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The Rhone River

Rising in Switzerland and running through France

The Rhone is a beautiful, historic river that starts in Switzerland and flows into Southern France. It’s this route we follow on our Southern France river cruises.

The Rhone River starts in an Alpine glacier in Switzerland and it is the only major river in Europe to flow directly into the Mediterranean Sea. Its journey through Southern France makes for an absolutely idyllic river cruise route that takes guests through the most beautiful and historical french cities and landmarks. Artists have long been amazed by the Rhone River, with Vincent van Gogh even making it his subject in his famous “Starry Night Over The Rhone” painting.

People’s love affair with the Rhone goes back much further than the 19th century however. The Rhone’s location was of significant importance to many who fought for control of the region, with the Romans’ time in power, especially, having left a distinct mark in the architecture in many southern towns. Many cities were built alongside the banks of the Rhone and it’s these cities you’ll be touring on your Southern France river cruise.

You’ll notice evidence of a Roman past when our river cruise stops in Lyon, a city that lives where the Rhone and Seine rivers meet. Home to the grand Notre Dame Basilica and many secret cobblestone pathways, this medieval city will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a different century. Also considered the food capital of the world, you’ll be spoiled with the many French specialties available to you. You can’t possibly leave Lyon without trying one of their famous quenelle dishes.

One of the highlights of a Rhone river cruise through the South of France is our stop in Tournon. Located right on the riverbanks of the Rhone, this picturesque town is home to the 10th century “Musee de France” castle. It now houses the museum, and Scenic guests have the opportunity to enjoy afternoon cocktails on the terrace of this historic castle, along with a private acoustic set performed by local guitarists.

A river cruise on the Rhone River wouldn’t be complete without a stop in Avignon, home to the famous Palace of the Popes. Officially deemed a World Heritage Site in 1995, “The Palais des Papes” symbolizes the church’s influence on Western Christianity in the 14th century. It is the biggest Gothic palace in all of Europe and it directly overlooks the Rhone. Scenic has the exclusive privilege to provide guests with an after-hours musical performance at the Palace of the Popes, featuring music by the likes of Mozart, Vivaldi, Beethoven and Strauss.

In between stops in larger cities, Scenic guests will also have the chance to enjoy some of the best wine in the world and experience typical French life, with opportunities to visit local food markets (with a personal chef as your guide!), ancient cathedrals and monasteries, river lookouts, and an olive farm.

In all, our Scenic river cruise on the Rhone makes for one exquisite week in the South of France. Relax, take in the French culture, and create memories that will last long after our Scenic ship docks back in the harbour.

Scenic offers two unique Rhone river cruises, differentiating in length and itinerary, for your travel convenience. Explore them in detail here.

Discover the Rhone River

Discover the Rhone River

Lyon, France

On this 13 day cruise from Chalon-sur-Saône to Tarascon you will have the chance to feast on incredible cuisine and marvel at truly beautiful landscapes.

Rhone River Cruises

Rhone River Cruises

The Majestic East

8 days
Vienna > Belgrade
Begin in the magical city of Vienna and travel along the Danube to explore cities in Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia and Serbia
from $3,540
Fly Deals to Europe Standard Staterooms 7-14 days

Iconic Danube

8 days
Munich > Budapest
This 8 day cruise from Munich to Budapest along the Danube river will take you to some of the most beautiful places in Germany, Austria and Hungary.
from $3,990
Fly Deals to Europe Standard Staterooms 7-14 days

Gems of the Danube

8 days
Nuremberg > Budapest
This 8 day cruise along the Danube takes you from historical Nuremberg to wondrous Budapest, stopping in many enchanting cities like Melk and Durnstein.
from $4,095
Fly Deals to Europe Standard Staterooms 7-14 days

Gems of the Danube with Prague

11 days
Prague > Budapest
Stay for 3 days in wondrous Prague and visit many of the countless attractions found along the Danube River on this 7 day cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest
from $5,090
Fly Deals to Europe Standard Staterooms 15+ days

Jewels of Europe

15 days
Budapest > Amsterdam
On this 15 day cruise along the Danube and Rhine rivers from Budapest to Amsterdam you will visit grand palaces, fairytale castles and beautiful villages
from $6,295
Fly Deals to Europe Standard Staterooms 15+ days

Danube Delta Discovery

16 days
Vienna > Bucharest
From Vienna to Bucharest, enjoy it all from traditional beauty to exotic modernity on this 16 day journey through one of Europe's most intriguing places.
from $7,265
Fly Deals to Europe Standard Staterooms 15+ days

