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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

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. The capital of the Rhône-Alpes region of France and a vibrant city famous for its food, Lyon also boasts an ancient amphitheatre, a number of museums, and is located near two of France's best-known wine growing regions - the Côtes du Rhône and Beaujolais. The Rhône then joins with the Ardèche River at Pont-Saint-Esprit before continuing south to Avignon, erstwhile home of several popes during the 14th and 15th centuries. Next on its route is the Roman city of Arles, home to an original amphitheatre, the Alyscamps necropolis, and the Obélisque d'Arles. This section of the waterway had a huge influence on some of Vincent Van Gogh's paintings, such as Starry Night over the Rhône. The river then splits into two, forming the Camargue Delta which is known for its wide variety of flora and fauna, such as the greater flamingo and the famous Camargue horse.

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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 £1,645 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 £2,275 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 £1,695 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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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 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.



The Rhône

Curling through Switzerland and France, alongside holy cities and under stone bridges, the Rhône is a river of timeless beauty, opening out through the Camargue Delta and into the Mediterranean.

  • Avignon
  • The Camargue Delta
  • Lyon
  • The Ardèche Gorge
  • The Pont du Garde
  • Beaujolais
  • Arles
  • Mâcon

Our Rhône ships

At Great Rail Journeys, we know that the itinerary and destination make up only part of the excellent cruise experience we strive for. On a cruise, your accommodation becomes part of the holiday, and your ship should be as comfortable, as luxurious and as elegant as possible - coincidentally, all things our chartered ships happen to be! 

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