Saône River

Tour France’s beautiful countryside along the Saône River. You’ll visit vineyards, romantic towns and medieval castles as you visit cities and villages like Tournus, Macon and Chalon-sur-Saône. Of course, you’ll also have a chance to taste the bounty of France’s famous Burgundy wine-making region. Plus, many Saône River cruise itineraries feature time in cities located near, but not along, the Saône; cities like Beaune, Paris and Lyon. Featured below are some of the best ways to spend your time when cruising to these cities along the Saône River:

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Hotel-Dieu de Beaune, France
  • In Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, you'll visit a local wine cellar. Afterwards, tour the Hotel-Dieu de Beaune and spend time wandering Beaune’s cobblestone streets while admiring the monuments and medieval architecture.
  • Explore some of Europe’s best architecture at St. Philibert’s Church in Tournus, France. This 10th-century abbey exemplifies Romanesque construction and now displays a mosaic that had been hidden beneath the flooring until 2002.
Vineyard in France
  • Macon lives and breathes wine, so what better way to spend your day here than with an excursion to a nearby wine cellar? Sample local wines and cheeses while learning about the history of wine-making and the significance of wine trade to the region.
  • Lyon, located near the meeting of the Saône and Rhone, is a highlight of many Saône River cruise itineraries. Head to the top of Fourviere Hill for the best views of the countryside, then make your way back down to browse through a local farmers market, tour the city’s parks and sample Beaujolais, the region’s famous wine.


Cruise along the Saône River and experience the best of the world-famous Burgundy wine region, along with some of Europe’s best art, architecture and landscapes. Contact one of The Cruise Web’s river cruise experts for help planning a Saône River cruise.


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