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Rhone/Saone Rivers - France

One of the major waterways of Europe, the Rhone/Saone flows southward through Switzerland and France to the Mediterranean Sea. Passing through the the vineyards of Burgundy and the hills of Provence, it boasts many ancient cities on its banks. River cruises travel north from Lyon up the River Saone to Chalon-sur-Saône and pass Trevous, Macon and Tournus on the way upstream. Travelling south on the Rhone from Lyon, cruises can visit Vienne, Tournon, Vivier, Chateauneuf du Pape, Avignon and Arles before reaching the CamargueCamargue and the Mediterranean. The Soane starts in France before joining the Rhône at Lyon after a course of 300 miles (480 km). The Rhône is 505 miles (813 kilometres) long and originates in the Swiss Alps. It plunges through a series of gorges into Lake Geneva and then cuts through the Jura Mountains to arrive at Lyon. Then the Rhone valley takes the form of a series of gorges and basins overlooked by terraces. The river's delta begins near Arles and extends about 25 miles to the sea. Here twin channels of the river, the Grand and Petit Rhône, enclose the Camargue marshlands before entring the Mediterranean.