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Les Andelys River Cruises

About Les Andelys

Les Andelys lies by the River Seine in the Upper Normandy region of northern France, about 20 miles northeast of Evreux and 20 miles southeast of Rouen. The town is nestled in verdant countryside below a row of striking chalk cliffs and overlooked by the ruins of the once-mighty Chateau Guillard. So named for its two constituent settlements of Grand-Andely and Petit-Andely, the two fishing villages would later grow to form a single town. The area boasts several famous sons: it was the birthplace of Nicolas Poussin, the foremost painter of the French Baroque style; the balloonist Jean-Pierre Blanchard, who would become the first person to cross the English Channel by air; and Sir John George Woodroffe, also known as Arthur Avalon, a writer and lecturer on Indian philosophy who is credited with introducing Hindu and Yogic practices to the West.

Exploring Les Andelys

In medieval times, Les Andelys’ strategic position on a bend in the river attracted the attention of both the French monarchy and the Duke of Normandy, King Richard the Lionheart. He had the imposing Chateau Gaillard built on a cliff above Les Andelys, in order to protect his hold on the area and its capital, Rouen. Some cruises offer the chance to tour of the ruins of the besieged castle, which still stand remarkably well preserved and offer incredible cliff-top views of the surrounding country and the winding Seine below.

The town itself has no shortage of attractions either – including the Nicolas Poussin Musuem, an 18th-century mansion that houses collections of fine and decorative arts, as well as Poussin’s classical masterpiece, Coriolanus Being Implored Upon by his Family. Nearby in the centre of Grand Andely is Saint Clotilde’s Fountain, an historic pilgrimage site famed for the water’s healing properties.

The Andelys also have a beautiful gothic church apiece: the compact, steepled Saint Sauveur Church in Petit Andely boasts an organ built in 1674, a Louis XIV altarpiece and statues from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries; while the sprawling Notre Dame Collegiate Church in Grand Andely houses paintings by Varin, Nicolas Poussin’s master, as well as towering stained glass windows from the 16th century that feature the locally venerated Sainte Clotilde.

Andelys tips

For a historic meal in every sense, head to La Chaine d Or, a charming building which dates back to 1751 and which features frequently in a number of respected French gastronomic guides.

Les Andelys Itineraries

Paris

Cruising Seine Plus Versailles, Paris, London

11 sailing dates July 2019 to October 2020
11 Nights From London, United Kingdom to France , Paris
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Paris

Rendezvous On The Seine

3 sailing dates August 2019 to October 2019
9 Nights From Paris, France to Paris
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Les Andelys

Paris & Normandy - Roundtrip Paris

28 sailing dates August 2019 to October 2020
7 Nights From Paris, France to Paris

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Conflans

Paris & the Heart of Normandy

77 sailing dates December 2019 to December 2020
7 Nights From Paris, France to Paris
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Vienne

France's Finest - Paris to Avignon

16 sailing dates March 2020 to October 2020
14 Nights From Paris, France to Avignon
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Arles

France's Finest - Avignon to Paris

18 sailing dates March 2020 to November 2020
14 Nights From Avignon, France to Paris
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Les Andelys

Impressions of the Seine

6 sailing dates August 2019 to October 2019
7 Nights From Paris, France to Paris
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Paris

Paris & The Seine Valley To Normandy

1 sailing date September 2019
7 Nights From Paris, France to Paris
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Vernon

Reflections on the Seine

6 sailing dates August 2019 to September 2020
8 Nights From Paris, France to Paris
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Rouen

Paris to Paris

2 sailing dates August 2019 to September 2019
8 Nights From Paris, France to Paris
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Paris

Paris to Normandy

10 sailing dates July 2019 to November 2019
7 Nights From Paris, France to Paris
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £1689pp
Les Andelys

Paris to Normandy

3 sailing dates July 2019
7 Nights From Paris, France to Paris
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Paris

Paris, Normandy and the River Seine

14 sailing dates September 2019 to October 2020
7 Nights From Paris, France to Paris

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Lyon

Grand France - Côte d'Azur to Paris

3 sailing dates April 2019 to September 2019
15 Nights From Toulon (for Cote D'Azur), to France , Paris
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Vernon

Romantic Seine - Paris to Paris

6 sailing dates July 2019 to September 2020
7 Nights From Paris, France to Paris
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Lyon

Grand France - Avignon to Paris

21 sailing dates July 2019 to October 2020
14 Nights From Avignon, France to Paris
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Lyon

15 Day Romantic Rhone & Seine - Arles to Paris

12 sailing dates July 2019 to September 2020
14 Nights From Arles, France to Paris
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Honfleur

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5 sailing dates July 2019 to October 2020
7 Nights From Paris, France to Paris
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Giverny

The Seine, Paris & Normandy

15 sailing dates August 2019 to October 2020
7 Nights From Paris, France to Paris

No-fly cruise! Includes return Eurostar transport from London

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Avignon

Grand France - Paris to Avignon

21 sailing dates July 2019 to October 2020
14 Nights From Paris, France to Avignon
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £4769pp

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