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France’s Finest

Explore Paris, Normandy & Provence on a cruise that showcases France’s finest history, culture, and landscapes, not to mention, cuisine and celebrated vintages. Thirteen guided tours offer something for everyone.

This 15-day voyage combines two of our most popular French cruises. Explore one of the most famous capitals in the world with visits to other historic towns, iconic wine regions, and the Normandy beaches, a landmark location in 20th-century history.

Travel in style aboard a legendary Viking Longship with outside cabins, spacious suites, staterooms, and award-winning dining in our unique Aquavit Terrace. Longship design guarantees river views and the comfort of a boutique five-star hotel.

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  • Cruise Line: Viking River Cruises
  • Ship: Viking Buri + 2 more
  • Duration: 14 Nights
  • Departure: Apr – Nov 2024
£4,590pp
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France’s Finest Cruise Itinerary

Explore the very best architecture, scenery, and cuisine that France has to offer on this luxury 14-night cruise. Spend time in Paris and visit historic cities and towns plus the Normandy beaches. Enjoy delicious cuisine and fine wines both on and off the ship. Sailing time matches beautiful riverside scenery with unparalleled luxury on board an iconic Viking Longship.

Day 1

Paris, France

Embark your luxury river cruiser in one of the world’s most famous and exciting capital cities.

Day 2

Paris, France

See all the major sights of the ‘City of Light’ with an expert local guide, including the Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Louvre Museum. Round off the tour with an iconic view of the Eiffel Tower from Champ de Mars.

Day 3

La Roche-Guyon & Vernon, France

Picturesque La Roche-Guyon lies in the beautiful Vexin Français Regional Nature Park and is home to the striking 12th-century Château de La Roche-Guyon. Later, visit Vernon, a charming and historic town with pretty streets and timbered buildings.

Day 4

Rouen, France

Savour some scenic sailing time on the Seine as it meanders its way through Normandy’s tranquil and pastoral landscape towards Rouen. Enjoy a walking tour of the historic capital of Normandy, also known as the ‘City of a Hundred Spires.’

Day 5

Normandy Beaches, France

Visit the Normandy Beaches and pay tribute to the courage of the Allied troops who landed here in 1944 as part of Operation Overlord. This tour includes the Caen Memorial Museum and the American Cemetery on a cliff overlooking Omaha Beach.

Day 6

Les Andelys, France

Home to the famous Château Gaillard, enjoy a walking tour of this imposing 12th-century ruined fortress situated on a hilltop with fantastic views over the Seine River and medieval Les Andelys below.

Day 7

Paris (Le Pecq), France

As well as the cultural delights of Paris, guests have the option to visit the historic Château de Malmaison, Napoleon’s last home in France. There is also an excursion to the Palace of Versailles and an illuminated evening cruise on the Seine.

Day 8

Paris, France

After breakfast, disembark your cruise ship and enjoy some more time in Paris, a city that escaped major damage during the Allies’ bombing raids in World War II. Later, head to Lyon, France’s second city.

Day 9

Lyon, France

Straddling the Rhône and Saône Rivers, Old Lyon has a beautiful cityscape with stunning Renaissance architecture and the magnificent Basilica of Notre Dame. Enjoy a walking tour and sample some of Lyon’s famous gastronomic delights.

Day 10

Lyon, France

Today is another chance to spend time in Old Lyon, a UNESCO World-Heritage location, or why not opt for a scenic excursion through Beaujolais wine country and explore the tradition of viticulture with a stop at one of Beaujolais’s famous wine cellars?

Day 11

Vienne, France

Sandwiched between the Burgundy and Beaujolais regions, Vienne has a rich historic past and is one of the oldest towns in France. An expert guide takes guests on a walking tour of the spectacular Roman amphitheatre and Temple of Augustus.

Day 12

Tournon & Viviers, France

Explore a picturesque corner of France on a train ride through the Doux Valley, a conservation area with panoramic views and inaccessible by road. Afterwards, leave Tournon and head to Viviers, a typical sleepy Southern French town.

Day 13

Arles, France

The capital of Roman Gaul, Arles, features Gallo-Roman ruins plus a vibrant Provençal market attracting farmers and artisan producers from the surrounding countryside. Don’t miss the Espace Van Gogh, once a local hospital that treated the artist and now a cultural centre.

Day 14

Avignon, France

Beautiful Avignon, once the seat of seven popes, is a UNESCO World-heritage site. Follow a local guide through the medieval streets to the Place de I’Horloge, the city’s stunning central square, and then onto the Palais des Papes and the Market Hall.

Day 15

Avignon, France

After breakfast, disembark your ship in Avignon, France, and take a last look at the iconic bridge known to thousands of people from the words of the famous song before starting your journey back to the UK.

Day 1

Avignon, France

Embark your luxury river cruiser in one of the world’s most famous and exciting capital cities.

