Cruising the South of France: What not to miss!
France is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. People from all over the world dream of a Gallic adventure filled with ancient churches, decadent meals and fine wine.
While many people want to visit the Eiffel Tower and stroll through the Louvre, Western Europe’s third largest country is home to so many other amazing sites that you should not miss. One of the best ways to see the South of France is on a river cruise. River cruises through the South of France and perfect for first time cruisers or for those who already know that they love this lifestyle and way of travelling.
For most of the river cruises throughout Europe, you are aboard vessels that can carry between 150-200 passengers. This small number of people means that you will receive the best customer service and luxury inclusions possible.
Why choose the River Rhone for your next cruise?
The River Rhone is the main river that flows through Provence. This region of France is famous around the world for its culinary delights and fine wines. Travelling aboard a river cruise along the Rhone gives you the opportunity to experience the best that the region has to offer while only having to unpack once.
Your vessel will gently float through fields of lavender, quaint medieval villages and vineyards as you relax and enjoy the company of new friends from around the world. If you are interested in history, food and/or nature, you need to look into a Rhone river cruise today.
The Rhone is home to over 300km of navigable canals. It starts at the city of Lyon (River Saone) and travels down to Port St Louis, located on the Mediterranean Sea. It dotted with 12 ecluses (locks), and traversing one while on board your vessel is an experience that you will never forget.
Cities and towns you’ll visit on a River Rhone Cruise
While every River Rhone itinerary is different, you are sure to visit some of these iconic cities and towns. Pass by fields of sunflowers that inspired Van Gogh, take wine tours and cooking classes, and simply relax and let the world pass you by as you float down the river.
Are you a lover of fine wine? Burgundy is the place for you. Famous for Burgundy wines, this gorgeous region is also known for Chablis, Beaujolais, Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. Your river cruise will traverse countless small canals and pass by stunning chateaus. Make sure to visit the capital of Dijon to sample some mustard and marvel at the Musee des Beaux-Arts.
Visiting Lyon is one of the highlights of any French holiday. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to the Basilica of Notre Dam, the St Jean Cathedral and the Palace of Justice. Eat, drink and stroll the cobblestones – you will feel like you have died and gone to heaven.
No other French town is as steeped in Roman history as Vienne. If you are interested in ancient history, this town will amaze and delight you.
Located on the banks of the Rhone, Arles has a long history of art and architecture. It is known for being a provincial capital of Ancient Rome, and you can still visit many of the well preserved sites. Make sure you visit the Arles Roman Amphitheatre, which still hosts events to this day.
No trip to Provence is complete without a stop in Avignon. Famous for its papal history and quaint city centre, it is surrounded by medieval stone ramparts. Do not miss the Palais des Papes (Popes’ Palace).
Close your eyes and imagine that you are aboard your River Rhone cruise. Smell the delicious food, feel the soft breeze and hear the melodic music of the French language. For more information on booking your French river cruise, call or email us today.