Given its great weather and abundance of culture and history, it is easy to see why France is one of the world's top tourist and Mediterranean cruise destinations. It is the largest country in the European Union with about a quarter of its territory covered by forest. The weather in France depends a lot on the region where you are in, in the South of France they have hot dry summers and calm winters with little snow and lots of sunshine; the best time to visit is during fall with temperatures around 65F (18C).

The French Riviera or also known as Cote d'Azur is home to the most beautiful ports in the world: Cannes, Nice-Villefranche, Monte Carlo, and St. Tropez for example; while cruising on a Western Mediterranean or European cruise you may stop in one or more of these cruise ports.

The 3 main cruise ports of call, Cannes, Monte Carlo, and Nice-Villefranche, welcome over 200,000 cruise ship passengers every season; the ports are located near the center of the city so cruise guests are able to enjoy what the city has to offer immediately. Many major cruise lines arriving in the French ports include Royal Caribbean, Windstar Cruises, MSC Cruises, NCL, Silversea Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Thomson, Celebrity, and Disney Cruise Line, among others.

There are many France Excursion options in the French Riviera that will take you to the beautiful surrounding medieval villages such as Grasse, known for its perfume factory, and Eze where you will enjoy some mesmerizing views from the hilltop; check our Monte Carlo to Cannes, St. Paul de Vence and Antibes Excursion for an unforgettable Excursion in France. Whether you are arriving in Cannes, Nice, or Monte Carlo; you will be able to enjoy scenic coastal views of the French Riviera while on our Villefranche Full Day Eze and Monte Carlo Sightseeing Excursion for example.

Enjoy our France Excursions and France Cruise Shore Excursions on your Mediterranean Cruise!