Renowned for its inspiration to worldwide cuisine, art, culture, history and fashion, France is home to some of Europe’s most glorious rivers and some of the best architectural treasures in Europe. It is one of the most diverse countries in Europe, with landscapes ranging from forests and woodlands which cover nearly a quarter of the country, to stunning beaches along the coastline and mountains in the south and east. It is also home to a number of rivers including the Saône & Rhône, the Seine, the Garonne and Dordogne, and the picturesque River Loire. Here is more information about our French river cruises.
Enjoy a holiday in south-west France and explore the beautiful city of Bordeaux and famous wine growing areas along the Dordogne and Garonne rivers as well as charming cities, châteaux, the fortifications of Blaye and the Dune de Pilat, the highest dune in Europe.
Paris on the River Seine, is one of the world’s most iconic cities, home to some of the world’s most famous attractions including the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral , the Eiffel Tower and the Champs Elysées. Further along the River Seine is Rouen, the capital of Upper Normandy which retains its medieval charm with half timbered, glazed-tile houses in the medieval quarter. Not far from Rouen are the famous Normandy landing Beaches, where thousands of graves, countless bunkers and many more remnants of D-Day surround the beaches. Enjoy a Paris and Seine river cruise to make the most of this region of France.
The river Loire, the longest river in France, meanders through the beautiful Loire Valley, which is often referred to as the ‘Garden of France’ with its abundance of vineyards and fruit orchards along its banks. It was also known as the ‘playground of the Kings’ due to its profusion of wildlife and easy access from Paris. The Loire Valley boasts a temperate climate which is ideal for the production of wine, making the area the third largest wine region in France. Historic towns, medieval fortresses, magnificent chateaux, royal gardens and perfectly appointed parks adorn the banks of the River Loire.
The regions of Burgundy and Provence are served by two rivers, the Saône and Rhône, which provide glorious scenery as well as a wealth of historical architecture; from the beautifully preserved Roman amphitheatre of Arles to Avignon’s imposing Palace des Papes. Lyon is the capital of Burgundy and renowned for some of the world’s greatest wine producing areas, including Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Crozes-Hermitage. To make the most of this area hop on board this French river cruise.