Shore Excursions to France

French Riviera European Cruise Excursions

If you are going to be taking a tour of France, then you will of course want to make sure you get to see all the fantastic sights that France has to offer. Shore excursions, when you are in France, are very popular and you should find that the Cruise line that you are taking your European cruise with should offer them. You should also consider using independent companies that will also arrange shore excursions which might allow you to visit some of the places you really would like to see.

Before you choose your French shore excursion from a private company, there are a couple of things you might want to consider.

Check where the tour goes

Make sure that the places that the tour will take in are areas that you really want to visit, check how long you will be visiting certain places to make sure its exactly what you want, if not, then perhaps you should choose a different shore excursion option.

Do the tours include some sort of guide.

Having a knowledgeable tour guide, perhaps on a coach tour, can make the difference on a tour. Having things explained as you pass by or pointed out with interesting facts can make the experience much more enjoyable.

Organize your times.

If you are going to use a private operator make sure you know when the departure and arrival times are so that you can be back on your Cruise ship at the correct time, missing your cruise departure time for you next destination could be a big mistake and not something you want to do.

France is a very interesting place to visit with lots of historical locations, some other things to consider when taking an excursion is whether it needs to be family orientated. If you have children with you for your family European cruise vacation it a good idea to choose excursions that are suitable for families so the kids don’t get bored.

If you are going to visit France then you must definitely visit the French Riviera, with magnificent views especially from the Moyenne Corniche its definitely a must visit. While there why not try and visit some famous placees such as the medieval village of Eze, describe as an “eagle’s nest” because of its location overlooking a high cliff. Also, whilst you are there, why not pop into the Fragonard perfume factory which has a sales outlet there.

There is so much to say about the places that you can visit on a shore excursion in France that it would be recommend to do plenty of research on the internet, why not take a look at this Wikipedia article on the French Riviera as a great starting point to find out all you need to know.

European Shore Excursions

Cruise day trips explained

Whenever you take a cruise, there should always be something relaxing, exciting or just interesting to do. For the time that you will be spending on board ship there will usually be entertainments provided and plenty of restaurants and bars to visit, but don’t forget that this is only a small part of any cruise experience.

Shore excursions are what any European cruise vacation has as a major advantage over visiting one single destination as you would be when visiting a hotel. Most cruises will have stopping points along the way and this therefore gives you a great opportunity to visit some of the places and porta that the ship docks at.

Most of these type of shore excursions can be pre-booked when you initially choose your cruise package with your tour operator, don’t forget to make use of their advice too as they will be able to tell you about some of the places and some of the excursions that will be happening along the way so you can make the best informed choice as the which excursions you think you would most like to take.

All of the tour operators and cruise lines will have different itineraries for what the shore excursions might include so you should make sure you read up on all the details so that you know exactly what to expect from your day trips. Take this chance to see if there are any extra costs involved because some excursions may require you to may a bit extra, this might influence your choice of trips if you are on a budget.

Sometimes you will also be able to arrange a shore trip with a local operator based at the destination that you are stopping at, usually someone from the cruise line aboard ship will be a recommend local tours that you can trust and use with confidence.

If you are planning on arranging your own day trips on your cruise it is very important that you make sure you know what time you are expected back aboard ship, usually this is around the 5pm mark, but it is worthwhile checking before you leave for the day. Also make sure you have local currency otherwise you may not be able to get any little extras like coffee or souvenirs.

So there is some good advice on planning a shore excursion for your cruise, making sure you are well prepared is always a good idea and will mean that you can explore the European cities and other destinations that you will be stopping off at and getting the most value and enjoyment from your cruise.