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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.

Cruise Collection 2021/ 2022/ 2023

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  • French Art and History Along The Rhone

    Choice of Ships
    Avignon 6 Nights Cruise Only from £1367pp Book by 31 December 2021 and save 5% on 2022 departures! Lyon (France), Macon, Lyon, Tain-l’Hermitage, Le Pouzin, Avignon, Arles, Martigues, Aix-en-Provence
  • Highlights of Burgundy and Provence

    Riviera Travel
    Choice of Ships
    Lyon 7 Nights No Fly Cruise from £1569pp No single supplement on selected April 2022 departures! UK - Lyon (France), Chalon - Beaune, Vienne - Tournon, Ardeche Gorges, Arles, Avignon, Avignon - UK
  • The Fabulous World Of Vines And Wine

    Camargue II
    Macon 6 Nights Cruise Only from £1575pp Book by 31 December 2021 and save 5% on 2022 departures! Martigues (France), Arles, Avignon, La Voulte, Tain-l'Hermitage, Lyon, Macon, Montmerle, Trevoux, Lyon
  • Sensations of Southern France

    Emerald Waterways
    Emerald Liberte
    Lyon 7 Nights Fly Cruise from £1595pp Exclusive Blue Water Savings of up to £2000 per couple! PLUS €200 per cabin on board spend UK - Lyon (France), Chalon-sur-Saone, Lyon, Tournon, Viviers, Avignon, Arles, Arles - UK
  • Colours of Provence

    Lyon 7 Nights Cruise Only from £1708pp Exclusive Christmas Markets cruise with free flights and transfers! Lyon (France), Villefranche-sur-Saone, Vienne - Tournon, Tarascon - Arles, Avignon
  • Essence of Burgundy and Provence

    Macon Vineyard 7 Nights Cruise Only from £2016pp Exclusive Blue Water savings! Chalon-sur-Saone (France), Chalon-sur-Saone - Tournus, Tournus - Macon, Macon - Villefranche-sur-Saone - Lyon, Lyon - Vienne, Vienne - Valence, Avignon - Arles
  • Burgundy and Provence

    SS Catherine
    Lyon 7 Nights Fly Cruise from £2199pp Exclusive Blue Water savings! UK - Lyon (France), Beaune, Lyon, Tournon - Tain L'Hermitage - Viviers, Avignon, Tarascon (Arles or Tarascon), Avignon - Marseille - UK
  • South of France

    Scenic Sapphire
    Arles Pont du Gard 10 Nights Fly Cruise from £3345pp Exclusive Blue Water Savings of up to £2000 per couple! UK - Lyon (France), Lyon - Tournus, Chalon-sur-Saone, Tain L'Hermitage, Avignon, Tarascon, Viviers, Lyon, Lyon - UK
  • Jewels of Burgundy and Provence

    Camargue II
    Lavender Fields 7 Nights Lyon (France), Lyon - Macon, Macon - Vienne, Vienne - Arles, Arles - Avignon - Viviers, Viviers - Tournon - Lyon  

    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

  • Active and Discovery on the Rhone

    Avalon Waterways
    Avalon Poetry II
    Lyon 7 Nights Port St Louis (France), Arles, Avignon, Viviers - Lock Bollène, Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage - Lyon  

    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

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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