What better way to discover Paris and northern France than on a river cruise on the incomparable Seine? As well as showing you all the delights of the iconic, romantic capital, our Seine cruise will take you on this enchanting, gently flowing river all the way to where it meets the sea at the English Channel. The landscape changes endlessly as you glide through the heart of historic Normandy. Medieval castles and stone bridges give way to chalk cliffs, verdant green countryside, cider orchards, half-timbered barns and wooden farmhouses. Steep forested hills that give sanctuary to deer and wild boar make way for country estates and pretty villages. Sweeping bends reveal huge cathedrals and tranquil abbeys.
There’s fascinating history to be found at every turn on your Seine river cruise. The spectacular Chateau Gaillard, a huge medieval castle completed in 1198 by Richard the Lionheart to defend Rouen from the French, is a reminder of ancient rivalries. Rouen itself, Normandy’s historic capital and one of Europe’s finest medieval cities, was where the legendary Joan of Arc was burned for her beliefs in 1431, with her ashes thrown into the Seine. There’s the magnificent Jumièges Abbey, consecrated in the presence of William the Conqueror. There’s the unmissable Bayeux Tapestry - the story of his expedition to invade England in 1066.
We make time too to visit the poignant scenes of more recent conflicts – the D-Day Normandy beaches. But there’s only one place for your unforgettable Seine river cruise to end, and that’s Paris. No less than 37 bridges span the river within the city, many of them built by Napoleon Bonaparte, the first French Emperor. From the imposing Arc de Triomphe to the grand Champs Élysées, from the iconic Eiffel Tower to the riverside Notre Dame, and from the stunning white Sacré-Coeur to bohemian Montmartre, Paris is everything you imagine it to be - and even more.