The Seine River is one of the more well-known rivers in France. Cruises on the Seine River in France are usually round trip from Paris to Rouen, Caudebec-en-Caux, or Honfleur. Most itineraries list Normandy as a destination. However, travel to Normandy is by motorcoach rather than riverboat.
Some packages combine two or three separate cruises. There are cruises on the Seine, Saône and Rhône Rivers. Uniworld’s Ultimate France itinerary also adds a third cruise on the Dordogne and Garonne Rivers in Bordeaux.
What’s the Best Choice for a Seine River Cruise?
The best choice really depends on your budget, how much time you have to travel and what destinations you would like to see. If you take a cruise on the Seine River only, Honfleur is the farthest port from Paris. That will allow you to experience the longest cruise in terms of distance. However, only CroisiEurope sails into Honfleur. The other companies transport guests by motorcoach from Le Havre or Rouen to Honfleur.
If you have at least two weeks to travel, a combination of the Seine, Rhône and Saône rivers is a good choice. An itinerary to or from Chalon-sur-Saône will allow you to experience more of the Saône than a cruise to or from Lyon.
For travelers who can afford it and have at least 25 days to travel, the Ultimate Francecruise by Uniworld will give you a chance to experience three different river cruises in one package.
What’s the best Seine River cruise for you? To find out read our complete roundup of Seine river cruises.
About the Seine River
The Seine River begins in the Burgundy region of France about 20 miles northwest of Dijon. It flows in a northwesterly direction for 482 miles before emptying into the English Channel at Le Havre and Honfleur.
The Seine is indirectly connected to the Saône River through the Yonne River and Burgundy Canal. Only barge riverboats or other smaller vessels can traverse the waters between the Seine and Saône, though. On the western portion of the river, the Seine is considered navigable for some ocean-going vessels from the English Channel to the city of Rouen.
Many bridges cross the Seine River. The Pont de Normandie Bridge connects Le Havre and Honfleur; and in Paris, the Pont Neuf is one of the city’s 37 bridges over the Seine. Pont Neuf was built around the beginning of the 17th century and is the oldest bridges in Paris.
In 1991 UNESCO added The Banks of the Seine in Paris to its list of World Heritage Sites.