an image with a white X with and red background

Saône River Cruises

Set sail on a Saône river cruise with Viking, and witness gentle hills and historic cities unfold before you. From Lyon, the gastronomic capital second only to Paris, to the lush vineyards of the Beaujolais and Burgundy wine regions, this is the land of ruby-red and clean, crisp vintages, earthy truffles, and stunning vistas. Join Viking on one of our Saône cruises and experience this rewarding corner of France up close.

Highlights of the Saône River

The Saône River emerges from the hills of the Vosges department and flows for more than 280 miles before meeting the Rhône in Lyon. This scenic waterway courses past some of France’s most scenic panoramas and compelling cities that have seen the rise and fall of the Roman, Burgundian and Frankish Empires. Some of the most important churches of Europe were built upon its shores in the Middle Ages and its waters have nourished the famed vineyards of Burgundy and Beaujolais. Here are a few sample highlights of a Saône river cruise:

  • Gastronomic pleasures of Lyon, France’s culinary capital
  • Historic cobblestone streets of Old Lyon
  • Wine tastings in an atmospheric Beaujolais cellar
  • Lush vineyards of the Burgundy wine region
  • Stunning lavender and sunflower fields of Provence
  • Vestiges of ancient Rome in Arles, Vienne and beyond
  • The charms of Viviers, nestled in a mountainous setting
  • Avignon, “City of Popes,” and its historic palace