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Rhône River Escorted Cruises

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. 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.

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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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2018JunAugSepOct

7 days from £1,315 pp

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5-Star Tulips Cruise

Discover the magnificent floral displays of the Keukenhof Gardens and enjoy a talk onboard ship from television personality Charlie Dimmock on this wonderfully diverse cruise on the enchanting Belgian and Dutch waterways. 

On this tour we uncover the beautiful historic cities of Amsterdam, Ghent and Antwerp as well as the Battlefields of Ypres, the spectacular Keukenhof tulips and the Hoorn-Medemblik steam train. We also enjoy a talk from army veteran and battlefields expert Colonel Piers Storie-Pugh OBE on this memorable river cruise.

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2019Apr

8 days from £1,395 pp

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5-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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2018MayAug

8 days from £1,995 pp

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Rhone Cruise

Let the gentle currents of the Rhône transport you through Burgundy and Provence aboard the fantastic A-Rosa Stella 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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2018JunAugOct

8 days from £1,730 pp

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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.

In both the four and five star ships, the cabins are spacious and decorated with large sight-seeing windows, allowing unobstructed views of the French countryside. These floating hotels have been designed especially to navigate rivers, making them more intimate than large cruise liners. Best of all, you'll only need to unpack your suitcase once!

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.

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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