Cruise down the Seine during your tour of France
Once a tour of France enters the country's northernmost reaches, the experience changes considerably. The relaxing atmosphere of the Mediterranean coast is replaced by a sense of history and culture. There are a number of appealing destinations in the north of France, but some of the best cities reside along the Seine River. An integral part of French geography, there are plenty of stops along the way during a cruise of the Seine that will undoubtedly stand out as highlights of your time there.
Paris is easily the most recognizable city on the Seine, but Rouen holds its own as well. The city of about 111,000 has played an important role in European history for centuries, something that is evident down nearly every city street. A great deal of the buildings that are spread throughout Rouen date back to the nearly 1,000 years, and a walking tour through the city brings you face to face with many of them. One of its most well-known features is the imposing Rouen Cathedral, which dates back to the early 1200s. Of course, there is more to do than tour the historic sites. You should also explore the famous Jardin des Plantes de Rouen botanical garden as well as the city's many local shops.
Not all stops along a Seine cruise are big cities - the famous waterway also brings you to a number of appealing rural destinations, including Auvers-sur-Oise. This tiny commune has a place in France's cultural history largely because it was a popular spot for many of the world's most famous artists. The likes of Paul Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh stayed there, and you can tour some of the sites associated with them and their works.
Finishing a cruise down the Seine in Paris is the perfect way to end your journey, and will certainly signal a fitting end to a tour of France.