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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 through the old town of Calvi, and explore Antibes, France.
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 Corsica, finally disembarking in the enchanting city of Rome. Some highlights include fantastic Portofino, a drive along Antibes, and explorations of Portoferrario.
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 Portofino, Portoferraio, and finally Civitavecchia (Rome).
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, this cruise gives you the opportunity to enjoy the luxury and jet-set style of Portofino, L'ile Rousse, St. Tropez and more!
Mediterranean: Barcelona to Nice$34956RelaxedExperience the Mediterranean on this magnificent 6-day cruise. Sail around one of the most desired destinations in the world on your voyage from Barcelona to Nice. This particular region is full of historical charming towns and perfect relaxation spots, creating an unforgettable trip.
Mediterranean: Nice to Valletta$58959RelaxedAdmire notable Mediterranean destinations as you observe traditional Baroque churches, pastel-colored houses, and red-tiled roofs en route from France to Malta. Join the Sea Cloud on this magnificent adventure and learn more about the diverse mix of cultures.
Civitavecchia to Barcelona$579910RelaxedSail the crystal-blue waters of the breathtaking Mediterranean shores on this magnificent 10-day cruise! Voyage from the charming city of Rome to historic Barcelona, stopping in Monaco and France and dropping anchor in many incredible destinations in between.

10 Best Rhine River Cruises from France

Trip NameFromDaysLevelSummary
The Romantic Rhine Valley and the Rock of Lorelei$15825RelaxedCruise the Rhine River on this 5-day adventure aboard the MS Gerard Schmitter. From Strasbourg, France to Rudesheim, Germany and back, you'll see the Rock of Lorelei, visit a tourist train stop & wine tasting cellar, and see museums & neighborhoods like those of Heidelberg, Mainz, Koblenz, and Speyer.
Two-River Cruise: The Romance of the Rhine and Moselle$13165RelaxedDiscover the Rhine Valley on this 5-day adventure aboard the MS La Boheme. City tours of historic Cochem, Mainz, Koblenz, and Trier show off the region's Roman cultural heritage and Baroque influence in a mix of ancient ruins and impressive architecture. You'll also visit Reichsburg & the Moselle Valley, and pass the Rock of Lorelei on the way.
The Romantic Rhine Valley and the Rock of Lorelei$12685RelaxedExperience the Rhine Valley on this 5-day round-trip river cruise from Strasbourg, France aboard the MS Monet. As you visit the towns of Koblenz, Mainz, Rudesheim, Speyer, and Manheim, you'll visit iconic sites like Heidelberg, Stolzenfels Castle, and the quaint villages & savory wineries that characterize the Rhine Valley.
The Romantic Rhine Valley and the Rock of Lorelei$14705RelaxedFrom Strasbourg, this exclusive 5-day cruise aboard MS La Boheme visits Koblenz (home of historic Stolzenfels Castle), Rüdesheim (where you can stroll the cobblestone Drosselgasse street), the vibrant city of Heidelberg, and the vineyards of the region, where you can sample the renowned wine. Gardens, castles, and quaint towns highlight the tour.
The Romantic Rhine Valley and the Rock of Lorelei$11535RelaxedVisit the most beautiful part of the romantic Rhine between Koblenz and Rudesheim as you stroll through magnificent narrow streets and sample regional wines. This incredible voyage offers you the opportunity to explore historical castles and enjoy unique views as you relax in the comfort of the MS Modigliani.
The Romantic Rhine Valley and the Rock of Lorelei$13565RelaxedStarting in Strasbourg, the MS France visits destinations including Mainz, Koblenz, Rudesheim, and Speyer on this 5-day voyage. You'll enjoy opportunities to sample locally made wine, see the renowned Rock of Lorelei, stroll the narrow cobblestone Drosselgasse street, and visit the ancient ruins and impressive castles of the area, like Heidelberg.
The Rhine and Moselle Rivers$12715RelaxedDiscover two great rivers, the Rhine and Moselle, on this exclusive 5-day cruise aboard the MS France. As you journey round-trip from Strasbourg, France, make stops along the way at attractions such as the Gutenberg Museum and the fortified castle at Thurant, and cities including Mainz, Rüdesheim, Boppard, Koblenz, and Alken in Germany.
The Romantic Rhine Valley and the Rock of Lorelei$13536RelaxedExplore northern Europe on this 6-day roundtrip cruise from Strasbourg, aboard the MS France. This unique river expedition sails through the romantic Rhine Valley to pass by the Rock of Lorelei. Along the way, enjoy daily landings in Strasbourg, Koblenz, Rudesheim and Speyer, where you'll tour museums, cruise down canals, and try the local flavors.
The Romantic Rhine Valley and the Rock of Lorelei$15566RelaxedFrom Strasbourg, the MS Monet will take you on this 6-day cruise of the Rhine Valley. You'll make stops in Koblenz, Rudesheim and Speyer. Along the way, tour the canals of Strasbourg, the mechanical music cabinet museum in Rüdesheim, Drosselgasse's numerous cafés and bars, and the Cistercian Monastery of Eberbach.
The Valley of the Romantic Rhine, the Moselle and the Main$18907RelaxedEnjoy a tasting of the famous wines of this world-recognized region followed by an exclusive guided tour of the mechanical music cabinet museum. Join the MS Monet on this incredible adventure, discovering the most authentic European charm.

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10 Best Luxury Cruises to France for 2017

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 the Loire Valley and one more night in Paris. At the center of this tour is wine tasting in one of the world's most distinguished regions of wineries. See historic Roquetaillade Castle.
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 Blaye as you enjoy wine-tasting tours, visit classic French chateaus, and explore historic sites. Biking and hiking options are available as well.
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 Beaujolais. Enjoy wine tastings, ancient Roman ruins, and medieval villages on this European vacation. Vienne, Tournon, Viviers, Avignon, and Les Baux are all stops before arriving to Arles, France.
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 through the old town of Calvi, and explore Antibes, France.
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, this cruise gives you the opportunity to enjoy the luxury and jet-set style of Portofino, L'ile Rousse, St. Tropez and more!
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 that first inspired the impressionist movement at Honfleur, Vernon, and Rouen. Spend time at the haunting yet beautiful beaches of Normandy and visit Château Gaillard in Les Andelys.
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 Normandy, wine tasting, and following in the footsteps of Europe's great artists in the historic towns of Les Andyles, Conflans, Caudebec-en-caux, & Vernon, where you find the home of Claude Monet at Giverny.
Colors of Provence$532914RelaxedSpend 3 nights in the charming city of Paris, then travel by high-speed TGV train to Lyon and embark upon an enchanting cruise through Provence. Take the TGV to Spain where you finish your adventure with 3 incredible nights in historical Barcelona.
Provence & Spain$552914RelaxedJoin the MS Amacello on this 14-day cruise and enjoy an extensive lineup of adventures. Choose how you want to explore with a big variety of activities, such as standard tours, bike tours, hikes, and Limited Edition tours. No matter your preference, your days are full of discovery and wonder.
Mediterranean: Monte Carlo to Barcelona$51558RelaxedSail across the Mediterranean and discover all the historical wonders this region is famous for on a stunning 8-day cruise aboard the luxurious Sea Cloud. Admire breathtaking landscapes and make your way from the jet set city of Monte Carlo, Monaco to enchanting Barcelona, Spain.

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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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