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Whether cruising down one of France's romantic rivers or cruising the French Riviera on the Mediterranean, we'll savor the flavors of French cuisine, wine and culture in style and comfort as we explore the countryside on foot and bike - with wine tasting glass in hand. From Paris, embark on a cruise of the Seine River all the way to the Beaches of Normandy. From Bordeaux board a river cruise through the world's most famous wine region. Sail the mighty Rhine River from Franco-German city of Strasbourg. From Lyon, sail on the Rhone and Saone Rivers all the way to the Mediterranean. Small ship cruises of the Mediterranean visit the Provençal hot spots of Cannes and Nice, and the French Island of Corsica. Contact one of our French cruise experts to start planning your dream cruise today.

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10 Best French Riviera Mediterranean Cruises

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Historic Monaco Grand Prix Finals$20008May 28, 2022There is no better way to sail the Mediterranean than onboard a great sailing vessel ship, the Royal Clipper, with tickets to the historic F1 Monaco …
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Rome to Cannes$20008May 14, 2022Begin your Italy cruise in Civitavecchia, the port of Rome, and explore the famed city where ancient history and the modern world collide. Sail to …
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Mediterranean & Morocco: Nice to Casablanca$870012Oct 14, 2021Sea Cloud II hosts this incredible 12-day Spanish cruise between Orient and Occident, and following the footsteps of the Moors along the Spanish …
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French & Italian Rivieras$45658Oct 15, 2022Navigate the French Riviera before journeying to the Italian village of Portofino, the port city of La Spezia, the Tuscan city of Livorno and cross …
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French & Italian Rivieras with Corsica$39858Jul 30, 2022Start your 8-day Emerald Azzura cruise of the Mediterranean in Rome's port of Civitavecchia before cruising north to Port Ercole, and on to the towns …
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Western Mediterranean: Barcelona to Nice$46807Sep 12, 2021Board Sea Cloud Spirit for this delightful 7-day cruise sampling some of the highlights of the western Mediterranean. From beautiful Barcelona, …
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Grand Voyage: Spain, Morocco, and Portugal$321013Oct 9, 2021Join the Royal Clipper on this unforgettable 13-day Grand Voyage sailing cruise departing from France and visiting Spain, Morocco, Great Britain, and …
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Western Mediterranean: Palma de Mallorca to Nice$38906May 2, 2021Take in island beauties, fishing villages and Provençal easiness between Mallorca and Southern France during this 6-day cruise aboard the Sea Cloud …
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Western Mediterranean: Civitavecchia to Nice$31505Sep 25, 2021Explore the spectacular Italian Riviera on this 5-day cruise aboard the glamorous Sea Cloud Spirit. Starting in the port city of Civitavecchia, …
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Mediterranean: Civitavecchia to Nice$27805Oct 10, 2021Explore the spectacular Italian Riviera on this 5-day cruise aboard the glamorous Sea Cloud II. Starting in the port city of Civitavecchia, Italy, …
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Top Barge Cruises in France for 2021-2022

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Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Champagne Cruise$86307Jul 3, 2022Spoil yourself on a 7-day cruise through the region of Champagne while aboard La Nouvelle Etoile. Visit Chateaux of Vaux-le-Vicomte, a large private …
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Southern Burgundy Cruise$53507Jun 6, 2021Board L’Impressionniste for this 7-day cruise which will take you on a tour that starts and ends in Paris. View the beautiful French countryside …
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Private Charter - Southern Burgundy Cruise Aboard L'Impressionniste$549007Jun 6, 2021Board L’Impressionniste for this 7-day private cruise which will take you on a tour that starts and ends in Paris. View the beautiful French …
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10 Best Luxury Cruises to France for 2021-2022

