Beginning its life as meltwater from The Rhone Glacier in the Swiss Alps, a glacier so precious that it spends its summers wrapped in blankets, the Rhone soon flows into Lake Geneva and onwards into France’s beautiful Burgundy and Provence. On its winding route the river, one of France’s largest, is joined from the north by the Saone as it flows through idyllic towns and villages, grand cities, and rolling vineyard-covered hills, towards its mouth and the warm blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
North of its confluence with the Rhone, the Saone’s banks teem with interest and scenic delights; historic towns such as the Cote d’Or town of Chalon-Sur-Saone, with its fascinating medieval quarter, and famed wine-producing town of Macon, vie for the eye’s attention with countryside to inspire a thousand oil paintings.
At the confluence of these two great French rivers sits UNESCO-listed second city Lyon, for centuries a wealthy centre of the silk trade, and now a prosperous gateway to both the Alps and sun-kissed Provence.
Further south yet, the Rhone flows passed beautiful Tournon, an idyllic town set opposite vineyard-clad slopes, in the shadow of its ancient castle, and City of the Popes, Avignon, dominated by its monumental Palais des Papes.
Highlights of the Rhone
Arles’ Roman ruins
Tournon’s ancient castle
Avignon’s Palais des Papes
Viviers’ mountain backdrop
When we sail
Choose your Rhone and Saone river cruise from our 2019 calendar
Sat 13 April - The Rhone, Burgundy and Provence - A-ROSA Sat 27 April - The Rhone, Burgundy and Provence - A-ROSA
Sat 25 May - The Rhone, Burgundy and Provence - A-ROSA
Sat 06 July - The Rhone to the Mediterranean - A-ROSA Sat 13 July - The Rhone, Burgundy and Provence - A-ROSA Sat 20 July - Rhone to Mediterranean - A-ROSA
Sat 17 August - The Rhone, Burgundy and Provence - A-ROSA
Sat 07 September - The Rhone, Burgundy and Provence - A-ROSA
Sat 12 October - The Rhone, Burgundy and Provence - A-ROSA
A-ROSA river cruises on the Rhone
Make 2019 the year you experience an A-ROSA Premium All-inclusive river cruise holiday.
Relaxation, indulgence and discovery await as you step aboard any of the fleet of A-ROSA river cruise vessels; contemporary cabins, a relaxed atmosphere, SPA-ROSA and wellness centre, flexible free-style dining and a spacious sundeck allow you to experience river cruising - your way.
On an A-ROSA cruise, you’re free to dine as you like; sit at a time of your choosing, pick your meal from a freshly prepared hot and cold buffet, complete with show cooking, and be close to new friends or old, with our free-style seating. For a special occasion, book an A-ROSA Dining Evening and enjoy a multi-course meal, an extensive wine list and full waiter service. On warmer days, choose to take a seat on the sundeck and sample the delights of the ship’s barbecue.
The expansive sundeck if for more than just barbecues though; relax on a comfy sun lounger, take a dip in the plunge pool or whirlpool, play shuffleboard, go for a hole-in-one on the putting green, or simply enjoy a drink from the outdoor bar – perfect for watching the world go by.
The Rhone, Burgundy & Provence
13, 27 April, 25 May, 13 July, 17 August, 7 September, 12 October 2019