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Rhone River Cruises

Rhone River Cruises

Explore the sun-drenched south of France on one of our specially selected Rhone river 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.

Rhone Cruise Collection 2020 / 2021

  • Jewels of Burgundy and Provence

    Choice of Ships
    Lavender Fields 7 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £1476pp

    Visit the picturesque towns on the Saone and Rhone on this delightful voyage from Lyon, with unlimited complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks throughout and optional shore excursions

  • Lyon and Provence

    Viking River Cruises
    Choice of Ships
    Avignon 7 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £1595pp Save £1000pp on 2021 departures!

    Travel through picturesque Burgundy and Provence in the south of France and explore the historic towns of Vienne and Avignon. Includes excursions and travel from the UK

  • Active and Discovery on the Rhone

    Avalon Waterways
    Avalon Poetry II
    Lyon 7 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £2358pp

    Discover the River Rhone your way, with classic sightseeing and relaxing activities in each destination, along with your choice of included arts, culture and cuisine excursions. With Avalon Choice included excursions, you’ll find a variety of ways to explore each port you visit

  • Enchanting Rhone

    Scenic Sapphire
    Vineyards at Macon 7 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £2595pp 2021 at 2020 Prices PLUS Save £250pp and FREE home-to-airport transfers!

    Sample the gastronomic delights, fine wines and see the magnificent architecture of the Beaujolais region on this luxury, all inclusive cruise. Includes shore excursions, return flights or Eurostar from the UK, butler service and complimentary drinks

  • Rhone Short Break

    Choice of Ships
    The famous Pont at Avignon 4 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £1137pp
  • Highlights of the Rhone Valley

    Choice of Ships
    Lyon 5 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £1197pp
  • New Year Celebrations in Provence

    Choice of Ships
    the Roman amphitheatre, Arles 4 Nights Cruise Only from £944pp
  • Provence and the Camargue

    Choice of Ships
    Camargue 6 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £1471pp
  • French Savoir Vivre

    Amadeus River Cruises
    Amadeus Provence
    Lyon 7 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £1089pp Save up to 20% on selected 2020 departures!
  • Sensations of Southern France

    Emerald Waterways
    Emerald Liberte
    Lyon 7 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £1345pp Save up to £1100pp on 2020 departures PLUS free Premium Drinks Package!
  • Highlights of Burgundy and Provence

    Riviera Travel
    Choice of Ships
    Lyon 7 Nights No Fly Cruise from £1399pp Receive €200 onboard credit per cabin on 2020 departures!
  • Burgundy and Provence

    Avalon Waterways
    Avalon Poetry II
    Avignon 7 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £1672pp
  • Burgundy and Provence

    SS Catherine
    Lyon 7 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £1959pp Save up to 30%!
  • Wine Regions of Provence

    Choice of Ships
    Lyon 7 Nights Cruise Only from £2108pp Exclusive savings of up to £350pp PLUS free flights and overseas transfers on 2021 departures!
  • Colours of Provence

    APT Luxury Cruises
    APT Concerto Class
    Lyon 7 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £2695pp Save up to £1000pp!
  • Rhone Treasures

    APT Luxury Cruises
    Lyon 7 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £3345pp Save £400pp PLUS exclusive £50pp Blue Water Discount!
  • Provence and Burgundy

    APT Luxury Cruises
    APT Aria Class
    Beaune 7 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £3395pp Save £400pp!
  • South of France

    Scenic Sapphire
    Arles Pont du Gard 10 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £3495pp 2021 at 2020 Prices PLUS Save £250pp and FREE home-to-airport transfers!

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

Rhone River Highlights

Here are a few highlights of a cruise along the Rhone river:

  • Arles and its incredible Roman amphitheatre
  • Spectacular 14th-century Palace of the Popes in Avignon
  • Pretty town of Chalon-sur-Saone in the Cote Chalonnaise wine region
  • Gastronomic city of Lyon, home to the Basilica of Notre Dame
  • Macon, gateway to the renowned Beaujolais and Maconnais wine regions
  • Alluring riverside village of Viviers
  • Lyon, France’s grand culinary capital
  • The beautiful Old Town in the walled city of Viviers
  • Picturesque Tournon, overlooked by an impressive 16th-century castle
  • The ancient fortified town of Tarascon

Rhone River Ports



Chalon sur Saone



Tain L'Hermitage




Rhone Cruise 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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