The Rhône River travels a sun-splashed path from the Swiss Alps through southeastern France and down to the Mediterranean Sea. Most cruises sail between Lyon and Avignon or Arles, though many also include diversions onto the Saône River, to visit Burgundy or for an overnight stay in Paris. Impressionist landscapes, bustling outdoor markets, amazing food, and fine wines all await on a trip that lasts eight to nine days.
The cruise season runs from March to December, but late spring and early fall are the most pleasant times to sail. In summer, the heat — and crowds — can be intense.