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Vienne River Cruises

About Vienne

Vienne is located in the Isère department of south eastern France and lies on the banks of the Rhône River around 30km south of Lyon. The French township of Vienne is an idyllic location, brimming with historic and cultural landmarks alongside beautiful natural surroundings. The commune’s long and colourful history dates back to before the Roman era, when the region was home to the Gallic people. After the Roman invasion of 47BC, under the leadership of Julius Caesar, Vienne became a bustling city, vital for communication across the Roman Empire due to its ideal location on the River Rhône and many of the remains of ancient Roman structures can still be observed in the town today. Nowadays, the town specialises in the food and tourism industries, as well as hosting very popular Jazz festivals in the summer.

Exploring Vienne

Vienne and its surrounding region boast an extensive collection of fascinating Roman ruins. The Temple of Augustus and Livia is a perfect example of Roman architecture and owes its survival to the continual restoration that has taken place over the centuries. Other magnificent Roman remains include the Roman Road, the Ancient Theatre and Roman Wall, erected in the first century by Emperor Augustus.

The town is also home to a selection of beautiful churches and castles. Stunning religious architecture can be found at the Abbey of Saint Andre le Bas, Cathdrale Saint Maurice and the ancient Chapelle Saint Maxime, with many of these structures dating back to the Middle Ages. Visitors can also spend time at elegant and historic castles such as Castle Chonas, Castle Septème and the historic Château de la Batie, which was commissioned in the 13th century by Archbishop John of Bernini.

For a cultural experience relating to both modern and historic Vienne, the town is to home to several tremendous museums, each with their own range of fascinating exhibitions. The most popular museums in the town include the Archaeological Museum Saint Pierre, the Cloth Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts and Archaeology, which houses a vast collection of artwork from the Neolithic era right up to the present day.

Hiring bikes or embarking on a walking trail around Vienne is an enticing option for travellers who wish to experience the region's serene natural landscape. A variety of parks and gardens are also situated throughout the area including the Ille Barlet, Garden City and Base Recreation Condrieu. Many of these areas also encourage sports such as water-skiing and swimming to entertain the many visitors who pass through the region each year.

Vienne tips

Cheese-making is an important part of the local economy is Vienne and visitors will find plenty of shops and stalls selling the lovingly made local produce. Anyone who enjoys their cheese - especially goat's cheese - should certainly purchase some whilst in the commune to enjoy an authentic taste of France.

Vienne Itineraries

Lyon

Burgundy & Provence with 1 Night in Marseille

24 sailing dates March 2022 to October 2023
9 Nights From Nice, France to , St. Jean De Losne
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Avignon

Burgundy & Provence - Northbound

2 sailing dates October 2022 to October 2023
7 Nights From Port St. Louis, France to , St. Jean De Losne
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Tournus

Burgundy & Provence with 2 Nights in Paris

25 sailing dates March 2022 to October 2023
9 Nights From Port St. Louis, France to , Paris
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Lyon

Idyllic Rhone - Lyon To Nice

3 sailing dates April 2022 to August 2022
7 Nights From Lyon, France to , Tarascon
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Avignon

Idyllic Rhone - Nice To Lyon

2 sailing dates April 2022 to September 2022
7 Nights From Tarascon, to France , Lyon
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Lyon

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence from Avignon

23 sailing dates November 2021 to October 2022
7 Nights From Avignon, France to Lyon

Includes flights and overseas transfers

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Lyon

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence from Lyon

28 sailing dates November 2021 to November 2022
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Avignon

Includes flights and overseas transfers

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Vienne

Essence of Burgundy & Provence from Arles

36 sailing dates November 2021 to November 2023
7 Nights From Arles, France to Chalon-Sur-Saône

FREE flights plus HUGE savings of up to £1,500 per couple available on selected 2022 cruises - call for more information!

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Vienne

Essence of Burgundy & Provence from Chalon-sur-Sao

33 sailing dates November 2021 to November 2023
7 Nights From Chalon-Sur-Saône, France to Arles

FREE flights plus HUGE savings of up to £1,500 per couple available on selected 2022 cruises - call for more information!

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Avignon

Colors Of Provence - Lyon to Avignon

42 sailing dates November 2021 to December 2023
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Avignon

Includes flights and overseas transfers

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Avignon

Colors Of Provence - Avignon to Lyon

41 sailing dates November 2021 to December 2023
7 Nights From Avignon, France to Lyon

Save up to £1,500 per couple on selected 2021 cruises - call us to find out more!

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Avignon

Burgundy And Provence(Northbound)

24 sailing dates March 2022 to October 2023
7 Nights From Port St. Louis, France to , St. Jean De Losne

Incldues flights and overseas transfers

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Viviers

Idyllic Rhone - Chalon-sur-Saone to Tarascon

6 sailing dates April 2022 to August 2023
7 Nights From Lyon, France to , Tarascon

Save up to £1,500 per couple PLUS FREE private door-to-door transfers. Book and pay in full on selected suites and save an additional 10%

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Vienne

Idyllic Rhone - Marseille to Lyon

5 sailing dates April 2022 to September 2023
7 Nights From Tarascon, to France , Lyon
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