The Rhône River

One of Europe’s longest rivers, the 505-mile Rhône flows from the Swiss Alps through lush mountain valleys into Lake Geneva before entering sun-drenched southern France and ending at the Mediterranean Sea. Joining the river along its southernmost stretch, Rhône river cruises offer a unique window into the rich heritage and serenity of Burgundy and Provence. Along the way, they twist and turn through the seductive landscapes that inspired Van Gogh and Cezanne, serve up the chance to sample the region’s fine wines and call at historic towns filled with impressive ancient and medieval architecture. From the emerald vineyards of Burgundy to the sunflowers of Provence and a string of dream-like medieval cities, river cruises on the Rhône River feed the senses and broaden the mind like no other European river journey.

Highlights of our Rhône river cruises

  • Lyon
    • Lying in the heart of Beaujolais wine country, France’s elegant culinary capital boasts imposing Roman ruins, a UNESCO-listed old quarter and impressive Renaissance buildings.
  • Tournon
    • A delightful town crowned by a splendid 16th century castle.
  • Viviers
    • A quaint village clasped around a fine Romanesque cathedral.
  • Avignon
    • The seat of the papacy in the 14th century, Avignon’s showpieces are its breath taking Papal Palace and arched bridge. The Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard and fabled Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine cellars are nearby.
  • Arles
    • This charming town was once a muse to Van Gogh and centres on a dazzling Roman amphitheatre and 12th-century cathedral.

Rhône river cruises

Active & Discovery on the Rhône - Arles to Lyon

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from £2,151 per person

  • 8 days
  • Price based on 06 Aug 19
  • 4 dates available

Your Active & Discovery river cruise is full of Avalon Choice inclusions for each port you visit along the Rhône River. Choose the Active, Classic, and Discovery included excursions that speak to you—from casual and leisurely to cultural and active. In addition to classic sightseeing and relaxed free time, you can visit an oyster farm, bike through Camargue Regional Nature Park to spot flamingos, or take a painting workshop in Arles—in the style of Van Gogh. You’ll have the classic sightseeing and relaxing activities in each destination, along with your choice of included arts, culture, and cuisine excursions, for the French holiday you’ve dreamed of. Take a canoe excursion or linger in a corner cafés; stroll Avignon’s papal palace or attend a wine tasting in an underground cave. Admire the lovely scenery of the French countryside, or join a culinary walk to discover architecture and local specialties, or take a cooking class in Lyon. With so many included choices, you’ll find the perfect way to spend your day—from a ghost tour in Viviers to a guided bike ride through the birthplace of rosé wines; to a chocolate factory tour and a visit to a French museum of perfumes. Our Active Discovery Rhône River cruise with Avalon Choice includes activities and excursions to experience the Rhône River your way and at your pace.

Active & Discovery on the Rhône - Lyon to Arles

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from £2,156 per person

  • 8 days
  • Price based on 13 Aug 19
  • 4 dates available

Your Active & Discovery cruise on the Rhône River begins in Lyon, the culinary capital of France! With Avalon Choice included excursions, you’ll find a variety of ways to explore each port you visit. Choose from Active, Classic, and Discovery included excursions that interest you—from casual and leisurely to cultural and active. Admire the lovely scenery of the French countryside, join a culinary walk to discover architecture and local specialties, or take a cooking class in Lyon. Embark on a canoe excursion or simply linger in a sidewalk café; stroll Avignon’s papal palace or attend a wine tasting in an underground cave. With so many included choices, you’ll find the perfect way to spend your day—from a ghost tour in Viviers to a guided bike ride through the birthplace of rosé wines; to a chocolate factory tour and a visit to a French museum of perfumes. In addition to classic sightseeing and relaxed free time, you can visit an oyster farm, bike through Camargue Regional Nature Park to spot flamingos, or take a painting workshop in Arles—in the style of Van Gogh. You’ll have the classic sightseeing and relaxing activities in each destination, along with your choice of included arts, culture, and cuisine excursions. Our Active Discovery Rhône River cruise with Avalon Choice includes activi-ties and excursions to experience the Rhône River at your pace in every place along the way. It’s a holiday in France made just for you.

