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Scenic River Cruises in France

French River Cruising

The rivers of France weave through lands of gastronomy, art and natural beauty. From the chic city streets and pastel-coloured serenity of the north to the bright lavender fields and medieval villages of the south, a river cruise through these iconic lands promises to unveil a treasure trove of sights and sounds. It won’t take long for you to fall in love with France, its food and the cultural treasures that have shaped the world’s most popular tourist destination.

The Seine makes gentle progress from the city of Paris towards the Honfluer and the open waters of the English Channel. Wine lovers are in for a treat on the Garonne and Dordogne rivers which snake through the Bordeaux region. And down in beautiful Burgundy, the placid Rhône and Saône cut a path through the sun-kissed south.

Discover your “joie de vivre” on one of our spectacular, award-winning French river cruises. Unlike any other, our experiential journeys take you deep into the heart of France, allowing you to explore and discover the hidden wonders of this gastronomic paradise.

What’s more, book a 2017 European river cruise by the 31st October and save a guaranteed £1,000 per couple – and get double and even triple discounts of up to £3,000 per couple on selected 2017 dates.

The Beautiful Rivers of France 


The wonders of France are revealed by the country’s great rivers, with each cutting a path through regions of unimaginable beauty and heritage. Sail through Paris, the City of Light, on the timeless waters of the Seine, sample Lyon’s renowned cuisine on the majestic Rhône, or float through wine country on the Dordogne. 

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New for 2017: Ship Refurbishments

Scenic Space-Ships are designed to redefine luxury river cruising on the waters of Europe. Combining diverse dining options, innovative technologies and some of the most spacious suites on the continent, our 5-star fleet mean you’ll feel truly spoilt as you explore the beautiful rivers of France.

In 2017, our ships Scenic Emerald, Diamond and Sapphire will be reintroduced to the rivers of France — boasting a range of enhancements and a more intimate feel for our passengers. These additions will include a rooftop vitality pool, gym and spa. Each ship will also be home to two new one-bedroom Royal Owner’s Suites, the largest on-board any European river ship, at 47 square metres. Elegant and spectacular, these majestic ships promise an unforgettable journey on the waters of France. 

Rediscover Your Favourite French Wine with Scenic

Beaujolais to burgundy, champagne to cognac; wine is central to the heritage and culture of France, and has been so for over a millennium. The country remains the world’s leading wine producer, and its vineyards have cultivated some of the most beloved varieties and vintages on Earth. How better to celebrate and savour France’s legendary viticulture than with a wonderful luxury river cruise from Scenic?

From exclusive vineyard excursions to our impressive sommelier-selected wine list, you’ll share in France’s indelible passion for wine on-board your Space-Ship, and return home with a new-found love and appreciation for this timeless French staple.

Savour the bold reds of the Médoc wine country at the historic Château Gruaud-Larose estate, or sample the fine wines of the Rhône Valley amid the spectacular beauty of Tournon Castle. Wherever you journey on the waterways of France, a glass of something tempting is never far from reach. 

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Discover more about French River Cruising with Scenic


We have some wonderful Enrich experiences for you to discover on our French cruises, including 2017´s new Scenic Rouge...


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Explore France’s cultural wonders at a pace that suits you with Freechoice


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Scenic Culinaire

Scenic Space-Ships Diamond, Sapphire and Emerald will boast an on-board cooking school in 2017.

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"As the week progressed, I realised that, rather than simply stringing together a series of ports, Scenic stage-manages this cruise to reveal one fabulous experience after another – starting with Lyon and the Burgundy wine region, and saving the big hitters, Avignon and Arles, for the end.” 

Sue Bryant, award-winning travel writer and editor.

"Take the ever-changing environment, the images of medieval France, the hugely informative trips to wineries, castles, towns and villages and some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe, and you have an unforgettable holiday. And, if you love wine, there is no more to be said"

Robert Powell, Actor


France River Cruises


France is a country steeped in history and culture and there is simply no better way to explore France than on our very own Scenic Space-Ships.

All Inclusive Luxury

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Scenic Freechoice

Flexible excursions to suit your pace.

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Scenic Enrich

Exclusive, private, once-in-a-lifetime events.

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Dining and Beverages

Diverse and delicious dining in opulent on board settings.

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Private Butlers

Taking care of your every need.

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Scenic Tailormade

The freedom to explore on your own terms.

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Tailored Travel

A choice of up to 15 UK airports.

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