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The Rhone is an Alpine River, originating up in the Rhone Glacier near Valais in the Swiss Alps and running from there down into Lake Geneva from one end to the other exiting again in the city of Geneva before ploughing across the Jura mountains to Lyon where it meets the River Saône from the North. From there the Rhone continues its journey south through the rich wine growing regions of south-eastern France to Arles where it divides into two branches, known as the Great Rhone and the Little Rhone before emptying into the Mediterranean Sea.
A river cruise along the Rhone is an ideal way to experience some of France’s most famous and renowned wine-growing regions such as Burgundy and Provence whilst discovering the colourful and eventful history of the Rhone valley that dates back to Greek and Roman times. On your cruise you’ll travel through stunning landscapes and visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites and medieval villages and towns that inspired the likes of Vincent van Gogh who lived in Arles and experience the culinary delights of Provence. Most Rhone river cruises include a brief jaunt along the section of the River Saone between Chalons sur Saone and Lyon where it joins the Rhone and on to Avignon and Arles in the South.