Next year seems to be the year for river cruising in France, as cruise lines add new itineraries to the popular European destination.
Avalon Waterways will have two new ships in the region, Uniworld has combined two of its itineraries to create one detailed cruise around the country and Scenic has unveiled a new itinerary because of growing demand.
So, if you’re dreaming of seeing the Notre Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower or a Château while on a cruise then next year might be the time to do it.
We compiled a list of new itineraries for you to choose from in 2015:
Avalon Poetry II and Avalon Tapestry II will join Avalon Scenery and Avalon Creativity on the Rhône and Seine next year.
With the expanded French offering comes a new dual-river itinerary, the 16-day Rhine & Rhône Revealed, combining a cruise on the Rhine from Amsterdam to Basel with a cruise through France on the Rhône from Beaune to the Côte d’Azur.
Port calls along the cruise include Arles, Avignon, Tournon, Lyon, Macon, Strasbourg, Speyer, Mainz-Rudesheim and Cologne.
Uniworld’s expansion into France started this year, with the launch of two new itineraries.
The eight day Bordeaux, Vineyard and Chateaux cruise, which takes guests on a return sailing from Bordeaux, and the 15-day Portrait of Majestic France which sails from Paris to Bordeaux with stops in 17 cities, including Rouen, Caudebec-en-Caux and Libourne.
In 2015, the line will combine the two cruises to offer guests a 22-day Ultimate France itinerary from Paris to Lyon.
The cruise is available between March and October aboard River Baroness, River Royale and the line’s newest ship, S.S. Catherine.
The itinerary will take guests along the Dordogne River, Garone River and Girone Estaury.
Calls will be made in Vernon, Rouen, Caudebed-en-Caux, Conflans-Sainte-Honorine before heading to Paris where guests will disembark and transfer to Bordeaux via a high speed train for the second leg of the journey, which stops in Bergerac, Saint-Emilion, Cadillac, Avignon, Viviers, Tournon, Lyon and Macon.
APT is offering extended land tours through France next year on select itineraries.
Guests who book the 27-day France with Rhine & Rhone will be able to experience Normandy’s beaches, the Loire Valley and Bordeaux regions feature in a new 12-night luxury land journey, prior to a 14-night river cruise from Arles to Amsterdam.
There’s also the 27-day Italy, French Riviera and Provence with Magnificent Europewhere guests spend five nights exploring Italy’s Rome, Sienna, Florence and Pisa before spending seven nights in the South of France enjoying Nice, Aix-en-Provence and Paris. Followed by a 14-night Magnificent Europe River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest.