River Cruises on the Saone River

Saone River

Tour France's beautiful countryside along the Saone River. You'll visit vineyards, romantic towns and medieval castles as you visit cities and villages like Tournus, Macon and Chalon-sur-Saone. Of course, you'll also have a chance to taste the bounty of France's famous Burgundy wine-making region. Plus, many Saone River cruise itineraries feature time in cities located near, but not along, the Saone; 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 Saone 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 Saone and Rhone, is a highlight of many Saone 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 Saone 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 Saone River cruise.


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