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Take a trip back in time on one of these 24 France archaeology tours in 2023. Explore ruins, excavations, and archaeology digs near hot spots such as Rouen, Nice, Honfleur, Paris, and Bonifacio on a guided private or small group tour with an exceptional multi-lingual guide aided by historians and archaeologists. These 24 archaeology trips also afford plenty of opportunities to enjoy cruises, archaeological site visits, luxury, river cruises, and small ship cruises. Simply tell one of our France travel experts about your ideal archaeology trip they will help you start planning a seamless adventure.
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Sprawling vineyards of France
$4,968
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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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Visit beautiful Mont Saint Michel in France's Normandy region
$3,699
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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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The clifftop town of Bonifacio, Corsica
$6,340
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Southern France and the Italian Riviera by Sea – with Smithsonian Journeys

Barcelona - Civitavecchia - 9 Day Itinerary aboard Le Champlain
  • Visit Cinque Terre, a UNESCO Site
  • Tour Avignon's Palace of the Popes
  • Spend time in Portofino resort town
  • Enjoy Pisa's Leaning Tower
Starts / Ends:
Barcelona / Civitavecchia
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience this 9-day exploration cruise along the French and Italian Riveras with Smithsonian Journeys. Discover the history and culture of the Mediterranean Sea's northern coastlines. Your voyage begins in Barcelona and continues to Sete, where your exploration of southern France begins. …
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Explore Paris, the legendary city of light
$2,302
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The Meandering Seine

7 Day Itinerary aboard MS Botticelli
  • Discover Fontainebleau's palace
  • Enjoy your walking tour in Honfleur
  • Join a tour in Paris
  • Discover ruins of abbeys in France
Starts / Ends:
Paris / Honfleur
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, River Cruises, Urban Exploration
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Sail the Seine, the second-longest river in France, on this 7-day voyage through Northern France. Join the crew of MS Botticelli for a unique river journey from the charming French harbor of Paris, the "City of Light" to Honfleur. Dive into the beauty and history of France on its …
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Wander a cozy Christmas Market
$1,539
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Christmas In the Seine River Valley

5 Day Itinerary aboard MS Botticelli
  • Tour the Martainville Chateau
  • Visit Rouen
  • Celebrate Midnight Mass in Rouen
Starts / Ends:
Paris' Seine River / Paris' Seine River
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, River Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a unique 5-day cruise along the Seine and celebrate Christmas aboard the MS Botticelli. Discover Rouen, a medieval and well-preserved city where you can attend Christmas Mass. You'll then go to Honfleur that will immerse you in the history of France: city of painters, its beautiful …
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The Palais des Papes dominates the Avignon skyline
$3,399
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Burgundy & Provence

Avignon to Lyon - 8 Day Itinerary aboard S.S. Catherine
  • Enjoy a visit to ruins in Tarascon
  • Tour the Rue de Doux old city
  • Learn about silk weaving at Lyon
  • Visit the Palace of the Popes
Starts / Ends:
Avignon / Lyon
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Biking, River Cruises, Village Visits, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Cruise the Rhône and Saône rivers, enjoying the region’s incomparable wine and cuisine and discovering its many treasures—from the medieval wonders of UNESCO-designated Avignon to Lyon’s lively river banks. Stroll the very streets of Arles made famous by Van Gogh. …
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Explore the historic cities and towns of the Bordeaux region
$3,199
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Brilliant Bordeaux

Bordeaux Roundtrip - 8 Day Itinerary aboard S.S. Bon Voyage
  • Sail along three stunning rivers
  • Drive from Blaye to Bourg
  • Join a Bordeaux walking tour
Starts / Ends:
Bordeaux / Bordeaux
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Biking, Land & Sea Exploration, River Cruises, Urban Exploration, Village Visits, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a scenic drive from Blaye to Bourg along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie and marvel at the sights of Blaye Fortress and Lansac Windmill along the way. Slow things down in Libourne and on your return to Bordeaux with multiple wine tastings, village tours, a farmers’ market visit, and …
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Panorama of Rouen at sunset
$3,699
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Paris to Normandy

8 Day Itinerary aboard Avalon Tapestry II
  • See the Astronomical Clock
  • Visit the gothic Rouen Cathedral
  • Stroll through the heart of Paris
Starts / Ends:
Paris' Seine River / Paris' Seine River
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Hiking, River Cruises, Urban Exploration
Activity Level:
Relaxed
On this 8-day French river cruise aboard the Avalon Tapestry II, you’ll enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful scenery along the Seine River, and stops in charming and historical parts of France, but your adventure would not be complete without some time in Paris—one of the world’s most …
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Wander through Paris' historic Montmartre district
$3,399
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Paris & the Heart of Normandy

Paris-Rouen-Paris - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Viking Cruises
  • Visit the Château de La Roche-Guyon
  • Walk through the city of Rouen
  • Explore Giverny and Claude Monet
  • Tour Paris with expert guides
Starts / Ends:
Paris / Paris
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Biking, River Cruises, Urban Exploration
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Dock in the heart of Paris, admiring views of the iconic Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty’s smaller French twin from your ship. Experience history firsthand at the Normandy beaches and delight in Rouen’s Gothic architecture. Explore Giverny and Claude Monet’s charming house …
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Charming timber houses of Honfleur
$2,302
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The Meandering Seine

