The Rivers of France
The saying goes, “Oceans take you to countries; rivers take you through them.” River cruising is a uniquely luxurious way to travel, sailing through the hearts of some of the world’s most storied, picturesque cities and towns. And which destination is more celebrated, magical and serenely beautiful than France? In poem and song, art and cuisine, dance and couture -- France is the joie de vivre capital of the world.
River cruises take you through France in first-class comfort and luxury. For example, our ships at AMAwaterways are designed to feel like a floating sanctuary to keep you feeling pampered and refreshed. Heralded for a pioneering spirit and breakthrough designs, our ships feature spacious French balcony staterooms that offer stunning views of the ever-changing scenery.
On an AmaWaterways river cruise you’re sure to be delighted by the shore excursions that are offered in every port. You can hop on a bike for a unique opportunity to become immersed in local culture or join a variety of paced tours. After a day of excursions retreat back to your spacious stateroom and enjoy the panoramic views of ever-changing scenery. Among the array of amenities, onboard the luxury river cruise ship, you can relax with a massage or get your hair styled at the salon before a delectable dinner. AmaWaterways was invited to be a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs – a prestigious international culinary society – and with good reason. Expert chefs craft menus that feature exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine as well as traditional Western offerings that are paired with unlimited local wine and beer. To add to the list of amenities you can enjoy an intimate specialty restaurant where you can watch the chef prepare a lavish dinner right in front of you as you dine at The Chef’s Table.
On their Provence and Spain itinerary aboard the AmaCello, you can inhale fragrant lavender fields, stroll through medieval and elegant castles and shop till you drop along the ritzy Champs-Élysées. Fall in love with the sophistication, romance and breathtaking glamour of Paris. Opt for a trip to neighboring Montmartre, home of the Moulin Rouge and can-can dancers, before departing to Lyon, gastronomic center of France. Truffle farms, charming artisanal treasures, legendary museums, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a three-night stay in vibrant Barcelona – all will become cherished moments.
The AmaLyra sails through Paris and Normandy, sweeping through some of the most beguiling and historically significant areas of the French countryside. Tour the distinguished battlefields of WWII along Normandy’s tranquil beaches. The port of Honfleur continues to enchant legions of artists – while a visit to Monet’s gardens in Giverny will change your appreciation of his masterpieces. Medieval towns, Richard the Lionheart’s castle ruins and Napoleon’s opulent Château Malmaison are all not to be missed.
With a variety of dining options, shore excursions and onboard amenities, you’ll always have the luxury of choosing how to enjoy your time – and the luxury of an unforgettable river cruise with AmaWaterways.
Did you know…..members receive an exclusive amenity on ALL AMAwaterways cruises booked through MOAA Vacations? You and your guests will each receive a $100 per person Onboard Credit which is combinable with any other promotional offer.