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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

Les Andelys

Gems of the Seine & South of France

2 sailing dates April 2022 to July 2022
21 Nights From Paris, to France , Lyon
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Lyon

Golf Cruise in the South of France

1 sailing date June 2022
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Viviers

Three Rivers Discovery with Lisbon

3 sailing dates April 2022 to June 2022
17 Nights From Nice, France to Portugal , Lisbon
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Avignon

Paris with Sensations of Lyon & Provence

5 sailing dates April 2022 to September 2022
9 Nights From Paris, to Paris
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Lyon

Lisbon with Three Rivers Discovery- Lisbon To Nice

2 sailing dates June 2022 to July 2022
17 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to France , Nice
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Avignon

Aix-en-Provence with Sensations of Lyon & Provence

5 sailing dates May 2022 to September 2022
10 Nights From Aix-en-Provence, to France , Lyon
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Lyon

Tastes of Southern France with Highlights of Paris

11 sailing dates May 2022 to October 2022
12 Nights From Paris, to France , Lyon
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Lyon

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence from Lyon

28 sailing dates November 2021 to November 2022
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Avignon

Includes flights and overseas transfers

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Vienne

Essence of Burgundy & Provence from Arles

36 sailing dates November 2021 to November 2023
7 Nights From Arles, France to Chalon-Sur-Saône

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Vienne

Essence of Burgundy & Provence from Chalon-sur-Sao

33 sailing dates November 2021 to November 2023
7 Nights From Chalon-Sur-Saône, France to Arles

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Lyon

Three Rivers Discovery Porto To Nice

3 sailing dates April 2022 to July 2022
14 Nights From Porto, Portugal to France , Nice
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Avignon

Rhine & Rhone Nice- Amsterdam

2 sailing dates April 2022 to October 2022
14 Nights From Nice, France to , Amsterdam, Holland
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Lyon

Rhine & Rhone Amsterdam -Nice

2 sailing dates March 2022 to October 2022
14 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to France , Nice
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Avignon

Tastes of Southern France

6 sailing dates May 2022 to October 2023
10 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Tournus

Into the Heart of Provence

8 sailing dates April 2022 to October 2022
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Viviers

South of France - Lyon to Lyon

27 sailing dates April 2022 to October 2023
10 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Lyon

Sensations of Lyon and Provence & Nice

5 sailing dates April 2022 to September 2022
10 Nights From Lyon, France to Nice
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Viviers

Idyllic Rhone - Chalon-sur-Saone to Tarascon

6 sailing dates April 2022 to August 2023
7 Nights From Lyon, France to , Tarascon

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Tournon

Sensations of Lyon & Provence from marsellie

30 sailing dates April 2022 to October 2023
7 Nights From Marseille, to France , Lyon

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Lyon

Treasures of Burgundy and Provence

18 sailing dates April 2022 to October 2022
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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