Burgundy and Provence - Paris to Côte d'Azur

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from £2,378 per person

  • 11 days
  • Price based on 07 Apr 19
  • 9 dates available

Take a wonderous river cruise through beautiful France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in the well-known French treasures and some hidden gems too! This France river cruise adventure begins in style with two overnights in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! The City of Light has Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid contrasting its ancient architecture. A guided city tour will show you all the must-see sights. You’ll visit Lyon, a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture, as well as France’s gastronomic capital! Situated at the junction of the Rhône and Saône Rivers, Lyon offers wonderful sights, including the popular Place des Terreaux with its famous fountain seen on postcards. Beautifully nestled among vineyards, you’ll find the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage, where you’ll go on a guided walk of Tournon, a medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Continue your river cruise to historical Avignon and see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest gothic fortress in the world. On the Rhône River sits Arles, France—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater, which hosts plays and concerts to this day. You’ll conclude your historical and delightful French river cruise with an overnight stay on the picturesque Côte d’Azur. Explore this captivating area and relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. You’ll revel in the relaxing and inspiring sights and culinary delights during your French river cruise and Mediterranean holiday!

Burgundy and Provence - Côte d'Azur to Paris

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from £2,422 per person

  • 11 days
  • Price based on 15 Apr 19
  • 12 dates available

Take a wondrous journey through beautiful France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in the well-known French treasures and some hidden gems too! Begin with an overnight on the captivating Côte d’Azur. Explore this elegant area and relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. On the Rhône River sits Arles, France—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheatre. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest gothic fortress in the world. The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage are beautifully nestled among vineyards and you’ll go on a guided walk of Tournon, a medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital, sits at the junction of the Rhône and Saône Rivers and is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Visit the popular Place des Terreaux and stand in front of the famous fountain you’ve seen on postcards. This river cruise vacation across France would not be complete without a stay in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! The City of Lights has Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid contrasting its ancient architecture. A city tour will show you all the must-see sights and you’ll have free time to bask in the lavish cafés and enjoy the city at your own pace. Take time to leisurely take in the graceful lifestyle in Burgundy and Provence, enjoy the specialities of the region and the warmth of its residents while sailing through France’s exquisite shores.

Rhine & Rhône Revealed - Amsterdam to Côte d'Azur

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from £3,917 per person

  • 16 days
  • Price based on 29 Oct 19
  • 6 dates available

This fabulous European river cruise along the Rhine, Saône, and Rhône Rivers combines the best of Holland, France, and Germany. Begin in Holland’s vibrant capital of Amsterdam, with a canal cruise through the 700-year-old city. Visit Cologne, Germany, a 2,000-year-old city known for its gothic architecture and famous twin-spired cathedral, and sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge. Strasbourg, France, located on the French-German border, perfectly blends the cultures of both countries, and Breisach, Germany, is the gateway to the unrivalled natural beauty of the Black Forest. Taste Burgundy wines on board your ship, take an excursion to the Chardonnay wine country and sail to Lyon, the culinary capital of France. Visit the picture-postcard Place des Terreaux fountain, choose to visit the Beaujolais region for a tasting of its famous wines. Also, visit the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage, and take a guided walk of Tournon, with its Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle, followed by wine and chocolate tasting. Cruise to historical Avignon and see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes. Sample wine in the Châteauneuf du Pape wine region, and cruise on the Rhône River to visit Arles, France—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh. A Master of Wine will join you for the second part of your European river Cruise for wine lectures, tastings, and food and wine pairing. Enjoy your last night in France on the captivating Côte d’Azur. Relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea—a perfect ending to this once-in-a-lifetime European river cruise!

Rhine & Rhône Revealed - Côte d'Azur to Amsterdam

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from £4,551 per person

  • 15 days
  • Price based on 28 Oct 19
  • 5 dates available

Immerse yourself in French and German culture on this fabulous European river cruise vacation along the Rhône, Saône, and Rhine Rivers. The views will be spectacular so be sure to pack your camera so you can capture the romance and splendor of this magical journey. Begin your adventure on the captivating French Riviera, also known as the Côte d’Azur, to relax beside the deep blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. On the Rhône River sits Arles, France—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes, and join an excursion to the wine region of Châteauneuf du Pape. The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage are beautifully nestled among vineyards, where you’ll take a guided walking tour of 16th-century Tournon. Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital, sits at the junction of the Rhône and Saône Rivers, and you’ll next take a guided tour to Beaujolais and the following day to Chardonnay for wine tasting. A Master of Wine will travel with you on this first portion of the cruise and will hold lectures, tastings and will introduce you to food and wine pairing. Your next stop is Breisach, the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest. In Strasbourg, France, stroll through the waterfront promenade of quaint shops and bistros of the picturesque La Petite France district. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River dotted every mile with ancient castles standing majestically on cliffs 400 feet above the water. A stay in Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam is the perfect way to end this sensational European river cruise. The best way to see the treasures of this 700-year-old city is on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.”