Our Seine River Cruises flow right through the heart of Paris and is the epicentre of the vibrant French capital. Enjoy the diverse and beautiful boulevards that have sprung up on its banks. Cruise away from the city and experience the peaceful vistas of the Seine Valley, dotted with forests and a diverse range of unique landscapes.
Discover the beating heart of Paris from the waterside with historic cafes, classic boulevards, stunning bridges and some of the French capital’s most famous landmarks and monuments within walking distance. Sail through Normandy, explore the culture and history of medieval Rouen, and visit the iconic World War II beachheads in Normandy, the site of the famous D-Day landings.
Enjoy itineraries that appeal to all tastes, whether you’re interested in history, architecture, or art or just want a chance to savour the local French cuisine. Explore the historic French capital and marvel at the medieval beauty of Rouen with our experienced tour guides or chill out on the deck with the company of the beautiful Norman landscape of the Seine Valley.
A Seine River Cruise combines time in Paris with the beautiful riverside scenery of historic Normandy. Ideal for art enthusiasts and history and wine lovers alike, visit iconic architectural landmarks like Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. Discover the artistic treasures in the Louvre and Claude Monet’s gardens at Giverny and see why the Seine River has inspired so many famous impressionist painters. Explore the delights of Paris and the beauty of the Normandy landscape with our luxury River Cruise offers, the ultimate blend of heritage, culture and cuisine combined with a picturesque river backdrop.
Our itineraries are assembled by expert local guides and offer travellers a diverse mix of the truly famous and ‘must see’ blended with a collection of hidden treasures and seasonal events. Follow a guided programme or set off on foot or bike and explore yourself.
Enjoy the ultimate French cuisine with our onboard gourmet chefs bringing the best Parisian menus to the table, plus a truly extensive wine list from France and beyond. Daily vegan and vegetarian options cater to all tastes, with special dishes for those on restricted diets or who suffer from allergies without compromising on taste and flavour.
*This is an example itinerary of one of many of our Seine River Cruises. We have many river routes, cruise lines, and ships. Speak to a Crui.se advisor today to find your perfect Seine River cruise.
Embark on your adventure in romantic and vibrant Paris and sail to Vernon, where there are two guided visits, one to Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or the spectacular Bizy Castle, often called Normandy’s ‘Versailles’. Visit the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha, the Point du Hoc monument and the American cemetery. Explore the medieval quarter of Rouen with its famous gothic Cathedral and the quaint town of Auvers-Sur-Oise. Experts with local knowledge guide cruise itineraries and offer a fascinating blend of prominent locations with the no so well-known, whether your interest is history, art, architecture or just wine! Our Seine River cruises last eight nights and can be combined with longer stays in Paris for a more extended holiday.
Spend a day in Paris and then embark on your luxury cruiser as the sun sets, ready to depart on the Seine the following day. Don’t worry; this cruise returns to Paris, so there’s plenty of time to take in the sights and landmarks of the French capital.
Enjoy a guided excursion to Giverny, where guests can view Claude Monet’s Garden, the inspiration for some of his paintings, including a flower garden called Clos Normand in front of the house and a Japanese-inspired water garden. The other option is a visit to Chateau de Bizy, built in 1675 and surrounded by beautiful gardens and grounds. There’s also a guided hike for guests who want to explore Vernon with its pretty half-timbered houses. Enjoy the onboard pasty demonstration with crêpe tasting for those who wish to luxuriate on deck.
Discover some of Normandy’s most stunningly beautiful Benedictine Abbeys, like St Wandrille, Jumiege and Boscherville. Hugging the Seine, the cruise passes through typical riverside towns with fabulous views. There is also a Cider route which allows guests to visit apple orchards and see how Normandy’s famous tipple is produced, complete with some tastings, of course!
Staying in Caudebec, take a full-day excursion to the famous Normandy beachheads, the location of the Allied invasion that brought World War II to a close. Visit the actual beaches and see the cemeteries, memorials and museums. Visitors who want to stay closer to home can take this opportunity to explore the pretty riverside town of Caudebec-en-Caux with its beautiful 15th-century church and attractive architecture.
Dating from the Roman era, Rouen is a significant port on the River Seine and is Normandy’s cultural and historic capital. Rouen Cathedral is a favourite visitor attraction in the city, painted numerous times by Claude Monet. There are also several fine museums, the Gros Horloge clock tower, and France’s oldest inn, La Couronne. Take a guided tour or explore on your own.
Situated at the confluence of the Seine and Oise rivers, Conflans was a place of pilgrimage in medieval times for more than seven centuries. Explore the town or choose excursions to Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s Chateau de Malmaison.
The French capital needs no introduction. Choose from a selection of guided sightseeing tours that visit historic Paris and all the main attractions, or follow your own trail and explore yourself.
