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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

Lyon

South of France with Paris

1 sailing date May 2021
13 Nights From Paris, France to Lyon
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Paris

Idyllic Rhône with Paris

1 sailing date May 2021
10 Nights From Tarascon, to France , Paris
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Lyon

South of France with Monte Carlo

1 sailing date May 2021
13 Nights From Lyon, France to Nice
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Lyon

Idyllic Rhône with Monte Carlo

1 sailing date September 2021
7 Nights From Monte Carlo, to France , Lyon
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Avignon

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence from Avignon

44 sailing dates August 2020 to October 2021
7 Nights From Avignon, France to Lyon
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Lyon

The Picturesque Rhone

3 sailing dates June 2021 to September 2021
3 Nights From Martigues, to France , Lyon
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Avignon

Grand France - Paris to Port Louis

15 sailing dates September 2020 to October 2021
14 Nights From Paris, France to Port St. Louis, France
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Avignon

Rhine & Rhône Revealed

15 sailing dates September 2020 to October 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to France , Port St. Louis, France
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Lyon

The Rhone And The Saone Reveal

1 sailing date May 2021
5 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Viviers

Provencal Christmas And The Rhone Valley

1 sailing date December 2020
3 Nights From Lyon, France to Avignon
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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

Chalon-Sur-Saone to Martigues

1 sailing date October 2020
4 Nights From Chalon-Sur-Saone, France to , Martigues
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Paris

French Escapade: Monte-Carlo to Paris - Northbound

7 sailing dates August 2020 to September 2021
13 Nights From Monte Carlo, to France , Paris
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Breisach

Rhine & Rhône Revealed-Amsterdam to Port St. Louis

2 sailing dates June 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to France , Port St. Louis, France
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Vienne

Gastronomy And Vineyards Between Rhône And Saône

1 sailing date October 2020
4 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Lyon

Provencal Getaway

4 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
2 Nights From Lyon, France to , Martigues
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Avignon

Saône, Rhône, Camargue And The Gates Of Provence

6 sailing dates July 2020 to October 2020
6 Nights From Chalon-Sur-Saone, France to , Martigues
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Breisach

Rhine & Rhône Revealed (Northbound)

15 sailing dates September 2020 to October 2021
14 Nights From Port St. Louis, France, France to , Amsterdam
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £5759pp
Paris

Savoring France: Paris, Lyon & Provence

15 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
9 Nights From Paris, France to Lyon
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Avignon

Bon Voyage! France Family River Cruise

4 sailing dates July 2020 to July 2021
7 Nights From Paris, France to Lyon
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