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France River Cruises

French River Cruises

For centuries, France has been the destination of choice for global travelers. It lured some of the forefathers of America’s independence, such as Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, during the second half of the 18th century, and it has—for just as long—attracted artists of all genres who take up temporary residence there looking for inspiration.
Today, France is the world’s leading tourist destination, with more than 84 million visitors each year. What’s more, those international travelers are coming to France for a wide variety of experiences in four distinct regions, and a French river cruise with Scenic offers the perfect pathway to each. Reveal the romance and history of some of Europe’s most beautiful destinations along the Seine River, Rhône River and the trio of waterways that converge in Bordeaux. All showcase artistic inspirations, unforgettable beauty and the finest culinary delights.

The Seine River and Paris

It should come as no surprise that France’s capital city—and the romanticized Seine River that flows through it—attracts millions of travelers each year. After all, it has done so for centuries. In a letter to Count d’Orsay in 1844, British author and playwright Charles Dickens divulged his affinity for the French capital. “I cannot tell you what an immense impression Paris made upon me,” he wrote. “It is the most extraordinary place in the world!”

Eight decades later, American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald took the first of a series of trips to Paris (and the French Riviera) and later opined that “The best of America drifts to Paris. The American in Paris is the best American. France has the only two things toward which we drift as we grow older—intelligence and good manners.”

A visit to Paris and a Seine river cruise is defined by history and romanticism; it is filled with epicurean indulgences; and it offers in-depth connections to some of the most revered artists of the Impressionist era.

Cruising Through Bordeaux

As much as travelers gravitate toward Paris when they think of France, there is also an immediate association to wine. More than 24 million people visit France’s wine regions each year, including Bordeaux, which is home to almost 300,000 acres of vineyards and 15 distinct varietals. Wine enthusiasts who love rich, indulgent reds structured around Cabernet Sauvignon flock to Bordeaux, specifically its First Growths, which include Lafite, Latour, and Margaux.

Bordeaux is also rich in sites of historical and archaeological significance, including castles that date to the rule of King Charlemagne. For those who enjoy pairing chateau visits with castle tours, a Bordeaux river cruise is the ultimate luxury vacation. 

The Rhône River Valley

Diversity is what drives tourism in southeastern France.  Like Bordeaux, the Rhône River Valley is densely populated with vineyards and châteaux, which specialize in Côtes du Rhône, Pouilly-Fuisse, Beaujolais and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It also embraces craft beers, which is evident in the many restaurants and gastropubs throughout Lyon.

Speaking of Lyon, the city is considered by many to be the culinary capital of France; yet it is also full of important history—from the invention of the film camera (and the subsequent motion picture art form that followed) to ornate religious cathedrals, like the Basilica of Notre-Dame. 

The Rhône is the only major river in Europe to connect to the Mediterranean Sea, which means that those who embark on a Rhone River cruise will end their journey in the French Riviera—a stretch of turquoise waters, white sand beaches, and luxury resorts and hotels that cater to the world’s rich and famous.

Experience Wonder

A French river cruise is the perfect opportunity to visit the châteaux of the Loire, taste the wines of Bordeaux, see the City of Lights, smell the lavender scented air of Provence, and feel the sand of the Riviera between your toes. 

Combine the majestic shores of the Rhône river, the cultural waterways of the Seine river and the wine regions of Bordeaux to create the ultimate France river cruise experience. Scenic’s French itineraries have been designed to seamlessly connect across these diverse regions.

In France, beauty is everywhere, and its reverence for art, history and gastronomy make every day a unique experience.

Seine River Cruises

Scenic’s Seine River river cruises hit all the cultural must-sees of France. The Seine winds through the romantic Isle-de-France region into Les Andelys, an area well known for King Richard the Lionheart’s Chateau Gaillard. Scenic guests have direct access to the sensational castle that was once built by King Richard I to defend the English against a French invasion. Visit the castle and take in the astonishing scenery that overlooks Les Andelys below.

Bordeaux River Cruises

The spectacular countryside of the Médoc in Bordeaux boasts aristocratic châteaux, none more opulent than the Château Giscours. Nestled amongst its beautiful land is 1/3 square miles of vines, part of the famous Margaux appellation. Enter the Giscours estate for an unforgettable dining experience featuring the Château’s signature wines. Here you will be enthralled by a magnificent classical music performance inside this neo-classical palace.

