The Viking Way
French culture was born along the nation’s rivers. The light of Provence inspired an artistic movement along the leisurely Rhône. The vines of Bordeaux produced an enduring viniculture. Along the Seine, Claude Monet perfected the art of Impressionism at his beloved Giverny. Romantic riverside ruins from Roman and Norman days tell a deeper story. And all waterways in France lead to fertile farmlands whose bounty has shaped a celebrated cuisine. Choose your France river cruise below.
Witness the splendor of Holland's tulips in spring, and visit beautifully preserved medieval cities in Belgium. You'll explore Amsterdam's cosmopolitan atmosphere and tour ingenious windmills in Kinderdijk. Experience Belgium's Golden Age in historic Antwerp and the lovely patrician cities of Ghent and Bruges. Plus, enjoy savory Dutch cheeses, delectable Belgian chocolates and Blelgium;s exquisite, intricate lace.
Caressed by Atlantic breezes, the vineyards that cover the rolling hills along the rivers of the Bourdeaux region have for centuries produced France's most remarkable wines. Saint-Emilion, Pomerol, Sauternes, Medoc and Margaux are but a handful of the appellations that make Bourdeaux wines world-famous. At the regions heart, the city of Bourdeaux stretches along the river bank, inviting visitors to savor its grand architecture, tempting cafes and superb museums.
FSail along France's scenic Rhone and Saone Rivers past some of the most beautiful vistas the French countryside has to offer. During your 8 day journey, explore the colorful fields of Provence and the famed region of Beaujolais. Visit the historic Papal Palace, walk cov=bbled streets and visit Gallo-Roman ruins in Vienne. Learn about the region's time-honored winemaking traditions, sample Beaujolais varietals and try the world-famous regional cuisine in Lyon