Journey Through France

From itineraries in Paris, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Provence to our renowned La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs culinary distinction to some of the flavorful wine we serve on board, AmaWaterways has always had a special bond with France. With our all-new Flavors of Burgundy itinerary debuting along the idyllic Saône River in 2024 and two new, specially curated 14-night Grand River Cruises combining the Seine River with either the Saône River or Bordeaux in 2025, there has never been a better time to plan your next journey with us on the picturesque waterways of France.

Paris and Normandy

Showcasing the best of Northern France, the Seine River cascades beneath 37 bridges, passing countless architectural landmarks, including the iconic Eiffel Tower. From Paris, she continues a northwesterly course through Normandy’s countryside, home to grazing cows, rolling hills, ancient monasteries and apple orchards. By the time she gets to Rouen, her banks widen and deepen on her way to Le Havre.


Pictured: Paris, France

Bordeaux Region

Before merging into the Gironde Estuary, the Garonne and Dordogne rivers flow through a region renowned for its wine growing, majestic châteaux and gastronomic delights. Breathtaking countryside views call out for cyclists to pedal past idyllic vineyards timeless wine estates. Brimming with love for French art, history, lifestyle and Grand Cru Classé wines, this trio of waterways never fails to delight.


Pictured: Bordeaux, France

Provence and Burgundy

The serene Saône River flows from northeastern France into the Burgundy countryside. Historic Beaujolais vineyards beckon for passionate oenophiles to enjoy the local wine culture. Venturing south, the Saône rendezvouses with the Rhône River in France’s grand food capital, Lyon, later serving up palate-pleasing wonders from Avignon’s truffles to the legendary vineyards of Côte du Rhône. Roman ruins also await beyond the riverbanks, where fragrant lavender beckons for a few short summer weeks in Provence.


Pictured: Lyon, France

Destination Highlights

Historic wine estates and châteaux, interactive wine museums and famed artists’ haunting grounds showcase the very best of France along the rivers we sail. Discover some of the top destinations and experiences we offer on our river journeys through France.

France Discover More

The destinations we visit along French waterways and in nearby destinations such as Brittany and Spain’s Basque Country each offer their own unique history, traditions, local delicacies and enriching experiences. Get inspired for your future river cruise through France by reading the stories below.

Explorations, discoveries and breathtaking sights from charming Brittany.
“Basque” in the culture of Northern Spain on our 4-night land package in Bilbao and San Sebastián.
Discover what makes France’s Nice worthy of an extended visit.

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