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Lyon River Cruises

About Lyon

Situated close to where the Rhone River meets its tributary the Saone, Lyon is a popular destination for river cruises exploring either or both of these famous French rivers. With around 2,000 years of history to draw upon, France’s third largest city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with good reason. The former capital of Gaul, it started off life as the location of a Roman colony. Lyon came under French control in the 14th century, played a significant role in the French Revolution, emerged as silk trade power during the Renaissance and was a stronghold for the resistance during the Second World War. As one of France’s most historically diverse cities, it provides an excellent overview of the many stages in the country’s past to thousands of visiting river cruisers.

Exploring Lyon

Unique to the city and a true journey back in time are the Traboules. Hidden away in the old town, they are a network of old passageways which link buildings and streets and a number of the properties are still populated by some of the city’s citizens. Make sure you travel with a guide to get the most out of your visit, as if you explore on your own, you’re unlikely to be able to find some of the doors.

For an excellent overview of the city’s past if you don’t have as much time to explore, a trip to one of its museums is certainly a good option. The subject of the Museum of Gall-Roman Civilisation speaks for itself but there are some fascinating artefacts on display. Lyon also boasts a number specialist museums, including the family home of the Lumiere brothers, famed inventors of the Cinematograph and the Beaux Arts Museum which contains a wealth of works and which is located in a truly beautiful setting.

Lyon tips

France is famed for its cuisine and Lyon certainly offers a rewarding culinary experience in any one of its traditional bouchons, where you won’t pay over the odds. Typical local dishes include Lyonnaise salad and saucisson chaud. 

Lyon Itineraries

Avignon

French Escapade: Monte-Carlo to Paris - Northbound

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

French Escapade: Paris to Monte-Carlo - Southbound

5 sailing dates May 2019 to October 2019
13 Nights From Paris, France to , Monte Carlo
Tauck logo FROM £5229pp
Lyon

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence from Lyon

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

Marseille to Lyon

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

Roundrip Lyon

17 sailing dates April 2019 to September 2019
6 Nights From Lyon, France, France to Lyon, France
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Viviers

Rhine, Rhone & Moselle Paris to Arles

1 sailing date May 2019
17 Nights From Paris, France to Arles
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Lyon

France by Rail with Romantic Rhone & Seine

1 sailing date September 2019
24 Nights From Paris, France to Paris
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Les Andelys

Best of France Barcelona to Paris

9 sailing dates June 2019 to September 2019
27 Nights From Barcelona, to Tours
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Viviers

Romantic Rhone & Seine Barcelona to Paris

3 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2019
17 Nights From Barcelona, to France , Paris
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Amsterdam

Rhine, Rhone & Moselle Amsterdam to Barcelona

2 sailing dates May 2019 to July 2019
17 Nights From Amsterdam, to Barcelona
APT Cruising logo FROM £7869pp
Avignon

Romantic Rhone & Seine - Barcelona to Paris

1 sailing date August 2019
18 Nights From Barcelona, to Rouen
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Avignon

A Taste of the Rhône

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

Introduction to the Rhône

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

Autumn on the Rhône

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

Portugal & Spain Treasures With Rhone & Seine

1 sailing date August 2019
29 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to France , Paris
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Venice

Grand European By Rail - Rome to Budapest

3 sailing dates May 2019 to July 2019
29 Nights From Civitavecchia, to Hungary , Budapest
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Avignon

Active Discovery on the Rhone

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

Enchanting Rhône with Monte Carlo & Paris

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

Idyllic Rhone - Chalon-sur-Saone to Tarascon

2 sailing dates May 2019 to August 2019
7 Nights From Chalon-Sur-Saone, France to , Tarascon
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £2879pp
Lyon

Provencal Rhone & The Camargue

1 sailing date July 2019
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
Shearings logo FROM £1739pp

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