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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 planing your dream cruise today.

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10 Best French Riviera Mediterranean Cruises

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Nice Round Trip$33455Oct 8, 2020Explore new horizons and experience a captivating sailing adventure on this 5-day round trip French cruise aboard the modern Sea Cloud Spirit. Start …
Corsica & French Riviera$19608May 8, 2021Experience the luxurious French Riviera on this 8-day sailing adventure starting and ending in the enchanting city of Cannes. Discover the …
Historic Monaco Grand Prix Trials$19608May 15, 2021For those who enjoy racing, the world-famous Monaco Classic Grand Prix is a staple stop on this sailing cruise. Simple elegance and gracious service …
French & Italian Rivieras$36058Nov 5, 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 …
Civitavecchia (Rome) to Nice$45998Sep 19, 2020Join the SeaDream I on this unique 8-day sailing adventure. Cruise across the Mediterranean on your way from Civitavecchia, Italy, exploring Corsica …
Historic Monaco Grand Prix Finals$19608May 22, 2021There 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 …
Corsica, Sardinia & the Riviera$19208Sep 19, 2020Join the Royal Clipper on an exciting 8-day sailing expedition that takes you to Corsica, Sardinia, and French Riviera.
Western Mediterranean: Round-Trip Nice$23254May 2, 2021Board Sea Cloud II to join this delightful 4-day cruise visiting some of the highlights of the western Mediterranean. From glittering Nice on the …
Civitavecchia (Rome) to Nice$751510Sep 29, 2020Embark on the Sea Cloud Spirit for a 10-day cruise of the Western Mediterranean from Civitavecchia all the way to Nice. Discover Civitavecchia, …
Barcelona to Nice$27155Apr 28, 2021Board Sea Cloud II for this delightful 5-day cruise sampling some of the highlights of the western Mediterranean. From beautiful Barcelona, cruise to …

10 Best Rhine River Cruises from France

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Gastronomic: Around the World in Culinary Delights$8844Nov 8, 2020Join the MS Leonard De Vinci on a unique 4-day cruise in France that mixes the stunning beauty, history, and charm of the Strasbourg region with a …
Grand Gastronomic Cruise on the Rhine$11954Nov 6, 2021Join this amazing 4-day cruise aboard MS Leonard De Vinci visiting places that will tickle your taste buds. Pleasure yourself with Marc Haeberlin's …
Two-River Cruise The Romance of the Moselle and Rhine$14195Aug 29, 2020Join the MS Monet on a spectacular 5-day cruise of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. En route from Trier to Strasbourg, visit Cochem, Koblenz and Mainz, …
Medieval Treasures - Cruise Only$39998Sep 10, 2020Discover this medieval region of Germany, France, and Switzerland on a unique 8-day Rhine & Main River cruise aboard the MS Amadante, including …
Captivating Rhine - Cruise Only$32998Aug 16, 2020Enjoy an 8-day cruise from Amsterdam to Basel along the Rhine River aboard the MS AmaMora. You will enjoy an extensive lineup of standard tours and …
Christmas Markets on the Rhine - Cruise Only$30998Nov 22, 2020Explore the Rhine River on this 8-day cruise from Amsterdam to Basel aboard the MS AmaMora. Experience the deep-rooted Christmas holiday traditions …
Christmas in Alsace: Potter Villages and Revue at the Royal Palace$9284Dec 7, 2020Join MS Beethoven in a memorable 4-day Christmas cruise in Alsace which includes a visit to the Potter Villages and Revue at the Royal Palace.
Christmas in Alsace: Potter Villages and Revue at the Royal Palace$9284Dec 4, 2020Go on an adventure in the heart of Alsace in this exciting 4-day cruise! Explore Strasbourg and its Christmas markets for a true dive into Christmas …
New Year on the Wild Rhine$8793Dec 30, 2020Spend a memorable New Year's Eve aboard MS Victor Hugo sailing from Strasbourg to Breisach and explore some of Europe's treasures.
Alsace: Land of Tradition and Gastronomy$8655Oct 25, 2021Discover Alsace on this 5-day voyage aboard MS France and visit must-see places including the Gothic cathedral, Colmar's half-timbered houses and the …

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10 Best Luxury Cruises to France for 2020-2021

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Burgundy & Provence$29998Aug 9, 2020Follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh, Cézanne and Gauguin on this exquisite journey through southern France aboard S.S. Catherine for 8 days from …
Taste of Bordeaux - Cruise Only 2020$31998Aug 6, 2020Board an enchanting 8-day round-trip cruise from Bordeaux to Libourne on the MS Amadolce. Visit the towns of Cadillac, Pauillac, Bourg, Libourne, and …
Colors of Provence - Cruise Only$29998Apr 15, 2021Embark the MS Amakristina in Arles, France for your week-long cruise through France's legendary wine regions, including Cotes du Rhone, Burgundy and …
Paris & Sensations of Lyon and Provence$412010Oct 3, 2020Voyage with Emerald Liberté from Paris to Nice on this 10-day exploration. Discover fascinating exteriors of buildings and the histories of each …
Colors of Provence - Cruise Only$32998Aug 20, 2020Embark the MS Amacello in Arles, France for your week-long cruise through France's legendary wine regions, including Cotes du Rhone, Burgundy and …
Southern Burgundy Cruise$53507Aug 9, 2020Board 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 …
Sensations of Lyon and Provence$28458Sep 5, 2020Relax on board as Emerald Liberté brings you to the historical places in Lyon and Provence. Enjoy this 8-day sailing adventure through the rivers of …
South of France$649511Sep 12, 2020Enjoy this 11-day luxury round-trip cruise from Lyon aboard Scenic Sapphire. Visit Lyon, Avignon, Viviers and Beaune to explore the centuries-old …
Enchanting Rhône$47459Sep 5, 2021The wonderful Rhône Valley will set your senses ablaze with a myriad of flavors, scents, and experiences on offer during your cruise. Discover why …
Paris & Normandy$32998Aug 9, 2020This 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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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 chateauxs. 
  • 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 to flow into the Mediterranean. On these relaxed-pace river cruises, the smells of lavendar and savory flavors of wine highlight the itinerary.
  • Bordeaux River - Get a taste of the old-fashioned way of life and sample some of France's best vintages cruising the Bordeaux River, from Bordeaux visiting Cadillac, Pauillac, Saint-Émilion and Libourne and Bourg. These are great cruises for active travelers hoping to hike and bike along the way!
  • French Mediterranean - Of course, if you're looking for a Mediterranean cruise along the sun-kissed and celebrity filled beaches of the coast, head to Nice, 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!
When to Visit France
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 occassional 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 crusies might have more flexible itineraries later into the year.

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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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