There is little else that oozes of romanticism than a trip along the Seine River.
While it is eternally linked to Paris – and rightly so – the Seine itself is actually much larger and longer and instead begins in the east of the country near Dijon and continues right the way through the country, through Paris, and ending up in the English Channel near Le Harve. So you can see how it manages to incorporate much more than just Paris even though this is where the majority of its appeal lies.
Most River Seine Cruises will start at the small fishing village of Les Andelys that is famous for its idyllic setting and medieval architecture. Indeed, it is well worth spending a day or so in the village itself rather than just passing through it on your way to your vessel.
In fact, it is the small and tranquil villages that are to be found on the banks and beside the Seine that makes it so unique and special to anyone who is lucky enough to cruise down it; they look as though they haven’t changed much in centuries and this is a fantastic way to take in some traditional French old country culture before you get to the wonder of Paris.
Much activity on a Seine Cruise revolves around Paris
It is, however, the nation’s capital that you will find the most to see and do when going on a cruise to this part of Europe and is something that will be remembered for years to come.
Indeed, the city itself is, and always has been, a hotbed for tourism and when you consider that you can see the likes of the Louvre, Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame then it is easy to see why much of the activity on a Seine Cruise is centered around the city itself. That being said, it is not all about Paris.
Further down the river and you will see the Parisian commune of Sevres that is hugely popular with the cruise going travellers.
It is home to a rustic feel of the country while also being famous for its porcelain manufacture and most cruise holidays will have some kind of stop off in this area. St Mammes is often the finishing point of many cruises in this part of the world and it provides a fascinating historical excursion with many ruins including an 11th century Church.
Why should you choose a Cruise on the Seine? Well the reasons have been well mapped out here and it is obvious why this route is among the most popular in the world in relation to cruise holidays. Aside from the obvious allure of Paris you have the small, tightly knit villages that dot the countryside on the banks of the river itself and these provide a charming look into the nation’s past.
In addition to this the natural beauty of the French landscape is the final touch on what promises to be one of the most enthralling and relaxing cruise routes that is to be found in Europe itself.