France provides the perfect backdrop for a river cruise, whether it’s for first-timers or repeat river cruisers who’ve already explored the most popular stretches of European rivers along the Rhine and Danube.
In addition to mainstream river ships, the country’s extensive network of canals and narrow waterways offer opportunities for barge cruising in either purpose-built hotel boats or converted traditional working barges.
CroisiEurope UK sales director John Fair says: "There are few countries with such a diversity of cultures, landscapes, art and history as France and a river cruise allows you to discover the country in an entirely new way.
"Whether you want to combine a city stay in Paris with a Seine cruise, see Bordeaux from the Gironde when your boat leaves the shore, visit Lyon and learn about its Roman roots, experience the rich cultural heritage of the Loire Valley, discover Normandy, one of France's most historic and picturesque regions or simply enjoy an intimate cruise along the canals, there really is a cruise for everyone."
Rhône and Saône
From the Swiss Alps through southern France and into the Mediterranean, west of Marseille, the Rhône is a stunning stretch of water. The Saône – its chief tributary – features itineraries through Provence and Burgundy, the gastronomic heartland of France.
The Seine takes guests into the centre of Paris, and many ships spend at least one night docked in the capital, affording guest the chance to take in the many delights of one of the world’s foremost cities.
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