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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

Lyon

French Escapade: Monte-Carlo to Paris - Northbound

10 sailing dates May 2019 to October 2020
13 Nights From Monte Carlo, to France , Paris
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Lyon

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence from Lyon

72 sailing dates June 2019 to October 2020
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Avignon
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Avignon

Colors of Provence - Lyon to Arles

21 sailing dates May 2019 to November 2020
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Arles
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Lyon

The Camargue and the Wild Rhone

1 sailing date July 2019
3 Nights From Avignon, France to Lyon
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Vienne

The Camargue and the Wild Rhone

8 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2020
3 Nights From Avignon, France to Lyon
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Lyon

Lyon to Lyon

7 sailing dates May 2019 to October 2019
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
CroisiEurope logo FROM £1319pp
Paris

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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Lyon

France's Finest - Avignon to Paris

54 sailing dates March 2019 to November 2020
14 Nights From Avignon, France to Paris
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Avignon

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
Linz

From The Blue Danube to The Balck Sea

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

Romantic Rhone & Seine - Barcelona to Paris

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

Introduction to the Rhône

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

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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Paris

Enchanting Rhône with Monte Carlo & Paris

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

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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Avignon

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence from Avignon

15 sailing dates June 2019 to October 2019
7 Nights From Avignon, France to Lyon

Why not add a drinks package from £109pp. French Balcony Middle Deck from £1,769pp. Single French Balcony from £3,098

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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

Rhone Treasures - Arles to Lyon

9 sailing dates May 2019 to June 2020
7 Nights From Arles, France to Lyon
APT Cruising logo FROM £2799pp
Avignon

Burgundy & Provence

11 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
16 Nights From Toulon (for Cote D'Azur), to Rome
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