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A major historic waterway in Switzerland and France, the Rhone River is the only primary stream that flows directly into the Mediterranean Sea. The Alpine river lies south of the Rhine and begins in a Swiss glacier in Valais, Switzerland. Starting above Lake Geneva, at an elevation of 6,000 feet, the Rhone runs for a stretch of 505 miles. It is divided into three sections, which lie within the Alps and Jura Mountains and flows into the city of Lyon before meeting the sea. With river cruise volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 50% versus the brochure price! Book your Rhone river cruise today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted river cruise headquarters.

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Sail Date Operator Ship Departs Returns Length Price
Mar 16, 2021VikingViking DellingAvignonLyon8$2,599
Mar 21, 2021VikingViking BuriLyonAvignon8$2,699
Mar 21, 2021UniworldSS Bon VoyageBordeauxAvignon22$8,699
Mar 21, 2021UniworldSS Joie de VivreBordeauxAvignon22$8,699
Mar 21, 2021UniworldSS CatherineBordeauxAvignon22$8,699
Mar 23, 2021VikingViking DellingLyonAvignon8$2,599
Mar 23, 2021VikingViking HeimdalAvignonLyon8$2,599
Mar 28, 2021VikingViking BuriAvignonLyon8$2,599
Mar 28, 2021UniworldSS Joie de VivreParisAvignon15$5,899
Mar 28, 2021UniworldSS CatherineParisAvignon15$5,899
Mar 29, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIMarseilleParis16$5,787
Mar 29, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIMarseilleLondon20$7,097
Mar 29, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIMarseilleLondon22$7,512
Mar 29, 2021Avalon WaterwaysTapestry IIMarseilleParis16$5,787
Mar 29, 2021Avalon WaterwaysExpressionMarseilleAmsterdam16$5,437
Mar 29, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIMarseilleRome17$6,400
Mar 29, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIMarseilleAmsterdam16$5,437
Mar 29, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIMarseilleLondon14$4,534
Mar 29, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIMarseilleParis11$3,637
Mar 29, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIMarseilleRome22$8,492
Mar 29, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIMarseilleLondon19$6,684
Mar 29, 2021Avalon WaterwaysTapestry IIMarseilleRome22$8,492
Mar 29, 2021Avalon WaterwaysTapestry IIMarseilleLondon19$6,684
Mar 29, 2021Avalon WaterwaysExpressionMarseilleLondon20$7,097
Mar 29, 2021Avalon WaterwaysExpressionMarseilleLondon22$7,512
Mar 30, 2021VikingViking HeimdalLyonAvignon8$2,599
Mar 30, 2021VikingViking DellingAvignonLyon8$2,699
Mar 30, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIPort St. LouisLondon21$7,223
Mar 30, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIPort St. LouisParis10$3,348
Mar 30, 2021Avalon WaterwaysExpressionAmsterdamMarseille16$5,537
Mar 30, 2021Avalon WaterwaysTapestry IIPort St. LouisParis15$5,498
Mar 30, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIParisMarseille16$5,987
Mar 30, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIParisPort St. Louis15$5,698
Mar 30, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIAmsterdamMarseille16$5,537
Mar 30, 2021Avalon WaterwaysTapestry IIParisMarseille16$5,987
Mar 30, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIPort St. LouisRome16$6,111
Mar 30, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIPort St. LouisLondon13$4,245
Mar 30, 2021Avalon WaterwaysExpressionAmsterdamBarcelona20$7,454
Mar 30, 2021Avalon WaterwaysExpressionAmsterdamNice19$6,634
Mar 30, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIParisBarcelona20$7,904

Rhone Travel Guide

Rhone River Cruises Highlights

  • See some unforgettable landscapes, as the river runs past beautiful sunflower fields and meadows of lavender blooms in the summer. It also winds past French vineyards and towns famed for France's popular wines and cuisine.
  • Experience the pretty town of Viviers, a quaint French village, and a picture-postcard representation of the villages seen along the Rhone River.
  • Go back in time – visit the Roman arena that dominates the commune of Arles, located in southwestern France.
  • Savor the magnificent cuisine of Lyon, the culinary capital of France.
  • See Avignon, known as the "City of Popes," and visit its historic palace.
  • Visit the distinctive Burgundy wine cellars and wineries in the city of Macon.
  • See some of France's most significant attractions and landmarks, some dating back to Roman times.
  • Delight in a 5-star menu, showcasing the foods of the Rhone region.

