River trip

Following the rivers

The Oise, a river crossing the department from North to South, peacefully flows along twenty towns, some of which are particularly famous : L’Isle-Adam, the most beautiful village in a river meander in France, Auvers-sur-Oise, Pontoise, a town of history and art, to name but the most famous ones.

The valley of Oise

On both sides of the valley, are spread typical villages with authentic houses which have kept their XIX century character. That same century which has seen the rise of great impressionist painters such as Daubigny, Cézanne and Pissaro who were deeply inspired by the valley.

Those painters are joined by Vincent Van Gogh who has contributed to the establishment of the Oise as a true source of artistic inspiration.

The peaceful flow of the Oise also offers a great opportunity for those who are eager to discover and know the secrets of the Val d’Oise while cruising simply with their own boat or with the organized tours of the tourist offices of Cergy-Pontoise, Auvers-sur-Oise and l’Isle-Adam.

Along the banks, Val d’Oise offers another side of its landscape where visitors will enjoy discovering magnificent houses and typical fauna.

Find suggestions about theme tours such as impressionism, cinema, nature and landscapes on the Oise Valley website.

The Seine

The river slightly touches the department around the southeast corner and throughout its meanders, has drawn an amazing landscape overlooked by chalk cliffs.

La Roche-Guyon, the most beautiful village in France, is the masterpiece of the river with its castle containing a medieval keep overlooking the valley. There is easy access to the keep from the base of a XVIII century château thanks to a long staircase carved and dug from the rock.

Château of La Roche-Guyon

This landmark has also been a real source of inspiration for the XIX century painters. Vétheuil, Monet’s living place, is also one of the most prestigious villages.

The Seine also passes through Val d’Oise at its extreme southeast in Argenteuil and la Frette-sur-Seine. The two towns were and still are sources of inspiration for great masters of impressionistic painting: Monet, Manet, Caillebotte and many others.

Hiking and cycling

À Whether on foot, or by bicycle, the Oise and the Seine offer ramblers the sight of a preserved nature, a traditional habitat, and an atmosphere pertaining to a bygone era.

Cycling circuits

Hiking trails

Ports and pontoons

Port Cergy in Cergy-Pontoise: 70 places in a marina offering all facilities.

See the website

In other places such as Pontoise, Saint-Ouenl’Aumône, Auvers-sur-Oise and L’Isle-Adam, numerous pontoons are accessible.

The Oise River at Auvers-sur-Oise
The Oise River at Auvers-sur-Oise

The Seine Valley (La Roche-Guyon)
The Seine Valley (La Roche-Guyon)
Port Cergy
Port Cergy