When you think of vacationing in France, Paris might be the first place that comes to mind. And while the city of lights will dazzle any visitor, the entire country is etched in memory with its charming villages, handsome towns and beautiful landscapes. For a different way to see everything that France has to offer, consider a voyage along its waterways. France cruises not only give you an opportunity to combine city and countryside visits, but provide the added bonus of seeing it all from a memorably unique perspective.
River cruises have steadily been gaining the attention of travelers who are looking for a trip that's a bit out of the ordinary. The ease of a river cruise makes travel simple for people of all ages. Options like Tauck's France cruises simplify travel immensely, taking the headache of planning and scheduling out of the equation and allowing travelers to savor the experience.
Whether you're interested in history, the culinary arts or just the simple experience of being immersed in scenic countryside and cities, France cruises are an ideal option. For a well-rounded experience in France that blends the thrill of urban life and the quiet charm of the countryside, make sure that your itinerary includes these points of interest:
* Paris: Even skeptics fall in love with Paris - and why wouldn't they? The city's stunning architecture, abundant supply of museums, world-class cuisine and vibrantly unique neighborhoods all combine to make it a legendary destination during a France cruise.
* Lyon: France is justifiably famous for its contributions to gastronomy, and nowhere is the country's culinary verve more deliciously on display than in Lyon. A visit to the city with Tauck on a France cruise will include a luncheon and visit to the city's celebrated indoor food market. Vieux Lyon (or "old Lyon") is rich with history, from the Roman to the Renaissance.
* Avignon: This compact riverside town's history is as fascinating as it is beautiful. Visit the Palais du Papes, the palace built by 13th-century popes who decided to move away from Rome, and explore the fortified city still contained within medieval walls. The impressive Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct and engineering marvel, is another can't-miss sight - and it serves as the backdrop to a classic Provencal meal for visitors on Tauck's France cruises.
* The Rhone River: Wines from the Rhone region are legendary for their quality and any France cruise worth considering will include wine tastings. A Tauck cruise will also treat you to expert lectures on the area and even demonstrations of the regionally famed game of petanque.
Along the route of your France cruise you'll see remarkable sights, taste unforgettable flavors and get to the heart of what makes France a perennially alluring destination. For more information, visit Tauck online.