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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

Avignon

Idyllic Rhône with Highlights of Paris

1 sailing date August 2022
9 Nights From Paris, to Tarascon
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Idyllic Rhône with Monte Carlo- Nice To Lyon

1 sailing date September 2021
10 Nights From Monte Carlo, to France , Lyon
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Idyllic Rhône with Paris - Nice To Paris

1 sailing date September 2021
11 Nights From Tarascon, to Paris
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Idyllic Rhône with Monte Carlo & Paris

1 sailing date September 2021
13 Nights From Monte Carlo, to Paris
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Idyllic Rhone - Nice to Lyon

3 sailing dates September 2021 to September 2022
7 Nights From Tarascon, to France , Lyon
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Idyllic Rhône with Monte Carlo & Paris

1 sailing date September 2021
14 Nights From Monte Carlo, to Paris
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Idyllic Rhone - Lyon To Nice

4 sailing dates August 2021 to August 2022
7 Nights From Lyon, France to , Tarascon
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Idyllic Rhone - Nice To Lyon

3 sailing dates September 2021 to September 2022
7 Nights From Tarascon, to France , Lyon
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Tastes of Southern France

5 sailing dates July 2021 to September 2022
10 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Honfleur

Gems of the Seine & South of France

7 sailing dates June 2021 to July 2022
21 Nights From Paris, to France , Lyon
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Avignon

South of France - Lyon to Lyon

21 sailing dates July 2021 to October 2022
10 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Tastes of Southern France

5 sailing dates July 2021 to September 2022
10 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Idyllic Rhone - Lyon to Nice

4 sailing dates August 2021 to August 2022
7 Nights From Lyon, France to , Tarascon
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Into the Heart of Provence

1 sailing date July 2021
6 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Golf Cruise in the South of France

1 sailing date June 2022
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Viviers

Aix-en-Provence with Sensations of Lyon & Provence

3 sailing dates July 2021 to September 2021
11 Nights From Aix-en-Provence, to France , Lyon
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Three Rivers Discovery with Lisbon

4 sailing dates September 2021 to June 2022
17 Nights From Nice, France to Portugal , Lisbon
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Arles

Sensations of Lyon & Provence with Paris

6 sailing dates July 2021 to August 2022
9 Nights From Nice, France to , Paris
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Viviers

Paris with Sensations of Lyon & Provence

8 sailing dates September 2021 to September 2022
9 Nights From Paris, to Paris
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Seven River Journeys

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