Kick back on the French Riviera
The French Riviera is the Mediterranean coast of south-eastern France. Famed for its luxurious holiday destinations such as Cannes and Saint Tropez, this region is perfect for anyone wishing to kick back and enjoy the finer things in life during their cruise. Also known as the Cote d’Azur, the French Riviera promises beautiful beaches, glamorous bars, fine-dining restaurants and beautifully blue water. Don’t miss Saint-Tropez’ stunning old port, the scenic coastal path near La Ponche and the Notre-Dame de l’Esperance in Cannes.
Wine tasting in Bordeaux
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bordeaux is famous not just for its amazing museums and churches, but also for its wine. Any foodie will know that this spectacular region is the wine capital of the world, with several classifications ensuring that the wine remains of the very highest quality. Needless to say, the region offers the perfect opportunity to taste and learn about wine and various tours.
Wander the streets of Paris
Paris remains the most-visited city in France, due to the undeniable lure of its cultural and artistic history. Many travellers dream of wandering the streets of Paris, stopping to admire the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre. One of the best ways to see Paris is on a Seine river cruise via Le Havre, giving you the chance to view the city of lights from a fresh perspective. If you’re looking for an alternative day out in Paris, visit the Moulin Rouge venue or the eerie catacombs which run underground for 1,800 miles.
Dine at a bouchon in Lyon
At the junction of the Rhone and Saone Rivers, Lyon is widely considered to be the food capital of France. Its historic restaurants, or bouchons, are the place to be to find the very best Lyonaisse cuisine. From potato gratin, layered with gruyere cheese, cream, garlic and herbs, to rich meat dishes and decadent pastries, the food in Lyon is worth the trip to France alone.
Step back in time on the Rhone River
One of the best ways to explore France is on a river cruise. The Rhone River flows for over 500 miles, passing some of the country’s most picturesque towns and cities. In south-eastern France’s Provence region, the town of Avingnon is renowned for its medieval architecture, pretty parks and world-class restaurants. Here you can stroll along the Rhone River, taking in the atmosphere of the historic town. Further south, the city of Arles, famed for inspiring the works of Van Gogh, was once a provincial capital of ancient Rome. Set on the banks of the Rhone River, Arles is also a worthy stop on your cruise to France.