Rhone River Cruises

The Palais-des-Papes is perched on a huge rocky outcrop at the northern edge of Avignon. It is the biggest gothic palace in all of Europe and overlooks the Rhône River Valley. A one-time fortress and palace, it stands as a symbol of the Catholic Church’s influence in the 14th century with six papal conclaves held in the Palais. Witness the enormity of the Palais and the beautiful frescoes painted by Italian artist, Matteo Giovannetti, at our private evening of fine dining and live classical music.

France River Cruises

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Rhine Christmas Markets

8 days
Zurich > Amsterdam
Begin your enchanting 8 day journey in Zurich and see the highlights along the Rhine river. Explore the iconic markets & enjoy the Christmas atmosphere.
from $3,295
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Bordeaux Affair

8 days
Bordeaux > Bordeaux
Visit an authentic local food market or learn wine tasting in one of the traditional vineyards on an 8 day cruise through the magical Bordeaux region.
from $3,995
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Bordeaux Sojourn

9 days
Paris > Bordeaux
French river cruising has never been more elegant with wine tasting, and visits to vineyards & castles. Discover the best of Bordeaux on a 9 day cruise.
from $4,445
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Idyllic Rhône

8 days
Tarascon > Chalon-sur-Saone
Board a luxurious Scenic Space-Ship in the former Roman town of Tarascon & cruise the Rhone to Chalon-sur-Saône. Enjoy the cuisines and delights of France.
from $4,795
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Enchanting Rhône

9 days
Nice > Paris
Cruise the enchanting Rhone river from Tarascon to Chalon-sur-Saône. Discover the towns of Avignon, Tournon & Lyon with exclusive Scenic Enrich activities.
from $5,295
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Rhine Christmas Markets with Switzerland

12 days
Zurich > Amsterdam
Enjoy the magic of Christmas on a luxurious 12 day river cruise from Zurich to Amsterdam. Visit the iconic Christmas markets & soak up the atmosphere.
from $5,295
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Treasures of Belgium & France

12 days
Amsterdam > Paris
Experience the magic of Belgium and France on a 12 day adventure from Amsterdam to Paris. See the Bayeux Tapestry and take a tour of Mont Saint-Michel.
from $5,695 $5,195
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Beautiful Bordeaux

11 days
Bordeaux > Bordeaux
Visit wineries and vineyards where you'll learn how to taste wine from a sommelier on a romantic 11 day river cruise through the Bordeaux region.
from $5,895
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Normandy & Gems of the Seine

11 days
Paris > Paris
Cruise along the Seine on an 11 day journey from Paris to Honfleur. Tour the historic Normandy beaches and visit Giverny where you can see Monet's gardens.
from $5,895
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Breathtaking Bordeaux

12 days
Paris > Bordeaux
Savour the world's finest wine, exquisite cuisine and extraordinary landscapes that Bordeaux has to offer on a 12 day river cruise departing from Paris.
from $6,345
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Enchanting Rhône with Paris

11 days
Nice > Paris
Board a luxurious Scenic Space-Ship and cruise the Rhône to Chalon-sur-Saône. Travel from the beautiful Île-de-France region to Paris & explore the city.
from $6,690
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South of France

13 days
Chalon-sur-Saone > Tarascon
Feast on exquisite French cuisine and marvel at the beautiful landscapes on a 13 day cruise from Chalon-sur-Saône to Tarascon on board a Scenic Space-Ship.
from $6,695
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Enchanting Rhône with Barcelona

12 days
Barcelona > Paris
Welcome to Barcelona, discover the sights of the city before boarding a luxurious Scenic Space-Ship in Tarascon. Cruise the Rhône towards Chalon-sur-Saône.
from $6,890
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Spectacular South of France

14 days
Paris > Nice
Soak up the spectacular South of France on a 14 day river cruise from Paris to Nice. Explore the food capital, Lyon and enjoy the entertainment in Tarascon.
from $7,145
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South of France Indulgence

15 days
Lyon > Lyon
Indulge in the sights, sounds & refined tastes of the South of France on a 15 day river cruise from Lyon including a unique wine tasting in Tournon Castle.
from $7,295

Beautiful Bordeaux with Madrid

14 days
Bordeaux > Madrid
Enjoy a luxurious 14 day cruise through the famous wine region of Bordeaux. Then fly to Madrid for 3 nights and discover magnificent sights of the city.
from $7,400
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South of France Indulgence

16 days
Paris > Lyon
Discover the South of France on a 15 day river cruise from Chalon-sur-Saône. Enjoy wine tastings, sample French truffles and cycle along the Rhone river.
from $7,745
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Breathtaking Bordeaux with Madrid

