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River Cruising > France

France River Cruising

Indulge in your mind, body and soul
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 storied waters unveils a treasure trove of sights and sounds.
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 as they weave through the iconic Bordeaux region. And down in beautiful Burgundy, the placid Rhône and Saône cut a path to the sun-kissed south, one of Europe’s most beautiful regions. From Lyon, the culinary capital of France to the unspoiled beauty of Camargue, the South of France is beguiling and charming in equal measure.

Click on the icons below to discover France like you’ve never seen it before…as told by Scenic

Take our Virtual Reality Tour of our newly ReFURBISHED Scenic Diamond

At the start of 2017, our Scenic Diamond and Sapphire ships underwent extensive refurbishment to provide an intimate ambience that makes guests feel instantly at home. Boasting a rooftop Vitality Pool, Wellness Area and Salt Lounge, each ship also boasts two one-bedroom Royal Owner’s Suites. At 47 square metres, they’re the largest on board any European river cruise ship, promising an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime journey along the waterways of France.

Step on board and experience the newly refurbished Scenic Diamond for yourself with our 360° virtual reality tour. Explore the reception area, our range of suites including Balcony Suites, Junior and Royal Balcony Suites, the Royal Panorama Suite and the Royal Owner's Suite. See our relaxing Sun Deck and our Lounge & Bar area, stroll through the River Cafe and Crystal Dining. Sit back and watch our Chef cook up at storm in Scenic Culinaire, our exclusive on board cooking experience.


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How to use the VR Video

To make the most of the tour, turn up your speakers or put your headphones on. If you are using a desktop see the full 360 view of the room by using your mouse to click and drag across the screen. If you would like to view the tour on a mobile phone or tablet, please use the Wistia app to get the full experience. When using the Wistia app, move your device around to see each angle of the ship.


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.

The Beautiful Rivers of France 

The wonders of France are revealed by the country’s great rivers, 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 explore wine country on the relaxing Dordogne. 

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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

2018 France River Cruises

Idyllic Rhone

8 days
Tarascon > Chalon-sur-Saone
Cruise the Rhone on an 8 day journey from Tarascon to Chalon-sur-Saone. Board your Scenic Space-Ship and discover the delicacies & delights of the region.
from £2,620
Early Bird Offer

Bordeaux Affair

8 days
Bordeaux > Bordeaux
Visit an authentic local food market or learn wine tasting in one of the traditional vineyards on an 8 day cruise through the magical Bordeaux region.
from £2,870 £2,370
Early Bird Offer

Normandy & Gems of the Seine

11 days
Paris > Paris
Cruise along the Seine on an 11 day journey from Paris to Honfleur. Tour the historic Normandy beaches and visit Giverny where you can see Monet's gardens.
from £3,245 £2,745
Early Bird Offer

Beautiful Bordeaux

11 days
Bordeaux > Bordeaux
Visit wineries and vineyards where you'll learn how to taste wine from a sommelier on a romantic 11 day river cruise through the Bordeaux region.
from £3,380 £2,880
Early Bird Offer

South of France

13 days
Lyon > Marseille
Embark on a 13 day cruise from Chalon-sur-Saône to Tarascon. Feast on incredible cuisine and marvel at truly beautiful landscapes in the South of France.
from £4,095 £3,595
Early Bird Offer

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 £4,390 £3,890

Rediscover Your Favourite French Wine with Scenic

Beaujolais to burgundy, champagne to cognac; wine has been central to the heritage and culture of France for over 1000 years. The world’s leading wine producer, its vineyards cultivate 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 surely 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 too far from reach. 

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