The Saône River originates in the Vosges Mountains in northeastern France, near the commune of Vioménil. It flows generally southwards and eventually merges with the Rhône River in the city of Lyon. The Saône has a total length of approximately 473 km's (294 miles).
Most river cruises on the Saône take place between Lyon and Chalon-sur-Saône or Mâcon to the north. The Saône is known for its tranquil waters and scenic landscapes, including lush vineyards and quaint villages. It offers a more relaxed pace compared to other European rivers, making it perfect for travellers looking for a serene escape.
The Saône meets the Rhône River in Lyon, creating a confluence that has given birth to a vibrant culinary and cultural scene. Many river cruises on the Saône start or end in Lyon, offering travellers the chance to explore this gastronomic capital.
The Saône runs through Mâcon, a town famous for its wine, particularly its Chardonnays. Many cruises offer excursions to the local vineyards for tastings and vineyard walks.
Dating back to the Middle Ages, the Hospices De Beaune displays iconic Gothic architecture with its intricate polychrome roofs. While visiting, sample a drop from the operational 60-hectare wine estate.
Birthplace of photography pioneer Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saône exudes charm with its riverside promenades, half-timbered houses and historic sites like Chalon Cathedral and St Peter's Church.
This riverside town charms with its pastel buildings and historic churches. Nestled in the Burgundy wine region, why not partake in a tasting of local chardonnay, pinot noir and sparkling wines.
Dating back to 1606, Château de Cormatin has been meticulously restored to its former grandeur. Tour the grounds and admire the gilded rooms and expansive gardens - there's even a moat!
Visit Cluny's Benedictine Abbey, an incredible monastery from the time of Charlemagne. Founded in 910, it once held the title of world's largest Christian structure until St. Peter's Basilica was built in Rome.
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