15 days
Paris > Madrid
Explore the sights and incomparable gastronomy on a 15 day adventure from Paris to Madrid. Discover the Bordeaux region on a luxurious river cruise.
from $7,945

Bordeaux's Culinary Delights

11 days
Bordeaux > Bordeaux
Enjoy endless gastronomical delight on this 11 day cruise starting and ending in Bordeaux. With delicious cuisine, this journey is a food-lovers' fantasy.
from $8,090

Spectacular South of France with Monte Carlo

17 days
Paris > Nice
Experience the South of France and Monte Carlo while you cruise the spectacular Rhone river. Visit the Château de Cormatinand the Prince's Palace of Monaco.
from $8,100
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Enchanting Rhône with Barcelona & Paris

14 days
Barcelona > Paris
From the city of dreams to the city of light, enjoy a 14 day journey from Barcelona to Paris. See the sights of the Sagrada Familia to the Champs Elysées.
from $8,190
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Romantic Rhine & Moselle with Switzerland

19 days
Amsterdam > Zurich
Experience the magic of Europe’s most romantic region on a 19 day journey from Amsterdam to Zurich. Cruise the Rhine and Moselle, create your own fairytale.
from $8,395
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Jewels of Europe with Paris

18 days
Paris > Budapest
Begin your adventure in Paris before boarding a Scenic Space-Ship in Amsterdam. Cruise the Rhine, Main & Danube rivers and discover the Jewels of Europe.
from $8,495
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Jewels of Europe with Paris

18 days
Budapest > Paris
Begin your adventure in Budapest and board a luxurious Scenic Space-Ship. Cruise the Danube, Main & Rhine rivers to Amsterdam and spend 3 nights in Paris.
from $8,495

Tastes of Bordeaux

12 days
Paris > Bordeaux
From Paris to Bordeaux, enjoy the gastronomical and cultural wonder that France has to offer. This 12 day cruising experience will leave you breathless.
from $8,540

South of France with Switzerland

17 days
Zurich > Nice
See the pristine mountains & lakes of Switzerland and cruise the South of France from Chalon-sur-Saône to Tarascon on a 17 day journey from Zurich to Nice.
from $8,965

Spectacular South of France with Paris

16 days
Paris > Nice
Experience the delights of France on a luxurious 16 day journey from Paris to Nice. Discover the magic of Paris, culture and cuisine that makes it famous.
from $9,185
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Jewels of Europe with Paris & Prague

21 days
Paris > Prague
Explore the wondrous cities of Amsterdam, Cologne, Vienna and more on a 21 day journey from Paris to Prague. See the Rhone Gorge, Marksburg Castle and more.
from $9,295

Spectacular South of France with Barcelona

17 days
Paris > Barcelona
Explore the quaint French countryside and beautiful Barcelona on a luxurious 17 day journey from Paris to Barcelona that will leave you wonder-struck.
from $9,570

Spectacular South of France with Paris & Monte Carlo

19 days
Paris > Nice
Cruise the spectacular rivers of the South of France in 5-star luxury and soak up the sun in Monte Carlo on a lavish 19 day journey from Paris to Nice.
from $10,360
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Jewels of Europe with City Highlights

24 days
Paris > Berlin
Discover ancient and modern on a 24 day journey from Paris to Berlin. Marvel at the Eiffel Tower & the Brandenburg Gate on a luxury tour through Europe.
from $10,820

Spectacular South of France with Paris & Barcelona

19 days
Paris > Barcelona
Discover Paris and cruise the South of France from Chalon-sur-Saône to Tarascon before falling in love with beautiful Barcelona on this 19 day adventure.
from $10,840
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Grand European

23 days
Paris > Amsterdam
See the grand sights of Europe on a 23 day journey from Paris to Amsterdam. Explore Monte Carlo, Rome, Salzburg, Munich and more on this wondrous tour.
from $10,995 $10,495

Great Civilisations Mediterranean Discovery

15 days
Barcelona > Athens
Discover the Europe of your imagination and experience a moving ANZAC Day in Gallipoli on this luxurious 15 day cruise from Barcelona to Athens
from $11,195
Fly from $495 per person

Jewels of Russia with Berlin & the Baltic States

27 days
Moscow > Berlin
Discover the sights of Moscow before boarding Scenic Tsar for a cruise along the Volga river. Explore Helsinki, Tallinn, Warsaw & Berlin on this 27 day tour.
from $11,895
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Gems of the Seine & Beautiful Bordeaux

21 days
Paris > Bordeaux
Experience the best of France as you cruise along the Seine & through Bordeaux. Visit the wineries and vineyards on a 21 day journey from Paris to Bordeaux.
from $12,090
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Gems of the Seine & Unforgettable Douro

