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Seine
Description
River Map Summary
Cruise from Paris to Normandy and back.

History
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.

Geography
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.

Locks
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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seine
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
France

Upstream KMStation NameYesterday Average
679.00 Quemigny-sur-Seine 34
676.00 Nod-sur-Seine 52
622.00 Plaines-St-Langes 56
602.00 Bar-sur-Seine 13
593.00 Courtenot 55
564.00 Troyes (Foicy) -4
557.00 Troyes (Tauxelles) 15
531.00 Mery-sur-Seine 58
506.00 Pont-sur-Seine 356
474.00 Bazoches-Les-Bray 112
451.00 Montereau 182
443.00 St-Mammes 421
411.00 Melun 304
401.00 Ste-Assise NA
387.00 Corbeil-Essonnes 162
361.00 Alfortville 55
355.00 Paris Austerlitz 109
336.00 Suresnes 573
313.00 Chatou 21
281.00 Poissy 59
212.00 Vernon 323
161.00 Poses 688
150.00 Mantes NA
143.00 Elbeuf 687
122.00 Rouen 631
103.00 La Bouille 621
88.00 Duclair 601
56.00 Caudebec 569
29.00 Tancarville 512