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Itinerary - River Saone

During this cruise we visit one port  a day and you can explore small villages off the beaten track. The barge will dock when possible in the heart of town. Experience ever-changing riverside scenery and landscapes.

Cruise Route: River Saone, Canal du Centre

Highlights: Visits to 'le vieux Lyon', Chateau Fuissé, the Abbey of St. Philibért in Tournus, Cormatin, the riverside town of Chalon, and a Beaujolais wine tasting in Romanèche Thorins

Chalon sur Saone

Sunday: We meet at the location of your choice in Lyon, which is easily accessible by TGV train from Paris, or as a rental car return point. You will be transferred to your charming barge home, moored in the town center, and welcomed aboard with a champagne toast and the first of many gourmet dinners.


Riverside town

Monday: In the morning we will go on a walking tour of Lyon, a beautiful 2,000 year-old town of cobbled streets with the magnificent St. Jean Cathedral. ‘Le Vieux Lyon’, the oldest Renaissance district in France is known as a cultural, historic and gastronomic center. After lunch we will cruise to a peaceful mooring in Villefranche sur Saone. Dinner will be served aboard.  

Tuesday: This morning an excursion to the village Romanèche Thorins, to ‘the hameau en Beaujolais,where we can learn all about the history of the Beaujolais wines and enjoy a tasting. We then return to the barge where lunch will be served while cruising. At the end of the afternoon we moor at Macon. Dinner will be served on the barge.



Wednesday: First we will visit the Chateau Fuissé, on a short distance of Macon. At the end of the visit we will taste some of their wonderful wines and lunch awaits us on the barge. The afternoon cruise brings us to a mooring at the lovely tree-lined waterfront of Tournus. The beautiful 10th century, recently renovated Abbey of St. Philibért which dominates the town of Tournus, is built right on the banks of the placid Saône. St. Philibért predates the more powerful and better known abbey at nearby Cluny. The magnificence of the abbey and the charm of the surrounding area with quaint shops makes for a pleasant excursion on walking distance of the barge.

Hospice de Beaune

Thursday: Our morning excursion brings us to the Chateau of Cormatin. Lunch will be served while cruising to Chalon sur Saone where we will moor opposite the town center.

Friday: Today you can explore Chalon - the birthplace of photography. In 1822 Nicephone Niepce managed to capture an image on glass; there will be time to visit the photographic museum commemorating this event which is right opposite our mooring. You are free to browse in the picturesque shopping area for regional products (Dijon mustard, wine acutrements, and unique kitchen products) or to relax in a café on the town square. Later this afternoon we will cruise to Fragnes on the Canal du Centre. We will pass the first lock (51 feet high!)on this canal. The festive farewell dinner is served on the barge.


Saturday morning: You'll say "Au Revoir" and depart after breakfast for transfer to Dijon TGV station. If you prefer, you may also be transferred to the airport, rental car office, or hotel of your choice.


Our sightseeing schedule is flexible and can be customized to reflect your interests. Occasionally an itinerary will be changed due to canal closures or inclement weather. The Captain will substitute an equally interesting route. Change in itinerary will not be accepted as a cause for cancelling your cruise.

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