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Chalon Sur Saone River Cruises

About Chalon Sur Saone

Situated on the banks of the Saone River in France’s famous Burgundy region, Chalon-sur-Saone is a popular starting or finishing point for river cruises along both the Saone and the Rhone, as it lies close to the point where both of these picturesque waterways meet. Once a key distribution port for the Burgundy region’s celebrated wines, Chalon was also an important Roman city, though its more recent history concerns its most famous resident, Nicephore Niepce, a French inventor who pioneered the technique used to create the world’s first photograph.

Exploring Chalon Sur Saone

Naturally, the local museum dedicated to the town’s most renowned son is one of the area’s key attractions and offers a fascinating insight into the life and times of Nicephore Niepce. Free to explore, this excellent exhibition houses all manner of vintage cameras, photographic lenses films and of course, photographs. There’s also a statue of Niepce in the city square, offering the perfect subject for your very own photographic tribute. Whether you have an interest in photography or not, the museum is a fascinating place to visit.

Another of the town’s famous residents gives his name to its other renowned museum, namely the Denon Museum. Dominique Vivant Denon was the first director of Paris’ world-famous Louvre museum, converting the former Royal Palace into the expansive and celebrated structure that it is today. The museum is an attractive building in itself and dedicated to the visionary’s work as an artist, writer and archaeologist.

With its distinctive twin towers, the city’s St Vincent’s Cathedral is another famous landmark well worth seeing. Its beautiful neo-gothic façade dates from the 19th century whilst other parts of it date from as far back as the eighth century, which is why it has been declared one of the country’s national monuments. The Church of St Peter is another notable architectural and faith attraction, with its stunning baroque exterior.

If you find yourself with a little more time to spend in the Burgundy region, take a trip to the Jardin de Cassandra, just outside of Chalon-sur-Saone. A relatively modern garden and the work of a botanical enthusiast, it’s a tranquil escape filled with scenic flora, fauna and water features and offers the perfect change of scenery for nature-lovers.

Chalon Sur Saone tips

If you’re visiting the town in July, then you’ll have the chance to experience the Chalon dans la Rue or Chalon in the Street arts festival, where notable artists from across Europe come to perform.

 

Chalon-Sur-Saone Itineraries

Arles

French Escapade: Monte-Carlo to Paris - Northbound

5 sailing dates May 2019 to October 2019
13 Nights From Monte Carlo, Monaco, to France , Paris
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Paris

French Escapade: Paris to Monte-Carlo - Southbound

5 sailing dates May 2019 to October 2019
13 Nights From Paris, France to , Monte Carlo, Monaco
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Avignon

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence from Lyon

75 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2020
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Avignon
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Lyon

Zurich to Lyon

5 sailing dates May 2020 to September 2020
14 Nights From Zurich, to France , Lyon
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Lyon

Lyon to Nice

1 sailing date May 2020
13 Nights From Lyon, France to Nice
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Viviers

Lyon to Nice

5 sailing dates May 2020 to September 2020
13 Nights From Lyon, France to Nice
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Viviers

Lyon to Lyon

1 sailing date April 2020
10 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Avignon

Lyon to Lyon

13 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
10 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Avignon

Provencal Rhone and the Camargue

1 sailing date August 2019
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Lyon

Sensations of Lyon and Provence & Nice

4 sailing dates May 2020 to August 2020
10 Nights From Lyon, France to Nice
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £2249pp
Lyon

The Flavours of Burgundy and Provence

1 sailing date July 2019
7 Nights From Marseille, to France , Lyon
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Lyon

A Taste of the Rhône

1 sailing date October 2019
6 Nights From Lyon, France to , Martigues
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Viviers

Autumn on the Rhône

1 sailing date October 2019
12 Nights From Marseille, to Martigues
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Viviers

Enchanting Rhône with Monte Carlo & Paris

1 sailing date August 2019
14 Nights From Monte Carlo, Monaco, to France , Paris
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Avignon

Idyllic Rhone - Chalon-sur-Saone to Tarascon

5 sailing dates May 2019 to August 2020
7 Nights From Chalon-Sur-Sâone, France to , Tarascon
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Lyon

Provencal Rhone & The Camargue

1 sailing date July 2019
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Arles

Chalon Sur Saone To Martigues

1 sailing date April 2019
6 Nights From Chalon-Sur-Saone, France to , Martigues
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Lyon

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence from Avignon

20 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
7 Nights From Avignon, France to Lyon

Blue Cross Sale | Why not add a drinks package from £109pp. French Balcony Middle Deck from £1,749pp. Single French Balcony from £3,078

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Avignon

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence

1 sailing date May 2019
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Avignon
Riviera Travel logo FROM £3219pp
Lyon

Paris to Nice & Sensations of Southern France

4 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2019
12 Nights From Paris, France to Nice
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