Before You Depart

Spirit of the Seine River Cruise

Departing the U.S.: For the safety of everyone in the group, smarTours has implemented COVID-19 travel requirements which apply to all tours regardless of destination. To learn more, click here.

Please note destination entry requirements are changing rapidly. smarTours will communicate entry requirements in your Tour Documents 10–14 days prior to departure. For up-to-date information, please click the links below.


Your flights from New York and back are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules.  We recommend that you arrive at the airport at least 3 ½ hours before the scheduled departure.

Departure Date Airport Airline Depart Return
2023: Sep. 20 Newark (EWR) United Airlines 6:30 PM 3:35 PM

Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours.  Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.


The above airlines does not assign seats in advance. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignment. It is between you and the airline! Seat assignments can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport.


International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging the entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.

Generally, check-in at hotels is not before 4:00 PM and check-out is prior to 12:00 PM. If arriving early or departing late, hotels usually allow travelers to store their luggage in the luggage room.


You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Visa not required for American passport holders. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations.  Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.


Final instructions, documents, and travel tips will be emailed to you 10–14 days before the scheduled start of your tour. If you have not received your final documents, please check your spam folder or contact smarTours.


Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.


In April you can expect daytime highs in the 50’s with nighttime lows in the mid-30’s to low 40’s. In May daytime temperatures typically range in the 60’s to low 70’s and cool to the high 40’s to low 50’s after the sun goes down. It can rain on occasion year-round so consider bringing a waterproof or water-resistant jacket.


On the cruise ship and some stores during your shore excursions will accept major credit cards.  However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations. On board the Euro is the accepted currency. Credit cards may be used on board (Visa or Mastercard only), but a service charge may be applied. As of May 2014, European credit card processors require credit cards with chips and a 4-digit PIN code.


On board the ship the electrical current is 220V/50MHZ and you will find a round pin electrical socket. You may need a universal transformer to convert the current and an adapter to fit the outlet/plug. Electrical current requirements range from one electronic device to another; please check your chargers and electronic devices prior to travel.


Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage and one carry-on piece. Please check with the airline for the maximum weight and size for luggage. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.