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|
Port Chateau de La Roche-Guyon cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, France. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|31 August, 2020|
|ms Seine Princess||22:00||06:00|