Rhone River Cruises Travel Tips

  • Make sure you have all your travel documents in order, including the information for any stays and transfers. Check to see that your birth date and name are correct. Any errors may lead to unanticipated travel delays or cancellations.
  • If you don't know it already, learn some basic phrases in French to make your journey more interesting. French is spoken in both Switzerland and France.
  • Pick up a travel guide of the Rhone region before you go to familiarize yourself with some of the sights you will see. 
  • Never over-pack. Because storage space is tight on river cruises, make sure you consolidate what you plan to bring. Gather your travel necessities and clothing, including a jacket, and organize them in a carry-on bag and one other bag. If you are going on a shorter river cruise, you should be able to fit everything into your carry-on. 
  • Place your passport and other travel documentation in a safe place that can be accessed easily, either on your person or in your carryon, during your journey.
  • Exchange some dollars for Euros so you have money for tips and you can pay for meals at restaurants or shops that may not accept charge cards.
  • The season for Rhone River cruises is long, stretching from March to December. 

Rhone River Cruises Things To Do

  • Paris, France
    Paris, France

    Add an extension to your Rhone River cruise by visiting Paris. After all, a Rhone river cruise trip primarily covers French ports, so adding Paris to your itinerary makes perfect sense. Most trips to Paris include stayovers of about two days. As soon as you check into your Paris hotel, you can explore this city of treasures, one that features the renowned Eiffel Tower, the grand boulevard, Champs-Elysees, and the Jardins des Tuileries.  

    Best Time To Visit

    According to U.S. News Travel, the best time to see Paris is typically from June to August or September and October. Average highs in the summer are in the high 70s with long days of sun, making a trip at that time both pleasant and comfortable. 

     

    You Should Know

    Named for Gustave Eiffel, who contributed to the tower's design, the Eiffel Tower is the most-visited paid monument worldwide. Almost 7 million people ascended the tower in 2015. The tower, which is the tallest structure in Paris, is a little taller than an 80-story building. Standing on the west end of the Champs-Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile was built to honor the people who fought and died for France during the Napoleonic Wars and French Revolution. The Palace of Versailles was the main royal residence of French royalty, and was the home of Louis XIV, in 1682. It had this distinction until 1789, which marked the beginning of the French Revolution.

  • Tournus, France
    Tournus, France

    This charming town in Burgundy is located north on the Saone River and is often added to Rhone River cruise adventures originating out of Paris. You can choose from a variety of interesting experiences on this stop, from learning the craft of Tonnellerie (barrel-making) or taking a cooking class.

    Best Time To Visit

    The best time to see Tournus is during the spring and summer months, although it rains more frequently during the spring. 

     

    You Should Know

    A must-see – the Abbey of St. Philibert represents Romanesque art and design, and plays a central role in the heart of Tournus. Visit the gilded rooms of the Chateau de Cormatin, a castle built during the 17th century. During the summer, you can stroll through the castle's lovely gardens. Truffle hunting expeditions are featured near Tournus as well. See if you can participate in one of the adventures in a nearby village.

  • Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage
    Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage

    You will return down the Rhone River when you stop off at Tournon. Schedule a walking tour of the town's "twin city" of Tain-l'Hermitage, which sits on the other side of the Rhone. Valrhona, a gourmet chocolate maker, is based in Tain-l'Hermitage, thereby making this destination a must-see for anyone who loves chocolate. 

    Best Time To Visit

    The best time to see Tournon-sur-Rhone is from April to October, according to data provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 

     

    You Should Know

    Hermitage Hill provides a place for hiking as well as sampling wines. At the end of your hike, sample some of the local wines, especially the red varieties for which the area is famous. Biking is a popular activity in spring and summer, so you may want to plan the activity during your visit.

  • Avignon
    Avignon

    Emerging at a bend of the River Rhone, Avignon reveals its fairy tale charm and welcoming atmosphere immediately. While it is primarily known for being the papal capital in the 1300s, the Provencal town also attracts a youthful vibe, allowing river cruise-goers to enjoy people-watching in its squares and savor its charming sights and sounds.

    Best Time To Visit

    Located close to the Mediterranean coast of France, Avignon features hospitable temperatures year-round. However, the best time for Avignon is in the summer when the lavender blooms appear.

     

    You Should Know

    The seat of the Catholic Church in the 1300s, Avignon's Pope Palace is the largest Gothic medieval palace worldwide. To enjoy a panoramic view of Avignon, the Rhone River valley, and Avignon's St Benezet Bridge, hike up to Parc de Rochers des Doms. The St. Benezet Bridge was one of three major bridges used to cross the Rhone and was made popular in a French nursery rhyme.

  • Arles
    Arles

    Located in central Provence, Arles displays a distinctive and historic character along with a treasure trove of cultural sites. Steeped in history, Arles was one of the most important cities of ancient Gaul, founded in 46 B.C. by Julius Caesar. 

