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France River Cruises

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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7 days from
£1,795
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International, London Heathrow
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Loire Valley
4.2 stars(24 reviews)
2023MayJunAugSep
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Premium Rhône Cruise
4.6 stars(30 reviews)
2023JunJulAug
8 days from
£2,095 pp
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Secrets of Provence
4.5 stars(22 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAug
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Garonne & the Dordogne Cruise
2023Sep
10 days from
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  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Glacier Express
4.3 stars(21 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSep
2024MayJunJulAugSepOct
12 days from
£3,295 pp
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  • DestinationGermany, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Chateau De Chillon
2023JunJulAug
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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The Waterways of Alsace and Lorraine
4.6 stars(28 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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The Waterways of Burgundy
4.2 stars(16 reviews)
2023JunSep
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£2,495 pp
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Glacier Express
2023JunJul
2024JunJulSep
11 days from
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  • DestinationGermany, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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France's Waterways from Champagne to Paris
4.4 stars(9 reviews)
2023MaySep
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Our customers love our France River Cruises tours
Secrets of Provence by Barge
28 Sep 2022
Gillie
5 stars
“Wonderful holiday - staff on barge excellent. Food (except the meat) very French and delicious. Places interesting and unusual 'Course Camarguaise' (bulls in arena), olive oil making farm and Roman ruins (Arles) Transfer thro' Paris once again a shambles - Gt Rail need to sort this out - but ride in a Parisian taxi was much more exciting than a coach! More barge holidays will be booked!
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Provence and The Elegant Rhône (Rail and Cruise)
15 Sep 2022
David
5 stars
“Excellent. Trips out were good & the meals & service were equally good.
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France's Waterways from Paris to Champagne by Barge
14 Oct 2022
Sue Hill
4 stars
“Stress free journey to Paris and back thanks to Great Rail Journeys. Good atmosphere in canal boat thanks to fellow travellers and crew.
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Glacier Express and Rhine Cruise (Basel-Amsterdam)
12 Oct 2022
Ronald Lunt
4 stars
“Great holiday and Switzerland breathtaking. Cruise was relaxing with great food and scenery and lovely staff. On the go on and off trains first few days but scenery worth it and glacier express wonderful.
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Waterways of The Yonne, Paris and The Petite Seine by Barge
23 Sep 2022
Avid Reader
4 stars
“It was a wonderful trip. Food was excellently cooked and presented. The whole crew were wonderful and did their utmost to keep us happy, surpassing their remit on many occasions. The excursions were interesting and well organised. My only gripe is that we did not have any information about what we were seeing when we sailed through the Seine.
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The Waterways of Alsace and Lorraine by Barge
15 Sep 2022
Mr richard garrard
4 stars
“Actual cruising was brilliant - excellent food, first class & personal service. Very relaxing pace, interesting towns & countryside plus the amazing inclined plane. Highly recommended. Journey from Paris to Strasbourg & return left a lot to be desired. One coach did not turn up, waited for almost an hour in the wrong place for another coach & had reserved tickets on a rail coach that did not run! Took almost 7 hours to get from Paris North to our boat, most of the time hanging around waiting.
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French Riviera and Rhône Cruise
13 Sep 2022
Antoni Janik
4 stars
“The Rhone cruise was excellent, the Amadeus Provence immaculate with great cabins and an amazing friendly and helpful crew. The off ship excursions were well organised and of just about the right duration. I would give 5 stars to this part of the tour The journey to the French Riviera by train and then back to Lyons was spoilt by the commuter train we took from Nice to Marseille which was very crowded, otherwise the trains were comfortable and we had allocated seating. The Aston Scala hotel in Nice was disappointing, room was average, food just adequate and it is the first hotel I have ever stayed in where we were refused a drink with our meal even when we went to the bar to request one! Not sure what was going on at the hotel but the manager needs to get his act together. Despite that we had a great holiday and will definitely travel with GRJ again.
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Loire Valley Waterways by Barge
16 Aug 2022
S Bankes
4 stars
“The cruise was most enjoyable, even though it was not the itinerary we had chosen or hoped for. The barge was comfortable enough, the food was excellent and the crew all worked like Trojans. The canal offered a timeless view of the France I remember from the 1960s. That said, I felt that the way the change of itinerary was presented, at the last minute when it must have been known about for weeks, left much to be desired. The company expressed itself happy to offer the new itinerary, when surely what mattered was whether we were happy with it. There was no hint of an apology. The attitude seemed to be "They won't know where any of these places are anyway, so they won't know the difference." Perhaps the legal department doesn't allow apologies? Having got over the initial disappointment, however, this was a most welcome first trip abroad in three years.
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Waterways of Burgundy
08 Aug 2022
Helen
4 stars
“This was a lovely cruise, with fabulous food and wines. It was leisurely and travels on some lovely waterways. The cabins were comfortable and the lounge, dining room and outdoor deck were all delightful. The staff on the barge were very friendly and extremely helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. My main problem was that Croisi Europe did not allocate us to the cabins we had reserved with GRJ. I feel this is an issue with Croisi which needs to be addressed for future cruises. I understand that at least one other customer in addition to my cabin choice had specific reasons for choosing their cabin with GRJ. Otherwise I would have given it 5 stars.
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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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