Dear Vacations To Go Customer,
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, river cruises around the world
temporarily stopped operating. Some ships are now planning to resume
sailing on U.S. rivers this month or next, and we will let you know as
soon as they are operating again.
In Europe, a limited number of river cruises are already operating but for Europeans only. The European Union began accepting visitors from select non-EU countries in July, which is a step toward a larger restart of river cruising. The list of approved countries, which is said to be reviewed every two weeks, includes Canada but does not yet include the United States.
Today, I'd like to tell you about the highlights of cruising France's most popular rivers. Vacations To Go offers a huge variety of river cruise itineraries, plus every discount, deal and special promotion available. Below are brief summaries of France's top rivers, in no particular order.
Seine River itineraries spend time in Paris, where included sightseeing tours typically feature photo ops at the Eiffel Tower, the Arch of Triumph, Notre Dame and the broad, busy Champs-Elysees. Beyond the capital, highlights include Claude Monet's home and beautiful gardens at Giverny; Chateau Gaillard, Richard the Lionheart's stronghold in Les Andelys; and Le Havre, where passengers typically set out for D-Day landing sites along the beaches of Normandy.
Meander through France's Burgundy region on a Saone River cruise. Walking tours of Macon take in the Wooden House, a charming, half-timbered Renaissance home. Chalon-sur-Saone is an important center for France's wine trade. Passengers can join an excursion to the Hospices of Beaune, a 15th-century hospital complex famous for its intricately detailed, colorful roofs.
Saone River cruises usually are combined with sailings of the Rhone River, which runs south through France's Provence region to the Mediterranean coast. Itineraries call at Lyon, known as the country's gastronomic capital; Arles, one of Van Gogh's favorite places; and Avignon, a walled city with a 14th-century papal palace.
On Bordeaux waterways itineraries, ships navigate the Garonne and Dordogne rivers and the Gironde estuary in southwest France. Guests visit famed wine-producing towns like Saint-Emilion, Pauillac and Sauternes and sample vintages at wine estates. Try local specialties (such as caviar d'Aquitaine and Arcachon oysters), and visit grand old chateaux.
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