An undeniably romantic waterway and arguably France's most famous river, the Seine's mesmerising urban landscapes and breathtaking scenery have inspired a myriad of art, including songs, novels and poems, as well as paintings from some of the world's most treasured artists. From its source just northwest of Dijon, the Seine winds along the picturesque Seine Valley, through a diverse landscape of epic forests, endless orchards and lush marshlands, all the while offering stunning panoramic views across France's heartland. After drifting for approximately 485 miles through the idyllic French landscapes, the Seine flows into the English Channel between Le Havre and Honfleur.
The twisting and looping route of the Seine Valley ushers the waters of the Seine through a diverse landscape, passing through iconic French towns and cities as well as lesser-known regions of Normandy. A journey along the Seine offers a diverse and memorable river cruising experience, taking in the sophistication and romance of Paris, the rustic charm of Melun and the Giverny garden that played muse to many of Claude Monet's masterpiece paintings.
The banks of the river Seine are an attraction in themselves as they effortlessly transform from rural wilderness into pretty townscapes, where Gothic architecture and half-timbered houses adorn the streets alongside vintage boutiques, glamorous cafés and elegant gardens.
Of course, the city most synonymous with the Seine is undoubtedly France's stylish capital, Paris. Paris offers romantic charm at every turn, boasting a quintessentially Parisian culture which is instantly recognisable; tempting pavement cafes, elegant designer boutiques and some of the world's most iconic architecture, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame de Paris and Arc de Triomphe, are all just waiting to be discovered.
Northwest of Paris, in Normandy, lies the tiny Seine-side village of Giverny. Giverny is famous as the home of impressionist painter Claude Monet, and his iconic, beautifully coloured gardens, which were the artist's home for over 40 years. Visitors to the garden today can stand on the renowned Japanese bridge and admire the pretty water lily ponds which were such an inspiration for Monet's magnificent paintings.