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River Map Summary
Along the Massif Central to the Mediterranean Sea.

In ancient times, the Rhone was important for the Romans as a trade route to Gaul.

The Rhone's source is the Rhone Glacier, it flows westbound, through the Lake Geneva. It leaves Switzerland, flows through France. At Lyon the Rhone meets the Saone, it's biggest tributary. It turns southbound, along the Massif Central (which is mainly dewatered by the Loire and Dordogne) towards the Mediterranean Sea. South of Arles it forms the Camargue Delta, which is famous for its wildlife.

Total of 13 locks. 12 are beween Lyon and the mouth of the Rhone at the Mediterranean Sea.

Cruise it
Execept of Lyon, there are a lot of small villages, food and wine along the cruise. You'll get a lot of religious history at Avignon where the antipopes resided. For 2013 some cruises just go the Rhone (& Saone), some combine a week in Southern France with another week in Paris / on the Seine river. Or you'll extend the cruise in Nice at the Cote d'Azur.
Additional Facts
Altitude Profile
Geographical Facts
Length 813 km / 506 mil
Length Airline 454 km / 283 mil
GPS Source 43° 19′ 51″ N, 4° 50′ 44″ E
Source Elevation 2211 m / 7 253 feet
Mouth Elevation 0 m / 0 feet
GPS Mouth 46° 34′ 19.2″ N, 8° 22′ 34.8″ E
Basin Area 98 000 km² / 37 828 mil²
Average Discarge 1 710 m³/s / 60 388 ft³/s
Waters IntoRhone - Mediterrean Sea
Runs through countries

Upstream KMStation NameYesterday Average
495.00 Pougny 251
469.00 Surjoux 88
448.00 Ruffieux 85
428.00 Brens 135
377.00 Lagnieu NA
330.00 Pont-Morant NA
303.00 Ternay 58
212.00 Valence 243
194.00 La Voulte 176
156.00 Viviers 90
141.00 Bourg-St-Andeol 30
128.00 Pont-St-Esprit 223
88.00 Avignon 336
63.00 Pont-de-Beaucaire NA
61.00 Beaucaire / Tarascon 232