    Best Time To Visit

    The best time to see Arles is usually the spring and summer months, especially when the town holds its popular festivals. 

     

    You Should Know

    The major attraction to see in Arles is the Roman Amphitheater, also referred to as the Amphitheatre d'Arenes. The stone structure, which can hold 21,000 spectators, dates back to the first century A.D. It still is used today for bullfights and other events. Alyscamps or the Elysian Fields is a large ancient necropolis in Arles that was mentioned in Dante's work, Inferno.

  • Viviers
    Viviers

    A walled city in southern France, Viviers is the ideal Rhone River destination, as the medieval port provides plenty of attractions to keep travelers busy during their river cruise holiday. Just make sure you wear comfortable footwear, as you will need to navigate over cobblestones while strolling through the alleyways and town squares.

    Best Time To Visit

    The best time to sightsee in Viviers is in the summer months, or June to August. The driest month is July while the dampest month is October. If you don't like rainy weather, cancel any travel plans in October.

     

    You Should Know

    If you can find an English tour guide, have them take you on a walking tour of Old Town, especially to see St. Vincent's Cathedral, the smallest cathedral still in use in France. The cathedral features Handel organ recitals and displays a marble altar. A stroll through Old Town, when on a walking tour or on your own, will reveal a number of interesting discoveries, including St. Michael's Clock Tower.

  • Macon, France
    Macon, France

    A Burgundy wine town, Macon is a popular port-of-call for lovers of beautiful scenery and fine varietals. If you love wine and want to see the wine country of France, you will love visiting Macon on a Rhone River holiday. Anyone who savors gourmet offerings will want to add this port on their Rhone river cruise trip.

    Best Time To Visit

    Choose June to August to visit Macon, as the weather may be warm, but is tolerable, and you are less likely to experience the mistral wind or heavy rains.

     

    You Should Know

    Surrounding vineyards are lush and green in summer, which makes a trip to vineyards most pleasant, especially for sampling local vintages. Many of the best chardonnays come from this part of the Burgundy region of France.

  • Lyon, France
    Lyon, France

    Noted as being the second-most visited city in France, just behind Paris, Lyon does not boast major tourist sites, such as grand cathedrals. However, it reputedly is known as the gourmet capital of France, which makes Lyon a favorite city among anyone who appreciates fine wine and cuisine. The city also makes rail travel accessible, which makes it easy to travel between Lyon and Paris.

    Best Time To Visit

    According to U.S. News Travel, the best time to see Lyon is during September and October, when the summer travelers exit and leave the crisp fall air and vibrant foliage in their wake. If you are budget-conscious, the colder and darker months of November or April will enable you to find the best deals on river cruise travel.

     

    You Should Know

    Traboules add to the atmosphere of the historic city – the narrow alleyways, from the Renaissance period, run perpendicular along the river. Cathedral St. Jean, a medieval Gothic-styled cathedral, is known for its astronomic clock.

Rhone River Cruises When To Visit

Quick Facts

While the mistral wind blows in the winter months, it can also strike during the spring. Therefore, play it safe, if you go during the spring, and carry a windbreaker. Also, be forewarned – snowmelt in the Alps can lead to flooding, which may affect Rhone bridges and locks.

During the months of June through September, southern France is beautiful, inviting people with its sunny skies and warm temperatures. If you go in September, you will find some of the towns along the Rhone hosting wine festivals. 

During October and November, cloudbursts happen from time to time, but, for the most part, you will experience sunny weather. 

Rhone River Cruises Frequently Asked Questions

What Is a Rhone River Cruise?

A Rhone River cruise takes you through the major ports along the Rhone River, which travels from the Swiss Alps to the Mediterranean Sea. You can also enjoy some side excursions to Burgundy. River cruises generally last 7 to 9 days and include extended trips to Paris. 

What’s Included on Rhone River Cruises?

All-inclusive Rhone River cruises offer transfers upon arriving and departing, accommodation onboard a world-class ship, daily activities, and excursions, all meals, beverages, and gratuities. Some river cruise lines include airfare. 

What’s the Best Cruise for Rhone River Cruises?

What you select for a river cruise line will depend on how much you want to spend and where you want to go on your Rhone River holiday. Two of the top providers include Viking River Cruises and Avalon Waterways. 

How Much Does a Rhone River Cruise Cost?

What you will pay will depend on when you choose to embark on your river cruise trip and the length of your Rhone holiday. The cost for a deluxe stateroom on an 8-day journey is about $3,100 to about $4,850 for a top-of-the-line royal suite.

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