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Lyon River Cruises

About Lyon

Situated close to where the Rhone River meets its tributary the Saone, Lyon is a popular destination for river cruises exploring either or both of these famous French rivers. With around 2,000 years of history to draw upon, France’s third largest city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with good reason. The former capital of Gaul, it started off life as the location of a Roman colony. Lyon came under French control in the 14th century, played a significant role in the French Revolution, emerged as silk trade power during the Renaissance and was a stronghold for the resistance during the Second World War. As one of France’s most historically diverse cities, it provides an excellent overview of the many stages in the country’s past to thousands of visiting river cruisers.

Exploring Lyon

Unique to the city and a true journey back in time are the Traboules. Hidden away in the old town, they are a network of old passageways which link buildings and streets and a number of the properties are still populated by some of the city’s citizens. Make sure you travel with a guide to get the most out of your visit, as if you explore on your own, you’re unlikely to be able to find some of the doors.

For an excellent overview of the city’s past if you don’t have as much time to explore, a trip to one of its museums is certainly a good option. The subject of the Museum of Gall-Roman Civilisation speaks for itself but there are some fascinating artefacts on display. Lyon also boasts a number specialist museums, including the family home of the Lumiere brothers, famed inventors of the Cinematograph and the Beaux Arts Museum which contains a wealth of works and which is located in a truly beautiful setting.

Lyon tips

France is famed for its cuisine and Lyon certainly offers a rewarding culinary experience in any one of its traditional bouchons, where you won’t pay over the odds. Typical local dishes include Lyonnaise salad and saucisson chaud. 

Lyon Itineraries

Viviers

Tastes of Southern France

3 sailing dates June 2023 to October 2023
10 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £3999pp
Lyon

Aix-en-Provence with Sensations of Lyon - Nice

5 sailing dates April 2023 to October 2023
9 Nights From Lyon, France to Villefranche Sur Mer
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £2659pp
Avignon

Discover the Rivers of France & Portugal

5 sailing dates June 2022 to September 2023
14 Nights From Villefranche Sur Mer, France to Beaune
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £3869pp
Lyon

Sensations of Lyon & Provence- Marseille to Paris

6 sailing dates July 2022 to October 2023
9 Nights From Marseille, to Paris (Honfleur)
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £2799pp
Lyon

Active & Discovery On Rhone - Northbound

6 sailing dates July 2022 to September 2023
9 Nights From Port St. Louis, France, France to , Paris (Honfleur)
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Viviers

Burgundy & Provence with 1 Night in Marseille

21 sailing dates June 2022 to October 2023
9 Nights From Villefranche Sur Mer, France to , St. Jean De Losne
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Avignon

Active & Discovery On Rhone - Southbound

6 sailing dates July 2022 to September 2023
9 Nights From Paris (Honfleur), to France , Port St. Louis, France
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Lyon

Burgundy & Provence - Northbound

2 sailing dates October 2022 to October 2023
7 Nights From Port St. Louis, France, France to , St. Jean De Losne
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Lyon

Burgundy & Provence - Southbound

4 sailing dates October 2022 to October 2023
7 Nights From St. Jean De Losne, to France , Port St. Louis, France
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Lyon

Burgundy & Provence with 2 Nights In Nice

21 sailing dates June 2022 to October 2023
9 Nights From St. Jean De Losne, to France , Villefranche Sur Mer
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Arles

Burgundy & Provence with 2 Nights in Paris

22 sailing dates June 2022 to October 2023
9 Nights From Port St. Louis, France, France to , Paris (Honfleur)
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Lyon

A Culinary Experience In Burgundy & Provence

1 sailing date March 2023
7 Nights From Port St. Louis, France, France to , St. Jean De Losne
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Viviers

Idyllic Rhône with Highlights of Paris

2 sailing dates August 2022 to August 2023
9 Nights From Paris (Honfleur), to Tarascon
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Viviers

Idyllic Rhone - Lyon to Marseille

4 sailing dates August 2022 to August 2023
7 Nights From Lyon, France to , Tarascon
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £3079pp
Lyon

Idyllic Rhone - Nice To Lyon

1 sailing date September 2022
7 Nights From Tarascon, 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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Avignon

Three Rivers Discovery with Lisbon

1 sailing date June 2022
17 Nights From Villefranche Sur Mer, France to Portugal , Lisbon
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Lyon

Paris with Sensations of Lyon & Provence

8 sailing dates June 2022 to August 2023
9 Nights From Paris (Honfleur), to Paris (Honfleur)
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £2599pp
Peso Da Régua

Lisbon with Three Rivers Discovery- Lisbon To Nice

2 sailing dates June 2022 to July 2022
17 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to France , Villefranche Sur Mer
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Viviers

Aix-en-Provence with Sensations of Lyon & Provence

4 sailing dates June 2022 to September 2022
9 Nights From Aix-en-Provence, to France , Lyon
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