The Seine led to the development of Paris as the center for French trade, politics, religion, and culture. Like travelers of old, cruise this legendary river and discover the significant historic, artistic, and cultural highlights of Île-de-France and Normandy.

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 Cityscape of Paris  Entrance to the Louvre, Paris  Seine River, Paris  The Palace of Versailles  Monet's gardens at Giverny  Monet's gardens at Giverny  The famous lily pads and green bridge at Giverny used as inspiration for Monet   The famous Gros Horloge in Rouen  The cathedral in Rouen  View of Pointe du Hoc   American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer  The American Cemetery  The charming port of Honfleur

A Seine River Cruise

9 days from $4,390

The Seine led to the development of Paris as the center for French trade, politics, religion, and culture. Like travelers of old, cruise this legendary river and discover the significant historic, artistic, and cultural highlights of Île-de-France and Normandy.

or Call 855-330-1542

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May 16 - 24, 2021 Departure
Stephen Clancy

Stephen Clancy

Stephen Clancy is an art historian with special expertise in ancient, medieval, and Renaissance art and architecture. A popular Smithsonian Journeys Expert, he has led more than 15 tours and cruises through the Mediterranean region and northern Europe.

Stephen Clancy recently retired as Professor of Art History at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, where he taught for twenty-seven years.  After receiving his Ph.D from Cornell University, Stephen taught the history of Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance art and architecture, as well as courses on visual persuasion and the rhetoric of art.  His research career began with a focus on fifteenth-century French and Flemish illuminated manuscripts, specifically with works connected to the artists Jean Fouquet (about whom he has written a book, a book chapter, and several articles) and Simon Marmion (for which he received a 1995-96 Fulbright Scholarship in Brussels, Belgium).  Stephen is a recipient of grants from the Hewlett and Keck foundations. 

Stephen worked with a team of students and faculty from the University of Melbourne in Australia to investigate how technology can open up new avenues for understanding the art and architecture of the distant past, in a project entitled “Virtual Chartres Cathedral.” More recently he was a Visiting Fellow at the Australia National University in Canberra, investigating the roles that images play in shaping cultural identity, in a project entitled “Visualizing the Self and Others: Muslims, Jews, and Christians in Medieval Iberia.”

Stephen’s latest research project has seen him develop a course entitled “Jewish Imagery and Images of Jews,” and has taken him to a number of medieval Jewish cultural sites in Spain, Germany, and France, where the past is being revived and reinvented in interesting and sometimes controversial ways. The academic pursuit he has enjoyed above all others is teaching and sharing his knowledge of art and architecture. He has served as a lecturer on numerous tours over the past twenty-two years in the Mediterranean and in northern Europe, from Scandinavia to Russia.

May 30 - Jun 7, 2021 Departure
Arthur Kaplan

Arthur Kaplan

Arthur Kaplan, an ardent Francophile who has traveled extensively throughout France, taught French language, literature, and civilization at Mills College in Oakland, California. He received his B.A. in French Linguistics from Cornell University and his M.A. in French from the University of California, Berkeley. There he continued studies in Romance Languages and Literatures with a specialization in 19th-century French theater. Awarded a Fulbright scholarship, he spent two years in Paris on a university fellowship doing research on Victor Hugo and Romantic opera. A frequent lecturer, writer, and tour director in the field of opera, Arthur has served as Study Leader for many Smithsonian Journey opera tours in France, Italy, and the United States.