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The Seine River

The Second Largest River in France

Paris, France wouldn’t be the City of Love it is today if it weren’t for the iconic Seine River that flows through the heart of it. The entire city evolved around the river that acted as both a transportation and commercial waterway hundreds of years ago. Even to this day, the river Seine seems to have a magnetic pull on the people of Paris, drawing together tourists, Parisians, and artists alike. 

The Seine River’s mouth starts in northeastern France and flows northwesterly through Paris and into the English Channel. Because of this useful connection, the Seine River has been fought over for thousands of years. Back in the Iron Age, the Celts were the first people to use the Seine River for personal gain, utilizing it for trade and transport. The Romans came next to rule the Seine, creating massive trade routes directly along the river.The City of Paris was built around the Seine and to this day, its Le Havre port is France’s largest international shipping port.

Scenic’s river cruises on the Seine River hit all the cultural must-sees of France. The Seine flows through the romantic Isle-de-France region into Les Andelys, an area that holds King Richard the Lionheart’s Chateau Gaillard. Scenic guests have direct access to the stunning castle that once was built by King Richard I to defend the English against a French invasion. Tour the castle and take in the breathtaking viewpoint that overlooks Les Andelys below.

The Seine continues on past Les Andelys and into another historic region of France. Rouen sits directly on the river’s banks and is the capital of Normandy. It holds much historical significance as it was the setting in many famous French events. Take in the famous sights of Joan of Arc (who was tried and sentenced here), visit the Rouen Cathedral and explore the Museum of Fine Arts, which includes masterpieces by Monet and Delacroix. Scenic guests also have the opportunity to go on a full day excursion to the Somme battlefields, the site of a historically-significant World War I battle.

The Seine River eventually winds its way to Honfleur, a coastal city that faces the English Channel. There’s so much to see in this city. Visit the Normandy beaches, explore glamorous Deauville, observe the Landing Museum at Arromanches, and take part in a private cocktail event in the Manoir d'Apreval.

Caudebec-en-Caux is a region famous for inspiring many iconic paintings by the world’s most well-known artists. Scenic guests can visit Monet’s former residence and gardens in Giverny and see Vincent van Gogh's last place of residence at the Le Maison de Van Gogh in the town of Auvers-sur-Oise.

We save the best for last! The Seine River winds its way into Paris, where guests have over a day to explore the best attractions of this stunning city, independently or with a professional guide. Finish your river cruise on a high note with a visit to the Versailles Palace, a site rich in history and famous for its over-the-top decadence.

No matter which attractions you choose to visit while in Paris, the memories you make here will stay with you long after our Scenic cruise ship docks.

 

Discover the Seine River

Discover the Seine River

Honfleur, France

Travel along the river that runs through one of the most romantic cities in the world on our Gems of the Seine - 11 day cruise from Paris to the coastal city Honfleur.

Seine River Cruises

Seine River Cruises

Flights Included to Europe 7-14 Days (D/E)

Gems of the Seine

11 days
Paris > Paris
Cruise along the Seine on an 11 day journey from Paris to Honfleur. Tour the historic Normandy beaches and visit Giverny where you can see Monet's gardens.
from $6,325
Flights Included to Europe 7-14 Days (D/E)

Enchanting Rhône with Paris

11 days
Nice > Paris
Board a luxurious Scenic Space-Ship and cruise the Rhône to Chalon-sur-Saône. Travel from the beautiful Île-de-France region to Paris & explore the city.
from $7,100
Flights Included to Europe 7-14 Days (D/E)

Enchanting Rhône with Barcelona & Paris

14 days
Barcelona > Paris
From the city of dreams to the city of light, enjoy a 14 day journey from Barcelona to Paris. See the sights of the Sagrada Familia to the Champs Elysées.
from $8,890

Christmas Markets with Paris

18 days
Budapest > Paris
Experience the festive traditions of Europe on a magical Christmas cruise from Budapest to Paris. Enjoy guided city tours, Christmas markets & Oktoberfest.
from $9,290
Flights Included to Europe 15+ Days (D/E)

Jewels of Europe with Paris

18 days
Budapest > Paris
Begin your adventure in Budapest and board a luxurious Scenic Space-Ship. Cruise the Danube, Main & Rhine rivers to Amsterdam and spend 3 nights in Paris.
from $9,420
Flights Included to Europe 7-14 Days (D/E)

Spectacular South of France with Paris

16 days
Paris > Nice
Experience the delights of France on a luxurious 16 day journey from Paris to Nice. Discover the magic of Paris, culture and cuisine that makes it famous.
from $10,260

Christmas Markets with Prague & Paris

21 days
Prague > Paris
Enjoy the delights of Christmas with a 21 day cruise from Prague to Paris. Visit the Christmas markets and savour the atmosphere, traditions & delicacies.
from $10,275
Flights Included to Europe 7-14 Days (D/E)

Spectacular South of France with Paris & Monte Carlo

19 days
Paris > Nice
Cruise the spectacular rivers of the South of France in 5-star luxury and soak up the sun in Monte Carlo on a lavish 19 day journey from Paris to Nice.
from $11,765
Flights Included to Europe 7-14 Days (D/E)

Spectacular South of France with Paris & Barcelona

19 days
Paris > Barcelona
Discover Paris and cruise the South of France from Chalon-sur-Saône to Tarascon before falling in love with beautiful Barcelona on this 19 day adventure.
from $12,050
Flights Included to Europe 15+ Days (D/E)

Gems of the Seine & Beautiful Bordeaux

21 days
Paris > Bordeaux
Experience the best of France as you cruise along the Seine & through Bordeaux. Visit the wineries and vineyards on a 21 day journey from Paris to Bordeaux.
from $13,790
Fly Deals to Europe Standard Staterooms 15+ days

Gems of the Seine & Unforgettable Douro

21 days
Paris > Porto
Discover two of the most magical rivers in Europe, with a 10 day luxury cruise along the romantic Seine and a 10 day cruise along the beautiful Douro.
from $15,320
Flights Included to Europe 15+ Days (D/E)

Gems of the Seine & South of France

23 days
Paris > Nice
Discover the best that France has to offer on a 23 day journey from Paris to Nice. Cruise the Seine and Rhone rivers past the vineyards, castles & villages.
from $15,340
Flights Included to Europe 15+ Days (D/E)

Gems of the Seine & Beautiful Bordeaux with Madrid

24 days
Paris > Madrid
Experience France and Spain's best in 24 days from Paris to Madrid. Cruise along the Seine and through Bordeaux, fly to Madrid and explore the city.
from $15,380

Gems of the Seine & Unforgettable Douro with Madrid

24 days
Paris > Madrid
Cruise the Seine in France, before stepping on the Scenic Azure for a cruise along Portugal's Douro River, finishing in Madrid over a 24 day journey.
from $16,575

France & Douro Masterpiece

31 days
Paris > Porto
Discover the Seine and Douro, two of Europe’s most tempting waterways on a 31 day journey from Paris to Porto. Enjoy the cuisines & delights of the region.
from $22,405

France & Douro Masterpiece with Madrid

34 days
Paris > Madrid
Experience the best of France, Portugal and Spain on an all-encompassing 34 day adventure from Paris to Madrid. Enjoy the culture & cuisine of the regions.
from $23,995

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