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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

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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Avignon

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence from Lyon

62 sailing dates August 2019 to October 2020
7 Nights From Lyon, France, France to Avignon
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Lyon

8 Day Rhone Treasures - Arles to Lyon

1 sailing date June 2020
7 Nights From Arles, France to Lyon, France
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Viviers

8 Day Rhone Treasures - Arles to Lyon

5 sailing dates September 2019 to September 2020
7 Nights From Arles, France to Lyon, France
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Viviers

Rhone Treasures

1 sailing date July 2019
7 Nights From Marseille, to France , Lyon, France
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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

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Lyon

The Camargue and the Wild Rhone

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

Lyon to Lyon

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

France's Finest - Paris to Avignon

16 sailing dates March 2020 to October 2020
14 Nights From Paris (Honfleur), France to Avignon
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Lyon

France's Finest - Avignon to Paris

54 sailing dates March 2019 to November 2020
14 Nights From Avignon, France to Paris
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Vernon

France's Finest - Avignon to Paris

18 sailing dates March 2020 to November 2020
14 Nights From Avignon, France to Paris (Honfleur)
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Belgrade

From The Blue Danube to The Balck Sea

2 sailing dates September 2019
11 Nights From Linz, to Tulcea
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Lyon

Romantic Rhone & Seine - Barcelona to Paris

1 sailing date August 2019
18 Nights From Barcelona, to Rouen
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Avignon

Introduction to the Rhône

1 sailing date October 2019
6 Nights From Marseille, to France , Lyon, France
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Lyon

Autumn on the Rhône

1 sailing date October 2019
12 Nights From Marseille, to Martigues
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Lyon

Portugal & Spain Treasures With Rhone & Seine

1 sailing date August 2019
29 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to France , Paris
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Lyon

Enchanting Rhône with Monte Carlo & Paris

1 sailing date August 2019
14 Nights From Monte Carlo, to France , Paris (Honfleur)
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Lyon

Idyllic Rhone - Chalon-sur-Saone to Tarascon

3 sailing dates April 2020 to August 2020
7 Nights From Chalon-Sur-Saone, France to , Tarascon

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Arles

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence from Avignon

8 sailing dates August 2019 to October 2019
7 Nights From Avignon, France to Lyon, France
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