On the last day of your voyage, passengers disembark in the French capital. Extend your time in Paris for a longer holiday, or use this as a gateway to explore other areas of France.
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Enjoy the best city views as the Seine River cruise travels through the heart of Paris with the Left and Right Bank listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, each offering a different flavour of the French capital. Travellers experience the best of both worlds with fine Parisien vistas before enjoying the Seine Valley’s pastoral and picturesque Norman scenery. Enjoy a fascinating voyage on one of France’s most culturally important and historically significant rivers.
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A first for me as I usually cruise the rivers in Germany, the Seine river cruise was a really nice blend of city life and peaceful Normandy countryside. I have visited Paris many times, but the impression of this city from the river was different. This is one of the most varied river cruises I have sailed on because of the mix of town and country, and you get a real sense of how important the Seine is culturally and historically as it flows from Paris to the English Channel. This cruise will appeal to so many different people, and of course, it goes without saying that the food and wine are just excellent!
“We’ve visited Paris a lot and had plenty of driving holidays in France, so we thought we’d try something a bit different. Paris from the Seine is a wholly alternative way to view the city and something every visitor should try. What’s best about the cruise is that it starts and finishes in the city, but you can also explore beautiful Normandy. The guided itineraries were excellent, particularly the one of the Normandy beachheads, but there was no pressure to join them. The vessel was luxurious, and the food excellent.”
“We wanted an alternative way to visit Paris, and cruising the Seine is just that. There’s lots to see and do on the guided tours, but you don’t have to follow those, and we went off and did our own thing most of the time. The tour guides were very generous with their information and gave us lots of tips even though we weren’t joining the programme. It’s great that you can tailor your cruise experience to suit your personal requirements, and the cruiser was heaven to come back to at the end of a long day, very comfortable with great food and service.”
“This cruise was a surprise present for my wife, she’s never visited Paris and never cruised, so it was intended to be a double whammy. The whole experience was just perfect from start to finish. We did sneak a couple of days just lounging on deck because it was so beautiful. The port excursions were interesting and really well-planned, and the food was just everything you would expect from a French menu. Five stars!”
“As experienced river cruisers, the Seine was a departure for us as we usually tour the rivers of Germany and Eastern Europe. It was our first time with this cruise line, and we were impressed with the vessel’s quality and food and service. The port itineraries are really varied and interesting, better than others we’ve experienced, and they make a real effort to seek out hidden gems plus all the usual top attractions. The boat was the height of comfort and luxury, and the staff couldn’t do enough for us, so we’ll definitely be booking again.”
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Our expert chefs offer a range of cuisine, including vegan and vegetarian options daily, plus dishes for passengers with food intolerances or dietary restrictions. Guests enjoy international cuisine with a particular emphasis on locally-inspired food reflecting the local area, but whatever the ingredients, there is never a compromise on taste and flavour.
All our cruisers have easy access, but if you let us know your specific needs when you book, our team will be able to ensure that you are placed in the best cabin and that any adjustments are made ahead of your arrival. We’ll talk you through the boat layout so you’ll be familiar and comfortable with how you can get about. Some vessels have interconnecting staterooms, which are ideal for passengers who may require assistance from a family member or friend.
Ask one of our friendly booking team when you make your reservation. If anything changes between your point of booking and the cruise date, then we’ll let you know. We follow the latest Covid guidance from the World Health Organisation and keep in touch with local rules in the regions we sail through. Our onboard staff are all fully vaccinated.
You’ll need a visa and potentially more than one if you intend to extend your holiday beyond France or link up with another river cruise. Passengers are responsible for arranging their own visas and should do this well before their cruise date. Our helpful booking team can provide some general advice on what’s involved when you make your reservation.
Our Seine River Cruises are typically seven days long. Some Seine cruises run in both directions, allowing our customers to choose to board in Paris and travel along the Seine, disembarking on Le Harve, or oppositely, customers can board in Le Harve and disembarking in Paris at the end of the cruise.
The Seine River, a prominent waterway in northern France, flows gracefully through the picturesque landscapes of the Île-de-France region. Spanning approximately 777 kilometres, its journey begins in the Langres Plateau, nestled in the country’s northeastern part. As it meanders downstream, the Seine passes through several significant cities, including Troyes, Paris, and Rouen, before eventually reaching the English Channel near Le Havre.
With an extensive watershed covering around 78,000 square kilometres, it boasts one of the largest drainage basins in France. Tributaries, such as the Marne, Oise, Eure, and Yonne rivers, contribute to its flow. The river’s estuary near Le Havre is a vital maritime gateway for France, facilitating access to the English Channel and the North Sea. The Seine River’s diverse surroundings, encompassing charming countryside and thriving urban centres, make it a key cultural, economic, and environmental asset for the country.
Along its course, historical bridges add to the river’s allure, making it an attractive destination for tourists seeking to uncover its rich heritage and breathtaking beauty through delightful river cruises.
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