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On a small ship cruise to France, you will learn first-hand why this country has a global reputation for gourmet food & wine, arts, & culture. A cruise along the Seine River will take you right into romantic Paris, where you'll have opportunities to look out over the whole city atop the Eiffel Tower or lose yourself in the world's largest art museum - the Louvre. Give your taste buds a treat as you sample the renowned wines of the Bordeaux region. France's location on Europe's western coast made it a strategic battleground during World War II, especially the historic Normandy beach. Cruises to the French Rivera, on the Mediterranean Sea, feature world famous stops such as Nice, Cannes, and St. Tropez and explore neighboring Spain and Italy on a small ship Mediterranean cruise. Contact a European cruise expert today.

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10 Best French Riviera Mediterranean Cruises

Trip NameFromDaysLevelSummary
Mediterranean: Round-trip Nice$27955RelaxedJoin the Sea Cloud II on a round-trip 5-day sailing adventure of the Mediterranean from Nice, France. You'll visit romantic Corsica, take a walk …
Mediterranean: Nice to Civitavecchia$55959RelaxedJoin the Sea Cloud II on this unique 9-day sailing adventure. Cruise across the Mediterranean on your way from Nice, France to the charming island of …
Mediterranean: Nice to Civitavecchia$27955RelaxedExplore the spectacular Italian Riviera on this 5-day cruise aboard the glamorous Sea Cloud II. Starting in the charming city of Nice, France, visit …
Ligurian Sea$10205RelaxedVisiting Cannes, Lerici, Portoferraio, Portofino, and finally disembarking in Monaco, this exceptional 5-day sailing expedition has everything you're …
Historic Monaco Grand Prix$18458RelaxedFor those who enjoy racing, the world-famous Monaco Classic Grand Prix is a staple stop on this sailing cruise. Simple elegance and gracious service …
Corsica & French Riviera$18458RelaxedExperience the luxurious French Riviera on this 8-day sailing adventure starting and ending in the enchanting city of Cannes. Discover the …
St. Tropez Regatta$18458RelaxedSail aboard a tall ship around the Mediterranean and its vibrant ports of call with their own colorful personalities, cultured ambience, and …
Ligurian Sea$16908RelaxedStarting in Cannes, France, with stops in Lerici, Portoferraio, Palombiaggia, Bonifacio, Alghero and more, this dazzling 8-day voyage introduces you …
Monaco Grand Prix Final$16908RelaxedAttend the historic and exciting Monaco Grand Prix on this 8-day sailing from Cannes to Cannes aboard the Star Flyer. See the cars from the golden …
Corsica & French Riviera$16908RelaxedJoin the Star Flyer on a fantastic 8-day sailing adventure showcasing the beauty and glamour of the French Rivera. Starting and ending in Cannes, …

10 Best Rhine River Cruises from France

Trip NameFromDaysLevelSummary
Gastronomic: Around the World in Culinary Delights$9654RelaxedJoin the MS La Boheme on a unique 4-day sailing experience that mix the stunning beauty, history, and charm of the Strasbourg region with a taste of …
The Romantic Rhine Valley and the Rock of Lorelei$12945RelaxedExperience the charm of the romantic Rhine Valley and the legendary rock of Lorelei on this 6-day cruise journey aboard the MS Symphonie. Enjoy …
The Romantic Rhine Valley and the Rock of Lorelei$16006RelaxedFrom Strasbourg, this exclusive 6-day cruise aboard MS La Boheme visits Koblenz (home of historic Stolzenfels Castle), Rüdesheim (where you can …
The Romantic Rhine Valley and Holland$15626RelaxedDiscover Strasbourg, Rüdesheim, Cologne, and Amsterdam on this incredible 6-day cruise that takes you through three different countries of Northern …
The Romantic Rhine Valley and Holland$13476RelaxedSail the legendary Rhine River on this 6-day expedition through Northern Europe, visiting three different countries. This river cruise is designed to …
Classic Cruise - Alsace & Lorraine$77007RelaxedJoin an exciting 7-day tour aboard La Nouvelle Etoile as it cruises through Alsace & Lorraine to visit and explore some of the historical locations …
The Enchanting Rhine - From Basel to Amsterdam$27998RelaxedJoin the MS Amakristina for an 8-day journey along the enchanting Rhine River, one of world's most important arteries of industrial transport. Embark …
The Enchanting Rhine - From Basel to Amsterdam$25998RelaxedSpend 8 days cruising from Basel to Amsterdam along the enchanting Rhine, one of Europe´s most fascinating rivers. Enjoy daily excursions with a …
The Enchanting Rhine - Cruise Only$26998RelaxedFrom Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, this 8-day voyage of the Rhine & Moselle Rivers aboard the MS Amastella will take you through …
Captivating Rhine - Cruise Only$27998RelaxedEmbark the MS Amakristina for an 8-day cruise from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland, exploring the fascinating towns along the Rhine River, including …

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10 Best Luxury Cruises to France for 2018

Trip NameFromDaysLevelSummary
Taste of Bordeaux$481913RelaxedAfter two nights in romantic Paris, embark on an enchanting 8-day round-trip cruise from Bordeaux aboard the MS Amadolce, ending with two nights in …
Colors of Provence - Cruise Only$28998RelaxedEmbark the MS Amacello in Lyon, France for your week-long cruise through France's legendary wine regions, including Cotes du Rhone, Burgundy and …
Taste of Bordeaux - Cruise Only$28998RelaxedBoard an enchanting 8-day round-trip cruise from Bordeaux to Libourne on the MS Amadolce. Visit the towns of Cadillac, Pauillac, Bourg, Libourne, and …
Mediterranean: Round-trip Nice$27955RelaxedJoin the Sea Cloud II on a round-trip 5-day sailing adventure of the Mediterranean from Nice, France. You'll visit romantic Corsica, take a walk …
Corsica & French Riviera$16908RelaxedJoin the Star Flyer on a fantastic 8-day sailing adventure showcasing the beauty and glamour of the French Rivera. Starting and ending in Cannes, …
Paris & Normandy$365910RelaxedEmbark the MS Amalyra for an 8-day cruise of the Seine River, followed by two relaxing nights in Paris. Along the way, see the natural landscapes …
Paris & Normandy - Cruise Only$28998RelaxedEmbark the MS Amalyra for an 8-day luxury river cruise along France's beautiful Seine River, exploring the haunting but beautiful beaches of …
Corsica & French Riviera$18458RelaxedExperience the luxurious French Riviera on this 8-day sailing adventure starting and ending in the enchanting city of Cannes. Discover the …
Corsica, French Riviera & Monaco$18458RelaxedThe most spectacular way to experience the French Rivera and its exquisite harbors is by sea. Join the Royal Clipper on an exclusive adventure to one …
St. Tropez Regatta$18458RelaxedSail aboard a tall ship around the Mediterranean and its vibrant ports of call with their own colorful personalities, cultured ambience, and …

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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 or riverboat in France?
It all depends on whether you're looking for a ship that explores the coastal regions and Mediterranean or a riverboat. The sea-going boats are larger mega-yachts that are often between first class and luxurious. Riverboats 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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