The Seine – Normandy and Northern France – Paris to Paris
Paris, France wouldn’t be the City of Love it is today if it weren’t for the iconic Seine River that flows through the heart of it. The entire city evolved around the river that acted as both a transportation and commercial waterway hundreds of years ago. Even to this day, the river Seine seems to have a magnetic pull on the people of Paris, drawing together tourists, Parisians, and artists alike.
Welcome to our Seine river cruise, offering unrivalled luxury as you set sail through perhaps one of Europe’s most charming, beautiful waterways.
The Seine River’s mouth starts in northeastern France and flows northwesterly through Paris and into the English Channel. Because of this useful connection, the Seine River has been fought over for thousands of years. Back in the Iron Age, the Celts were the first people to use the Seine River for personal gain, utilizing it for trade and transport. The Romans came next to rule the Seine, creating massive trade routes directly along the river. The City of Paris was built around the Seine and to this day, its Le Havre port is France’s largest international shipping port.
Our cruise on the Seine River hits all the cultural must-sees of France. The Seine flows through the romantic Isle-de-France region into Les Andelys, an area that holds King Richard the Lionheart’s Chateau Gaillard. Guests have direct access to the stunning castle that once was built by King Richard I to defend the English against a French invasion. Tour the castle and take in the breathtaking viewpoint that overlooks Les Andelys below.
The Seine continues on past Les Andelys and into another historic region of France. Rouen sits directly on the river’s banks and is the capital of Normandy. It holds much historical significance as it was the setting in many famous French events. Take in the famous sights of Joan of Arc (who was tried and sentenced here), visit the Rouen Cathedral and explore the Museum of Fine Arts, which includes masterpieces by Monet and Delacroix. Guests also have the opportunity to go on a full day excursion to the Somme battlefields, the site of a historically-significant World War I battle.
The Seine River eventually winds its way to Honfleur, a coastal city that faces the English Channel. There’s so much to see in this city. Visit the Normandy beaches, explore glamorous Deauville, observe the Landing Museum at Arromanches, and take part in a vegan private cocktail event in the Manoir d’Apreval.
Caudebec-en-Caux is a region famous for inspiring many iconic paintings by the world’s most well-known artists. Scenic guests can visit Monet’s former residence and gardens in Giverny and see Vincent van Gogh’s last place of residence at the Le Maison de Van Gogh in the town of Auvers-sur-Oise.
We save the best for last! The Seine River winds its way into Paris, where guests have over a day to explore the best attractions of this stunning city, independently or with a professional guide. Finish your river cruise on a high note with a visit to the Versailles Palace, a site rich in history and famous for its over-the-top decadence.
No matter which attractions you choose to visit while in Paris, the memories you make here will stay with you long after our cruise ship docks.
The Ship: Sailing the Seine on board Scenic Gem
Echoing the chic elegance of the French capital, our 5-star Space-Ship, Scenic Gem, offers exceptional luxury and innovation on the Seine — giving you unparalleled service in complete style and comfort during your French river cruise.
This 110m-long Space-Ship has been meticulously designed to offer the most comfortable and intimate passage on the Seine River with just 128 guests. The Scenic Gem also benefits from generous guest suites and a range of innovative features, including the Scenic Sun Lounge system (balcony suites only) and tranquil wellness zones. It’s also one of very few French river ships that are able to sail the open waters around Honfleur, so you can look forward to discovering more of the Seine’s charming banks on the brink of the English Channel.
Vegan Culinary Cruises features a collection of exclusive dining venues, each serving a delicious array of dishes created by our master chefs inspired by local flavors, with the elegance of French fine dining. One of the ship’s culinary highlights is L’Amour restaurant, which gives you the opportunity to savor a five-course vegan menu of regional vegan French delicacies paired with local wines.
Add to that the inclusion of an al fresco lounge and entertainment area, as well as the option to explore the river on two wheels with a Scenic E-bike, and Vegan Culinary Cruises and the Scenic Gem promises luxurious passage during your all-inclusive Seine river cruise.
A journey on the Seine River with Vegan Culinary Cruises is an experience you’ll never forget, from the glittering lights of Paris to riverside villages dating back centuries.
