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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 2018 European river cruise by the 28 April and save a guaranteed £2,000 per couple, plus enjoy free private door-to-door chauffeur transfers.

Perfect for:

  • Wine connoisseurs: Bordeaux and Burgundy
  • Military historians: Somme battlefields and Normandy D-Day beaches
  • Foodies: Bordeaux and Bergerac
  • Art enthusiasts: Monet’s house and gardens, Giverny

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 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

"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.

France River Cruises

2017 France Cruises

2017 Spring Sale

Rhine Highlights

8 days
Basel > Amsterdam
Journey from the majestic Alps of Switzerland all the way to the famous and romantic canals of Amsterdam on this 8 day tour and cruise along the Rhine.
from £3,170 £2,420
2017 Spring Sale

Idyllic Rhone

8 days
Lyon > Marseille
Be enchanted on this 8 day cruise along the Rhone river from Chalon-sur-Saone to Tarascon. Explore the very best of France, including Lyon, Vienne & Avignon.
from £3,520 £3,270

Idyllic Rhône

8 days
Chalon-sur-Saone > Tarascon
Enjoy 8 days of visual delight on this elegant experience throughout Burgundy and the Riviera. Try life the French way from Chalon-sur-Saone to Tarascon.
from £3,520
2017 Spring Sale

Bordeaux Affair

8 days
Bordeaux > Bordeaux
Learn wine tasting in one of the traditional vineyards or visit an authentic local food market on this 8 day cruise through the magical Bordeaux region.
from £3,645 £2,645
2017 Spring Sale

Romantic Rhine & Moselle

15 days
Basel > Amsterdam
The romance of Europe is alive and well on this 15 day cruise from Basel to Amsterdam exploring the beautiful Rhine and Moselle Rivers.
from £3,940 £2,940
Bordeaux Stay Pay

Beautiful Bordeaux

11 days
Bordeaux > Bordeaux
Learn how to taste wine from a sommelier during the visits to the wineries and vineyards on this romantic 11 day cruise through the Bordeaux region.
from £4,245 £2,645