The Rhone River rises in the Swiss Alps near Valais and rushes across the border and into France, where it makes its way south via Lyon, Avignon and Arles to the Mediterranean Sea. Take a luxury Rhone River cruise to explore this section of southwest France.
The Rhone originates in the Swiss Alps and flows through France. One of Europe's most significant waterways, it is the only river to flow directly to the Mediterranean Sea.
When to go:
The best time to cruise on the Rhone is March to December. Southern France is bathed in glorious sunshine from June to September but the shoulder seasons are also very pleasant providing the Mistral winds streaming from the Alps aren’t too strong.
Rhone River cruises tend to sail south through Burgundy and Provence, stopping frequently for you to explore the culturally rich cities, Gallo-Roman ruins and attractive countryside along the way. Near its mouth the Rhone divides into two major arms, forming the Camargue delta.
Ports of call include the fortified city of Avignon, dominated by the Palace of the Popes, and Arles, the capital of Provence and home of the church of St Trophime and a fine Roman amphitheatre. Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France and the Beaujolais region provide distractions of a different kind.