As your river cruise wends its way along the Rhône, you'll be following two thousand years of history, and - like Van Gogh, Cezanne and Gauguin before you - be enchanted and inspired by the passing landscapes and sights.
Although the Rhône, one of Europe's major rivers, rises in Switzerland and passes through Lake Geneva before running through southeastern France, a Rhône river cruise will generally sail between Arles and Lyon, although these easily combine with the Saône as ships sail north of Lyon at the confluence of these two rivers up to Chalon-sur-Saône. Swathes of lavender fields and vineyards, ancient amphitheatres and medieval towns beckon as you cruise through the sundrenched and historic regions of Provence and Burgundy, peppered with Roman, Greek, Celtic, and French influences.
This river and the cities on its banks have stories to tell: from the Papal Palace of Avignon, former seat of Catholic popes throughout much of the twelfth century to the ancient city of Arles inspired many of Van Gogh's paintings, and was a provincial Roman capital; its 2,000 year old amphitheatre is still in use today, playing host to concerts and plays. Lyon, situated at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, showcases two millennia of human history from the Roman amphitheatre, the medieval and renaissance buildings in its Old Town, to the modern architecture in the redeveloped Confluence district. Its famed Les Halles de Lyon indoor food market is crammed with stalls offering gourmet delights from cheese to charcuterie. But throughout your river cruise, you'll be able to quaff fine wines at some of the most renowned vineyards in the Côtes du Rhône winegrowing region, and tuck into delightful Provençal cuisine.
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