Let the luxurious Scenic Gem take you on a journey through the highlights of northwestern France. Explore magnificent châteaux and quaint seaside towns, see the sights that have inspired world renowned artists for centuries and experience the emotion of visiting heartwarming memorials to those fallen in World War I & II.
Day 1 – Paris, Conflans
Welcome to Paris. Enjoy a welcome dinner and orientation before cruising out of Paris with the beautiful city as a backdrop.
Day 2 – Conflans, Sainte-Honorine
This morning we arrive into the charming medieval town of Conflans, with its distinctive barge houses docked within easy reach of the quaint main square.
Discover the charms of Auvers-sur-Oise and see Vincent van Gogh’s room, or step inside the magnificent Chantilly Castle for a guided tour of this remarkable château, set amid beautiful parklands.
This afternoon enjoy the amenities of your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship. Perhaps relax on the Sun Deck with a drink in hand and enjoy the scenery as you cruise past charming riverside villages or take the opportunity to visit the Wellness Centre.
Day 3 - Rouen
Enjoy a walking tour of Rouen, the capital of the Normandy region. Take in the famous sites of Joan of Arc and the historic Rouen Cathedral. Walk the winding medieval laneways and admire the city’s half-timbered houses. Alternatively, join a guided cycling tour along the Seine River to the beautiful 19th century botanical gardens that boast a number of exotic and rare plants.
This afternoon we set sail to the picturesque coastal village of Honfleur.
Day 4 - Honfleur
Option 1: Walk the historic Normandy beaches, the site of the D-Day landings, before visiting the Landing Museum at Arromanches. You’ll be struck by the sombre ambience surrounding the 9,387 graves of the Normandy Cemetery. While there, take a moment to reflect on the momentous impact of that day, as you look out from your hilltop position above Omaha Beach.
Option 2: Explore Honfleur, with its quaint architecture, relaxed coastal atmosphere and colorful boats bobbing up and down on its waters.
Day 5 – Honfleur, Caudebec-en-Caux
Option 1: Visit Fécamp and its mighty palace. Situated in spectacular surrounds, the city’s natural setting contrasts perfectly with its architectural centerpiece, the Benedictine Palace.
Option 2: Travel through picturesque landscapes that were once dotted with over 100 abbeys. Along the way, visit some of the incredible abbeys still standing and in operation.
Afternoon excursion: Surrounded by lush countryside, the estate of Château d’Etelan is the perfect venue for an afternoon aperitif. The château was built in renaissance style and dates back to 1494. Its grand history includes famous guests such as the French writer Voltaire and several members of the French royal family.
Day 6 - Vernon
In a region rich in visual treasures, it’s easy to understand why this part of France inspired paintings by many of history’s most famous artists. Visit Giverny and Monet’s former residence and gardens. Admire the beauty of the landscape as you walk the paths exploding with color and life. Or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, you can explore by bike, with a self-guided cycling tour.
Built into a steep rock face overlooking the mighty Seine River and the small village bearing the same name, Château de La Roche Guyon is a sight to behold. The château dates back to medieval times and you’ll experience the opulence and grandeur of yesteryear as you enjoy a live classical concert.
Day 7 - Paris
Choose to spend time exploring France’s most celebrated city or embark on a discovery beyond the city limits.
Shop with a Chef when you visit one of Paris’ local food markets and enjoy exquisite vegan tastings or walk the city with a resident expert and hear tales that only the locals know. Alternatively, you may wish to explore beyond Paris and tour the 17th century estate of Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, Louis XIV’s inspiration for the Palace of Versailles.
Next explore the Palace of Vicomte which has been leaving visitors in awe of its magnificence for centuries. With remarkable attractions at every turn, you’ll also have a chance to explore Paris at leisure this afternoon.
Day 8 - Paris
Your trip concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll disembark and transfer to Paris airport.
* Please note mooring and casting off times are only guidelines. We reserve the right to make changes to the itineraries and excursion programs. If due to low or high water or a defective ship a section of the river is closed to travel, the ship-owner reserves the right to transport guests along this section by bus, accommodate them in hotels and /or change the course of this part of the journey. In certain circumstances it may be necessary to transfer to another ship. These situations are rare but do happen from time to time and are all part of riverboat vacations. There’s nothing anyone can do to control mother nature.