France River Cruises

Notre Dame, Paris, France (Photo: kavalenkava/Shutterstock)

About France River Cruises

France is a prime country for river cruising, with several major waterways available. Choose the Seine River to explore Paris and the beaches of Normandy. Wine lovers will enjoy the Rhone River, which hits the vineyards of Burgundy and Provence, the Loire River for grand chateaus and Champagne, or Bordeaux, where some of the best red wines in the world are created.

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What is the best time to cruise to France River?

Winter can be cold and blustery throughout much of France, so most France river cruises occur between early spring and late fall. For the best deals, sail early or very late in the season. Also consider sailing to coincide with wine harvest in the fall. For more: French River Cruise Tips.

Which cruise lines go to France River?

All of the major river cruise lines offer cruises along French rivers (Seine, Rhone, Loire, Saone, for example) including, AmaWaterways, Avalon, Viking, CroisiEurope and Uniworld. French Waterways is also another niche option offering barge cruises throughout France.

What are some things to do in France River?

Touring historic sights on foot or via bicycle, wine tasting and dining on traditional French fare are all popular diversions on France river cruises. If you're sailing along the Seine, you'll also have the opportunity to spend the day exploring Paris; from the Loire River, you can visit the Loire Valley or "Garden of France," which is the country's largest UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Do you need a passport to take a cruise to France River?

During the peak summer months, it can get quite hot in France, so it's best to pack light, breathable clothing to wear during the day and thin layers for the evenings when it gets a little chillier. If you're traveling during the colder seasons, long pants and light jackets are essential, as are comfortable shoes for touring.

What should I pack for a cruise to France River?

During the peak summer months, it can get quite hot in France, so it's best to pack light, breathable clothing to wear during the day and thin layers for the evenings when it gets a little chillier. If you're traveling during the colder seasons, long pants and light jackets are essential, as are comfortable shoes for touring.

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