The Rhône River Valley
Diversity is what drives tourism in southeastern France. Like Bordeaux, the Rhône River Valley is densely populated with vineyards and châteaux, which specialize in Côtes du Rhône, Pouilly-Fuisse, Beaujolais and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It also embraces craft beers, which is evident in the many restaurants and gastropubs throughout Lyon.
Speaking of Lyon, the city is considered by many to be the culinary capital of France; yet it is also full of important history—from the invention of the film camera (and the subsequent motion picture art form that followed) to ornate religious cathedrals, like the Basilica of Notre-Dame.
The Rhône is the only major river in Europe to connect to the Mediterranean Sea, which means that those who embark on a Rhone River cruise will end their journey in the French Riviera—a stretch of turquoise waters, white sand beaches, and luxury resorts and hotels that cater to the world’s rich and famous.