Cruising to Arles along the River Rhone, starting from the city of Lyon, takes you through the beautiful French regions of Burgundy and Provence. A number of tour operators offer cruises along the river, including Tauck, Scenic Cruises, A-Rosa and AmaWaterways.
The Rhone is a relatively short cruise, and so more time can be spent ashore. With Rhone cruises generally lasting between six and eight days, it is a good river cruise for a short holiday. For those wanting a longer break, many operators will combine a Rhone cruise with a cruise on its main tributary, the Saone, or other French rivers. The mild climate allows for a long cruising season, typically lasting from March to December.
The city of Lyon is well worth exploring before you set off, with its remarkable Musée de Beaux Arts and many fine restaurants reflecting the sumptuous cuisine of the region. A Rhone cruise will also take you through the superb wine-growing regions, and most cruises will offer the chance to visit vineyards to sample the products and make some purchases.