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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

A Fortnight in Burgundy and Provence

1 sailing date May 2021
14 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Lyon

Colours of the Rhône

7 sailing dates April 2021 to September 2021
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Avignon

Sensations of Lyon & Provence

4 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
10 Nights From Marseille, France, to France , Paris
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Peso Da Régua

Nice to Lisbon with Three Rivers Discovery

1 sailing date May 2021
20 Nights From Villefranche, France, France to Portugal , Lisbon, Portugal
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Avignon

Spanish Conquest & Lisbon with Sensations of Lyon

3 sailing dates May 2021 to July 2021
21 Nights From Lyon, France to Portugal , Lisbon, Portugal
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Lyon

Lisbon to Nice with Three Rivers Discovery

2 sailing dates June 2021 to July 2021
20 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal, Portugal to France , Villefranche, France
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Peso Da Régua

Three Rivers Discovery with Lisbon

1 sailing date May 2021
17 Nights From Villefranche, France, France to Portugal , Lisbon, Portugal
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Avignon

Lisbon with Three Rivers Discovery- Lisbon To Nice

2 sailing dates June 2021 to July 2021
17 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal, Portugal to France , Villefranche, France
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Lyon

Idyllic Rhône with Paris

2 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
11 Nights From Tarascon, to France , Paris
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Lyon

Lyon to Viviers

15 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
4 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
CroisiEurope logo FROM £779pp
Avignon

South of France with Switzerland from zurich

1 sailing date September 2021
14 Nights From Zurich, to France , Lyon
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £5039pp
Lyon

Paris with Sensations of Lyon &Provence from paris

7 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
12 Nights From Paris, France to Villefranche, France
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £2639pp
Avignon

Aix-en-Provence with Sensations of Lyon & Provence

5 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
10 Nights From Aix-en-Provence, to France , Lyon
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £3019pp
Avignon

South of France with Switzerland

2 sailing dates May 2021 to August 2021
14 Nights From Lyon, France to , Zurich
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £4989pp
Lucerne

South of France with Switzerland from Zurich

1 sailing date September 2021
14 Nights From Zurich, to France , Lyon
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Paris

South of France with Paris

3 sailing dates May 2021 to August 2021
13 Nights From Paris, France to Lyon
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £4879pp
Paris

Idyllic Rhône with Paris

2 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
10 Nights From Tarascon, to France , Paris
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £4259pp
Lyon

South of France with Monte Carlo

4 sailing dates May 2021 to August 2021
13 Nights From Lyon, France to Villefranche, France
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £4629pp
Lyon

Idyllic Rhône with Monte Carlo

1 sailing date September 2021
10 Nights From Monte Carlo, to France , Lyon
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £3999pp
Lyon

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence from Avignon

32 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
7 Nights From Avignon, France to Lyon
Riviera Travel logo FROM £1789pp

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