21 days
Paris > Porto
Embark on a 21 day adventure from Paris to Porto & cruise through of Europe's two most magical rivers on a luxury Scenic Space-Ship, the Seine & the Douro.
from $12,790

Romantic Rhine & Moselle with Alpine Escapade

26 days
Munich > Amsterdam
Be swept away on this wonder-filled 26 day experience across the Swiss Alps and Rhineland. Marvel at the endless beauty from Munich to Amsterdam.
from $12,860
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Treasures of Belgium & France

24 days
Amsterdam > Nice
Discover the best of Belgium and France. Visit the moving Ypres Museum, the battlefields of Somme, the Normandy beaches and the iconic Mont Saint-Michel.
from $13,395
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Spectacular South of France with Bel Viaggio

22 days
Paris > Rome
See the glistening harbours, romantic streets and pastel cities of Italy on a 9 day adventure from Nice to Rome. Explore the wonders of Bel Viaggio and Europe.
from $13,395
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Gems of the Seine & South of France

23 days
Paris > Nice
Discover the best that France has to offer on a 23 day journey from Paris to Nice. Cruise the Seine and Rhone rivers past the vineyards, castles & villages.
from $13,590

Breathtaking Bordeaux & Unforgettable Douro

22 days
Paris > Porto
Cruise through Bordeaux & the Douro Valley on a 22 day journey from Paris to Porto. Taste the fine wines & indulge in the delectable cuisines of the region.
from $14,075
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Gems of the Seine & Unforgettable Douro with Madrid

24 days
Paris > Madrid
Cruise the Seine in France, before stepping on the Scenic Azure for a cruise along Portugal's Douro River, finishing in Madrid over a 24 day journey.
from $14,190

Beautiful Bordeaux & Unforgettable Douro

21 days
Bordeaux > Porto
From elegant Bordeaux to sparkling Porto, travel in style on this 21 day experience. Endless visual and gastronomical delights await - a trip of a lifetime.
from $10,865
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Spectacular South of France with Iberian Splendours

28 days
Paris > Madrid
Take the trip of a lifetime through the South of France, Spain & Portugal on a 28 day tour. Take in the unique cultures, delicacies & sights of the region.
from $14,745
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Beautiful Bordeaux & Unforgettable Douro with Madrid

24 days
Bordeaux > Madrid
Enjoy 24 days the wine regions in France and Portugal. Visit the vineyards, cellars and sample the exquisite Grand Cru Class wines at Château Franc Mayne.
from $14,910
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Jewels of Russia with Spectacular Scandinavia

29 days
Copenhagen > Moscow
Discover Scandinavia and Russia on a 29 day adventure from Copenhagen to Moscow. Encounter reindeer, see the fjords, waterfalls and cruise the Volga river.
from $15,095

Gems of the Seine & Beautiful Bordeaux with Madrid

24 days
Paris > Madrid
A leisurely pace through a number of beautiful destinations is the ultimate luxury. Experience France and Spain's best in 24 days from Paris to Madrid.
from $12,485
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Spectacular South of France & Unforgettable Douro

24 days
Paris > Porto
Discover the regional sights & delights as you cruise through the South of France and Portugal's Douro Valley on a 24 day journey from Paris to Porto.
from $15,630

Ultimate Great Civilisations Discovery

23 days
Tenerife > Athens
This 23 day cruise will sail to some of the most iconic sites in Europe as well as the chance to experience a moving ANZAC Day service in Gallipoli.
from $18,090
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Jewels of Europe with Grand European

36 days
Paris > Budapest
Take a Grand Tour of Europe, a once-in-a-lifetime 36 day journey from Paris to Budapest. Enjoy the endless sights & sounds of Europe's finest destinations.
from $18,320

Ultimate Mediterranean Treasures

23 days
Barcelona > Venice
Discover the true essence of the Mediterranean on a 23 day journey from Barcelona to Venice. Explore Monte Carlo, the Colosseum or see the ruins of Pompeii.
from $18,790
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France & Douro Masterpiece

31 days
Paris > Porto
Discover the Seine and Douro, two of Europe’s most tempting waterways on a 31 day journey from Paris to Porto. Enjoy the cuisines & delights of the region.
from $20,305

Seine River Cruises

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Normandy & Gems of the Seine

11 days
Paris > Paris
Cruise along the Seine on an 11 day journey from Paris to Honfleur. Tour the historic Normandy beaches and visit Giverny where you can see Monet's gardens.
from $5,895
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Enchanting Rhône with Paris

