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5 Stunning Jewels of the River Seine

Kristen
by Kristen Gilbert

February 22, 2019

3 minute read

Cutting through the heart of Paris is the famous River Seine. Traveling this legendary waterway on a river cruiser is one of our favorite ways to experience the best must-sees that somehow become even more enchanting when viewed from the water. Art aficionados, history buffs, wine lovers, and even travelers who simply want to relax while taking it all in will revel in a river cruise that has it all. Here are a few of the best stops on a Seine River tour.

Auvers-sur-Oise

Castle of Auvers sur Oise in garden

Imagine cruising to the picturesque town of Auvers-sur-Oise, home to many 19th century painters including Cézanne and Van Gogh. Walking the streets of this peaceful and charming little town, you would never know you're so close to Paris. With its serene charm and proximity to the city, it's no wonder why resident Vincent Van Gogh loved his home right until the end of his life.

Gros Horloge astronomical clock

Gros Horloge astronomical clock

In Rouen, Normandy's historic capital, you'll find the Gros Horloge astronomical clock. It's been a source of pride for the people of Rouen since it was built in the 16th century. The clock has two sides: one facing East and one facing West, each with a different colored face. It sits atop a Renaissance archway that spans the busy street of rue du Gros-Horloge, greeting all who walk underneath with remarkable sculptures to admire.

The maritime city of Honfleur

Honfleur

An important maritime town from the 16th to the 19th centuries, Hornfleur is known for its old port and city with cobblestone streets and houses built of timber and slate. Walking the streets is like stepping back in time to the middle ages. Don't be surprised if you suddenly feel the urge to break out a paintbrush and get to work. You won't be alone. Artists like Monet, Courbet and Boudin have also been inspired to paint the city.

Château Gaillard

Chateau Gaillard

Back in the 12th century, Richard the Lionheart once walked the chalk cliffs of the castle he built on the carefully chosen site. It stands as a temple to strength and courage, serving as a testament to his resolve to guard his Norman possessions against King Philip Augustus. Now, nearly 800 years later, Château Gaillard serves as a reminder of the legendary king. Explore the stronghold for a taste of true power and invincibility.

Gardens of Giverny

Gardens at Giverny

Located 50 miles outside of the bustling city of Paris, the Gardens of Giverny served as muse to Impressionist painter Claude Monet. Stroll through and imagine him set up with easel and brush, recreating what he saw in the breathtaking gardens of his own creation.

In between stops along the way, gaze out of the window of your river cruiser and take in the banks of this legendary river. Admire the lights at night and the iconic sites by day.

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