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A cruise through France takes you to ports of call that combine the romance of Paris, the gourmet food of the city of Lyons, the beaches of Nice, and the wine regions in the Rhône Valley while stopping at many other destinations that make exploring the country a family-friendly adventure or a romantic getaway.

Lyon is seemingly all things to all people- it’s a hot spot for culture buffs, a historic city dating back centuries to the Romans, and a foodies’ delight where local cafes and eateries serve some of the best food in the country as a matter of course.

Tain L'Hermitage 
Tain L'Hermitage is a small town on the Rhône River where chocolate and wine bring people from all over the world to relax and enjoy the scenery. Stop at Cité du Chocolat Valrhona for a tour of one of the best chocolate makers in the world, or tour one of the city’s 45 wine caves to try the local varietals. 

Paris is a city where youth springs eternal-museums, monuments, and art galleries. Sidewalk bistros and a cutting edge culture are just the tips of the iceberg when exploring one of the most iconic places in the world.

One of France’s best cities on the coast and homes to artists like Chagall, Picasso, Renoir, Matisse: Nice is a city that draws people to its seaside shores in search of great food, rich heritage, and time spent lounging on the beach or exploring the promenade. 

Les Andelys
A quaint city in the Seine Valley, Les Andelys was the stronghold of Richard the Lionheart, where the Château-Gaillard Castle overlooking the town still stands offering outstanding views of the Seine River and the countryside in the distance. 

An important port for centuries, Honfleur’s seaside location, charming cafes, and cobblestone streets show the spirit of the present and the past of Normandy were elegant, skinny houses used to be the homes of the elite in the shipping world.

Steeped in history from Vikings to Joan of Arc all the way to Monet, Rouen is by the Seine River which is complemented by the interlacing streets of the medieval quarter, the impressive gothic cathedral, and weekly markets that take place around town where rubbing shoulders with locals should be expected.

Located in the Bordeaux region, Pauillac is home to some of the best vineyards in the country offering world-famous wines and museums with tours focused on the history of winemaking in this region.

Also in the Bordeaux region, Blaye has one of the best-preserved citadels in France, a medieval castle, and a great selection of riverside cafes and restaurants serving local wine and fresh food.

There is a fresh feeling in the seaside city of Marseille; new restaurants, art galleries, and cafes dot the streets while the port town retains the robust character that gives it an edge found in food markets and around the harbor.

The star of the French Riviera, Cannes takes glamour to a new level with breathtaking beaches, palaces, chic shops, and boutique restaurants amid the glitz and style of the thousands of travelers that flock to the city year-round. 
For more information about cruises through France that take you to the best destinations in the country, contact one of our travel experts to start planning a trip.

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