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France Escorted River Cruises

Holiday tours sailing along the Seine, Rhône and Rhine

Nothing beats the relaxation of river cruising, especially when it is through the romantic country of France. Great Rail Journeys have a fine selection of boat tours in France and you can choose to cruise the Seine or the Rhone, docking at charming riverside towns along the way. In each place you have the opportunity to join one of the exciting shore excursions. They are a fantastic way of seeing the main sights and you can leave all the arrangements in the capable hands of your professional Tour Manager who accompanies you for the duration of cruises in France. Alternatively you can go ashore by yourself and spend your time as you wish, perhaps visiting museums and galleries or simply enjoying the delicious French cuisine in one of the many cafés. When you cruise the Seine your elegantly appointed ship becomes your floating hotel for the week, making it easier to see so much of this exquisite country in one holiday. Perhaps the highlight of a Seine cruise is an evening voyage through the heart of Paris. As the sun begins to set, enjoy views of the famous sights along the banks of the river for a truly romantic experience.

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A Portrait of the Impressionist's Seine

Cruising the scenic Seine, explore the world of the Impressionist artists, from Monet's famous garden at Giverny to the city galleries of Paris and Rouen. Paired with informative on board talks and shore excursions along both the Route des Abbayes and the Alabaster Coast, this is a tour that delivers the very best of Northern France.

Departs from May 2017 to August 2017.
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7 days from £1,395per personView tour details
Classic Garonne & The Dordogne Cruise

Enjoy this relaxing cruise through one of Europe's most famous wine regions. From the handsome city of Bordeaux, we navigate the Garonne and Dordogne, two of France's most scenic rivers, enjoying the unique landscapes lining their banks.

Departs in October 2016 and from May 2017 to October 2017.
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7 days from £1,095per personView tour details
Premium Rhone Cruise

Let the gentle currents of the Rhône transport you through Burgundy and Provence aboard our fantastic river cruise ship. Discover the region's verdant vineyards and absorb the atmosphere of its historic towns, soaring cathedrals and half-timbered houses as we sail from Lyon, taking in the UNESCO-protected centre of Avignon during the cruise.

Departs from June 2017 to October 2017.
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8 days from £1,695per personView tour details
Classic Rhine Cruise

Step aboard the wonderful A-Rosa Brava and enjoy an enthralling and relaxing cruise. From Cologne to Basel, cruise the length of Germany along the romantic River Rhine, explore fine medieval towns, admire castles perched dramatically above the river, and relax on board.

Departs from June 2017 to October 2017.
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Classic Rhone Cruise

Let the gentle currents of the Rhône transport you through Burgundy and Provence aboard the fantastic A-Rosa Stella river cruise ship. Discover the region's verdant vineyards and absorb the atmosphere of its historic towns, soaring cathedrals and half-timbered houses.

Departs from April 2017 to September 2017.
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8 days from £1,295per personView tour details
France's Waterways from Champagne to Paris

Cruising down the famous Champagne route of France on the elegant Raymonde hotel barge, with excursions to the birthplace of Dom Pérignon and Meaux, this tour is a gastronomic delight. We also enjoy a grand tour of Paris during this all inclusive journey.

Departs from June 2017 to September 2017.
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7 days from £1,945per personView tour details
Luxury Bordeaux Wine Trail

Experience the high-life on this cruise that will turn you into a wine connoisseur, as you delve deep into the landscapes of one of the world's most famous wine producing regions. Gently cruise through medieval towns, visit ancient castles and be entertained by vivacious and knowledgeable lecturers and guides during your time on board.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
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8 days from £2,845per personView tour details
Secrets of Provence

Sublime, sun-drenched towns and cities rich with history and glittering waterways await on this fabulous Provence cruise holiday. Marvel at ancient Arles and discover its Roman heritage, be inspired by one of Provence's most beautiful sites, Aigues-Mortes, and savour the delicious shell-fishing traditions of Sète.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
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7 days from £1,995per personView tour details
The Loire Valley Waterways

Cruise serenely along the idyllic waterways of the Loire Valley and take in the historic towns and villages that have grown prosperous on the bounty of the region's world-class wine trade.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
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5 days from £1,895per personView tour details
The Path of the Seine from Paris to Normandy

Explore the scenery along the Seine as we travel from Normandy to Paris on this 4-night river cruise. On board we are treated to some gastronomic delights accompanied by fine French wines. Along the route you get to see Paris by night, a guided tour of Versailles or Château de Malmaison, as well as explore the fishing village of Honfleur, famous for inspiring artists such as Monet.

Departs from April 2017 to June 2017.
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5 days from £795per personView tour details
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Experience a Seine Cruise

Take the Eurostar from London to Paris before transferring to your ship where you will be met with a warm welcome and a lovely glass of bubbling champagne. All of your meals during a cruise on the Seine are included within the price of your holiday and dinner is accompanied by a selection of fine wines. Enjoy excellent French cuisine and delicious regional delicacies that are freshly prepared by skilled on-board chefs. When you are not discovering architectural gems and historical wonders of the riverside towns visited during a cruise on the Seine, you can relax in the ship's Panorama Lounge and enjoy a drink from the bar as you chat to your fellow guests. Alternatively you can head out on deck and enjoy the comfort of the sun loungers as you watch the picturesque scenery pass by. As you cruise the Seine in the evenings you will be treated to live music and entertainment and there is also a fitness room, Jacuzzi and library on certain ships meaning that you will never experience a dull moment on a Seine cruise. If you would like more time to take in the sights and sounds of Paris, speak to us about extending your holiday with a night or two in a Parisian hotel.

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