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Discover France’s rich cultural heritage, mouth-watering cuisine, and stunning scenery on one of these 156 top-rated France cruises in 2023. Sail back through time as you cruise down the legendary meandering Seine river discovering castles and France's famous vineyards. Explore the famous wine region of Bordeaux and historical Normandy on a cruise exploring chateaux, abundant vineyards, and stunning scenery as you sail along the Garonne River and its surrounding estuaries. Cruise the Mediterranean in style with Adventure Life as you explore famed French destinations such as Nice, St. Tropez, and Cannes. Choose from one of our hand-picked best small ships that cruise France. Contact one of our French cruise specialists for a free quote and custom itinerary cruising France.  
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Grossmunster Cathedral, Zurich
$4,679
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The Enchanting Rhine - From Zurich to Amsterdam

12 Day Itinerary aboard MS Amaprima
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Zürich
  • Walk along Lucerne's famous streets
  • Visit the iconic Heidelberg Castle
  • Admire Amsterdam's beauty
Activities:
Biking, Hiking, River Cruises, Urban Exploration, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Start your Rhine River adventure with two magical nights in Zurich and two nights in Lucerne. Explore the unique landscapes Switzerland has to offer, then take a 7-night cruise from Basel to the historic city of Amsterdam. Enjoy a walking tour of Breisach, Germany. Visit Speyer, one of …
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Colosseum in Rome, Italy
$7,115
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Mediterranean: Civitavecchia to Valletta

9 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Cloud II
  • Admire beautiful Bonifacio
  • Walk around wonderful Naxos
  • Explore the Vatican State
  • Explore Capri and observe its charm
Starts / Ends:
Civitavecchia / Valletta
Activities:
Small Ship Sailing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore the historical wonders of the Mediterranean on this 8-day small ship cruise sailing from Rome. Enjoy thepicturesque Amalfi Coast with its violet bougainvillea gracing pastel-pink facades, houses perched upon cliffs like swallows’ nests, and perron stairs with views out over the …
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The city of Bonifacio is built on stunning seaside cliffs along the riviera
$5,755
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Early Summer Mediterranean Style

Civitavecchia to Genoa - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Cloud II
  • Admire Mediterranean beauty
  • Discover elegant Portofino
  • Journey to diverse Elba
Starts / Ends:
Civitavecchia / Genoa
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Small Ship Sailing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join the Sea Cloud II on a fantastic cruise along the Italian Riviera. Admire imposing cliffs, white sandy beaches, avenues of cypresses, vineyards and olive groves, traditional villages, and elegant beach resorts which make the place of Napoleon's exile somewhere you would in fact like to be …
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The sunny coast of Sardinia
$1,890
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Ligurian Sea

Cannes Roundtrip - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Star Clipper
  • Tour a vineyard in Portoferraio
  • Visit Monaco, full of allure
  • Discover medieval Alghero
  • View Corsica's landscapes
Starts / Ends:
Cannes / Cannes
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Small Ship Sailing, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join the luxury tall ship Star Clipper on this special cruise which showcases the history, culture, and art of the western Mediterranean. Start in Cannes with its powdery golden sand and shallow crystal-clear blue water which deepens gradually. Admire the ancient citadel town of Bonifacio,perched …
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The clifftop town of Bonifacio, Corsica
$1,890
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Cannes to Rome

8 Day Itinerary aboard Star Clipper
  • Explore Napoleon's birthplace
  • Sail into Bonifacio's harbor
  • Visit Monaco, full of allure
  • Discover Corsica's landscapes
Starts / Ends:
Cannes / Civitavecchia
Activities:
Local Market Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Small Ship Sailing, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on your 8-day journey from Cannes to Rome. From Cannes, sail to Monaco where you can experience true luxury.Spend time exploring the cliffs ofBonifacio and the beaches in East Corsica. Enjoy the mountainous landscape and tour Napoleon's birthplace of Ajaccio. Set sail for Portoferraio in …
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Relax by the sea near colorful Nice
$4,275
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French & Italian Rivieras with Corsica

