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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

Paris

French Escapade: Monte-Carlo to Paris - Northbound

8 sailing dates June 2020 to September 2021
13 Nights From Monte Carlo, to France , Paris
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Lyon

Springtime on the Rhone

2 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
5 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Lyon

Provencal Rhone and the Camargue

4 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Lyon

Scenic Rhone to the Mediterranean

2 sailing dates July 2021 to August 2021
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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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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Tournon

Bon Voyage! France Family River Cruise

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

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence from Lyon

91 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2021
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Avignon

2021 JUST RELEASED! Includes HUGE savings of up to £400 per couple!

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Avignon

Rhone River-Sailing the South of France-NGC Expert

1 sailing date July 2020
10 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon

National Geographic Cruise! NEW lowest prices plus enjoy FREE private door-to-door chauffeur transfers!

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Lyon

Essence of Burgundy & Provence from Arles

15 sailing dates March 2021 to November 2021
7 Nights From Arles, France to Chalon-Sur-Saone
AmaWaterways logo FROM £2259pp
Avignon

Essence of Burgundy & Provence from Chalon-sur-Sao

15 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
7 Nights From Chalon-Sur-Saone, France to Arles
AmaWaterways logo FROM £2539pp
Lyon

Three Rivers Discovery Nice > Porto

3 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
14 Nights From Nice, France to Portugal , Porto
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Avignon

Three Rivers Discovery Porto > Nice

2 sailing dates June 2021 to July 2021
14 Nights From Porto, Portugal to France , Nice
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £4839pp
Koblenz

Rhine & Rhone Nice > Amsterdam

3 sailing dates March 2021 to August 2021
14 Nights From Nice, France to , Amsterdam
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Avignon

Rhine & Rhone Amsterdam > Nice

5 sailing dates August 2020 to October 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to France , Arles
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £3499pp
Lyon

Tastes of Southern France

4 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
10 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon

Includes HUGE savings of up to £500 per couple plus FREE private door-to-door chauffeur transfers! Book today and pay by 31st October to save an extra £250!

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Avignon

Roundtrip Porto

6 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2020
5 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Avignon

Colours Of Provence With Cote D’Azur And Geneva

1 sailing date July 2021
12 Nights From Monte Carlo, to Geneva
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Lyon

Paris to Avignon

1 sailing date August 2021
7 Nights From Paris, France to Avignon
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Lyon

Colours of Provence Avignon to Lyon

2 sailing dates July 2021 to September 2021
7 Nights From Avignon, France to Lyon
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Vienna

From Burgundy to the Camargue

4 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2020
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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