Ile de France: Oise & Seine itinerary


We meet at your hotel/airport in Paris and travel by private motor coach to Compiegne on the river Oise, where you will board Your Ship for a welcome reception with Champagne & petits fours, followed by a short walk around the town of Compiegne before dinner.


Cruise to Pont-Ste-Maxence. Choose through the list of possible excursions:
  • Chateau de Compiegne, residence of the French kings & emperors. Napoleon I restored the chateau to welcome his 2nd wife Marie Louise. This neo classical Palace was also the favorite residence of Napoleon III and Eugenie, and is splendidly furnished.
  • Rethondes and its wagon where the Armistice of 1918 was signed. Discover the history of the Compiegne wagon which was destroyed before the end of WW2.
  • Fortress of Pierrefonds, typical of a fabulous Gothic medieval architecture and the fortress got perfectly restored in the 19th cent. under the rule of Napoleon III by the architect Violette le Duc, situated in a lovely village in the heart of the Compiegne forest.


Cruise to St-Leu-d’Esserent, at the foot of a beautiful Church, overlooking the Oise River.
  • Visit Senlis, a magnificent romantic medieval town with many old cobbled streets and picturesque houses (Cathedral Notre-Dame, ancient fortification and towers dating from 13th/16th cent., Museum of Archeology and Museum of the history of the town… visit the ancient walls, one of the best preserved in France.
  • Abbey of Royaumont built in 1235 by the Cistercians monks. The impressive cloister and buildings give a good idea of the Prosperity of the monks in the middle-age period, it got dissolved during the French revolution but it was brought back to service as a military hospital during the Battle of Somme.


Cruise and to L’Isle-Adam, another picturesque village, a favourite weekend getaway for  many Parisians.
  • In the town, visit the St-Martin Church, the Museum Louis-Senlecq displaying the art and the history of the district, the Center of Art Jacques-Henri-Lartigue, famous photographer; and the Chinese Pavilion of Cassan, remaining from a 18th cent English-Chinese garden.
  • Then visit the museum of Nacre and Tablature in Meru, and discover the way buttons and dominos used to be manufactured in older times.
  • Chateau de Chantilly, one of the most magnificent French sites. Visit the Chateau and its rich Collections, the Apartments of Le Grand Conde, the Park & vegetable garden, and the Great Stables. Chateau de Chantilly contains one of the largest fine art collections with focus on paintings and book illuminations from 15th & 16th cent., the town is also famous for being the capital of whipped cream 🙂


Cruise to Conflans-St.Honorine, with the following options for excursions:
  • Auvers sur Oise, a pleasant village where many impressionists used to come (as Renoir, Monet, Pissaro & Cezanne) and particularly the house of Van Gogh where the famous painter lived and died. The chateau-museum has been specially installed to show the décor and Life in Paris and around in the time of the Impressionists.
  • Visit the Museum of Absinthe, the famous liquor of the 19th cent.


Cruise to Bougival on the Seine River, during the cruise one can admire many nice houses perched along the river and after the lunch we can visit:
  • Chateau de Malmaison, a beautiful palace built west of Paris in a splendid green setting where one can discover the story behind Napoleon and his wife Josephine (with many personal objects on display), it was the seat of the French government and a place where the Civil Code was thought of or the idea of the Legion of Honour … or
  • Visit the City of Lights in half a day – a quick tour of Paris in the minibus with brief stops at the main sights: the Eiffel tower, Musee d’Orsay, Notre Dame Cathedral, Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, Trocadero, Montmartre & Sacre Coeur basilica


Breakfast on board and morning return to Paris by private van.

The cruises run in the opposite direction every other week!

Excursions are tailor-made to suit your interests