8 Day Itinerary aboard Emerald Azzurra
  • Visit Bonifacio and Calvi, Corsica
  • Explore Porto Ercole's architecture
  • Relax on the shores of Portoferraio
  • Explore France's Côte d'Azur
Starts / Ends:
Civitavecchia / Nice
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board the Emerald Azzura to start your 8-day adventure in Rome's port of Civitavecchia before cruising north to Port Ercole which is perched on the coast of Tuscany, and on to the towns of Bonifacio and Calvi on the northern tip of Corsica. Including stops along the Italian and French rivieras …
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Sprawling vineyards of France
$6,069
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Colors of Provence

14 Day Itinerary aboard MS Amakristina
  • Enjoy Lyon's culinary delights
  • Visit the Beaujolais wine region
  • Join a Provencal cooking lesson
  • Admire Antoni Gaudi’s works
Starts / Ends:
Paris / Barcelona
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Biking, Cooking Classes, River Cruises, Urban Exploration, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Cruise through France’s legendary wine growing regions, home to such famous vintages as Beaujolais and Côte du Rhône. Enjoy wine tastings at local vintners, marvel at ancient Roman ruins, stroll through medieval villages, and shop for Provencal crafts. Visit the UNESCO World …
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Discover the history and art of Barcelona
$5,909
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Essence of Burgundy & Provence

14 Day Itinerary aboard MS Amacello
  • Visit Chillon Castle
  • Cooking class in Valence
  • Explore Tournus
  • Enjoy the “City of Gaudi” Barcelona
Starts / Ends:
Chalon Sur Saone / Barcelona
Activities:
River Cruises, Urban Exploration
Activity Level:
Relaxed
From romantic cities to foodie havens and artistic epicenters, this 14-day itinerary enlivens all your senses. Spend three nights in Geneva before going to Lyon, France’s culinary capital. Savor the beauty of legendary vineyards and imbibe in local vintages like Beaujolais and Côtes du …
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The city of Bonifacio is built on stunning seaside cliffs along the riviera
$2,040
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Voiles de Saint Tropez

8 Day Itinerary aboard Royal Clipper
  • Enjoy a vineyard in Portoferraio
  • Relax on Palombaggia beach
  • Discover medieval Alghero
  • Observe the regatta at St. Tropez
Starts / Ends:
Cannes / Cannes
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Small Ship Sailing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join the luxury tall ship Royal Clipper on this special cruise which showcases the history, culture, and art of the western Mediterranean. Start in Cannes with its powdery golden sand and shallow crystal-clear blue water which deepens gradually. Admire the ancient citadel town of Bonifacio,perched …
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A beautiful marina, Cannes at night
$2,040
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Grand Prix Trials

Cannes to Cannes - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Royal Clipper
  • View Monaco's emblematic spots
  • Enjoy Portoferraio's vineyards
  • Explore Europe's top beaches
  • Observe prehistoric engraved stones
Starts / Ends:
Cannes / Cannes
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Urban Exploration
Activity Level:
Relaxed
There is no better way to sail the Mediterranean than onboard a great sailing vessel ship, the Royal Clipper, with tickets to the historicF1Monaco Grand Prixto complete your holiday. Visit Palombaggia, the most famous beach in Corsica. Explore Alguero's bustling historic center, a unique spot …
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Explore the legendary city of Paris
$4,245
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Highlights of Normandy & The Seine

Paris Roundtrip - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Scenic Gem
  • Be amazed with the town of Conflans
  • Explore the Rouen Cathedral
  • Visit Normandy Cemetery
  • Enjoy Giverny and Monet’s garden
Starts / Ends:
Paris / Paris
Activities:
Biking, River Cruises, Urban Exploration, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Let the luxurious Scenic Gem journey through the highlights of northwestern France. Explore magnificent châteaux and quaint seaside towns, see the sights that have inspired world-renowned artists for centuries and experience the emotion of visiting heartwarming memorials to those fallen in …
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Visit beautiful Mont Saint Michel in France's Normandy region
$4,399
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Paris & Normandy

