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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

Paris

French Escapade: Monte-Carlo to Paris - Northbound

8 sailing dates June 2020 to September 2021
13 Nights From Monte Carlo, to France , Paris
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Lyon

Provencal Rhone and the Camargue

4 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Avignon

Rhone River-Sailing the South of France-NGC Expert

1 sailing date July 2020
10 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon

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Avignon

Essence of Burgundy & Provence from Arles

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

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

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Avignon

Essence of Burgundy & Provence from Chalon-sur-Sao

15 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
7 Nights From Chalon-Sur-Saône, France to Arles
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Lyon

Three Rivers Discovery Nice > Porto

3 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
14 Nights From Nice, France to Portugal , Porto
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Lyon

Three Rivers Discovery Porto > Nice

2 sailing dates June 2021 to July 2021
14 Nights From Porto, Portugal to France , Nice
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Lyon

Rhine & Rhone Nice > Amsterdam

3 sailing dates March 2021 to August 2021
14 Nights From Nice, France to , Amsterdam
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Koln

Rhine & Rhone Amsterdam > Nice

5 sailing dates August 2020 to October 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to France , Arles
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Lyon

Tastes of Southern France

4 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
10 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon

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Viviers

Sensations of Lyon and Provence & Paris

2 sailing dates September 2020 to October 2020
9 Nights From Marseille, France, to France , Paris

Includes HUGE savings of up to £2,200 per couple!

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Viviers

Paris & Sensations of Lyon and Provence

3 sailing dates May 2020 to July 2020
9 Nights From Paris, France to , Marseille, France

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Lyon

Into the Heart of Provence

2 sailing dates September 2020
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon

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Avignon

French Escapade

9 sailing dates June 2020 to October 2021
13 Nights From Nice, France to Paris
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Avignon

Provencal Rhone and the Camargue

5 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2020
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Avignon

Into the Heart of Provence

1 sailing date June 2020
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon

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Lyon

South of France - Lyon to Lyon

12 sailing dates May 2020 to May 2021
10 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon

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Viviers

Idyllic Rhone - Chalon-sur-Saone to Tarascon

4 sailing dates May 2020 to August 2021
7 Nights From Chalon-Sur-Saône, France to , Tarascon

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Lyon

Sensations of Lyon & Provence

24 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2021
7 Nights From Marseille, France, to France , Lyon

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Paris

Enchanting Rhone - Nice to Paris

1 sailing date September 2020
8 Nights From Tarascon, to France , Paris
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