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Seine River cruises
No one should be surprised that Paris was an inexhaustible source of inspiration for several of the greatest painters of all time. And it is not strange either that the City of Light (la Ville LumiĂ¨re) became El Dorado for artists and writers from all over the world. In any case, it is impossible to know where this unspeakable magnetism emanates from without touring the French capital. What about doing it with one of our unforgettable river cruises on the Seine?
From the riverbed, you will have the opportunity to see some of the most emblematic monuments in France and Europe, such as the spectacular Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the most outstanding examples of Gothic architecture, or the magnificent Eiffel Tower (1887-1889) on the majestic Champ de Mars. Besides being the tallest building in the world for 41 years, this superb iron structure is the world's most visited monument with a paid access, as it welcomes more than 7 million annual visitors.
Anyway, Paris is just one of the many attractions that await you on our Seine River cruises. And to prove it, we invite you to know the main attractions of this unrepeatable itinerary. Will you miss it?
What to see in Normandy
Undoubtedly, this ancient French region is in the minds of many. And not only because of being the site of the battle that resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe in the World War II, but also because of its unique cultural tradition. Besides the Normandyâ€™s own language, this region is full of amazing natural landscapes, such as the photogenic white chalk cliffs and arches at Ă‰tretat, monuments, popular architecture and many other surprises that never cease to captivate the traveler.
To get there, just embark at the pier in Paris â€”no matter if you book the flight with us or if prefer to go there on your ownâ€”, at the set time. The comfortable and luxurious cruise A-Rosa Viva will be waiting for us before heading to the Norman lands.
Our first stop will be Rouen, a city that we will discover thanks to a fantastic walking tour (it is included in the price of the trip). The old town, dotted with Gothic architecture, is an authentic open-air museum, with some notable buildings as its svelte cathedral, the Saint-Maclou church, the Courthouse, the tower of Joan of Arc, the Finance Office, the astonishing HĂ´tel de Bourgtheroulde or the striking clock known as the Gros Horloge. Dating back from Roman times, this city is among the most visited ones of France.
Then, our river cruise on the Seine will arrive in the picturesque fishing town of Caudebec, which earned the nickname of â€śthe Pearl of the Valley of the Seineâ€ť due to its beauty. As it could not be otherwise, we will also visit this amazing place.
During the fourth day of our trip, we offer you an optional visit to Le Havre, on the right of the Seine estuary, whose nicely rebuilt city center was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005, and the cliffs of Ă‰tretat, one of the most photogenic spots on the Alabaster Coast.
Another beautiful site to explore is Honfleur, a seafaring village on the mouth of the Seine that stands out for its historic port and its typical streets.
The next day we will arrive in Les Andelys. This interesting town in Upper Normandy, formed by two districts that were clearly differentiated in the past, is one of the most fascinating places in the Valley of the Seine.
Its castle, called ChĂ˘teau Gaillard (â€śHearty Castleâ€ť), was built in 1196 or 1198 Richard â€śthe Lionheartâ€ť, Duke of Normandy and King of England, to protect Rouen and to repel possible attacks ordered by the King of France, Philip II, byname Philip Augustus. You should take part in a tour to admire the ruins of the castle, which was devastated between 1599 and 1611. Nevertheless, its silhouette, crowned by the Tower of the Homage, still has an imposing appearance.
As a colophon, our cruise on the Seine will reach Vernon, another beautiful town in Upper Normandy. Once there, we will have an optional visit to the Claude Monetâ€™s House in Giverny. Among some other masterpieces, the Impressionist artist painted there the Lily Pads, a cycle of 250 oil paintings. By the way: did you know that the name of the style derives from the title of a Claude Monetâ€™s work, Impression, Sunrise, an oil on canvas that caused a great controversy in its first exhibition?