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The Enchanting Rhine - From Zurich to Amsterdam$499912Apr 23, 2021After spending two nights in both Zurich and Lucerne, Switzerland, board the MS Amaprima on an exclusive 7-day Rhine River cruise through the …
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Rhine & Moselle Delights$579915Jul 20, 2021This 15-day Rhine & Moselle River cruise aboard MS Amaprima takes you from Zurich to Basel to Amsterdam, passing through Germany and France along the …
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French & Italian Rivieras with Corsica$39858Jul 30, 2022Start your 8-day Emerald Azzura cruise of the Mediterranean in Rome's port of Civitavecchia before cruising north to Port Ercole, and on to the towns …
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Colors of Provence$566914Apr 26, 2021This 14-day cruise of France & Spain is a splash of cultures - spend 3 nights in the charming city of Paris, then travel by high-speed TGV train to …
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Paris & Normandy$32998Apr 25, 2021This river cruise from Paris through Normandy’s countryside is the best way to uncover its many charms: Historic sites and Normandy beaches. This …
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Highlights of Normandy & The Seine$47958May 27, 2021A journey on the Seine River is an experience you’ll never forget, from the glittering lights of Paris to riverside villages dating back centuries.
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Ultimate Seafarers & Baltics$2549026May 22, 2021Cruise from Barcelona to Copenhagen on this epic 26-day journey aboard the Scenic Eclipse. Uncover the treasures, traditions and history of the …
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Corsica & Sardinia$1377011May 12, 2021Each 11-day roundtrip cruise of the Mediterranean from Naples aboard Sea Cloud is crafted to offer the authentic experience of sailing a true …
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Paris & Normandy - Cruise Only$34998Apr 22, 2021Embark the MS Amalyra for an 8-day luxury river cruise along France's beautiful Seine River, exploring the haunting but beautiful beaches of …
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South of France$669511May 7, 2021Enjoy this 11-day luxury round-trip cruise from Lyon aboard Scenic Sapphire. Visit Lyon, Avignon, Viviers and Beaune to explore the centuries-old …
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Cruising The Rivers and Waterways of France

From cosmopolitan Paris to the glamorous coastal French Riviera to the ancient and beautiful borderlands with Germany, the rivers and waterways of France wind through all corners of this country and offer excellent opportunities for classic European river cruises.
  • Seine River- Embark in Paris en route to the cliffs and beaches of Normandy. Along this historic cruise, you will pass through the quaint towns of Giverny, Les Andelys, Honfleur, Duclair and Jumièges, where you'll see the birthplace of impressionism along with royal châteaux. 
  • Rhine River - Cruise into the scenic heart of Europe from the French city of Strasbourg on the border with Germany. From here, your cruise will take you through a land of sweeping green valleys, castles, and traditional cuisine, passing through Germany, Switzerland, and Amsterdam.
  • Rhone & Saone Rivers - There's no better river for wine lovers to cruise than the Rhone, originating high in the Swiss Alps and eventually joining the Saone at Lyon to flow into the Mediterranean. On these relaxed-pace river cruises, the smells of lavender and savory flavors of wine highlight the itinerary.
  • Bordeaux - Get a taste of the old-fashioned way of life and sample some of France's best vintages cruising the Gironde, Dordogne, and Garonne Rivers from Bordeaux visiting PauillacMacon, Cadillac, Saint-Émilion and Libourne and Bourg. These are great cruises for active travelers hoping to hike and bike along the way!
  • Moselle River - The romantic Moselle river winds through forested landscapes that reveal castles, quaint villages and terraced hillsides as it makes its way from the Vosges mountains, through French wine country, along the border of Luxembourg and thorough Germany where it flows into the Rhine River at Koblenz.
  • French Mediterranean - Take a luxurious Mediterranean cruise along the sun-kissed and celebrity filled beaches of the coast and explore NiceCannes, or St Tropez where you can embark on an unforgettable cruise of the French Riviera, just like the rich and famous have done for centuries, since British monarchs came to these shores to escape the cold northern winters!
  • Corsica - Join us on a cruise to Corsica, a breathtaking island in the center of the Mediterranean between France and Italy that has a unique culture combing both French and Italian characteristics.
Best Times to Visit France

The late spring and early fall months of May and September are considered ideal as they tend to have the best mix of good weather and lighter crowds than the peak summer travel season.

