France River Cruises

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

Join us on our France river cruises for a truly all-inclusive journey through the most romantic country on Earth.

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 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.

Why cruise with Scenic?

From the moment you step on board a Scenic Space-Ship, you will enjoy the ultimate in truly all-inclusive luxury, every moment of each day on your cruise.
Wonderfully spacious and equipped with every amenity you could conceive of, Scenic takes luxury river cruising to a new level with ships that are like a 5-star floating hotel. Our Cruise Directors, Butlers, and every member of our hospitable onboard team, are on hand to ensure that all your needs are met. We've thought about every single detail of your European river cruise including all tips and gratuities, airport transfers, first-class transport and local guides.

Peace of mind means that you can safely lock away your wallet and immerse yourself in the truly all-inclusive luxury experience. 

With a variety of on board and onshore wellness options, you will have the most relaxing and soothing holiday. From the fresh air flowing through the Scenic Sun Lounge of your spacious 5-star luxury suite with balcony, to the therapeutic salt infused microclimate of the on board Salt Therapy Lounge*, your well-being is our priority. 
  • Luxuriously Appointed Suites
    Spacious suites with queen-size Scenic Slumber bed, pillow menu, luxurious bath products, Wi-Fi and Mac mini infotainment system.
  • Scenic Sun Lounges
    Enjoy the fresh river breeze while drinking in the scenery through the in-built Scenic Sun Lounges in all Balcony Suites and above.
  • Wellness your Way
    Tailor your wellness with an onboard gym, Salt Therapy Lounge*, yoga and meditation sessions, spa and hair salon^, e-Bikes and a range of Scenic Freechoice activities for various fitness levels.
  • Up to Five Dining Options
    From casual dining to a six-course dégustation menu, enjoy up a wide variety of dining options, along with customised meals as per your dietary needs.
  • Unlimited Complimentary Beverages#
    Choose from our extensive bar menu with premium drinks for every occasion. Your complimentary in-suite mini bar will also be restocked with your favourite drinks every day.
  • Butler Service
    Enjoy a nightly turndown service, morning tea, shoe-shining, laundry service, and a range of other services from your butler, every day.
  • The Nth Degree
    We've thought about every detail, so that you don't have to, including airport transfers, luxury transport and local guides. All tips and gratuities are also included.
*Not available on all ships. #All beverages are included except a very small number of fine and vintage wines, Champagnes and spirits. ^Massage and hair salon at additional cost.

Most popular France river cruises

Scenic Culinaire

Exclusive and innovative, our France river cruise ships feature their own onboard 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 onboard cooking class, taught by experts, featuring the finest local ingredients.

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.
 

Highlights for 2021 France river cruises

For travellers who want to enjoy all that France has to offer, Scenic has something for you in 2021. From food and wine to small town landscapes, art and architecture, you're sure to find the perfect itinerary.
Bassins de Lumières, Bordeaux, Scenic Enrich

Les Bassins de Lumières

Opening in 2020, Bordeaux's former submarine base will be transformed into a vast centre of digital art called Les Bassins de Lumières, hosting immersive exhibitions. With Scenic Enrich you will have exclusive after-hours access to this impressive art installation with a class of Champagne.

Find this in our Flavours of Bordeaux river cruise.

Roussillon village, France

Village of Roussillon

During our South of France river cruise, guests will now be able to visit one of the most beautiful villages in France, Roussillon with Scenic Freechoice. All its quaint houses are ochre in colour and squares are decorated with flowers and lined with restaurants. We will also visit a local lavender producer and wander through the Lavender Museum.

Valrhona Chocolate, Cité du Chocolate

Cité du Chocolate, Tain L’Hermitage

With Scenic Enrich in the South of France, you will have after-hours access to the Cité du Chocolate. Enjoy interactive workshops with Valrhona's chocolatiers and patissiers, and sample many of the varieties of indulgent fine chocolates on offer.

New Culinary Cruises

If you would like to explore the nuances of France’s proud epicurean heritage, Scenic has crafted two new Culinary Cruises in 2021. From the fine art of cheese tasting to capturing the best food photographs on your phone and everything in between, discover the ‘Gastronomic Meal of the French’. 

On your Flavours of Bordeaux river cruise, over 11 days, delight in the wonders of Bordeaux with added culinary highlights. You will have the opportunity to visit a former World War II German submarine base in Bordeaux transformed into the breathtaking art installation, Les Bassins de Lumières. With Scenic Enrich you will have exclusive after-hours access to this impressive exhibition with a glass of Champagne. From wine tasting at a vintage vineyard and brandy tasting at Rémy Martin, to a barrel making workshop and fresh oyster sampling, enjoy a range of gastronomic delights, as part of this truly immersive experience.

On your 11 day Tastes of Southern France itinerary, in addition to the wealth of experiences you would find on our South of France river cruise, enjoy bonus food, wine and produce-related activities. Hunt for truffles with a local farmer and his dogs, sample some of the best vintage wines in Beaujolais, and delight in an exclusive Bresse chicken meal prepared on board by Michelin star Chef Didier Goiffon. 

We have arranged exclusive after-hours access to the Cité Du Chocolate in Tain l'Hermitage with Scenic Enrich. Learn all about the famous premium French chocolate, Valrhona, through its expert chocolatiers and patissiers and sample many of the varieties of indulgent fine chocolates on offer.  

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