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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

French Escapade: Monte-Carlo to Paris - Northbound

7 sailing dates September 2019 to October 2020
13 Nights From Monte Carlo, to France , Paris (Honfleur)
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Viviers

French Escapade: Paris to Monte-Carlo - Southbound

2 sailing dates August 2019 to October 2019
13 Nights From Paris (Honfleur), France to , Monte Carlo
Tauck logo FROM £5529pp
Avignon

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence from Lyon

62 sailing dates August 2019 to October 2020
7 Nights From Lyon, France, France to Avignon
Riviera Travel logo FROM £1299pp
Tournus

Grand France - Port Louis to Paris

10 sailing dates March 2020 to September 2020
14 Nights From St. Louis, France, France to Paris (Honfleur)
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £4349pp
Lyon

8 Day Rhone Treasures - Arles to Lyon

1 sailing date June 2020
7 Nights From Arles, France to Lyon, France
APT Cruising logo FROM £3289pp
Viviers

8 Day Rhone Treasures - Arles to Lyon

5 sailing dates September 2019 to September 2020
7 Nights From Arles, France to Lyon, France
APT Cruising logo FROM £3289pp
Avignon

Port-Saint-Louis to Lyon

1 sailing date May 2020
7 Nights From Port St. Louis, to France , Lyon
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Avignon

Port-Saint-Louis to Lyon

5 sailing dates May 2020 to September 2020
7 Nights From St. Louis, France, France to Lyon, France
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £2379pp
Lyon

Lyon to Port-Saint-Louis

1 sailing date May 2020
7 Nights From Lyon, France, France to , Port St. Louis
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Lyon

Lyon to Port-Saint-Louis

7 sailing dates May 2020 to September 2020
7 Nights From Lyon, France, France to , Port St. Louis
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £2479pp
Viviers

Rhone Treasures

1 sailing date July 2019
7 Nights From Marseille, to France , Lyon, France
APT Cruising logo FROM £3539pp
Lyon

Flavours of Burgundy and Provence

1 sailing date July 2020
7 Nights From Lyon, France, France to Lyon, France
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Avignon

Flavours of Burgundy and Provence

6 sailing dates July 2020 to August 2020
7 Nights From Lyon, France, France to Lyon, France

HUGE savings plus FREE unlimited drinks when you book a Balcony Suite or above | Limited time only! Book now and pay your balance by 31st December 2019 and receive an EXTRA £250 OFF per couple

Emerald Waterways logo FROM £2149pp
Avignon

Active discovey on the Rhone

1 sailing date June 2020
7 Nights From Paris (Honfleur), France to Arles
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £2839pp
Vienna

Burgundy And Provence(Northbound)

1 sailing date March 2020
7 Nights From St. Louis, USA, USA to , St. Jean De Losne
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Lyon

Colors of Provence - Lyon to Arles

16 sailing dates September 2019 to November 2020
7 Nights From Lyon, France, France to Arles

LIMITED TIME ONLY! FREE flights on 2019 sailings plus HUGE savings!

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Lyon

Ultimate France

1 sailing date March 2020
21 Nights From Avignon, France to Bordeaux
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Lyon

Ultimate France - Avignon to Bordeaux

16 sailing dates March 2020 to October 2020
21 Nights From Avignon, France to Bordeaux
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £7289pp
Lyon

The Camargue and the Wild Rhone

1 sailing date July 2019
3 Nights From Avignon, France to Lyon
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Avignon

The Camargue and the Wild Rhone

7 sailing dates September 2019 to September 2020
3 Nights From Avignon, France to Lyon, France
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