Cruises on the Rhône from Tournon

Spring is finally here, the sun is shining and there is not a cloud in sight in the sky. The perfect weather for a cruise on the Rhône from Tournon. Hoist the colours and sail on the river on board the unique wooden Canotiers of the Rhône !

The friendly Compagnie des Canotiers invites you to join them and offers you different cruise options departing from Tournon. Whether you are a food lover, an athlete, a contemplative or a freshwater sailor, there is something for you! You just have to make your choice:

3 stopovers on the Rhône with your bike

Go aboard the boat of the "Compagnie des Canotiers" and discover this beautiful boat made of larch wood that can take up to 70 passengers. On board, you can enjoy a terrace at the front and at the back that will allow you to admire the landscape and its history during a cruise on the Rhône from Tournon-sur-Rhône.

The 3 castles cruise

The 3 castles cruise that takes you to Valence will offer you the opportunity to discover the castle of Tournon sur Rhône as well as the Tower of Mercurol and the impressive ruins of the castle of Crussol that is perched on a granite cliff. The cruise will take you to the new pier located on the Quai Frédéric Mistral and at the foot of the Parc Jouvet which is located near the historic centre of Valence and its delicious restaurants !


The Hermitage Cruise

Departing from Tournon, this cruise will take you past the Arras tower after passing through the large Gervans lock to arrive in Saint Vallier after a little bit less than two hours of sailing on the Rhone.

These cruises on the Rhône from Tournon offer you the possibility of taking your own bike (bikes are accepted on board free of charge) to return via the ViaRhôna, the famous cycle route located along the Rhône and linking Lake Geneva to the sea. A Boat'n Bike* option combining the pleasure of sailing and cycling on a safe route at the same time. It is ideal for families !

The Lalouvesc loop

Cyclists take note ! An effortless ascent to Lalouvesc with the Sept network (Ardèche bus network). The pleasure of cycling down to Saint Vallier thanks to the cyclo-descending routes. And finally a return trip by boat (with the bikes on board) to Tournon sur Rhône. Spend a beautiful day between the mythical Ardéchoise cycle race and the pleasure of a cruise on the Rhône. (We strongly advise that you book your bus trip with the network le Sept: 04 75 06 06 00 - your bike is accepted free of charge on board the boat)

For both amateurs and athletes, enduro descents are also accessible from Lalouvesc (bus + bike formula)!

These 3 destinations include lock crossings, an impressive moment that will remind you of the power of the river.

An hour along the waterside

Take a cruise on the Rhône River from Tournon for an hour to relax.

The journey of kings

Embark for a one-hour cruise on the Rhône in the late afternoon and discover Tournon sur Rhône and Tain l'Hermitage from the water. You will be surprised to rediscover the two towns in a different way. Let yourself be amazed and enjoy the view while sipping your juice, coffee, tea or glass of wine on board the Compagnie des Canotiers boat.

The Sunset tour: a magical and gourmet cruise on the Rhône

The sunset cruise is available during summer. The twilight, the lapping of the water, a free glass of wine in the hand, the softness of a summer evening, and an exceptional view on both the Hermitage hill and the Château de Tournon from the Rhône. A magical and gourmet moment awaits you with this one-hour cruise! A summer must for small budgets.

New in 2021: You can enjoy a cheese and charcuterie board for 6€ on board !

New for 2021 ! Aperitifs on the water with Terre de Syrah

On a summer evening, stroll along the Rhône between the Saint Joseph and Hermitage vineyards for an exceptional aperitif and taste three wines from these appellations. A glass of local fruit juice will be offered to the younger ones.  Two options are available:

Aperitif on the water between Saint Joseph and Hermitage

During a 1 hour trip, taste three wines accompanied by some regional products and all that while being surrounded by the magnificent landscapes and hillsides of the region.

Aperitif on the water "Wine and Cheese" along the Rhône

A wine expert will take you along the Rhône for a 1h30 tasting on the water. Four wines and four cheeses will punctuate this tasting evening. An unforgettable moment!

A boat ride to go to the restaurant !

What if you took the boat for a cruise on the Rhône to go to the restaurant ? Yes, it is possible! You can choose lunch or dinner. Discover the options offered by the Compagnie des Canotiers.


“La Belle Epoque” Dinner Cruise

Get on board from Tournon at the end of the day for a bucolic cruise on the Rhône towards La Roche de Glun where you will find the restaurant L'Auberge Monnet for dinner. First, a welcome drink will be offered to you in the boat and then, after a good meal at the restaurant, the return journey by boat will take place at nightfall.

Dinner cruise “La Table du Roy”

Enjoy a timeless break with this cruise. Leave your car in Tournon and let yourself be guided along the river for a dinner on board the boat. A relaxed dinner cruise on the majestic Rhone, which will take you to the "Table du Roy" at sunset. The menu is proposed by the caterer “Ma Renaissance”.


The loops: Boat, Bike and Train de l’Ardèche

What an ideal activity for a week-end! Pedal, sail and board a steam train to (re)discover our beautiful region from a different point of view. From the Doux Valley to the Viarhona via the Dolce Via greenway, get ready to have fun!

The 2-day Blue-Green-Steam Loop

Set off for a wonderful weekend starting with a cruise on the Rhône on board of the Canotier boat. Then, go on with your weekend by discovering the Dolce-Via. These two days end on a high note with a trip down the Doux Valley on a historic steam train.

The 3-day Blue-Green-Steam Loop

New in 2021!

Feeling like taking your time? The 3-day loop is definitely the perfect one for you!  From Saint Jean de Muzols, set off for 3 days in Ardèche starting with a trip up the Doux Valley on a historic steam train. Then, discover the Dolce via by bike for 2 days. The loop ends by returning to Tournon on a boat cruise on the Rhône.

This novelty is offered on 6 dates only from May to September.

Prices for cruises on the Rhône from Tournon.

The 3 castles cruise: 20€ for a one-way ticket (15€ for children under 13), 30€ for a return trip (20€ for children under 13)

The Hermitage cruise : 18€ for a one-way ticket (14€ for children under 13), 28€ for a return trip (20€ for children under 13)

The Lalouvesc loop, bus + boat: 21€ (17€ for children under 13).

The rental of an adult electric bike for the cruises departing from Tournon is also available: 45€ for an outward journey (Bus network le Sept, price: 3€, line 11 Tournon/Lalouvesc).

The Blue-Green-Steam loop for 2 days or 3 days: 58€ for the boat and the train (children under 13 years: 38€, toddler: 28€). Accommodation is not included! Possibility to rent a bike or an electric bike.

The journey of kings and Sunset Tour: 12€ (9€ for children under 13)

Aperitif on the water between Saint Joseph and Hermitage: 29€ (24€ for children)

Aperitif on the water “Wine and Cheese” along the Rhône: 40€ (35€ for children)

“La Belle Epoque” dinner cruise: from 88€ for 2 people

Dinner cruise "la table du Roy": 55€ per person (no child price)

The Canotier ride (with the little train of the vineyards): 28€.

Bookings for cruises as well as gift vouchers can be purchased on the Canotiers website.

Boat'n Bike*: Bike + boat