Global tourism numbers are on the rise, and unsurprisingly, demand for our Paris river cruise offerings continues to soar. In the past 20 years, the number of international travelers has increased from 527 million to 1.1 billion; and despite an increasing interest in lesser-visited regions of the world, as well as strengthening tourism campaigns in emerging nations, Europe remains the leading international tourism destination, commanding more than 50 percent of all travel.
Within the European continent, France is king. More than 80 million people visit the country every year (the most of any nation), and of those travelers, about 80 percent incorporate a trip to Paris during their stay. This, however, is not a new phenomenon. The French capital has lured sophisticated and discerning travelers for centuries. From early American political figures, such as Benjamin Franklin, to novelists, poets, aristocrats, and stage and film actors, those with the means and a desire to be immersed in a rich and refined culture have flocked to Paris. As such, French river cruises through Paris continue to be some of our most sought after adventures, and there is no time like the present to start planning your journey!
Known as The City of Light (la Ville Lumière), Paris earned the nickname not only because it was one of the first cities to employ the use of public street lamps, but because it was—and remains—a center of art and learning. During the Age of Enlightenment (1715 – 1789), a philosophical movement throughout Europe that focused primarily on individual freedoms and religious tolerance, Paris served as the movement’s unofficial capital, hosting numerous salons where the great thinkers of the time could meet and collaborate.
Of course, you don’t have to be a philosopher, artist, or author to appreciate the wonders of Paris or the culture that it fosters. As those who have visited the city can attest, Paris offers something for everyone, and a European river cruise with Scenic is the perfect avenue to explore this must-visit destination.