The Seine river is 485 miles long and flows in a north-westerly direction through Paris before reaching the English Channel at Le Havre. Carving its way through the countryside of orchards and fields-a-bloom in Normandy, the river combines the best of urban and rural France. With the hustle and bustle of Paris, quiet medieval towns along the banks and an outstanding natural beauty, it’s easy to see why the Seine is a popular river cruise. The river is a perfect escape for historians to architectural lovers, wine enthusiasts to art specialists. Glance into the past of the Middle Ages and the critical moments of World War II or view the beautiful Gothic Cathedrals filling the skyline in Rouen with its grand, intimidating architecture. The river has proved to be inspirational for many; with Turner, Monet and Seurat being some of the famous writers and artists to use the Seine as their starting point.
In Paris, where our boats embark, the Seine is somewhat the focal point of the City, with much of it being built up around the history and use of the river itself. The architectural bridges crossing the Seine are to be admired, the most famous being the Pont Neuf, dating back to 1607. From the boats, uninterrupted views of the Cathedral Notre Dame, the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, make this city part of an unforgettable trip.