From its source in Switzerland, the Rhône travels through Lake
Geneva towards the Mediterranean Sea. It joins the Saône in Lyon,
France, after travelling 497 miles. The capital of the Rhône-Alpes
region of France and a vibrant city famous for its food, Lyon also
boasts an ancient amphitheatre, a number of museums, and is located
near two of France's best-known wine growing regions - the Côtes du
Rhône and Beaujolais. The Rhône then joins with the Ardèche River
at Pont-Saint-Esprit before continuing south to Avignon, erstwhile
home of several popes during the 14th and 15th centuries.
Next on its route is the Roman city of Arles, home to an
original amphitheatre, the Alyscamps necropolis, and the Obélisque
d'Arles. This section of the waterway had a huge influence on some
of Vincent Van Gogh's paintings, such as Starry Night over the
Rhône. The river then splits into two, forming the Camargue Delta
which is known for its wide variety of flora and fauna, such as the
greater flamingo and the famous Camargue horse.