Today I am very excited to share a post by guest writer Marie Nieves. Marie is a lifestyle blogger who contributes articles on unusual travel to the lifestyle blog High Style Life and I am sure you will love Marie’s round up on the different river cruises in France …
Why France Is Amazing for River Cruises
As the country of fine wine and delicious cheeses, astonishing medieval architecture and lively and vibrant culture, France has always been a dreamy destination for all of those looking for romance and inspiration. Even if you’ve been to France, you can always discover new beauties or rediscover the old ones, see it for the first time all over again or experience it from a completely different perspective. So, if you’re looking for a new and authentic way to explore this charming land, just follow its meandering canals and let them take you through the country’s most beautiful regions. France is a perfect destination for exciting and inspiring river cruises and here’s why.
A new view of the City of Lights
The romance of the City of Lights will delight you no matter how many times you visit it. However, a cruise along the Canal Saint-Martin and the iconic Seine River will reveal to you a completely new side of Paris filled with tranquility, authenticity and uniqueness. Your cruise through the heart of this city will make for a memorable and unique experience that you could never dream of. You’ll be able to explore the world-famous sites, including the majestic Eiffel Tower, divine Notre Dame Cathedral and the elegant Palais Royal. You’ll also have an opportunity to discover the city’s artistic district of Saint-Germain-des-Pres that will mesmerize you with its charming vibe.
A travel back in time in the Loire Valley
If you ever wondered how the brave knights and beautiful princesses lived, you’ll be able to have a glimpse of their magical time by cruising in the astonishing Loire Valley region. The enticing medieval castles once hosted the glamorous parties of French royalty and still exude elegance and sophistication. The Loire River will also take you through the most charming historical villages, including the sleepy village of Bourre. Since the Loire Valley is also famous for its fine wine, you cannot miss the opportunity to savor its rich taste and stroll through lovely vineyards stretching along the river.
Mixed influences in Alsace
In the northeast of France, close to the German and Swiss borders, lies Alsace, a charming region where French and German culture have merged, resulting in lovely half-timbered houses, authentic medieval villages and beautiful castles and cathedrals. Canal de la Marne au Rhine and Canal du Rhone au Rhin will take you through this picturesque region where you can discover the city of Strasbourg, follow the Alsace Wine Route and have a taste of the regional wine. In La Petite-Pierre, you can explore its medieval castle, while a lovely chapel awaits you in Sarrebourg. A barge cruise through the Alsace region is perfect for an off-the-beaten-track experience filled with tranquility and serenity.
Unspoiled beauty of Gascony
The wavy green hills, unspoiled countryside and delightful vineyards of Gascony are a true hidden gem that remains undiscovered by a great number of tourists. Away from the hordes of tourists, you can explore the beauties of this region. As one of the most popular barge options, the charming Rosa cruise is the perfect choice if you want to see the best of this area. Not only will you be taken to numerous wine tastings, tours of the most enchanting villages and chateaux, including the renowned Chateau Bellevue la Foret, the medieval town and castle of Nerac and the village of Le Mas d’Agenais, but you’ll also be travelling by a luxurious hotel barge with an open bar, on-board Master Chef and even a small library.
River cruises are an authentic way to discover a new country or see a familiar one from a different perspective. Cruising through France will definitely be one of the most memorable experiences in your life, no matter how many times before you’ve visited this magical land.
Well I’m inspired to go cruising the French canals thanks to Marie’s gorgeous photos and travel suggestions? How about you? Maybe you already have your own cruising experiences and helpful tips you would like to share with other readers? Please write them in comments below to help others in planning their cruise. For anyone wanting to read more of Marie’s articles check out the High Style Life blog.
Thank you very much Marie for your great article
About the author
Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. Most of her free time at home she spends walking her Labrador Retriever named Max. She is an avid lover of photography who loves to talk about her experiences. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.
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Some really lovely ideas here. We visit France regularly with friends but have yet to explore the rivers. May be I shall suggest it as an idea for next years trip... #FarawayFiles