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Cuisine Français Par Excellence

France’s gastronomic heritage needs no introduction. To explore France is to explore its history through fine dining and fine wines – something we have taken to heart with the culinary offering on board our luxurious Space-Ships.

Space-Ships Diamond and Sapphire, offer our Scenic Culinaire experience, which allows guests to participate in a series of cooking demonstrations. During these classes, our chefs showcase regional recipes using the freshest ingredients, sourced locally from the finest provincial markets.

Our speciality dining venue, L’Amour, provides five courses of fine French dining, paired with local wines from the region’s best wineries. Serving up to 32 guests at a time, L’Amour’s intimate culinary experience is one that every guest can experience during their time on board.

No river cruise of the South of France would be complete without visiting Lyon. Undoubtedly the culinary capital of France, Lyonnaise cooking is a foodie’s dream. During your time here, take a trip to the culinary school of Paul Bocuse, the world-renowned chef famed for his innovative approach to cooking. You can refine your skills under the tutelage of some of France’s finest instructors, before sampling the school’s delicious fare.

Get to the heart of world-famous wine-producing regions, tasting the celebrated wines of Bordeaux and Châteauneuf-du-Pape at exclusive sessions. Back on board, our expert sommeliers pair the perfect accompaniments to all your dishes – all complimentary, of course. An extensive selection of cocktails, mocktails, top-shelf spirits and local beer are also available to enjoy on board at any time of the day. 

Our range of dining venues 

Crystal Dining 

The main restaurant on board our French Space-Ships, Crystal Dining serves delicious à la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner fare. The wide range of cuisine, from seafood specialties to local delicacies, reveals a culinary showcase to suit every palate. Plus, with open seating from two to eight guests, it’s perfect for relaxed dining whatever the time of day.

River Café

river cafe

For quick nibbles, flexible dining and tasty treats, the River Café makes a great little stop off through the day. Engage in a spot of relaxed chit-chat with your fellow guests, recharge before the day ahead with our healthy options or try something from the gelato bar and indulge your sweet tooth with delicious frozen desserts.

L’Amour 

l'amour

Serving locally-inspired French fine-dining for up to 32 guests each evening, L’Amour does provincial French food with real flair. A five-course menu features regional specialities paired local wines from the region’s best wineries, surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows that take in rolling vistas and awe-inspiring landscapes as you dine. Not one to be missed, everyone has a chance to experience the incredible food here during their time on board.

Table La Rive

la rive

A treat for true gastronomists, Table La Rive is exclusive to our Diamond Deck guests. A six-course degustation menu allows you to appreciate the chef’s subtle, nuanced signature dishes, while sommelier-paired wines enrich the senses with the finest wines of the region. With an average of ten guests per evening, it’s an intimate, refined experience that every epicurean will delight in.

France River Cruises

2019 France River Cruises

2019 Launch

Bordeaux Affair

8 days
Bordeaux > Bordeaux
Experience all-inclusive luxury on an 8-day round-trip cruise from Bordeaux. Visit Saint-Emilion, Medoc & Cadillac with enchanting castles & idyllic vistas.
from £2,820 £2,320
2019 Launch

Rhine Christmas Markets

8 days
Amsterdam > Basel
Take a trip through time, from cosmopolitan capitals, to Medieval marketplaces.
from £2,820 £2,070
2019 Launch

Idyllic Rhone

8 days
Chalon-sur-Saone > Tarascon
Enjoy the cuisines & delights of France as you cruise the Rhone river. Board in Chalon-sur-Saône, where a world of wonder awaits you in the days ahead.
from £3,195 £2,695
2019 Launch

Highlights of Normandy & the Seine

8 days
Paris > Paris
Cruise the sensational Seine on our 8-day round-trip from Paris. Explore magnificent châteaux, quaint sea side towns and the heart-warming war memorials.
from £3,195 £2,695
2019 Launch

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 £3,495 £2,995
2019 Launch

Beautiful Bordeaux

11 days
Bordeaux > Bordeaux
On this 11-day Beautiful Bordeaux river cruise, visit stunning wineries, explore charming towns on guided tours & enjoy a private concert at Château Agassac.
from £3,495 £2,995

Enchanting Rhône with Paris

11 days
Paris > Nice
Embark on an 11 day journey from Paris with a luxurious river cruise along the Rhone. Experience an exclusive dinner at the Pope's Palace in Avignon.
from £4,095
2019 Launch

Rhine Christmas Markets with Switzerland

12 days
Zurich > Amsterdam
Enjoy the magic of Christmas on a luxurious 12 day river cruise from Zurich to Amsterdam. Visit the iconic Christmas markets & soak up the atmosphere.
from £4,095 £3,595
2019 Launch

South of France

13 days
Lyon > Marseille
Embark on a 13 day cruise from Chalon-sur-Saône to Tarascon on the Saone & Rhone rivers. Feast on incredible cuisine and marvel at truly beautiful landscapes in the South of France.
from £4,245 £3,745
2019 Launch

Romantic Rhine & Moselle

15 days
Amsterdam > Basel
The romance of Europe is alive and well on this 15 day cruise from Amsterdam to Basel exploring the beautiful Rhine and Moselle Rivers.
from £4,295 £3,795
2019 Launch

South of France Indulgence

15 days
Lyon > Lyon
Indulge in the sights, sounds & refined tastes of the South of France on a 15 day cruise from Lyon. Explore Beaune & enjoy the spectacular Scenic Rouge.
from £4,870 £4,370
2019 Launch

Jewels of Russia

15 days
Moscow > St Petersburg
Reveal the mysteries of Russia on a 15 day river cruise between St Petersburg and Moscow, cruise the majestic waterways on board the luxurious Scenic Tsar.
from £5,145 £4,645
2019 Launch

Enchanting Rhône with Monte Carlo & Paris

14 days
Nice > Paris
Discover the alluring Monte Carlo before embarking on a luxurious cruise along the Rhone. Enjoy 3 nights in Paris, see the Arc de Triomphe & Champs Elysées.
from £5,595 £5,095
2019 Launch

Romantic Rhine & Moselle with Switzerland

19 days
Amsterdam > Zurich
Experience the magic of Europe’s most romantic region on a 19 day journey from Amsterdam to Zurich. Cruise the Rhine and Moselle, create your own fairytale.
from £5,695 £5,195
2019 Launch

South of France with Paris

16 days
Paris > Nice
Experience the stunning delights of France on a luxurious 16 day journey from Paris to Nice. Visit Lyon, Tournon, Avignon and Tarascon in 5-star luxury.
from £5,890 £5,390
2019 Launch

South of France with Paris & Monte Carlo

19 days
Paris > Nice
Cruise the spectacular rivers of the South of France in 5-star luxury and soak up the sun in Monte Carlo on a lavish 19 day journey from Paris to Nice.
from £7,040 £6,540

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