Looking for a taste of Provence on your next river cruise? Try the Rhône and Saône rivers in France. Home to some of the best wine-producing areas in Europe, the Rhône and Saône also are graced the beauty of Provence, multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites and historic cities like Lyon, Avignon and Arles.
A few things that we appreciate most about Saône river cruises:
- Provencal and Bourgogne Beauty. Saône & Rhône River cruises typically sail between Lyon and Avignon or Arles, taking in the gorgeous landscapes of Burgundy and Provence.
- Pont du Gard. The iconic bridge crossing the Gardon River is one of the best-preserved legacies of ancient Roman architecture in France.
- Bicycling. We’ve enjoyed cycling along the Rhône and Saône rivers though the wine-producing region of Beaujolais and along the Île de la Barthelasse across from the city of Avignon.
- Arles. Perhaps best-known for its incredible Roman monuments and the fact that the impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh lived here from 1888 to 1889.
- Wonderful Wines. Saône & Rhône River cruises typically visit the wine-producing regions of Beaujolais and Chateauneuf du Pape.
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the Pope’s Palace in Avignon and Pont du Gard.
Did You Know…
Wine Beaujolais, France – The Beaujolais wine region is situated in east central France between the towns of Mâcon and Lyon and follows the river Saone below the town of Burgundy and above the town of Lyon. More specifically, the Beaujolais wine region is located north of the town of Lyon and covers parts of the northern Rhone department of Rhone-Alpes and the Saone-et-Loire department in Burgundy. While the Beaujolais wine region is administratively considered part of the Burgundy wine region, the climate is closer to the characteristics of the Rhone wine region and the wine is unique enough to be considered separately from the Burgundy wine region or the Rhône wine region.