France River Cruises

No two journeys on a France river cruise are the same, with each region possessing it’s own special charm.

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River cruising through France

Indulge yourself as you embrace France, the most romantic country on Earth. There’s simply no place more conducive to re-awakening the spirit.

You simply have to experience one of our France river cruises at least once in your life. From the windswept beauty of Normandy to the sun dappled Loire Valley and on to the magnificence of Bordeaux, this beautiful country is something to savour and thrill at.

As a guest you’ll enjoy the very best all-inclusive river cruising experience of your life.

Our exclusive Space-Ships feature handcrafted design excellence, with the finest dining and all the little luxuries you’d expect from a 5-star travel experience.

We’ll also take care of all those fiddly travel costs like transfers, laundry, tipping and gratuities. You really can afford to leave your wallet at home on a our France river cruises.

As you journey through France, beauty is around every river bend and the country’s reverence for art, history and gastronomy make every day a unique and lovely experience.

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Discover countless French treasures

No two journeys on a France river cruise are the same, with each region possessing it’s own special charm.

Fall in love with the 'city of love’ and the scenery of northern France, inspiration for some of the world's greatest artists, as you cruise the Seine to the historic beaches of Normandy.

Wherever you go, you can make the most of France’s most breathtaking locations with our fully escorted Scenic Freechoice and Scenic Enrich activities. Our Scenic Tailormade App guides you through your own personal excursions on-shore and offers absorbing commentary on major points of interest while you’re on board.

Together they guarantee an unforgettable journey, peppered with astounding discoveries.

Scenic Freechoice

With Scenic Freechoice you’ll get to pick and choose your own experiences, and explore at your preferred pace.

Would you like to pay your respects at the battlefields of the Somme, or prefer to learn about the Impressionist masters?

Would you like to sample the world’s finest burgundy wines, or stroll through the streets of a beautiful medieval fortress town? Or, simply stay on board and enjoy the scenery in the company of new friends?

Scenic Enrich

Our Scenic Enrich program provides uniquely enriching experiences completely inaccessible to most travellers.

Enjoy a truly unforgettable experience at the prestigious Pope’s Palace in Avignon, where you’ll be treated to a live classical performance in the Grand Tinel room.

Or soak in the ambience of the magnificent Château Agassac as live musicians perform classical masterpieces for your enjoyment.

Scenic Tailormade

Our Scenic Tailormade App guides you through your own personal excursions while on-shore, and also provides commentary on all points of interest while you’re on board.

Spend an afternoon cycling through remote country towns, or simply strolling along the banks of the river.

Wander on or off the beaten path without any danger of getting lost. And best of all, you’ll miss none of the attractions along the way.

All-Inclusive Wellness

On board your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship, you will have access to a range of health and wellness amenities at the dedicated wellness centre.

Our state-of-the-art gym offers daily scheduled activities to suit various fitness levels. 

Experience the healing benefits of the Salt Therapy Lounge* or indulge in a calming massage^. You can also choose to be pampered at the on board hair salon^.

*Not available on Scenic Gem. ^Massage and hair salon at additional cost.

Luxury River Cruising

Designed to redefine luxury river cruising, with innovative new technology, your Scenic Space-Ship will be your luxurious floating hotel as you cruise the waterways of France.

Intimate and friendly, with every amenity you could wish for, our Scenic Space-Ships were designed with you in mind so enjoy the ultimate in all-inclusive luxury, every moment of the day.

Boasting the finest fleet of river ships in France, our Space-Ships have been upgraded to include larger suites and beautiful interiors. The very best on board experience is matched onshore with longer itineraries and exciting inclusions. Your Cruise Director, as well as every member of our hospitable on board team, are on hand to make sure you make the most of every minute of your time on board.

Scenic Diamond and Scenic Sapphire feature the finest of interiors and amenities, including a vitality pool, fitness centre and spa complete with an innovative Salt Therapy Lounge. A highlight of these ships is also the unique Scenic Culinaire bespoke cooking area where guests are able to participate in a series of cooking demonstrations.

Scenic Gem is the most luxurious ship currently cruising the river Seine and was purpose-built to cruise all the way to beautiful Honfleur. With only 64 suites, guests will enjoy a more intimate experience along with every all-inclusive 5-star luxury amenity you’ve come to expect on a Scenic Space-Ship.

Scenic Culinaire

Exclusive and innovative, our France river cruise ships feature their own on board cooking schools.

One of the most exciting elements on board Scenic Sapphire and Scenic Diamond is our exclusive Scenic Culinaire cooking experience. Guests will now be able to immerse themselves in the culinary wonders of the Rhône and Bordeaux regions onshore and on board.

France is the epicentre of cuisine and fine dining and Scenic Culinaire will allow our guests to participate in an on board cooking class, taught by experts, featuring the finest local ingredients.

Scenic Diamond and Scenic Sapphire have been transformed to include a bespoke cooking area. This dedicated space features a cooking station, a fresh produce fridge with ingredients that will be sourced from local markets, and our cooking instructors will introduce you to regional recipes you’ll adore.

We’ve even included a live camera and screen so that you won’t miss a thing as it’s being cooked. And of course the best bit will be the tastings at the conclusion of each class.

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The endless wonders of France 

Just imagine yourself being on board a Scenic Space-Ship, delighting in all the romance of the beautiful Loire Valley, and sinking your feet into the historic sands of Normandy.

You could sail the Seine under the arches of the ponts towards the English Channel, cruise the Dordogne and Garonne Rivers through the spectacular Bordeaux countryside, or head to the majestic Rhone River as it leads you through Nice and Lyon.

Whichever of the land’s fine waterways you choose to travel, you’ll find another facet of this inspiring country waiting for you, just around the next river bend.


Synonymous with fine foods and some of the world's best vineyards, the Bordeaux region of France is also one the most beautiful places in the world.

From windswept beaches teeming with birdlife to exquisitely built 11th century medieval buildings, Bordeaux offers up many treasures to uncover as you journey through this multi-faceted region.

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South of France

A playground of delight, the South of France is renowned for its luxurious lifestyle and delicious fare.

Taking you from the Lyon, gastronomic heart of France, to wine caves in Tournon Castle and on to the wild beauty of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, a bird-watcher's dream, there is always something to thrill you anew in this picturesque part of the world.

Steeped in tradition and alive with the French passion for life, you’ll be captivated and inspired by the South of France.

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There are not many places in France that have played such an important part in political and military history than Normandy. From the Norman invasion of England in 1066 to the D-Day landings of 1944 this is a place of contemplation and reverence.

The spectacular island monastery of Mont St-Michel is reason alone to visit, however when you arrive, you’ll also experience some of the most dramatic coastlines, medieval cities and sample a range of delicious local specialities including fresh seafood, rosy apples and gooey flavoursome camembert.

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Virtual Tour

Take a virtual walk-through of our all-inclusive Scenic Space-Ships to get a taste of your onboard experience.

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