Bordeaux – The Medoc – Graves – Sauternes – Saint-Emillion – Wines known the whole world over
The Place de la Bourse, designed by the Royal Architect Jacques Ange Gabriel in 1730
For 200 years, the capital of its own small Bourbon principality – a jewel on the river
The Pope’s Palace and the last remaining four arches of the Pont d’Avignon bridge.
A place of myths and fairytales about the Tarasque dragon, the castle was built in 1400
The amazing 2,000 year old Roman aqueduct brought water to Nimes
Civilisation’s heartbeat: Arc de Triomphe – Eiffel Tower – The Louvre – Notre Dame – Pavement cafés – Style and Elegance
One of France’s great cities, an inland port important since Roman times. The scene of Joan of Arc’s execution.
Claude Monet’s beloved house and masterpiece lily-strewn water gardens, painted countless times
Capital of Alsace and an important Rhine port, the entire Strasbourg ancient city centre is classed as a World Heritage Site
One of Europe’s oldest and most significant cities, Cologne is also a major cultural centre
Switzerland’s cultural capital, the ancient city of Basel lies on the Rhine where Swiss, French and German borders meet
The four major rivers of France – the Seine (Rouen/Paris), the Saone/Rhone (Lyon/Avignon), Garonne/Gironde (Bordeaux), and the Rhine (Strasbourg/Basel) – make excellent cruise routes for some fabulous river ships. These immaculate vessels provide a sparkling vacation on board, with pristine en-suite cabins and spacious sun-decks perfectly arranged to make the most of the huge variety of glorious vistas gliding by, calling at all the major historic sites, fascinating cities and vineyards lining the route.
Four magnificent river cruise waterways, seventy-nine memorable cruises available on thirty-eight different riverboats visiting some wonderful towns and cities. All listed in this, the french-waterways.com river cruise Master Directory.
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