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.
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).
Pont du Gard, France
Omaha Beach, Normandy, France
Roman Ampitheatre, Arles, France
Claude Monet Gardens, Giverny, France
Château de Malmaison, Conflans, France
Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
Vineyard, Burgundy, France
Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France
Normandy Landing Beaches, France
Notre Dame and the Seine, Paris, France
The Côte d’Azur