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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

Tournon

A Fortnight in Burgundy and Provence

1 sailing date May 2021
14 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Lyon

Colours of the Rhône

7 sailing dates April 2021 to September 2021
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Paris

Sensations of Lyon & Provence

4 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
10 Nights From Marseille, France, to France , Paris
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Lyon

Nice to Lisbon with Three Rivers Discovery

1 sailing date May 2021
20 Nights From Villefranche, France to Portugal , Lisbon
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Lyon

Spanish Conquest & Lisbon with Sensations of Lyon

3 sailing dates May 2021 to July 2021
21 Nights From Lyon, France to Portugal , Lisbon
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Avignon

Lisbon to Nice with Three Rivers Discovery

2 sailing dates June 2021 to July 2021
20 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to France , Villefranche
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Salamanca

Three Rivers Discovery with Lisbon

1 sailing date May 2021
17 Nights From Villefranche, France to Portugal , Lisbon
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Pinhao

Lisbon with Three Rivers Discovery- Lisbon To Nice

2 sailing dates June 2021 to July 2021
17 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to France , Villefranche
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Avignon

South of France with Switzerland from zurich

1 sailing date September 2021
14 Nights From Zurich, to France , Lyon
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Lyon

Paris with Sensations of Lyon &Provence from paris

7 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
12 Nights From Paris, France to Villefranche
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £2639pp
Avignon

Aix-en-Provence with Sensations of Lyon & Provence

5 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
10 Nights From Aix-en-Provence, to France , Lyon
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £3019pp
Lyon

South of France with Switzerland

2 sailing dates May 2021 to August 2021
14 Nights From Lyon, France to , Zurich
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Tournus

South of France with Switzerland from Zurich

1 sailing date September 2021
14 Nights From Zurich, to France , Lyon
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Paris

South of France with Paris

3 sailing dates May 2021 to August 2021
13 Nights From Paris, France to Lyon
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Avignon

South of France with Monte Carlo

4 sailing dates May 2021 to August 2021
13 Nights From Lyon, France to Villefranche
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Avignon

Golf Cruise in the South of France

1 sailing date May 2021
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Avignon

French Escapade: Monte-Carlo to Paris - Northbound

5 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
13 Nights From Monte Carlo, to France , Paris
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The Canals Of Burgundy, The Saône And The Center

1 sailing date April 2021
6 Nights From Dijon, France to , Saint-Leger-Sur-Dheune
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Vienne

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence from Lyon

38 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Avignon

Includes flights and overseas transfers

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Lyon

Essence of Burgundy & Provence from Arles

29 sailing dates March 2021 to November 2022
7 Nights From Arles, France to Chalon-Sur-Saône

FREE flights and overseas transfers PLUS huge savings of £600!

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