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France River Cruises - Avalon Waterways

Avalon Waterways’ river cruises through France sail along the Seine, Saone and/or Rhone Rivers for a memorable journey through one of Europe’s most scenic countries. You’ll tour France’s finest cities and towns, including Paris, Avignon, Arles, Conflans, Giverny, Lyon, Rouen, Vienne, Viviers and more.

The Rhone River flows through the French countryside and passes through famous French vineyards and orchards of the fertile Rhone Valley. On a Rhone River cruise with Avalon Waterways you could tour Arles, probably most famous as the temporary home of Vincent Van Gogh. He used the town as inspiration for nearly 200 paintings during one of his most creative periods. With Avalon Waterways, you can also explore Avignon, Vienne, Viviers and Lyon for a firsthand history lesson through France.

The Seine River splits Paris into the Left and Right Bank and cruises along her picturesque bends give a comprehensive view of city life in Paris, along with country life outside the glamorous city. Avalon Waterways has designed Seine River itineraries that provide guests with plenty of time in the City of Light with the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and more. You’ll also explore towns like Giverny, where Monet painted his water lilies, and Conflans.

The Saone River – which winds its way through cities like Chalon-sur-Saone, Tournus, Macon and Lyon – brings Avalon Waterways’ guests through France’s renowned Burgundy wine region. The length of the river is dotted with precious vineyards, quaint villages and towering castles. Continue below for a preview of the experiences available on a France river cruise with Avalon Waterways along the Rhone, Seine or Saone Rivers:

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Palace of the Popes in Avignon, France
  • Visit the Palace of the Popes in Avignon, France. This remarkable 14th-century papal residence is the world’s largest gothic-style fortress. You could also tour the Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine cellars or just walk the scenic city streets.
  • Tour Old Town Lyon, a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site, and wander the city’s medieval streets while visiting museums, Roman ruins, local cafes and scenic wineries.
Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France
  • Beaune is the wine capital of Burgundy, so of course you’ll have to try the local wines that make the region famous. Before leaving, take time to tour the Hotel-Dieu Hospital and its famous artwork.
  • Sightsee your way around the City of Lights with a full day in Paris, France. Highlights include the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe and – of course – the Eiffel Tower.
Water lilies in Giverny
  • In Arles, head to the ancient 20,000-capacity Roman Amphitheater or tour the St. Trophime Church. It won’t take long to see why Vincent Van Gogh fell in love with Arles and Provence.
  • Giverny offers cruisers a glimpse into the inspiration for several of Claude Monet’s most treasured paintings. Tour Monet’s Japanese gardens, water lilies and cottage.


Explore France’s beautiful countryside and culturally astounding cities with Avalon Waterways. Don't push one of these amazing cruise itineraries off for another year. Call The Cruise Web today to book an Avalon Waterways France river cruise.


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