La Roche-Guyon is a Seine River cruise port and village with a famous Chateau located in France's Val-d'Oise department (Ile-de-France region) with a population of under 1,000. The village developed around the 12th-century built castle Chateau de La Roche-Guyon.
The Chateau (manor house/fortress/lord's residence) was built to control a crossing over Seine River - one of the main trade routes for accessing France's Normandy region. The small fortress (overlooking the chateau-bas) has moat and towers and was constructed at the summit of a steep promontory (raised landmass) being hollowed out of a cliff. The fortified manor house below was built in the mid-13th-century. Major changes to the original building were made in the 17th-century, including opening new windows and adding the eastern terrace (by partly cutting into the mountain's slope). In the 18th-century, Chateau's size was largely extended by adding two new buildings and the front potager/garden (with vegetable garden).
Chateau de La Roche-Guyon is currently owned by one of France's oldest remaining noble families - the House of La Rochefoucauld, dating back/coming from the House of Limoges/Lusignan (late-10th-century).
Arboretum de La Roche is a 12-hectares forest created in 1990 as part of the 309-hectares regional forest to the north of the village. This is a popular tourist attraction that is free of charge and opens daily. The arboretum (botanical/select forest) represents a "map" consisting of several different masses of select trees representing each of Ile-de-France region's départements - including Essonne (maples), Hauts-de-Seine (limes and laurels), Seine-et-Marne (oak, dogwood, eucalyptus, blackberry, buckthorn), Yvelines (beech). At the arboretum, the region's rivers are strips of lawn.
As cruise port, La Roche-Guyon is included in the regular schedule of one of Europe's (and world's) largest river cruise companies - CroisiEurope. The next table shows the ports sequence of CroisiEurope's 6-day (La Roche-Guyon visiting) itinerary between homeports Paris and Honfleur.
|Date / Time||Port|
|04 Aug 18:00 / 05 Aug / 06 Aug 06:00 (overnight)||Departing from Paris, France|
|06 Aug 14:00||Poissy, France|
|06 Aug 22:30 / 07 Aug 06:00 (overnight)||La Roche-Guyon, France|
|07 Aug 14:00 / 08 Aug 10:00 (overnight)||Rouen, France|
|08 Aug 13:00||Duclair, France|
|08 Aug 16:00||Rives-en-Seine, France|
|09 Aug 00:05 / 10 Aug 09:00 (overnight)||Arriving in Honfleur, France|
In 2020, La Roche-Guyon was included in the schedule of another major European river cruise company - AmaWaterways, with the 2009-built riverboat AmaLyra. The next table shows AmaLyra's 7-day cruise tour (themed "Paris and Normandy" roundtrip from homeport Paris and priced from ~USD 3100 pp.
|Date / Time||Port|
|09 Jul||Departing from Paris, France|
|10 Jul||Les Andelys, France|
|11 Jul||Le Havre, Paris, France|
|12 Jul||Rives-en-Seine, France|
|12 Jul||Le Havre, France|
|13 Jul||Rouen, France|
|14 Jul||La Roche-Guyon, France|
|14 Jul||Vernon, France|
|15 Jul||Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France|
|16 Jul||Arriving in Paris, France|