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Vienne River Cruises

About Vienne

Vienne is located in the Isère department of south eastern France and lies on the banks of the Rhône River around 30km south of Lyon. The French township of Vienne is an idyllic location, brimming with historic and cultural landmarks alongside beautiful natural surroundings. The commune’s long and colourful history dates back to before the Roman era, when the region was home to the Gallic people. After the Roman invasion of 47BC, under the leadership of Julius Caesar, Vienne became a bustling city, vital for communication across the Roman Empire due to its ideal location on the River Rhône and many of the remains of ancient Roman structures can still be observed in the town today. Nowadays, the town specialises in the food and tourism industries, as well as hosting very popular Jazz festivals in the summer.

Exploring Vienne

Vienne and its surrounding region boast an extensive collection of fascinating Roman ruins. The Temple of Augustus and Livia is a perfect example of Roman architecture and owes its survival to the continual restoration that has taken place over the centuries. Other magnificent Roman remains include the Roman Road, the Ancient Theatre and Roman Wall, erected in the first century by Emperor Augustus.

The town is also home to a selection of beautiful churches and castles. Stunning religious architecture can be found at the Abbey of Saint Andre le Bas, Cathdrale Saint Maurice and the ancient Chapelle Saint Maxime, with many of these structures dating back to the Middle Ages. Visitors can also spend time at elegant and historic castles such as Castle Chonas, Castle Septème and the historic Château de la Batie, which was commissioned in the 13th century by Archbishop John of Bernini.

For a cultural experience relating to both modern and historic Vienne, the town is to home to several tremendous museums, each with their own range of fascinating exhibitions. The most popular museums in the town include the Archaeological Museum Saint Pierre, the Cloth Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts and Archaeology, which houses a vast collection of artwork from the Neolithic era right up to the present day.

Hiring bikes or embarking on a walking trail around Vienne is an enticing option for travellers who wish to experience the region's serene natural landscape. A variety of parks and gardens are also situated throughout the area including the Ille Barlet, Garden City and Base Recreation Condrieu. Many of these areas also encourage sports such as water-skiing and swimming to entertain the many visitors who pass through the region each year.

Vienne tips

Cheese-making is an important part of the local economy is Vienne and visitors will find plenty of shops and stalls selling the lovingly made local produce. Anyone who enjoys their cheese - especially goat's cheese - should certainly purchase some whilst in the commune to enjoy an authentic taste of France.

Vienne Itineraries

Avignon

French Escapade: Monte-Carlo to Paris - Northbound

8 sailing dates August 2019 to October 2020
13 Nights From Monte Carlo, Monaco, to France , Paris
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Lyon

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence from Lyon

68 sailing dates July 2019 to October 2020
7 Nights From Lyon, France, France to Avignon
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Avignon

8 Day Rhone Treasures - Arles to Lyon

11 sailing dates July 2019 to September 2020
7 Nights From Arles, France to Lyon, France
APT Cruising logo FROM £3439pp
Viviers

Rhone Treasures

1 sailing date July 2019
7 Nights From Marseille, to France , Lyon, France
APT Cruising logo FROM £3539pp
Avignon

Colors of Provence - Lyon to Arles

18 sailing dates August 2019 to November 2020
7 Nights From Lyon, France, France to Arles
AmaWaterways logo FROM £1379pp
Avignon

Lyon to Lyon

5 sailing dates July 2019 to October 2019
7 Nights From Lyon, France, France to Lyon, France
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Vienne

France's Finest - Paris to Avignon

16 sailing dates March 2020 to October 2020
14 Nights From Paris, France to Avignon
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Arles

France's Finest - Avignon to Paris

18 sailing dates March 2020 to November 2020
14 Nights From Avignon, France to Paris
Viking Cruises logo FROM £3390pp
Belgrade

From The Blue Danube to The Balck Sea

4 sailing dates July 2019 to September 2019
11 Nights From Linz, to Tulcea
CroisiEurope logo FROM £2059pp
Lyon

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence from Avignon

11 sailing dates July 2019 to October 2019
7 Nights From Avignon, France to Lyon, France
Riviera Travel logo FROM £1199pp
Avignon

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence

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

Rhone Treasures - Arles to Lyon

1 sailing date July 2019
7 Nights From Lyon, France, France to Arles
APT Cruising logo FROM £3139pp
Avignon

Idyllic Rhone - Tarascon to Chalon-sur-Saone

3 sailing dates April 2020 to September 2020
7 Nights From Tarascon, to France , Chalon-Sur-Saone
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Lyon

Grand France - Côte d'Azur to Paris

3 sailing dates April 2019 to September 2019
15 Nights From Toulon (for Cote D'Azur), to France , Paris
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £4619pp
Lyon

Colors of Provence - Arles to Lyon

18 sailing dates August 2019 to November 2020
7 Nights From Arles, France to Lyon, France

Book now for 2020 and receive FREE flights from selected UK airports - whilst availability lasts!

AmaWaterways logo FROM £2449pp
Speyer

Rhine, Rhone & Moselle - Arles to Amsterdam

2 sailing dates July 2019
14 Nights From Arles, France to , Amsterdam, Holland
APT Cruising logo FROM £4639pp
Lyon

Lyon and Provence - Lyon To Avignon

35 sailing dates March 2020 to November 2020
7 Nights From Lyon, France, France to Avignon
Viking Cruises logo FROM £1495pp
Lyon

15 Day Romantic Rhone & Seine - Arles to Paris

12 sailing dates July 2019 to September 2020
14 Nights From Arles, France to Paris
APT Cruising logo FROM £6539pp

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