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Provence. Burgundy. Normandy. Bordeaux. River cruises that inspire.


Among European countries, France is the number one, most popular destination in the world.
From elegant, chic Paris, the “City of Lights” to the historic Normandy Beaches, from the vineyards of Burgundy to sunny Provence and beaches of the Mediterranean, a river cruise in France is just what one expects — full of the special joie de vivre that can be found only in La Belle France. But, before we continue this review, please remember, river cruises in France generally sell out very early (Sometimes over a year in advance!), thus creating a great deal of disappointment for those who plan late. Please book as early as possible.

More itineraries and more ships added to meet demand.
As the demand for river cruises in France has increased, so has the supply of new and beautiful river ships. Uniworld's impeccable SS Catherine (launched in 2014) sails weeky through Provence and Burgundy cruising the Rhone and Saone. In 2015, Viking launched two new sleek "longships," and Avalon Waterways launched the Poetry II into the market. Avalon also introduced the breathtaking Tapestry II (sailing on the Seine River) which, in our opinion, is still among the best of their newest "Suite Ships" and a strong rival to other cruise lines in the Seine market. Viking also introduced new "longships" onto the Seine to meet the increasingly indemand Paris and the Beaches of Normandy itineraries.

French wine aficionados are also excited about the recent introduction of very wine-focused cruises in the Bordeaux region. Scenic, AmaWaterways, Uniworld and Viking now have a number of river cruises sailing through this wonderful France wine region. On these itineraries, you'll experience the wines and foods of Bordeaux along with winetasting events in many of the more impressive Chateaux, such as d'Arsac and Saint-Emilion. On some cruises you'll even enjoy an off the ship dinner at one of the Chateauxs. Bordeaux cruises really open up an indepth experience for food and wine lovers (This is for oyster lovers: you may not know it, but Bordeaux may have the best oysters in the world, even better than the Chesapeake Bay variety.).

On a France river cruise, you'll soon discover why France is a truly remarkable country, one that is culturally, artistically and historically rich. It is so much more than merely Paris! You'll discover charming towns like Chartres, with its famed cathedral; Tours, which may be one of the most picturesque towns in the midi-region; there’s also Honfleur, one of our favorite towns in Normandy, which appears to be unchanged from the time of Napoleon. They are all a MUST to visit! There's so much more to tell you about, please keep reading...

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As we begin to wind our way through France, let's start first with glorious Paris.
Imagine strolling the left bank of Paris where art studios abound while strange, cool Parisian artists mingle with an eclectic mix of locals and tourists. Maybe take a seat in a quaint sidewalk café where, for a few Euros, you can have an espresso and fresh baguette or pastry as you while away the day just people watching. Next, stroll and shop along the incredible Champs-Elysées boulevard where at every turn, you'll be able  to take great photographs of the Arc de Triomphe. Perhaps later, while ascending the outdoor elevator to the top of the Eiffel Tower for a lunch in the clouds, revel in the excitement and romance of the moment.

Paris and its surrounds is one of the easiest cities to explore in depth. The subway system (one of the finest in the world) enables one to go everywhere for only a few Euros. It will even take you to what is possibly the most impressive, old building in all of France — Versailles — where the treaty that ended WWII was signed. The palace consists of almost 1,000 rooms and contains a myriad of treasures of bygone eras.

A French river cruise is much more than just an experiential trip through France.
A river cruise through this country not only takes one on a journey through hundreds of miles of beautifully diverse landscape, it is also a journey back through time. The major river systems of France, the Seine in the north and Rhône and Saône in the south, are intimately linked to France’s culture, history, and development. While you’ll see different scenery and perspectives on these diverse systems, all of the rivers deliver unequalled, staggering amounts of beauty, culture, history and social development. There’s so much to see in France that not even a fabulous river cruise will allow you to gather it all in during one visit.


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