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Cruises on the Waterways of France

Explore the diverse and charming rivers and canals that make up the Waterways of France for a truly special and immersive experience.

Waterways of France

From the famous Seine, whose route cuts through the centre of Paris, and the Rhône, which begins its journey 497 miles before its arrival in Lyon, to the Dordogne, whose banks are as beguiling as the river itself, and the Garnonne which cuts through the heart of the finest French winelands; the waterways of France are entirely diverse and enchanting. Serving up a wealth of experiences that include Impressionist inspiration and masterpieces, traditional fishing villages keeping time-honoured traditions alive, bountiful seafood, unusual wildlife...the list just goes on and on! So, find out for yourself exactly what a cruise through this multifaceted destination has to offer, and prepare to be more than pleasantly surprised.

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Garonne & the Dordogne CruiseGaronne & the Dordogne Cruise

Five-Star Bordeaux & The Dordogne Cruise (Fly & Cruise)

History, good food and great wine are in abundance on this hugely inclusive cruise as you make visits to Bordeaux and the Médoc wine region, learn the history of St Emilion and see the cave where he cloistered himself for so long, as well as uncover the buried secrets of Blaye.

Visit a part of France that gets missed by many visitors to the country but which is highly recommended by French nationals themselves and explore the most leisurely way possible, on a river cruise sailing through the picturesque Gironde Estuary.

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2020MaySep

7 days from £1,295 pp

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Garonne & the Dordogne CruiseGaronne & the Dordogne Cruise

Five-Star Bordeaux & The Dordogne Cruise (Rail & Cruise)

History, good food and great wine are in abundance on this hugely inclusive cruise as you make visits to Bordeaux and the Médoc wine region, learn the history of St Emilion and see the cave where he cloistered himself for so long, as well as uncover the buried secrets of Blaye.

Visit a part of France that gets missed by many visitors to the country but which is highly recommended by French nationals themselves and explore the most leisurely way possible, on a river cruise sailing through the picturesque Gironde Estuary.

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2020MaySep

7 days from £1,445 pp

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MonacoMonaco

The French Riviera & Five-Star Rhone Cruise

Discover the immaculate and enchanting charm of Nice and the French Riviera on this dazzling tour before continuing to Lyon for an exquisite 7-night cruise, uncovering the majesty of the Rhône river.

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2020JunAug

11 days from £2,225 pp

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Garonne & the Dordogne CruiseGaronne & the Dordogne Cruise

Biarritz & Five-Star Bordeaux and Dordogne Cruise

Superb sandy beaches, a mild climate and a delightful ocean promenade have drawn visitors to Biarritz for years, 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 £1,895 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 £1,995 pp

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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.

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2019Sep
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7 days from £1,995 pp

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The 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 £2,195 pp

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The Waterways of Alsace & Lorraine

On this all inclusive cruise we explore the hidden gems of Alsace and Lorraine, discovering many sights that lie off the beaten tourist path. With visits to the medieval towns of Saverne and Sarrebourg and tastings of the best local produce available, join us as we travel in style down the most scenic of French waterways.

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2019AugSep

The Waterways of France

France is home to a spectacular array of rivers of all shapes and sizes. From the elegant Rhône to the pretty Seine and everything in between, there is a waterway in France for every taste.

  • The Rhône
  • The Seine
  • The Garonne
  • The Saône
  • The Dordogne
  • The Moselle
  • The Loire
  • The Canal du Midi

Our Waterways of France ships

At Great Rail Journeys, we know that the itinerary and destination make up only part of the excellent cruise experience we strive for. On a cruise, your accommodation becomes part of the holiday, and your ship should be as comfortable, as luxurious and as elegant as possible - coincidentally, all things our chartered ships happen to be! 

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