France stretches from the mild Mediterranean all the way into central Europe, bordering Germany and just across the canal from the United Kingdom, so depending on where you plan to visit the temperature could be very different. 

In the northern part of the country, from Paris all the way to Strasbourg, the summer months tend to be warm with sunny days and occasional showers. Evenings can be a bit chilly even in summer. Winters here are cold and snowy. 

Along the Mediterranean coast, temperatures are chillier in the winter and hot in the summer, but do tend towards mild year round. 

Most river cruises in France are planned during the late spring, summer, and fall months. Mediterranean cruises might have more flexible itineraries later into the year.
 

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France Cruise FAQs

Why should I choose a France cruise?
Cruises are quickly becoming the most popular way to explore Europe, and France is no exception. With options to cruise the Mediterranean, the Rhone River, and the Seine River, you'll be able to see all that France has to offer from the comfort of a cruise ship or riverboat. The advantage to the cruise is that for the all-inclusive price, you will get lodging, meals, and all daily excursions and tours at a tremendous value. Plus, since your hotel is your transportation, you won't have to pack and unpack every time you visit a new city and you will awake each day with wonderful new views of the French countryside right from your cabin window. 



What should I look for on a cruise ship in France?
It all depends on whether you're looking for a ship that explores the coastal regions and Mediterranean or a river ship. The sea-going boats are larger mega-yachts that are often between first class and luxurious. River ships feature fewer amenities due to the size restrictions, but you can count on comfortable cabins, a spacious bar & lounge, and a panoramic sun deck.

Are there 5-star river vessels in France?
Some of our yachts could be considered five-stars, but the river vessels have more confined space constrictions, limiting the amount of social areas and amenities, which means that they generally don't qualify as 5-star vessels. At least not yet – remember that river cruising is a new trend in European tourism, so it's probable that in the next few years, they will debut several world class five star vessels.

Should I get a room with a balcony?
Not necessarily. Some travelers feel that a balcony is a "must" for their cruise experience – if you're in this group, then go for it. Otherwise, consider a room with floor-to-ceiling windows or a sliding glass door that opens up to the fresh air. This will save you considerable money and might even afford you more floor space in your cabin. Plus, you can always go to the sundeck to take in the panoramic views and crisp French air.

What is dining like?
It's no secret that one of the highlights of a French vacation is the cuisine, and our Adventure Life tours are no exception. No matter which part of France you are visiting, you will find gourmet cuisine prepared by local chefs.

Do river cruises ever visit destinations that aren't on the river?
Usually. The truth is, the waterways of France already provide access to some of the best sites, like the Seine River which winds from Paris through Normandy and the Rhone River in the southern part of the country. And French Mediterranean cruises stick to the sea. If there is a destination that is not on the river or sea route, you will dock in the closest port so that you can transfer to the site by luxury coach. 

Will my vessel have WiFi?
You will probably have internet access throughout most of your cruise, but it's possible that your vessel will not be equipped or that you will be out of range at some point in your cruise too. 

What kind of power outlets are there? Will I need a converter?
European plugs are either British style (three flat prongs) or European style (two round prongs), different from the two flat prongs in North America. Power is 220v, not 110v like in North America, but this usually isn't a problem since most devices can handle the difference.

How can I save money on a France cruise?
A great way to save money on your France cruise is to browse our deals and promotions or by letting us know which places you'd like to see so we can keep you in the loop for all new travel deals. Don’t go cheap on the cabin selection to save money since this will also result in less space or maybe even less comfort.

Are cruises in France a good family vacation?
Yes! If you are traveling with younger children then avoid the wine tasting cruises, but otherwise we feature some very active options that are great for families. Check out our family travel article for more information.

Do Americans and Canadians need a passport and visa to travel to France?
All citizens of North America traveling to Europe need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months. In recent years, it has not been necessary to apply for a visa before traveling to Europe if you plan to stay less than three months, however, this situation may change in the future. See current European visa requirements.

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