France river cruises

A river cruise through France is a relaxing and leisurely way to see this beautiful country from a new perspective. With its shady forests and stunning beaches along the coastline, and mountains in the south and east, France is rich in natural beauty, and home to the Seine and Rhône rivers.

All of Avalon’s French river cruise itineraries either begin or end with Paris sightseeing; where you’ll visit the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre Museum and the striking Notre-Dame Cathedral. Further along the Seine River is Rouen, where in the 15th century Joan of Arc lived, was imprisoned, and met her end. Not far from Rouen are the famous Normandy Landing beaches, surrounded by thousands of graves, countless bunkers and other remnants of D-Day.

From Lyon’s local delicacies and abundance of museums to Avignon’s Palace of the Popes and the famous wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, you’ll discover a country that is blessed with a rich heritage and cultural spice of life.

Highlights of our French river cruises

  • Paris
    • See Notre-Dame Cathedral, considered one of the finest pieces of French Gothic architecture.
  • Rouen
    • Wander its medieval quarter and visit the spot where Joan of Arc was burnt in 1431.
  • Normandy Landing beaches
    • Explore these poignant World War II sites.
  • Lyon
    • Sample local delicacies in the gastronomic capital of France.
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape
    • Visit the famous wine cellars and learn about the delicious blend that creates its famous wine.

River cruises in France

France features in many of our cruise itineraries. Take a memorable journey from the bright lights of Paris to the thought-provoking Normandy Landing beaches (Paris to Normandy), explore charming villages, gastronomic heavens and wine-growing regions (Burgundy & Provence) or perhaps combine it with a passage through the stunning Rhine Gorge and Holland's tulip fields (Rhine and Rhône Revealed).

Discover France