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France is the land of liberté, égalité and fraternité (that's liberty, equality and fraternity), but it's also the land of impressionism, gourmet dining and fashion. It's a world where creativity is praised above all else and style is of the utmost. On a Viking River Cruise you can sail the calm rivers of France, from the Seine to the Rhone, and be a part of this wonderful culture that has inspired so many. Viking River Cruises has a wide range of sailings at affordable prices. Take advantage now, before the best cabins sell out.
Beauty comes to mind first when you visit the countryside of France. In Giverny you will get a tour of the gardens and stone houses that inspired and refreshed Monet in his later years of life. It is here where he painted his famous water lilies. In Lyon, learn about the Lumiere brothers, who were pioneers in movie making. In Arles, spy the beauty of the bright purple fields of lavender, which is used for making fragrances.
After beauty comes the style. France, particularly Paris, is known for its style. Take a Viking Rivers excursion to Versailles, once home to Marie Antoinette and lined with mirrors, gold and crystals. From this decorative style, check out the visual style of famous painters like Leonardo Da Vinci and Vincent Van Gogh at the Louvre. Then, for a more literal sense of style, you can visit the home of the famous fashion designer Coco Chanel.
With all this beauty and style, I'm sure you'll work up an appetite. Never fear, at each stop along your Viking River Cruises tour of France you’ll find some tasty treat or gourmet meal waiting to satisfy your every desire. This is the land that taught Julia Child how to cook, after all. Most of Viking River Cruises' French itineraries sail into the heart of the wine country, so don't miss out on a tour of a local vineyard in Bordeaux or the chance to visit Cognac, home to the famous brandy. Continue below for a few more ideas of the experiences available on a Viking River Cruise to France: