The Seine and Paris are inextricably linked, but journey beyond to discover the many treasures the river reveals as it meanders through the beautiful Normandy countryside.
Follow the river from the splendours of romantic Paris, with the fascinating Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, Montmartre and the Champs Elysées, to the English Channel. Delight in the charming rustic scenes of orchards and blooming meadows that inspired some of the world’s most renowned artists; bringing about the Impressionist movement.
A region rich in history and culture, Normandy allows you to discover the picturesque harbour of Honfleur and the splendid Gothic architecture of Rouen, where Joan of Arc was burnt back in 1431. Spend time strolling through the exquisite Gardens of Giverny and explore the Chateau de Versailles. This provides a dramatic contrast to the charming, smaller towns of Les Andelys and Vernon that boast remarkable 17th century architecture and half-timbered houses along the tree lined river.
Places of Interest
This attractive historic town is home to the Abbey de Jumièges, founded in 654. Once destroyed by invading Vikings, the buildings were restored but damaged again during the French Revolution.
Most famous for being the rural retreat of the famous painter Monet. The gardens of his house proved to be a great part of the inspiration and subject matter for his paintings. It was here where most of the water lily subject paintings were produced.
Well-known for its imposing castle built by Richard the Lionheart, Richard I of England in 1196, Chateau Gaillard is a masterpiece of medieval military architecture.
The port of Le Havre is the second largest in France connecting with Honfleur by the Pont de Normandie. Lying in the heart of the Calvados region it is a must to sample the famous cider and Calvados brandy.
Discover famous sights such as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Cathedral of Notre Dame and Sacré Coeur, as well as breathtaking art collections in well-known museums like the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay. Enjoy the French savoir vivre with Paris’ superb nightlife and shopping opportunities.
Here you will find amazing modern buildings set beside ancient Gothic cathedrals. Famous sights include the market square where Joan of Arc was tried and burnt.
Just across the river from Giverny, this pretty little town offers many 17th century architectural treasures.