France River Cruising

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Experience France at its absolute finest, as our luxury river cruises take you deep into the heart of the many beautiful regions.

You’ll be seduced by the sophisticated wine regions and exquisite cuisine, the rolling landscapes and classical architecture, as you sail leisurely and in complete style and comfort on board one of our newly renovated and specially commissioned Scenic Space-ships. Enjoy fascinating daily excursions and once in a lifetime special events as part of your cruise, hand selected to ensure you see and explore the very best of the destination.

Rediscover your joie de vivre as you explore the thriving vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône, sample the award-winning Grand Cru class wines of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region and retrace the footsteps of historic figures in Normandy. France offers visitors an endless supply of attractions with more than 4,000 castles and châteaux dotting the countryside, hidden villages steeped in history and numerous museums dedicated to centuries of French art.

Les rivieres de France

Bempton Cliffs over a body of water

Northern France

River: The Seine
Length: 776 km
Source: Source-Seine
Mouth: The English Channel
On board: Scenic Gem

Paris is just one of the highlights on a cruise along this great waterway. Steeped in war history, northern France is a place of staggering beauty and epic works of art.
a view of a city at night

Bordeaux

River: The Garonne
Length: 602 km
Source: The Pyrenees
Mouth: The Gironde estuary
On board: Scenic Diamond

Situated in the southwest of France,the Garonne, Gironde and Dordogne wind their way across the Bordeaux region, synonymous with the exquisite wines grown on its soil.
a castle with water in front of a building

The South of France

River: The Rhône
Length: 812 km
Source: Rhône Glacier
Mouth: The Mediterranean Sea
On board: Scenic Sapphire

Famous for its beautiful countryside, delicious fare and amazing architecture, enjoy a unique insight into this stunning part of the world. Click below to find out more. 

Special 75th Anniversary D-Day Cruise

To coincide with the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, we’ve designed a special edition of our Highlights of Normandy and the Seine itinerary for 2019. Not only will you walk the beaches where British soldiers began their allied invasion, but you’ll also be part of a select group to see the unveiling of the British Memorial Site at the anniversary parade.


Active & Wellbeing

Those travelling on our South of France itinerary will now have the opportunity to visit Château de Meursault, in the heart of the Burgundy region, to taste its esteemed wines, as well as the picturesque Ardèche National Park. Guests can now embark on a guided hike through the vineyards of Avignon, or a cycling tour through the Cadillac and Médoc wine regions.

Château de la Riviere

Built in 1577, Château de La Rivière was restored in the 19th century, its three acres of underground cellars providing the ideal setting for maturing the wines they produce. This wonderful new addition to our river cruise itineraries in Bordeaux invites you to celebrate the 2,000-year history of wine as the sun sets over the vines of this spectacular estate. Talk with new-found friends as you taste its wares and explore the property. And, admire the work of a local artist painting the stunning landscape, using paint from the wine grown on the premises.

Explore the waterways of France in utmost luxury

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.
In 2017, we became the first and only river cruise line to offer a salt Therapy Lounge and dedicated Scenic Culinaire cooking school on board our ships in the South of France and Bordeaux.

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