Seine River Cruises From Paris to Normandy

Paris, France is usually where Seine River Cruises begin. The river flows in a northwesterly direction from Paris to Normandy before emptying into the English Channel. You'll pass by several cities and stop to visit a few of them along your journey between Paris and Normandy.

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Paris is likely to be where you will embark for your cruise on the Seine River. Prior to boarding your ship, you might have time to explore some of the city yourself. Or a tour might be included in your package.

While your cruising, though, you'll pass by the Banks of the Seine in Paris - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Paris, France – Banks of the Seine which features Saint-Chapelle, the Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Gare d’Orsay and the Eiffel Tower.

Paris, France – Banks of the Seine

Your Seine River cruise might be combined with a few other rivers that are not connected to it. One of the rivers is the Rhone River located in southern France and Switzerland.

The Rhone joins the Saone River in Lyon, France. So, an itinerary combined with the Rhone River might include the Saone, too.

Another interesting combination features a package on the Seine and Douro Rivers. These two rivers are not connected either. The Douro flows through Portugal and Spain.

If your cruise is on rivers that are not inter-connected, you will be transported to the next destination by high-speed rail, motor coach or air. For Rhone and Seine River cruises, your mode of transportation will be by high-speed rail or motor coach.

A cruise that combines the Douro and Seine Rivers will transfer you to your next river cruise destination by air.

Seine River Facts

The source of the Seine River is located 19 miles northwest of Dijon – in the Burgundy Region of France at Source-Seine. It’s 482 miles long and is the 2nd longerst river in France. The Seine river flows in a northwesterly direction through several French cities before emptying into the English Channel between the cities of Le Havre and Honfleur.

There are many bridges along the river and a total of 37 bridges just in Paris! 

Honfleur Harbour on Seine River in France

Honfleur Harbour on the Seine River

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Seine River Cruise Destinations

The Seine River flows through northwestern France. Cities along the Seine are Paris, Conflans, Auvers-sur-Oise, Giverny, Vernon, Les Andelys, Rouen, & Normandy.

Some UNESCO World Heritage Sites that could be in your itinerary:

Paris, France – Banks of the Seine which features Saint-Chapelle, the Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Gare d’Orsay and the Eiffel Tower.

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Lauri Wakefield is a travel writer who specializes in  river cruises in Europe and the U.S. Connect with her on Twitter and Google+.

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