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France Escorted River Cruises

River cruises, 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.

France's classic architecture and stunning scenery provide an unforgettable backdrop for your cruise vacation. Whether you choose to take a river cruise down the Rhone or explore any of the many romantic canals on a barge, France's extensive waterways ensure there is something for everyone!

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Garonne & the Dordogne CruiseGaronne & the Dordogne Cruise

Beautiful Bordeaux & The Dordogne Cruise (Fly & Cruise)

Experience a part of France renowned for its beautiful landscape and explore it in the most leisurely way possible, on a river cruise sailing through the picturesque Gironde Estuary.

Good food and great wine are in abundance on this hugely inclusive cruise exploring the Bordeaux region. Enjoy complimentary wine with each dinner and an exclusive wine tasting on board.

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2020MaySep

7 days from £1,295 pp

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Glacier ExpressGlacier Express

Glacier Express & Rhine Cruise

Embark on one of the world's fi nest rail adventures aboard the Glacier Express before descending down the valley for a cruise on the spectacular Rhine. Enjoy picture-postcard river gorges, iconic cities, cheerful riverside towns and much more.

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2019Sep
2020MayJunAugSep

11 days from £2,395 pp

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Premium Rhône CruisePremium Rhône Cruise

Provence and The Elegant Rhône (Fly & Cruise)

Discover the timeless elegance of France's beautiful Rhône on a memorable cruise which takes you to ancient monuments, enchanting cities, natural wonders and more.

Visit quaint Lyon, holy Avignon and charming Beaune, as well as the magnificent Ardèche Gorge as you drift down this peaceful river on a specially designed Five-Star ship. Enjoy excellent food and good company on this superb French adventure.

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2020JunAug

8 days from £1,645 pp

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Premium Rhône CruisePremium Rhône Cruise

Provence and The Elegant Rhône (Rail & Cruise)

Discover the timeless elegance of France's beautiful Rhône on board the MS Amadeus Provence. Experience a memorable cruise, enchanting cities, natural wonders and more.

Visit quaint Lyon, holy Avignon and charming Beaune, and admire the magnificent Ardèche Gorge as you drift down this peaceful river.

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2019Sep
2020JunAug

8 days from £1,695 pp

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Garonne & the Dordogne CruiseGaronne & the Dordogne Cruise

Beautiful Bordeaux & The Dordogne Cruise (Rail & Cruise)

Experience a part of France renowned for its beautiful landscape and explore it in the most leisurely way possible, on a river cruise sailing through the picturesque Gironde Estuary.

Good food and great wine are in abundance on this hugely inclusive cruise exploring the Bordeaux region. Enjoy complimentary wine with each dinner and an exclusive wine tasting on board.

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2020MaySep

7 days from £1,395 pp

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MonacoMonaco

French Riviera & Rhône Cruise

Discover the enchanting allure of Nice and the French Riviera on this dazzling tour, before continuing to Lyon for an exquisite 7-night cruise on board the MS Amadeus Provence.

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2020JunAug

11 days from £2,275 pp

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Garonne & the Dordogne CruiseGaronne & the Dordogne Cruise

Biarritz & Bordeaux Cruise

What better way to start your cruise than with time strolling the sandy beaches and delightful ocean promenade of Biarritz. Travel on the pretty La Rhune Mountain railway as it winds its way through the Pyrenees to rise above the low clouds in the dramatic rocky mountains.

Then swap the sea for the Garonne and Dordogne, two of France's most scenic rivers, as you enjoy a relaxing cruise through one of Europe's most famous wine regions.

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2020MaySep

10 days from £1,955 pp

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France's Waterways from Champagne to ParisFrance's Waterways from Champagne to Paris

France's Waterways from Paris to Champagne

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.

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2020Jun

7 days from £2,095 pp

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BloisBlois

Loire Valley & Seine Cruise

Explore some of the most famous châteaux are scattered through the verdant Loire Valley, and relax in the charming French town of Blois before joining a scenic cruise along the Seine which includes explorations of Paris, Rouen and Honfleur.

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2020AprJunSep

10 days from £1,995 pp

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Secrets of ProvenceSecrets of Provence

Secrets of Provence

Sublime, sun-drenched towns and cities rich with history and glittering waterways await on this fabulous cruise holiday. This fabulous cruise brings you the very best of France's elegant Provence region.

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2019Sep
2020JunJulAugSep

7 days from £2,295 pp

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Loire ValleyLoire Valley

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.

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2020MayJunJulSep

7 days from £2,095 pp

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The Waterways of Alsace and LorraineThe Waterways of Alsace and Lorraine

The Waterways of Alsace & Lorraine

On this all inclusive cruise, explore the hidden gems of Alsace and Lorraine, discovering many sights that lie off the beaten path. With visits to the medieval towns of Saverne and Sarrebourg, we travel on board the MS Madeleine, along these scenic waterways.

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2020MayJunSep

7 days from £2,295 pp

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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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