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Rhone River Cruises

Rhone River Cruises

Explore the sun-drenched south of France on one of our specially selected River Rhone cruises through Burgundy and Provence. Enjoy sailing through this picturesque region, renowned for its fine wines, gastronomic delights and historic towns.

Moor in medieval Avignon near its famous bridge and visit neighbouring Arles, famous for its well-preserved amphitheatre and Van Gogh connection. Visit the prestigious vineyards of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage on the banks of the Rhone and voyage to Lyon, gastronomic capital of France.

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About River Rhone Cruises

On the Saone, visit Beaune, centre of the Burgundy wine growing region, noted for the medieval Hospice de Dieu with its extraordinary tiled roof. Travelling south reach the city of Lyon, France’s second largest city, famed for its cuisine, roman remains and fascinating medieval quarters.

Further south are Tain l’Hermitage and Tournon in the wine growing areas around the Rhone, and the medieval village of Viviers overlooking the gorge of Donzere. Avignon was home to seven medieval Popes - the Palace of the Popes and the famous Pont d’Avignon are voyage highlights.

Arles is famous for its superbly preserved Roman ampitheatre, and as the inspiration for the paintings of Vincent van Gogh. Other possible excursions may include the Camargue, the marshland haunt of flamingoes, white horses and black bulls, or perhaps the Mediterranean coast.

Hospice de Dieu, BeauneHospice de Dieu, Beaunce

River Rhone Highlights

Arles (France)

Situated beside the Rhône and encircled by the wild countryside of the Camargue, Arles is a spell-binding city built around its huge Roman amphitheatre. Walking is the best way to explore - see St Trophime Cathedral, the Roman baths, and scenes depicted by Van Gogh including the beautiful Roman necropolis, Les Alycamps, and Café Terrace at Night.

Arles

Avignon (France)

Ancient Avignon is an enchanting maze of Gothic buildings, made famous in song for its bridge. Place de l'Horloge is Avignon's picturesque square, with cafés shaded by plane trees and the famous clock. Dont miss a visit to the Palace of Popes, their majestic 14th-century residence, a huge building and one of the most visited sights in France.

Avignon

Chalon sur Saone (France)

This quaint town beside the Saône is a pleasant place to taste a glass of Burgundy whilst admiring the half-timbered buildings of St Vincent's quarter. Châlon is known for Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, who made the first photograph in 1825 and there is a fascinating photography museum here.

Chalon sur Saone

Lyon (France)

The gastronomic capital of France, Lyon is a grand city with many impressive buildings. It was founded by the Romans in the hill-top area of Fourvière, where the Basilica of Notre Dame and the ancient Roman theatre can be found. The size of Lyon makes a walking tour an attractive option, taking in Place Bellecour and Old Lyon.

Lyon

Macon (France)

North of Lyon, Macon is the most southerly city in Burgundy, and has a Mediterranean flavour. The remains of the cathedral, Old Saint Vincent, include an important Roman arched entrance. Macon is in the heart of wine country, and tours of the Beaujolais and Maconnais wine region visit the lovely rural towns and vineyards nearby.

Macon

Viviers (France)

Wind through the narrow streets of Viviers, a small walled city set amongst the mountainous region. The centre of the Old Town is home to the Saint Vincent Cathedral which dates back to the 12th Century and impressive 16th century Renaissance buildings. A short ride from Viviers is the Valley of the Ardeche, a particularly scenic stretch known as the Ardeche Gorges with towering limestone cliffs.

Customer Reviews

Courtesy of Avalon Waterways my wife and I have just returned from a superb cruise along the Rhone and Saone rivers from Port St Lois in the South to Chalon and then Paris in the North.

The trip started with their super efficient home pick-up service and a short flight to Nice. From there we went to Monacco and a night in the well positioned Fairmont Hotel. The following day, after a morning sight seeing we were transferred to Avalon Scenery moored in Port St Louis.

Anyone who has travelled with Avalon will know that their attention to detail and five star facilities are a hard act to follow. Suffice to say that from our accommodation on the Royal Deck to the quality of food and the friendly staff we felt like royalty. A special mention must go to Jean Loup, the cruise director, who was excellent.

The programme of trips was very good with as much or as little as you wished.

My only complaint was that all too soon it was time to go home - but not without one last unmissable memory, a trip to the Moulin Rouge - fantastic.

Thanks Avalon, we will be travelling with you again.

We have just returned from a wonderful holiday on board the Avalon Scenery.

The ship, the food and the service was excellent. What we were disappointed with were the distances travelled from our overnight stay in Monaco to the ship, and then from Chalon to Paris for our return. Possibly in the future we would travel directly to the ship instead of having the overnight stay that is included in the holiday.

On the whole we would recommend Avalon as an excellent company with which to travel.

We have just returned from an excellent cruise on the Camargue.  Everything about the holiday was wonderful.  The food was delicious, the cabins well equipped, and the staff, especially Caroline the Purser and Radia the Hostess, did everything to make you feel welcome.  There were only seven english on board, and we were treated very specially.  The ports of call were excellent, our only complaint is that we did not have enough time in each! Still, that will probably make us go back! The excursions were very interesting, and good value for money.  All in all, a wonderful cruise, would recommend it to anyone, and we will certainly go on another one in the near future.

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