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River cruises on the Rhone

Linking a raft of unique destinations in the Rhône-Alpes and Ardèche regions of south-eastern France, the Rhône offers travellers a convenient gateway to the hidden beauty of France. 

Rhône River Escorted Cruises

Travel along this picturesque river with Great Rail Journeys and explore a landscape that  inspired one of the most famous artists in the world, Vincent Van Gogh.

Whether you are interested in an itinerary stuffed with excursions and city tours or a more relaxing sight-seeing holiday, our range of tours along the Rhone offer something for every kind of traveller - and can be enjoyed at your leisure.

Our Rhône River Ships

Our cruise ships are designed to provide comfortable accommodation for our guests during their voyage along the Rhône. They boast a range of facilities such as a bar, restaurant, boutique, lounge and a sun deck.

These five-star vessels also have some luxurious amenities such as a library, indoor swimming pool, sauna, solarium and a whirlpool on the sundeck. France is the home of quality food and wine, and you can enjoy both while on the ship. Breakfast buffets, lunches, and multiple-course evening meals are created especially for our guests by an on-board chef - from local ingredients, where possible.

Our river cruises stop up to three times a day, allowing guests time to explore their destination, relax on the ship, or enjoy shore excursions to local attractions, which may be included in the price of the holiday. Free days are also incorporated into our itineraries; why not visit the range of unique museums in the Ardèche region, such as the Museum of Lavender and the Archaeological Documentation Centre.


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Avignon, the Rhône & Provence

Discover Avignon, the Rhône and Provence. Inspiration for artists including Vincent Van Gogh, this region of France oozes history, charm and atmosphere. Staying in the delightful city of Avignon, we explore Roman Provence and enjoy a lunch cruise along the Rhône.

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7 days from £1,295 pp

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Five-Star Rhone Cruise (Fly & Cruise)

Discover the timeless elegance of France's beautiful Rhône on a memorable cruise which takes you to ancient monuments, enchanting cities, natural wonders and more.

Visit quaint Lyon, holy Avignon and charming Beaune, as well as the magnificent Ardèche Gorge as you drift down this peaceful river on a specially designed Five-Star ship. Enjoy excellent food and good company on this superb French adventure.

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8 days from £1,595 pp

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The French Riviera & Five-Star Rhone Cruise

Discover the immaculate and enchanting charm of Nice and the French Riviera on this dazzling tour before continuing to Lyon for an exquisite 7-night cruise, uncovering the majesty of the Rhône river.

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11 days from £2,225 pp

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Chamonix, Mont Blanc & Five-Star Rhone Cruise

Be whisked away to the soaring mountains of the French Alps, as you journey on the spectacular Mont Blanc express and enjoy the colourful charms of Chamonix. After your time in France, cruise down the Rhône in style as you sample the culture and way of life on this elegant waterway.

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11 days from £2,620 pp

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Five-Star Rhone Cruise

Let the gentle currents of the Rhône transport you through Burgundy and Provence aboard our fantastic river cruise ship. Discover the region's verdant vineyards and absorb the atmosphere of its historic towns, soaring cathedrals and half-timbered houses.

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8 days from £1,645 pp

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Cruise the magnificent Rhône

From its source in Switzerland, the Rhône travels through Lake Geneva towards the Mediterranean Sea. It joins the Saône in Lyon, France, after travelling 497 miles.

Many of our tours begin in the city of Lyon, the capital of the Rhône-Alpes region of France and a vibrant city famous for its food. There are many renowned chefs located in the area. The city, which boasts an ancient amphitheatre and a number of museums, is located near two of France's best-known wine growing regions, the Côtes du Rhône and Beaujolais.

Beaujolais is located north of Lyon and is a popular place to explore, especially among oenophiles - lovers of wine. Flourishing vineyards and hill-top villages of yellow sandstone make for great viewing in this beautiful area of French countryside.

The Rhône joins with the Ardèche River at Pont-Saint-Esprit, before continuing south to Avignon. The erstwhile home of several popes during the 14th and 15th centuries, Avignon is the next destination on many of our Rhône River cruises. Its Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes) has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995, and is well-known as one of the most important Gothic buildings in Europe.

Avignon has a rich architectural heritage, which is evident throughout the city; there are a number of museums that commemorate its history. Other famous monuments include the Pont Saint-Bénezet, a medieval bridge that originally crossed the River Rhône, and the Avignon Cathedral, a Romanesque building with a statue of the Virgin Mary mounted on top of a tower.

Next is the Roman city of Arles, which also has many monuments left over from Roman times, including a theatre, amphitheatre, the Alyscamps necropolis, a cryptoportico (underground gallery), and the Obélisque d'Arles. The section of the Rhône River at Arles was an important influence on some of Vincent Van Gogh's paintings, such as Starry Night over the Rhône, which captures part of the river at night.

The River Rhône splits into two upstream of Arles, forming the Camargue Delta. The Delta has a wide variety of flora and fauna, such as the Greater Flamingo and Sea Lavender, as well as the famous Camargue Horse and Bull.

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