Three amazing experiences you can have on a Seine River Cruise
From historical World War II sites and remarkable chateaux to delectable french cuisine, delicious cider, and inspiring impressionist
art, there are many magnificent aspects to a Seine River Cruise.
But perhaps the most enchanting of them all is the ability to board the ship in the heart of Paris as the Seine flows right through the City of Light.
The banks of the Seine have long inspired artists, writers, and musicians alike. Grab a glass of wine (if it’s from France, even better), and let’s raise a toast to some of the fantastic experiences that await on a trip along the river, depicted in paintings like Monet’s Bathers at La Grenouillere and Renoir’s Seine River at Asnieres.
Say bonjour to Paris from your stateroom
After taking in iconic sites like the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, and the restoration underway at the Notre Dame Cathedral — and getting your share of crepes and croissants — imagine the excitement of boarding your river cruise with the skyline of Paris as your backdrop. The main river cruise ports in Paris are located in the center of the vibrant city, including one that is within walking distance of The Eiffel Tower. Although Seine River Cruise itineraries have a dedicated day in Paris, they say Paris is always a good idea, so you can’t go wrong adding a few extra memorable days in France’s capital ahead of your journey.
Pay your tributes in Normandy
For 2,000 years, Normandy has been the site of many wars, including the monumental D-Day battle where more than 150,000 American, British and Canadian troops launched a surprise attack and altered the course of World War II. During a Seine River Cruise, it’s possible to visit notable sites like Omaha Beach, the American Cemetery, Utah Beach, and the Juno Beach Center, which focuses on the Canadian efforts during WWII, while learning about the heroic battles from a knowledgeable guide. Hearing about the sacrifice and bravery that took place will make for a day you won’t forget.
From Monet’s masterpieces to The Bayeux Tapestry, get lost in art
With a charming medieval center filled with cobbled streets and half-timbered houses, the ancient town of Bayeux is a unique destination to experience in Normandy. This is where you’ll get the chance to see the 11th century Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts the events surrounding the conquest of England by the Duke of Normandy.
The Bayeux Tapestry spans 70 meters and is one of three parts of the Bayeux Museum. On the way from Paris to Normandy, you’ll come across Vernon, known for being the gateway to visiting Giverny, where impressionist painter Claude Monet lived and worked. While strolling through Monet’s water garden, you’ll be able to see the water lilies, willow trees, and green Japanese bridge that are all depicted in his work.
Another highlight for those interested in art and history is the Musée Marmottan-Monet, home to Monet’s iconic Impression, Sunrise, among many other classics.
Of course, while you explore, don’t forget to enjoy all the local specialties in the region like Norman cheese, cider, and Calvados (an apple or pear brandy from Normandy).
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