11 days
Nice > Paris
Board a luxurious Scenic Space-Ship and cruise the Rhône to Chalon-sur-Saône. Travel from the beautiful Île-de-France region to Paris & explore the city.
from $6,690
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Enchanting Rhône with Barcelona & Paris

14 days
Barcelona > Paris
From the city of dreams to the city of light, enjoy a 14 day journey from Barcelona to Paris. See the sights of the Sagrada Familia to the Champs Elysées.
from $8,190
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Jewels of Europe with Paris

18 days
Paris > Budapest
Begin your adventure in Paris before boarding a Scenic Space-Ship in Amsterdam. Cruise the Rhine, Main & Danube rivers and discover the Jewels of Europe.
from $8,495
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Jewels of Europe with Paris

18 days
Budapest > Paris
Begin your adventure in Budapest and board a luxurious Scenic Space-Ship. Cruise the Danube, Main & Rhine rivers to Amsterdam and spend 3 nights in Paris.
from $8,495
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Jewels of Europe with Paris & Prague

21 days
Paris > Prague
Explore the wondrous cities of Amsterdam, Cologne, Vienna and more on a 21 day journey from Paris to Prague. See the Rhone Gorge, Marksburg Castle and more.
from $9,295
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Jewels of Europe with City Highlights

24 days
Paris > Berlin
Discover ancient and modern on a 24 day journey from Paris to Berlin. Marvel at the Eiffel Tower & the Brandenburg Gate on a luxury tour through Europe.
from $10,820
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Gems of the Seine & Beautiful Bordeaux

21 days
Paris > Bordeaux
Experience the best of France as you cruise along the Seine & through Bordeaux. Visit the wineries and vineyards on a 21 day journey from Paris to Bordeaux.
from $12,090
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Gems of the Seine & Unforgettable Douro

21 days
Paris > Porto
Embark on a 21 day adventure from Paris to Porto & cruise through of Europe's two most magical rivers on a luxury Scenic Space-Ship, the Seine & the Douro.
from $12,790
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Gems of the Seine & South of France

23 days
Paris > Nice
Discover the best that France has to offer on a 23 day journey from Paris to Nice. Cruise the Seine and Rhone rivers past the vineyards, castles & villages.
from $13,590
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Gems of the Seine & Unforgettable Douro with Madrid

24 days
Paris > Madrid
Cruise the Seine in France, before stepping on the Scenic Azure for a cruise along Portugal's Douro River, finishing in Madrid over a 24 day journey.
from $14,190

Gems of the Seine & Beautiful Bordeaux with Madrid

24 days
Paris > Madrid
A leisurely pace through a number of beautiful destinations is the ultimate luxury. Experience France and Spain's best in 24 days from Paris to Madrid.
from $12,485
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France & Douro Masterpiece

31 days
Paris > Porto
Discover the Seine and Douro, two of Europe’s most tempting waterways on a 31 day journey from Paris to Porto. Enjoy the cuisines & delights of the region.
from $20,305

Rhone River Cruises

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Idyllic Rhône

8 days
Tarascon > Chalon-sur-Saone
Board a luxurious Scenic Space-Ship in the former Roman town of Tarascon & cruise the Rhone to Chalon-sur-Saône. Enjoy the cuisines and delights of France.
from $4,795
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Enchanting Rhône

9 days
Nice > Paris
Cruise the enchanting Rhone river from Tarascon to Chalon-sur-Saône. Discover the towns of Avignon, Tournon & Lyon with exclusive Scenic Enrich activities.
from $5,295
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South of France Indulgence

16 days
Paris > Lyon
Discover the South of France on a 15 day river cruise from Chalon-sur-Saône. Enjoy wine tastings, sample French truffles and cycle along the Rhone river.
from $7,745

Spectacular South of France with Monte Carlo

17 days
Paris > Nice
Experience the South of France and Monte Carlo while you cruise the spectacular Rhone river. Visit the Château de Cormatinand the Prince's Palace of Monaco.
from $8,100
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Jewels of Europe with Paris & Prague

21 days
Paris > Prague
Explore the wondrous cities of Amsterdam, Cologne, Vienna and more on a 21 day journey from Paris to Prague. See the Rhone Gorge, Marksburg Castle and more.
from $9,295
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Gems of the Seine & South of France

23 days
Paris > Nice
Discover the best that France has to offer on a 23 day journey from Paris to Nice. Cruise the Seine and Rhone rivers past the vineyards, castles & villages.
from $13,590

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