France Cruises

France is full of glitz, glamour, sophistication, and that certain ‘je ne sais quoi’

Visitors to its shores are treated to art, fun, culture, gastronomy, beautiful landscapes and plenty of activities to enjoy. This is true whether you’re in the cities, the stunning countryside with its fragrant and rolling vineyards and huge mountain ranges, or the famous beaches in the south. 

France is the largest country in the EU, almost a fifth of its total size, and is the world’s most popular tourist destination. On your cruise to France you’ll get to see just a few reasons why tourists the world over keep coming back for more. 

Top 5 interesting facts

  • The French coastline is over 2,000 miles long. 
  • Over 1,000 types of cheese are made in France.
  • In 2014 France was the world’s most popular tourist destination.
  • The Louvre is the most visited art museum in the world.
  • French is the world’s second most studied language. 


Breathtaking scenery

Cruises to France are hugely popular, but if it’s sunshine and high living you’re after then the place to be is surely the Côte d’Azur on the south coast – also known as the French Riviera. There’s surfing opportunities in Biarritz, the sunning prospects in St Tropez or the chance to see where all the film festival magic happens in Cannes. This is where you’ll find all the fabulously dressed holidaymakers – where no doubt you’ll fit right in!  

Bordeaux is of course famous for its wine production, but there’s so much more to this highly cultured region. Pey-Berland in the city centre is a must, with stunning panoramic views from the top of the bell tower, as well as the beautiful Bordeaux Cathedral. 

Beautiful ports

History buffs will love La Rochelle – not only is Le Vieux Port one of the most beautiful and active ports out there, you’ll also find museums aplenty. Le Bunker de La Rochelle is an actual redeveloped war bunker, the Musées des Automates is dedicated to puppets, while the La Rochelle Natural History Museum is an ode to the great French explorers of the 19thcentury. 


Food and drink


Once you’ve finished gazing into the past, it’s time to pick up a few French foodie delights from the great central market. 

Croissants, crepes, escargots, fromage, moules, the ubiquitous French baguette – there are so many foods associated with France, it’ll be (almost) impossible to fit them all into one trip. 

It’s well known that cordon bleu cuisine was developed here, and the French culinary style has been replicated the world over. Using lots of rich ingredients – cheeses, veal, cream, potatoes – the extravagant gastronomy is an absolute must when you’re in the country. 

 The wine industry dates back to around 6th century BC in France, and with an output of around 7-8 billion bottles per year it is one of the largest producers on the planet.  

The top grape varieties in the wine world are generally grown in Bordeaux and Burgundy, with Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc a few of the famous varieties produced around the country overall. 

French people take their wine very seriously, and you’ll notice this when you head to a restaurant and try and choose a bottle from the menu. Don’t take this decision lightly – you can always ask your sommelier for advice. 


Ports in the country


Cruises visiting France

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