Day 2

Avignon, France

Beautiful Avignon, once the seat of seven popes, is a UNESCO World-heritage site. Follow a local guide through the medieval streets to the Place de I’Horloge, the city’s stunning central square, and then onto the Palais des Papes and the Market Hall.

Day 3

Arles, France

The capital of Roman Gaul, Arles, features Gallo-Roman ruins plus a vibrant Provençal market attracting farmers and artisan producers from the surrounding countryside. Don’t miss the Espace Van Gogh, once a local hospital that treated the artist and now a cultural centre.

Day 4

Tournon & Viviers, France

Explore a picturesque corner of France on a train ride through the Doux Valley, a conservation area with panoramic views and inaccessible by road. Afterwards, leave Tournon and head to Viviers, a typical sleepy Southern French town.

Day 5

Vienne, France

Sandwiched between the Burgundy and Beaujolais regions, Vienne has a rich historic past and is one of the oldest towns in France. An expert guide takes guests on a walking tour of the spectacular Roman amphitheatre and Temple of Augustus.

Day 6

Lyon, France

Today is another chance to spend time in Old Lyon, a UNESCO World-Heritage location, or why not opt for a scenic excursion through Beaujolais wine country and explore the tradition of viticulture with a stop at one of Beaujolais’s famous wine cellars?

Day 7

Lyon, France

Straddling the Rhône and Saône Rivers, Old Lyon has a beautiful cityscape with stunning Renaissance architecture and the magnificent Basilica of Notre Dame. Enjoy a walking tour and sample some of Lyon’s famous gastronomic delights.

Day 8

Paris, France

After breakfast, disembark your cruise ship and enjoy some more time in Paris, a city that escaped major damage during the Allies’ bombing raids in World War II. Later, head to Lyon, France’s second city.

Day 9

Paris (Le Pecq), France

As well as the cultural delights of Paris, guests have the option to visit the historic Château de Malmaison, Napoleon’s last home in France. There is also an excursion to the Palace of Versailles and an illuminated evening cruise on the Seine.

Day 10

Lyon

Enjoy the Panoramic Lyon excursion, a walking tour of Pérouges, or the Trek Vieux Lyon excursion.

Day 11

Normandy Beaches, France

Visit the Normandy Beaches and pay tribute to the courage of the Allied troops who landed here in 1944 as part of Operation Overlord. This tour includes the Caen Memorial Museum and the American Cemetery on a cliff overlooking Omaha Beach.

Day 12

Viviers

Go on a walking tour of Viviers or join the Charming Ardèche excursion.

Day 13

La Roche-Guyon & Vernon, France

Picturesque La Roche-Guyon lies in the beautiful Vexin Français Regional Nature Park and is home to the striking 12th-century Château de La Roche-Guyon. Later, visit Vernon, a charming and historic town with pretty streets and timbered buildings.

Day 14

Paris, France

See all the major sights of the ‘City of Light’ with an expert local guide, including the Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Louvre Museum. Round off the tour with an iconic view of the Eiffel Tower from Champ de Mars.

Day 15

Paris, France

After breakfast, disembark your ship in Paris, France, and start your journey back to the UK.

France’s Finest Cruise Ships

Viking Buri

Travel in style on Viking Buri, with 95 elegantly-appointed outside staterooms. All suites feature two full-size rooms with a veranda and a French balcony. Relax and dine in the Aquavit Terrace & Lounge, a unique indoor/outdoor viewing area.

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Explore France’s Finest Cities and the Normandy Beaches with Crui.se

14 Nights
Apr – Nov 2024

France’s Finest

  • Paris
  • La Roche-Guyon / Vernon
  • Rouen
  • Normandy Beaches
  • Les Andelys
  • Paris (Le Pecq)
  • Lyon
  • Vienne
  • Tournon / Viviers
  • Arles
  • Avignon
£4,590pp Est. Price per person
  • Viking Buri + 2 more ships  

France’s Finest Cruise Review

“The Viking Buri is spacious and well-appointed. Even with a full complement of crew and guests, it never seemed crowded. The only sense of motion is when you look out of a window and realise you’re cruising quickly on the river. This trip couldn’t have been any better thanks to the care and attention to detail from Viking”

France’s Finest FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

Can I bring alcohol purchased on shore on board the ship?

Guests may bring alcohol purchased on shore onto the ship. Alcohol can be consumed in private cabins or public areas, including the restaurant and Aquavit Terrace. There is no charge for corkage.

Are Viking Longships non-smoking?

Viking vessels are non-smoking. However, to accommodate guests who do smoke, there is a designated outdoor smoking area, which is the only location on the ship where people can smoke. Smoking is prohibited in staterooms, verandas, and all other public areas. This also applies to e-cigarettes.

How is the air treated on board Viking ships?

Viking Longships feature independent air handling units, so each stateroom has ‘fresh’ external air that is not shared with other cabins or public spaces. We also deploy high-density filters similar to those in hospitals that sanitise the air on our ships, killing 99% of airborne bacteria and viruses.

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