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Cruise from Paris to Normandy and back.

The Seine flows through the political and economical heartland of France down to Normandy. Therefore you'll pass a lot of castles, but heavy industry as well. Paris owned the source of the Seine in the 19th century, but the city lost its interst in that parcel of land. Since 1991 the banks of the Seine in Paris are on the UNESCO WHC list.

The source of the Seine river is in Burgundy, it flows through northern France and is the second longest river in France. It flows through. As you can see on the height profile, the river's elevation is not very steep, therefore it's meanders are quite unusual. At Paris the average depth of the Seine is about 9m / 27ft, and due to a system of locks ocean going vessels can go as far upstream as Rouen - 120km / 80 miles away from its mouth.

Total of 34 locks. 5 between Paris and Honfleur where the Seine discharges into the North Sea. All other locks are upstream of Paris. As you do a circle cruise from Paris down to the mouth of the the river and back up to the capital, you'll pass them all twice. The Seine does have tidal bores as far upstream as Rouen.

Cruise it
The 'interesting' stretch of the Seine is not really long, from Paris to Honfleur is about 300km / 240miles on the river. Usually cruises along the Seine river go from Paris via Normandy back to Paris. That means you will see the same stretch of the river twice. But it is worth it, as you travel through the political and cultural center of France to the Landing Beaches. Another possibility would be a two weeks cruise, where you cruise the Seine for a week, then transfer from Paris down to southern France and spend another week on the Saone and Rhone rivers.
Additional Facts
Altitude Profile
Geographical Facts
Length 776 km / 483 mil
Length Airline 407 km / 253 mil
GPS Source 47°30'2.16"N, 4°42'14.84"E
Source Elevation 471 m / 1 545 feet
Mouth Elevation 0 m / 0 feet
GPS Mouth 49°26'10.62"N, 0° 3'45.33"E
Basin Area 78 650 km² / 30 359 mil²
Average Discarge 500 m³/s / 17 657 ft³/s
Waters IntoSeine - The Channel
Runs through countries

Upstream KMStation NameYesterday Average
679.00 Quemigny-sur-Seine 39
676.00 Nod-sur-Seine 54
622.00 Plaines-St-Langes 54
602.00 Bar-sur-Seine 18
593.00 Courtenot 67
564.00 Troyes (Foicy) 27
557.00 Troyes (Tauxelles) 73
531.00 Mery-sur-Seine 117
506.00 Pont-sur-Seine 450
474.00 Bazoches-Les-Bray 111
451.00 Montereau 187
443.00 St-Mammes 422
411.00 Melun 296
401.00 Ste-Assise NA
387.00 Corbeil-Essonnes 175
361.00 Alfortville 62
355.00 Paris Austerlitz 125
336.00 Suresnes 556
313.00 Chatou 58
281.00 Poissy 93
212.00 Vernon 346
161.00 Poses 746
150.00 Mantes NA
143.00 Elbeuf 721
122.00 Rouen 639
103.00 La Bouille 639
88.00 Duclair 609
56.00 Caudebec 576
29.00 Tancarville 516