France Cruises

France cruises
We visited Toulon in the south of France. Don’t miss the lively market where we met The “Salad Lady,” the embodiment of France’s joie de vivre. @ 2011 Ralph Grizzle

France is one of my absolute favorite cruising destinations. From the south of France to the western coast to the rivers and canals that slice through this beautiful country, I have enjoyed every part of France that I have visited on cruise ships, river cruises and canals.

There is so much to see and do here, from sun-splashed Saint Tropez to the Alabaster Cliffs of Normandy (and its historic Landing Beaches).

We enjoy the big city lights of Paris and the country canals that pierce the pastoral landscape of Burgundy. We’ve visited the Venice of France (Sete), the cute city of Honfleur, the gorgeous seaside fishing village known as Sanary-Sur-Mer and we’ve squeezed into tiny Port Vendres on luxury cruise vessels.

We’ve stood on the hilltop at Eze, with a beautiful overview of the Mediterranean, and we’ve strolled the narrow streets of Saint Paul de Vence.

You can see a lot of our adventures in the France videos on this page.

Southern France Cruises

In the south of France, we got off-the-beaten path to discover Cotignac & Cave-Dwellers. We sailed to a beautiful little island known as Porquerolles and we called on the larger cities such as MarseilleNice, Villefranche & Monaco (a neighbor to France). Aix-en-Provence is a favorite, but then so is Antibes and so many other places along the French coast, including, Nice and Eze.

Western France Cruises

On a river cruise from Paris to Rouen, I made a Trip To The Landing Beaches & A Stunning Discovery At The American Cemetery. I’ve checked out Shore Excursions From Le Havre, In Photos and snapped some gorgeous photos, In My Viewfinder: Normandy’s Alabaster Coast. I’ve also asked myself if Bordeaux Was France’s Most Beautiful City? But, of course, there are many contenders in this gorgeous country.

French Rivers & Canals

I spent 10 days barging in the south of France from Arles to Sete, a gorgeous trip that you can read about here: Barging In The South Of France: CroisiEurope’s Anne-Marie, Day 10, Our Trip Comes To An End, Wrapping Up.

Avid Cruiser Videos

I hope you find the information on this page useful, and if I can help, please fill out the form below the videos. Check out our Avid Cruiser videos featuring ports of call along the French Riviera, Cote d’Azur and Monaco by using the player below. Note that there are 18 videos in the player, so sit back and relax.

Additional videos featuring France’s west coast. For Port Profiles, Shore Excursions and What To Do In France, click on the destinations below.

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One Comment

  • Bonjour Ralph.

    Based in Australia, we are considering a river cruise in Bordeaux (we have been there) or burgundy. Uniworld and Scenic appear to be the most attractive. Please advise how the two areas compare for interesting vineyards to visit and which of these two brands would be preferable for value and excursions. The European feel of Uniworld does appeal. However you may advise us to look at another brand, such as Evergreen. Feedback from locals is that Viking passengers were not friendly to non-Europeans. I would much appreciate your views. Thanks for your weekly information, best wishes Rosalie.
    ps we soon leave for Tahiti and Hawaii on Le Soleat- cant wait.


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