Luxury Saone River Cruises

The Saone visits a wide selection of captivating ports across Switzerland and France, home to enchanting communities and picturesque villages.

Luxury river cruise lines on the Saone

Where to discover

Whilst the major cities and landmarks of France can be found along with other rivers across the country, including the Rhone and the Seine, the Saone has its own exclusive collection of quaint villages and peaceful wine producing regions.

Lying between Chalon-sur-Saone and Lyon, the river reaches the luxurious landscapes of Burgundy, home to rolling hillsides and medieval villages. Sample the wine here, grown in the UNESCO World Heritage status vineyards, in recognition of the region’s century-old viticulture.

Close by, head to the delightful riverside town at the heart of Cote Chalonnaise wine region and visit Chalon-sur-Saone, where you can educate yourself on the many memorable and educational trips to vineyards and caves.

Experience the sun-baked houses of Arles in the Camarguais culture, where this town is the stepping-stone into the Camargue. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Arles sites in a low hill and dates back to the 7th-century, with buildings and landmarks still intact in the old town where you can relive these ancient times.

The Saone river is a perfect place to uncover the rural beauty and culture of eastern France, combined with sailings along some of the country’s other most famous waterways including the Seine and Rhone. Offering a truly in-depth and immersive experience, a luxury cruise in this region is charming and captivating.

The medieval abbeys, wine villages and historical hilltops of Burgundy make it a top region to visit when cruising along the River Soane. Boasting some of France’s most spectacular castles; Castle of Sully, Carmatin Castle, Castle of Nobles and Berze-le-Chatel. Explore the national park and try the local cheese and wine.
A dynamic cultural lifestyle and sophisticated city, Lyon is a common stop for river cruises on both the Rhone and Saone rivers. As France’s third largest city, Lyon is one big World Heritage Site, boasting renaissance old town, Roman ruins, historic districts and 19th-century Presqu’île quarter.
North of Lyon, Villefrance-sur-Saone is the southern capital of the Beaujolais wine region. Whilst here, visit the Church of Notre Dame de Marais or the Chateau de Montmelas, where you can visit the castle and take in the views. The vineyard lined hillsides and cool beach shores of Villefranche-sur-Saone make this a fantastic cruise destination.

Saone Luxury Voyages

French Escapade on river Saone Tauck
Embarking from: Villefranche Sur Mer
From: £5235

Grand France on river Saone Uniworld River Cruises
Embarking from: Avignon
The best offer yet! Save up to 30% on ultra-luxury, all-inclusive river cruising | Extra savings for Heritage Club members!
From: £6399

Cruise Lines

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