If you've ever wanted to experience Paris in all of its dazzling glory, let a Seine River cruise transport you there (and beyond). The Seine River flows through the City of Light and empties at the English Channel near Le Havre, with ports that include Rouen and Honfleur, plus visits to places like Monet’s gardens in Giverny.
Of course, a cruise on the Seine puts spectacular Eiffel Tower views on your doorstep, as well as world-famous museums like the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay. But the Seine is a great river cruise if you're looking to get a taste of life in northwest France, too. For instance, many lines use Rouen -- generally the turnaround point for a Seine River cruise -- as a homebase for tours of Normandy's historic D-Day beaches. In town, the medieval streets of the city include a stunning cathedral that was famously painted by Monet.
Paris and northern France shine in the spring, particularly April and May, as well as the shoulder months of September and October. While August is the peak season for tourists, keep in mind that locals often leave for their vacations, so some venues and restaurants are closed or may not have normal hours.