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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

Salamanca

Discover the Rivers of France & Portugal

2 sailing dates May 2022 to June 2022
14 Nights From Villefranche, France, France to Beaune
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Viviers

Sensations of Lyon & Provence- Marsellie to Paris

3 sailing dates May 2022 to August 2022
9 Nights From Marseille, to Paris
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Avignon

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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Avignon

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 Villefranche, France, 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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Arles

Lisbon with Three Rivers Discovery- Lisbon To Nice

2 sailing dates June 2022 to July 2022
17 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to France , Villefranche, France
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Tournon

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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Paris

Tastes of Southern France with Highlights of Paris

20 sailing dates May 2022 to October 2023
12 Nights From Paris, to France , Lyon
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Lyon

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence from Lyon

41 sailing dates April 2022 to October 2023
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Avignon

Includes flights and overseas transfers

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Lyon

Essence of Burgundy & Provence from Arles

34 sailing dates March 2022 to November 2023
7 Nights From Arles, France to Chalon-Sur-Saone

Includes FREE flights and overseas transfers - must end 31st January

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Lyon

Essence of Burgundy & Provence from Chalon-sur-Sao

32 sailing dates March 2022 to November 2023
7 Nights From Chalon-Sur-Saone, 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 , Villefranche, France
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Strasbourg

Rhine & Rhone Nice- Amsterdam

2 sailing dates April 2022 to October 2022
14 Nights From Villefranche, France, France to , Amsterdam
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Amsterdam

Rhine & Rhone Amsterdam -Nice

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

Into the Heart of Provence

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

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 Villefranche, France
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Avignon

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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