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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 £3939pp
Tournon

Aix-en-Provence with Sensations of Lyon - Nice

5 sailing dates April 2023 to October 2023
9 Nights From Lyon, France to Nice (Villefranche), France
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Lyon

Discover the Rivers of France & Portugal

4 sailing dates April 2023 to September 2023
14 Nights From Nice (Villefranche), France, France to Beaune
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Lyon

Active & Discovery On Rhone - Northbound

4 sailing dates May 2023 to September 2023
9 Nights From Port St. Louis, France, France to , Paris
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Avignon

Burgundy & Provence with 1 Night in Marseille

12 sailing dates March 2023 to October 2023
9 Nights From Nice (Villefranche), France, France to , St. Jean De Losne
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Viviers

Active & Discovery On Rhone - Southbound

4 sailing dates May 2023 to September 2023
9 Nights From Paris, to France , Port St. Louis, France
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Avignon

Burgundy & Provence - Northbound

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

Burgundy & Provence - Southbound

2 sailing dates 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

12 sailing dates April 2023 to October 2023
9 Nights From St. Jean De Losne, to France , Nice (Villefranche), France
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Lyon

Burgundy & Provence with 2 Nights in Paris

13 sailing dates March 2023 to October 2023
9 Nights From Port St. Louis, France, France to , Paris
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Avignon

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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Lyon

Idyllic Rhône with Highlights of Paris

3 sailing dates August 2023 to August 2024
9 Nights From Paris, to Tarascon
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £4129pp
Avignon

Idyllic Rhone - Lyon to Marseille

7 sailing dates April 2023 to August 2024
7 Nights From Lyon, France to , Tarascon
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £2719pp
Lyon

Sensations of Lyon & Provence with Paris

2 sailing dates July 2023 to August 2023
9 Nights From Marseille, France, to Paris
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £2999pp
Paris

Paris with Sensations of Lyon & Provence

5 sailing dates April 2023 to August 2023
9 Nights From Paris, to Marseille, France
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £2859pp
Vilshofen

Seven River Journeys

1 sailing date April 2023
60 Nights From Avignon, France to , Giurgiu
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Avignon

Ultimate France - Bordeaux to Arles

27 sailing dates April 2023 to October 2024
21 Nights From Bordeaux, France to Arles
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £9089pp
Paris

South of France with Highlights of Paris

13 sailing dates May 2023 to September 2024
12 Nights From Paris, to France , Lyon
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £4599pp
Avignon

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence from Avignon

40 sailing dates April 2023 to October 2024
7 Nights From Avignon, France to Lyon
Riviera Travel logo FROM £1599pp
Avignon

Grand France - Paris to Port Louis (southbound)

11 sailing dates March 2023 to October 2023
14 Nights From Paris, to France , Port St. Louis, France
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