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Cruises to France

Cruises to France are ideal as either a short break or as part of a longer cruise holiday.

With a location that incorporates both the Mediterranean Sea as well as a north coast close to the UK and en route to the Baltic states, there are many cruise lines who visit France As a country is has a heady mix of attractions and it has an enduring popularity with travel makers.

There are numerous ports that cruise ships visit, and here we'll detail some of the most visited, including information on the sort of things you can see and do during each visit. Take a look at some of things you can enjoy on cruises to France.


Le Havre is one of the most visited ports, as it is the closest to Paris. Most shore excursions from the port are themed around the city including simple travel to the centre, and more structured guided tours and trips to museums. However it's also the nearest port to the Normandy beaches so anyone with an interest in the sight of the D-Day landings can enjoy a tour here. If you choose Paris, expect a day shopping, visiting landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Arc De Triomphe or a chance to visit the Louvre.

Bordeaux & Wine Country

Bordeaux features in a wide selection of cruise itineraries, and the city is famous for its wine. You'll have the chance to take a trip to a vineyard and see how wines are made as well as attend a tasting session. However it's not the only reason to visit, being a really cultural city with pleasant streets, museums and attractive parks to explore at your leisure. See excellent art collections, landmarks from the Roman roots of the town and climb the tower of Saint-Michel for a stunning view.

South Coast

There are a number of fantastic destinations on the south coast, including those along the Cote D'Azur. Cannes is popular for its film festival while Saint-Tropez is a wonderfully luxurious village with amazing beaches and waterfront cafes and restaurants to enjoy, where you can truly unwind and escape from modern life. There is also Marseille, a fascinating harbour city with plenty to discover, with a rich diversity of contemporary and historic cultures. Also on the south coast is Villefranche, the port for Nice. Nice is one of the jewels of the French Riviera, with some great pebble beaches good for swimming, along with other beautiful natural landscapes. It's also home to several museums and there are some excellent shopping districts. These are some of the major ports but there are others that some cruise lines visit, including La Rochelle, Cherbourg and Provence, which is the port for the nearby city of Toulon. Cruises to France are ideal as either a short break or as part of a longer cruise holiday.

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