Cruising in the Rhone Valley
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The following barges cruise in this area:

Barge Name Price Range (per person) and Maximum number of guests
ALOUETTE **Special Offer Available**
4 guests
NAPOLEON **Special Offer Available**
12 guests

Where is it?

Between Lyon and Arles, on the eastern side of central France.

What are the cruises like?

This wide river wends its way around sloping hillsides covered in vines —the famous ‘Côtes du Rhône’ vineyards (many of which are classified as premier cru or grand cru) as it makes its serene journey towards the Mediterranean Sea. Cruises on the River Rhone can of course be enjoyed in a north—south or south— north direction. Avignon, Viviers, Lyon and Tain L’Hermitage with its famous vineyards and châteaux are all well worth a visit along this impressive cruise route.

Savour wonderful food and wine as you cruise the River Rhone aboard Le Phenicien (see below and center) or Napoleon, (below-right) taking 18 and 12 guests respectively.

How does this waterway compare with the others in the South of France?

The River Rhone is a wide river and can be fast flowing in places, with magnificent natural scenery to be enjoyed along many of its reaches. The size of the river means that it is often better suited to large barges, perhaps accommodating a larger number of guests than the popular 6 guest barges often found in the south. Also, the weather may become slightly cooler as you cruise northwards, and that can come as a welcome relief after the brilliant Provence sunshine.

Why would I want to cruise here?

- Because you want to taste great wines—from the Chateauneuf du Pape of the Avignon area, to the Côtes du Rhone of further north, wine-lovers will enjoy this cruise very much!

- Because you enjoy magnificent scenery which extends all around at times, allowing the eye to rest upon far off mountains on more distant horizons than on the smaller waterways, which can be more ‘enclosed’.

- Because you want a cruise that will take you on a longer journey and will cover more of France than a canal cruise.

- Because some of our most luxurious and magnificent barges cruise this route, and that’s reason enough!

How can I travel to this area?

As well as the extensive road network, there are several airports and train stations in this region:

  • Lyon St.Exupery Airport - 25km from the city centre
    A large airport offering flights all over Europe and North Africa, including many daily shuttle flights to and from Paris
  • Nimes - 12km from the city centre
    Offers scheduled flights from some European airports
TGV train stations
  • Lyon (3 stations, including a dedicated airport station)
  • Macon
  • Valence (2 stations)
  • Dijon
  • Avignon (2 stations)
Click here to go to the Barge Company dedicated 'trains' website to find out more about travelling around France on the TGV High Speed Rail network

Phone: +33 561 59 20 07, Fax: +33 561 59 23 54
Phone (Toll-Free from USA + Canada): 1-800-688-0245

The Barge Cruise Company Ltd, 2 Allée de Castelnouvel, 31490 Léguevin