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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

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

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Idyllic Rhône

8 days
Chalon-sur-Saone > Tarascon
Cruise the Rhone from Chalon-sur-Saône & explore the Roman town of Tarascon. Enjoy the cuisines and delights of France on a luxurious 8 day river cruise.
from $5,225
Flights Included*

Enchanting Rhône

9 days
Paris > Tarascon
Discover the towns of Avignon, Tournon & Lyon on a 9 day tour from Paris to Nice with a luxury river cruise along the Rhone on board a Scenic Space-Ship
from $5,850
Flights Included*

Idyllic Rhone with Paris

11 days
Paris > Nice
Embark on an 11 day journey from Paris with a luxurious river cruise along the Rhone. Experience an exclusive dinner at the Pope's Palace in Avignon.
from $7,535
Flights Included*

Enchanting Rhône with Barcelona

12 days
Paris > Barcelona
Cruise the Rhone from Chalon-sur-Saône to Tarascon before travelling to beautiful Barcelona. Enjoy guided city tours, delicious cuisine & exclusive events.
from $7,865

Enchanting Rhône with Monte Carlo

12 days
Nice > Paris
From the sparkling Riviera to the city of light enjoy a 12 day journey from Nice to Paris. Visit Monte Carlo & cruise the Rhone towards Chalon-sur-Saône.
from $8,200
Flights Included*

South of France Indulgence

16 days
Paris > Lyon
Discover the South of France on a 15 day river cruise from Chalon-sur-Saône. Enjoy wine tastings, sample French truffles and cycle along the Rhone river.
from $9,395
Flights Included*

Enchanting Rhône with Paris & Barcelona

14 days
Paris > Barcelona
Cruise along the Rhone and uncover the delights of the South of France before your arrival in Barcelona. Explore the Sagrada Familia & Gaudi’s Casa Batlló.
from $9,465
Flights Included*

Spectacular South of France with Monte Carlo

17 days
Paris > Nice
Experience the South of France and Monte Carlo while you cruise the spectacular Rhone river. Visit the Château de Cormatinand the Prince's Palace of Monaco.
from $9,755

Enchanting Rhône with Monte Carlo & Paris

14 days
Nice > Paris
Discover the alluring Monte Carlo before embarking on a luxurious cruise along the Rhone. Enjoy 3 nights in Paris, see the Arc de Triomphe & Champs Elysées.
from $9,975
Flights Included*

Jewels of Europe with Paris & Prague

21 days
Paris > Prague
Explore the wondrous cities of Amsterdam, Cologne, Vienna and more on a 21 day journey from Paris to Prague. See the Rhone Gorge, Marksburg Castle and more.
from $10,760
Flights Included*

Gems of the Seine & South of France

23 days
Paris > Nice
Discover the best that France has to offer on a 23 day journey from Paris to Nice. Cruise the Seine and Rhone rivers past the vineyards, castles & villages.
from $16,220

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