Tournon sur Rhone  (Photo: Rudmer Zwerver/Shutterstock)
Tournon sur Rhone (Photo: Rudmer Zwerver/Shutterstock)

Cruise Critic Staff

Port of Tournon-sur-Rhone

Nestled in a particularly scenic and lovely section of the Rhone River Valley, Tournon is dominated by its signature castle, dating back to the 15th century. This medieval stronghold is in a remarkably good state of preservation as is the convent (now a school) and commercial buildings from that same period. The Chateau Museum (located in the castle) is certainly worth a look and there are numerous shops and small eateries clustered around.

The vineyards here, and on the hillsides of Tain-l'Hermitage, are part of the Hermitage Appellation, known for its red Syrah wines. Famous vintages are grown here; one of the most expensive bottles of wine ever was sold at auction, a 1961 Jaboulet La Chapelle, for nearly $15,000. The pedestrian bridge was designed by Marc Seguin, the inventor of the cable bridge. This makes it quick and easy to cross the river and visit Tain-l'Hermitage on the opposite side. Many pop in to visit the Valrhona Chocolate Museum.

--By Lynn Houghton, Cruise Critic contributor

Shore Excursions

About Tournon-sur-Rhone


Quaint medieval walled town, beautiful views of the vineyards.


Town is very small, not a ton to do.

Bottom Line

This area is famous for its wine and chocolates; make sure to schedule a tasting.

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Currency & Best Way to Get Money

The currency here is the euro. There are three ATMs: two are near the berth for the river cruise ships and one is on Rue Boissy d'Anglas just opposite the Gabriel Faure High School.


French is the official language of Tournon, but many locals also speak English.