Top Three Places to Stop Off when Cruising the River Rhone

The Rhone runs 813km from Switzerland, right through the rolling hills of the French countryside. Cruises along this stretch of water allow you to travel along the same routes as many ancient Greek and Roman traders once did, but it can be difficult to know where to go and what there is to see.

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I’ve listed the top three spots you’ll want to stop off and enjoy, but your river cruise provider will be able to inform you of the many excursions – making sure you book with an expert such as Cruise Deals, means you’re always pointed in the right direction for a relaxing cruise away.

1. Lyon

You cannot go on a relaxing river cruise without stopping off to bathe in the culture of this historic city. It has something for everyone, with it’s ancient winding streets taking you from stunning gardens to ancient ruins. Why not stop for a crepe in the gardens of the Parc de la Tete d’Or, before heading to their central zoo? Or if history and the arts is more your style, you can admire the gothic architecture of the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière.


2. Burgundy

While on your cruise, you’ll be itching to try out some excursions. Seen as you’re travelling through some of the most famous wine country in the world, it would be rude not to stop by and sample what they have on offer. There are many different tours available depending on your own knowledge, so whether you’re a seasoned connoisseur or a complete novice, you’ll be able to find the perfect expert guide to walk you through.


3. Valence

This picture-perfect town may be small, but it’s postcard views make this a must-see sleepy town. Just because it’s quiet doesn’t mean you’ll be short of sightseeing opportunities though. The decorative gardens are home to the famous Kiosque de Peynet – a romantic bandstand built in 1890 – while Jean Perdrix Park is home to quirky examples of 1970s architecture, including a grass amphitheatre and two giant, shard-shaped wanter tanks. Hidden away from the world, this is a lesser-visited wonder along the Rhone.

End your trip in Avignon as the Greeks and Romans would have done, and if you travel in July, you can sample the vibrant annual spectacle of the Festival d’Avignon – it’s the oldest extant festival in France, and world-renowned for it’s ground-breaking contemporary art.

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Hello, I'm Karen Bryan, I created Europe a la Carte in 2002 to highlight the best places to visit in Europe with travel tips, photos and no fluff reviews. I’m also an artist; my artworks are often inspired by my travels