Bonjour! France – the land of romance, history, and culture – Is a mesmerizing and a must-visit destination for anyone looking to travel the world. France has so much more to offer than the usual tourist attractions! Imagine if you could wander through the streets of Paris and Marseille, sipping on exquisite wines, listening to smooth jazz, and learning about black history and culture all at once. That’s right; we’re talking about taking a French river cruise.
For people interested in travel and adventure, there’s no better way to explore France than through a river cruise. The French rivers offer magnificent countryside views with picturesque castles, romantic chateaus, Roman Ruins, and outstanding vineyards. Imagine yourself gliding along the Rhône River in Provence, taking in the region’s beauty made famous by Van Gogh’s paintings. Or picture yourself on the Seine River traveling past picturesque Montmartre, viewing the city’s iconic landmarks such as the Notre-Dame Cathedral, The Louvre, and Place de la Concorde, all while sipping on a glass of Wine tasting and relaxing in your lavish stateroom.
Jazz Music Afficianodos
For jazz music fans, the festival season in France is a dream come true. Imagine attending the Cannes or Marseille Jazz Festivals featuring some of the best jazz musicians worldwide. However, if the birth of jazz fascinates you, you’ll be thrilled to know jazz in France has roots dating back to the United States during the 1920s. You’ll experience the legacy of Sidney Bechet, the jazz clarinetist and saxophonist who spent his final years in France. Furthermore, you will learn about the 369th Infantry Regiment (Harlem Hellfighters), an all-black infantry unit that fought alongside the French during WWI. The 369th Regiment “Hellfighters Band” introduced jazz to the French during their time there. And to this day, jazz remains a unique cultural connection between France and African American cultures. For more on Jazz culture, also read “A Traveler’s Guide to Marseille’s Diverse Culture: Exploring Black Heritage, Ancient History, Jazz, Food, and Wine“.
France is well known for its wine culture, offering some of the world’s most elegant and sophisticated wine regions. For wine lovers, taking a French river cruise means indulging in delicious French wine as you cruise through the Rhône or explore the world-famous winemaking region of Bordeaux. In addition, you’ll have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit vineyards and indulge in wine tasting in Provence, a wine lovers’ paradise. Provençal Rosés, often described as summer in the bottle, offer a fruity palate that is both refreshing and captivating.
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Black History Enthusiasts
For Black History enthusiasts, visiting France is an emotional and enriching experience. The Harlem Renaissance brought US Black Culture to France in the early twentieth century. The Harlem Renaissance was a significant cultural movement (1918-1937), in African American literary history, particularly in the creative arts. It aimed to transform the African American experience through art and challenge negative stereotypes imposed on them by society. It had a profound impact on the cultural landscape of the time, and its influence can still be felt today.
Josephine Baker, a Hollywood icon, became an overnight sensation in Paris with her banana skirts and groundbreaking performances. But she was much more than a performer. Josephine Baker was also a philanthropist, a civil rights activist, and a spy for the French Resistance during WWII. Traveling through France, you’ll follow Josephine Baker’s footsteps and admire the legacy of one of the most influential black performing artists of the 20th century. From Montmartre in Paris to the Roman amphitheater in Orange, France bears witness to the contribution of black people all over.
If your idea of a bucket list trip is to enjoy the “good life,” a French river cruise is a trip for you. You’ll enjoy gourmet dining and pampering onboard services that range from spa treatments to exclusive live performances and insider luxury experiences. The city of lights, Paris, is a paradise for luxury travel; the city offers many culinary delights, world-class hotels, and high-end shopping districts, so be spoiled for choice.
Suppose you’re a solo traveler or just someone looking for adventure and new experiences; A French river cruise could be the perfect fit. Whether you’re a daring solo adventurer or prefer the comfort of guided tours, a French river cruise provides an exceptional chance to uncover and encounter the finest aspects of France. Although you are traveling solo, you are not truly alone..
An Exclusive Adventure
With Cilla Travel, you’ll join our exclusive “The Goodlife & Some Soul” River Cruise – a curated experience celebrating Black Culture throughout France. With an emphasis on Black history, culture, and heritage, and an itinerary that includes major cities and off-the-beaten-track experiences, this once-in-a-lifetime adventure will be a journey of ultimate indulgence. So relax on board the award-winning AmaKristina, while taking in beautiful French landscapes, enjoying live performances, and enriching cultural activities!
Embark on a journey of ultimate indulgence, filled with exquisite amenities, fine dining, lavish staterooms, and enriching cultural activities. Discover the experience of a lifetime! Book now. Space is limited, so don’t miss out & join us aboard The Goodlife & Some Soul River Cruise next year – Juneteenth 2024! This specially curated river cruise celebrates the Black culture throughout France! Relax on board the award-winning AmaKristina, enjoying live performances and enriching cultural activities while enjoying beautiful French landscapes.
Ultimately, France is more than just a romantic destination; it’s a place to explore, indulge and discover. A French river cruise is a unique way to experience the wonders of this fascinating country, from its world-renowned wines, ancient Roman architecture and electrifying Jazz festivals to the contribution of black people to French culture. So, book your next adventure with Cilla Travel, and let me take care of all the details for you while you experience the journey of a lifetime!