep an eye out for on your Seine River Cruise:

1. Rouen

The medieval city of Rouen in Normandy is a common port stop along the Seine. It’s famous Gothic cathedral served as a frequent subject in Monet paintings. Rouen is also the city where Joan of Arc was martyred in the 14th century; after being burned at the stake, her ashes were taken from Rouen’s Market Square and scattered in the Seine.

2. Normandy Beaches

The Normandy beaches -- Omaha, Gold, and Juno, where Allied troops landed in 1944 -- are a huge attraction, usually combined with visits to the D-Day Museum and the American Military Cemetery. Seine river cruises frequently have a heavy focus on Normandy, particularly those with shorter itineraries (not combined with other rivers).

If you are interested in taking a 2019 Seine river cruise, do take note that 2019 marks the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings. The area is likely to be even more crowded than usual throughout the year.

3. Honfleur

Some cruises offer the option of visiting the port of Honfleur, another Impressionist painters’ favorite. Honfleur is a quirky town, the perfect destination for art lovers. Honfleur is generally included on longer Seine cruises, though not always. Be sure to check the itinerary carefully if visiting is important to you!

4. Château Gaillard

The town of Les Andelys, known for Chateau Gaillard, a castle built by King Richard the Lionheart in 1196, is a standard on most Seine river cruise itineraries. Fantastic photo ops are to be found all around, including from the water, so be sure your camera is well charged!

5. Conflans

The picturesque riverside town of Conflans is commonly included on Seine river cruises for the nearby attractions, more so than the town itself. Conflans is just outside Paris and has a classic European vibe, with ancient alleyways, cafes, shops, and churches. A quick drive or 2 hour walk can take you to Auvers-sur-Oise, where Vincent Van Gogh spent the last months of his life died.

7. Giverny

The gardens of Giverny that so inspired Monet’s impressionist artwork are a highlight of any Seine river cruise or trip to France. Albeit the gardens are a tourist attraction through and through - but this does not diminish their appeal or beauty for travelers. To visit Giverny gardens is to practically step inside a Monet painting.

8. Palace of Versailles

Though it may not be included as an excursion option on every Seine river cruise, the Palace of Versailles is dramatic and beautiful - well worth seeing especially for history buffs. The most famous among its residents of course was Marie Antoinette. Versailles is also famous for its extensive gardens and artwork.

With a number of options available in itinerary, price and level of luxury on a Seine River cruise, it makes sense to rely on Stride’s easy-to-use tools to find the cruise line and voyage that’s right for you, on France’s most renowned river.

Find more useful tips in our blog post "Top Ten Tips for Choosing a European Cruise Line."

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Things to Know Before You Go

You will find that many Seine river cruises are offered as day tours. If you are looking for a longer cruise, be sure to look at the itinerary carefully so you know what the itinerary entails.

Alternatively, many longer Seine cruises are included on longer trips - rather than existing as a stand alone cruise.

If you are planning to take a Seine river cruise in 2019, be sure to book early. Seine river cruises usually stop in Normandy, which is expected to be very busy during 2019 with visitors paying their respects and observing the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings during World War II. 

What is the weather like?

Seine River cruises are offered year round, and while the weather conditions are mostly predictable, you can expect the odd rainstorm any month of the year. So come prepared!

Weather along the Seine is generally very hot during the summer - with some relief from river breezes. In the winter, expect a chill in the air and maybe even a snow flurry or two.

As with many travel destinations around the world, the shoulder seasons are some of the most pleasant times to visit the Seine. Not just for the weather, but for the beautiful colors along the shore - fall oranges and reds, and bright spring greens and pinks.

Although winter cruises along the Seine hold a special charm as the European Christmas spirit permeates from small villages to the cities.


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