Jewels of Europe with Prague

18 days
Amsterdam > Prague
Find out why this part of the world is so celebrated on an 18 day experience through Europe's center. From Amsterdam to Prague, you'll be enchanted.
from $7,740
Fly Deals to Europe Standard Staterooms 15+ days

Christmas Wonderland

16 days
Amsterdam > Budapest
Discover the most beautiful Christmas villages and festivities Europe has to offer in the holiday season on this 16 day cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest.
from $7,815
Fly Deals to Europe Standard Staterooms 15+ days

Jewels of Europe with Paris

18 days
Paris > Budapest
Lights sparkling on the river, enchanting towns, romantic culture - find it all on this all-encompassing 18 day European experience from Paris to Budapest.
from $8,920
Fly Deals to Europe Standard Staterooms 15+ days

Jewels of Europe with Paris

18 days
Budapest > Paris
Have an amazing experience on this 18 day cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. Afterwards visit for 3 days one of the most romantic cities in the world, Paris.
from $9,710
Fly Deals to Europe Standard Staterooms 15+ days

Jewels of Europe with Paris & Prague

21 days
Paris > Prague
Feast your eyes upon the sensory delights of Amsterdam, Cologne, Rhine Gorge and more on this 21 day journey from beautiful Paris to stunning Prague.
from $9,905
Fly Deals to Europe Standard Staterooms 15+ days

Jewels of Europe with Prague & Berlin

21 days
Amsterdam > Berlin
On this 21 day journey you will have the opportunity to cruise along the Rhine and the Danube and visit the magnificent cities of Prague and Berlin.
from $10,325
Fly Deals to Europe Standard Staterooms 15+ days

Christmas Wonderland with Paris

19 days
Paris > Budapest
Celebrate Christmas in style, starting with enchanting Paris for 3 days then step on board a luxury15 day river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest.
from $10,340
Early Booking Savings

Christmas Wonderland with Prague

19 days
Amsterdam > Prague
This 19 day tour celebrates the festive season on Europe’s waterways, exploring Christmas markets in Amsterdam, Cologne, Vienna and Budapest and Prague.
from $10,555 $9,555
Fly Deals to Europe Standard Staterooms 15+ days

North Sea to the Black Sea

23 days
Amsterdam > Bucharest
Embark on this 23 day cruise from Amsterdam to Bucharest, discovering magical and historical cities and villages situated along the banks of the Rhine.
from $10,950
Early Booking Savings

Christmas Wonderland with Paris & Prague

22 days
Paris > Prague
This 22 day tour takes you on a stunning journey along Europe’s waterways from Paris to Prague, celebrating a magical Christmas Day in Bamberg and New Year in Budapest.
from $12,950 $11,950
Fly Deals to Europe Standard Staterooms 15+ days

North Sea to the Black Sea with Turkey

30 days
Amsterdam > Istanbul
Travel through time on the ultimate 30 day journey from Amsterdam to Istanbul. See picturesque Cologne, gilded Vienna and historic Gallipolli along the way.
from $13,530
Fly Deals to Europe Standard Staterooms 15+ days

Christmas Markets

15 days
Budapest > Amsterdam
Spend 15 days on a magical river cruise exploring Europe’s most beautiful Christmas markets in cities including Cologne, Rüdesheim, Nuremberg, Vienna and Budapest.
from $6,755
Fly Deals to Europe Standard Staterooms 15+ days

Christmas Markets with Prague & Paris

21 days
Prague > Paris
Old and new come alive on this 21 day journey from Prague to Paris. Enjoy festive tradition and celebrations in the wonderland of Europe at Christmas.
from $10,265
Fly Deals to Europe Standard Staterooms 15+ days

Christmas Markets with Paris

18 days
Budapest > Paris
Twinkling Christmas decorations, holiday cheer, the city of light - this magical 18 day experience from Budapest to Prague is absolutely luminescent.
from $9,280
Fly Deals to Europe Standard Staterooms 15+ days

Christmas Markets with Prague

18 days
Prague > Amsterdam
Traditional beauty and contemporary delight come together on this 18 day holiday experience. From Prague to Amsterdam, be swept away by the magic of it all.
from $7,740
Fly Deals to Europe Standard Staterooms 7-14 days

Danube Discovery Christmas Markets

8 days
Budapest > Nuremberg
Experience the charming towns and cities of the Danube in November, particularly the magical Christmas markets in Vienna and Regensburg.
from $3,380

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