Paris Roundtrip - 8 Day Itinerary aboard S.S. Joie de Vivre
  • Visit the Château de La Roche-Guyon
  • Walk through the city of Rouen
  • Experience Honfleur by foot
  • Tour Paris with expert guides
Starts / Ends:
Paris / Paris
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Biking, River Cruises, Urban Exploration
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Normandy has been the setting for many battles over the centuries, including the D-Day invasion of WWII and the Normandy Beaches. You have a rare chance to visit several of its historic sites, including Omaha Beach. Experience a different side of Northern France’s history with a tour of the …
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Nymphea Chateau dAmboise
$5,350
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European Canal Cruises

7 Day Itinerary aboard Nymphea
  • Visit Chateaus
  • Experience locally-produced wine
  • Visit Leonardo Da Vinci's home
Activities:
Barge Cruising, River Cruises, Village Visits, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
The Nymphea isthe ideal vessel for navigating the beautiful sandy beaches of the River Cher in the Loire Valley. Very few other vessels are able to cruise this magical waterway. You will even get to cruise through the arches of probably the most-photographed château in the Loire Valley, …
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Naples at Sunset, Italy
$5,165
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Mediterranean: Naples to Monte Carlo

8 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Cloud
  • Enjoy views of Naples
  • Discover picturesque Sorrento
  • Admire Salvi
  • Explore great cities
Starts / Ends:
Naples / St Tropez
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Small Ship Sailing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Huge fortresses, dignified churches, and monasteries, splendid squares and palaces, imposing cliffs, white sandy beaches, olive groves, traditional villages, and a maze of winding streets - this spectacular journey has it all! Discover Livorno, itself a child of the Renaissance, and the gateway to …
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Sunrise on the cliffs
$1,890
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Corsica & French Riviera

8 Day Itinerary aboard Star Clipper
  • Get a taste of local music & arts
  • Visit the charming Portofino
  • Discover Corsica's landscapes
  • Explore world-famous St. Tropez
Starts / Ends:
Cannes / Cannes
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Small Ship Sailing, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Discover the most beautiful coastal towns, beaches, creeks, and celebrity villas of the French Riviera on this 8-day round-trip sailing cruise from Cannes. Enjoy a tour ofPortofino, a fishing village on the Italian Riveria coastline.Visit the coasts of L'ile Rousse and Calvi in Corsica. Enjoy …
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St Tropez, France
$1,890
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Rome to Cannes

8 Day Itinerary aboard Star Clipper
  • Tour a vineyard in Portoferraio
  • Explore Napoleon's birthplace
  • Discover Stintino's beaches
  • Observe the regatta at St. Tropez
Starts / Ends:
Civitavecchia / Cannes
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Small Ship Sailing, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join the luxury tall ship Star Clipper on this special cruise which showcases the history, culture, and art of the western Mediterranean. Start in Civitavecchia, the port city of Rome, then sail to Portoferraio. Admire the ancient citadel town of Bonifacio,perched high atop a seemingly impenetrable …
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Warm lights glow through the blue hour in Lyon
$1,999
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Colors of Provence - Cruise Only

8 Day Itinerary aboard MS Amakristina
  • Tour the highlights of Lyon, France
  • Stop at the home of a local vintner
  • Learn about olive farming tradition
  • Take the Artist Experience tour
Starts / Ends:
Lyon / Avignon
Activities:
Biking, Cooking Classes, Hiking, River Cruises, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Cruise through France's famed wine regions, including Beaujolais and the Côte du Rhône. Your 8-day European river cruise adventure begins in Arles, France, the city where Vincent Van Gogh spent most of his life. Visit local wineries for wine tastings, marvel at old Roman ruins, …
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The views of Paris from Notre Dame Cathedral
$3,299
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Paris & Normandy - Cruise Only

8 Day Itinerary aboard MS Amalyra
  • Visit the Château de Bizy
  • Enjoy cider and wine tastings
  • Tour the historic Honfleur
  • See the beaches of Normandy
  • Explore the museums of Paris
Activities:
Biking, Hiking, River Cruises, Urban Exploration, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Begin your European tour in magical Paris, the “City of Light,” where you embark upon your luxurious river cruise ship, MS Amalyra! Visit Honfleur, a charming French harbor town immortalized by generations of artists. Stroll through Rouen, the historic capital of Normandy, then take an …
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