Paris to Honfleur - 7 Day Itinerary aboard MS Seine Princess
  • Discover Fontainebleau's palace
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Honfleur
  • Join a tour in Paris
  • Discover French abbey ruins
Starts / Ends:
Paris / Honfleur
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, River Cruises, Urban Exploration
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Sail the Seine, the second-longest river in France, on this 7-day voyage through Northern France. Join the crew of MS Seine Princess for a unique river journey from the charming French harbor of Paris, the "City of Light," to Honfleur. Dive into the beauty and history of France on its …
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Panoramic view of Paris
$2,553
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The Meandering Seine

7 Day Itinerary aboard MS Renoir
  • Discover Fontainebleau's palace
  • Enjoy the Honfleur walking tour
  • Join a Paris scenic tour
  • Tour Norman Abbey Circuit
Starts / Ends:
Paris / Honfleur
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, River Cruises, Urban Exploration
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Sail along the Seine, France's second-longest river, on this seven-day journey through northern France. Join the crew of MS Renoir on an unforgettable river cruise from Paris, the "City of Light," to Honfleur. Immerse yourself in the splendor and history of France's riverbanks. …
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Stop in beautiful Basel, Switzerland
$2,999
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Castles along the Rhine

Basel to Amsterdam - 8 Day Itinerary aboard S.S. Antoinette
  • Tour the Kaysersberg village
  • Wander through historic Strasbourg
  • Enjoy wine tasting at Boppard
  • Visit the Marksburg Castle
Starts / Ends:
Basel / Amsterdam
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Biking, River Cruises, Village Visits, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Discover the romantic, soul-stirring beauty of the legendary Rhine on a cruise aboard the S.S. Antoinette. Each bend of the river reveals the spires of historic churches and castles, while vines climb the beautiful hills. Marksburg Castle is one of the few castles on the Rhine that has never been …
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Relax by the sea near colorful Nice
$4,390
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From the French Riviera to Italian Shores

7 Day Itinerary aboard Le Lyrial
  • Explore colorful Nice, France
  • Wander charming Italian villages
  • See where Napoleon was exiled
  • See historic Civitavecchia
Starts / Ends:
Nice / Civitavecchia
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Enjoy the Mediterranean's sun-drenched beaches on this 7-day journey from the French Riviera to the Italian Riviera onboard the luxury Le Lyrial. Begin your journey in Nice, a jewel of the French Riviera renowned for its beaches and laid-back atmosphere. Sail to Calvi, Corsica, and explore …
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Relax on France's colorful coast
$5,530
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Island Hopping in the Mediterranean

Valletta - Nice - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Le Jacques Cartier
  • Explore ancient cities
  • Visit historic cities of Sicily
  • Tour UNESCO-listed Valletta
  • Visit the island of Elba
Starts / Ends:
Nice / Valletta
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Your voyage begins inNice, the glittering jewel of the French Riviera. Set sail from this sun-soaked port to the island of Elba, where Napoleon spent a period of exile. Sail to Corsica, where the charming Porto Vecchio invites exploration of its historic sites and its surrounding natural beauty. In …
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Explore ruins in Taormina within view of volcanic Mount Etna
$3,800
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Wild and volcanic coasts of the Mediterranean

Valletta - Nice - 7 Day Itinerary aboard Le Lyrial
  • Explore ancient cities
  • Explore Ponza and Taormina
  • Tour UNESCO-listed Valletta
  • Visit the island of Elba
  • Discover the wonders of Amalfi
Starts / Ends:
Valletta / Nice
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Discover the magnificent volcanic islands of the Tyrrhenian Sea on your 7-day Mediterranean cruise aboard Le Lyrial. Your voyage will begin at Valletta. This UNESCO World Heritage Site capital contains numerous historical structures, including St John's Cathedral, the Grandmaster's Palace, …
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Portovenere, Italy
$5,030
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Tuscan Shores and Dolce Vita

Nice - Livorno - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Le Bougainville
  • Sail along the Cinque Terre
  • Visit Portofino
  • Explore Porto Santo Stefano
  • Walk by The Château hill
Starts / Ends:
Nice / Porto Santo Sefano
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Enjoy a glimpse into La Dolce Vita on this 8-day journey along Italy's beautiful coastlines. Sail down Italy's south coast, visit a charming tiny town known for its Duomo, and discover a city known for its Renaissance-era defenses. After a long travel, you'll arrive at Livorno full of …
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Explore the picturesque Honfleur
$8,890
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Northern Romanticism

Honfleur - Bergen - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Le Boreal
  • Special musical cruise
  • Explore northern Europe
  • Visit historic sites
Starts / Ends:
Honfleur / Bergen
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Discover Northern Europe and Scandinavia on this 12-day musical cruise from the Normandy coast to Scandinavia aboard Le Boreal from Honfleur to Bergen, where you will visit cities with significant cultural heritage and breathtaking natural landscapes. Explore Amsterdam, Stavanger, Hellesylt, and …
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Explore ruins in Sicily
$7,455
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On a Course of Longing through Bella Italia

Civitavecchia to Valletta - 9 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Cloud II
  • Explore the Vatican State
  • Admire beautiful Bonifacio
  • Discover Corsica's history
  • Visit the royal Capella Palatina
Starts / Ends:
Civitavecchia / Malta
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, 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 Corsica Coast with its houses perched upon cliffs like swallows’ nests, and perron stairs with views out over the turquoise sea. Discover Taormina, a stunning town in …
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