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Seine Escorted River Cruises


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. 

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Five-Star Tulips Cruise

Discover the magnificent floral displays of the Keukenhof Gardens and enjoy a talk onboard ship from television personality Charlie Dimmock on this wonderfully diverse cruise on the enchanting Belgian and Dutch waterways. 

On this tour we uncover the beautiful historic cities of Amsterdam, Ghent and Antwerp as well as the Battlefields of Ypres, the spectacular Keukenhof tulips and the Hoorn-Medemblik steam train. We also enjoy a talk from army veteran and battlefields expert Colonel Piers Storie-Pugh OBE on this memorable river cruise.

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8 days from £1,395 pp

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A Portrait of the Impressionists' Seine

Cruising the scenic Seine, explore the world of the Impressionist artists, from Monet's famous garden at Giverny to the city galleries of Paris and Rouen. This is a tour that delivers the very best of Northern France.

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7 days from £1,595 pp

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The Loire Valley & A Portrait of the Impressionists' Seine

Explore the some of the most famous châteaux the stud the verdant Loire Valley and relax in the charming French town of Blois before joining a scenic cruise along the Seine that delves into the world of the Impressionist artists, from Monet's famous garden at Giverny to the city galleries of Paris and Rouen.

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10 days from £2,245 pp

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Our fantastic cruises along the River Seine encapsulate the beauty of the fascinating architecture and culture of France. Your amazing floating hotel allows you to enjoy delectable French cuisine and breathtaking scenery in an extremely relaxing environment. On selected Seine cruise itineraries you will visit Monet's beautifully colourful gardens in Giverny, which was the artist's home for over 40 years. Admire the pretty water lily ponds and the renowned Japanese bridge which were such an inspiration for Monet's magnificent paintings. You may prefer to partake in a guided tour of Mantes where you will find the exquisite church of Notre Dame. This quaint town is steeped in a rich history which you can uncover at one of the local museums, and its striking architecture and affluent mansions are a sight to behold.

The advantages of cruising with Great Rail Journeys include the services of a Tour Manager throughout your journey from London. Your professional Tour Manager will be on-hand to ensure that everything runs smoothly and answer any questions that you may have. Rail is the perfect complement to a Seine river cruise as it allows you to enjoy the passing scenery and relax whilst reading a book or chatting to fellow travel companions whilst travelling. First Class rail is used whenever possible to ensure that you reach your ship and end your holiday as refreshed as possible.

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