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Saone Travel Guide

Traveling through the Burgundy wine region of France, the Saone River flows 300 miles, meeting the Rhone River at Lyon. Rising nearly 1,300 feet in the Vosges Mountains in Eastern France, the Saone offers an incredible journey. The navigable part of the river is extremely busy, featuring 30 locks. Canal links connect the Saone to the Rhine, Seine, Loire, and Marne rivers. If you want to immerse yourself in French culture during a river cruise, you will love to travel on the Saone. With river cruise volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 50% versus the brochure price! Book your Saone river cruise today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted river cruise headquarters.

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Apr 28, 2021TauckMS Swiss EmeraldParisNice14$7,190
May 02, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIParisMarseille11$4,487
May 02, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIParisPort St. Louis10$4,198
May 02, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIParisBarcelona15$6,468
May 02, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIParisNice14$5,660
May 02, 2021UniworldSS Bon VoyageBordeauxAvignon22$11,599
May 02, 2021UniworldSS Joie de VivreBordeauxAvignon22$11,599
May 02, 2021UniworldSS CatherineBordeauxAvignon22$11,599
May 04, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IISt-Jean-de-LosneMarseille9$3,588
May 04, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IISt-Jean-de-LosneBarcelona13$5,569
May 04, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IISt-Jean-de-LosneNice12$4,761
May 04, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IISt-Jean-de-LosnePort St. Louis8$3,299
May 04, 2021ScenicScenic SapphireParisLyon14$9,095
May 07, 2021ScenicScenic SapphireLyonLyon11$7,195
May 07, 2021TauckMS Swiss EmeraldNiceParis14$7,490
May 09, 2021UniworldSS CatherineAvignonLyon8$3,839
May 09, 2021UniworldSS Joie de VivreParisAvignon15$8,299
May 09, 2021UniworldSS Joie de VivreAvignonParis15$8,299
May 09, 2021UniworldSS CatherineParisAvignon15$8,299
May 09, 2021UniworldSS CatherineAvignonParis15$8,299
May 10, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIMarseilleParis16$7,587
May 10, 2021Avalon WaterwaysTapestry IIMarseilleParis16$7,587
May 10, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIMarseilleRome17$7,419
May 10, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIMarseilleLondon14$5,548
May 10, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIMarseilleParis11$4,487
May 10, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIMarseilleRome22$10,445
May 10, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIMarseilleLondon19$8,684
May 10, 2021Avalon WaterwaysTapestry IIMarseilleRome22$10,445
May 10, 2021Avalon WaterwaysTapestry IIMarseilleLondon19$8,684
May 11, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIPort St. LouisParis10$4,198
May 11, 2021Avalon WaterwaysTapestry IIPort St. LouisParis15$7,298
May 11, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIParisMarseille16$7,687
May 11, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIParisPort St. Louis15$7,398
May 11, 2021Avalon WaterwaysTapestry IIParisMarseille16$7,687
May 11, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIPort St. LouisRome16$7,130
May 11, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIPort St. LouisLondon13$5,259
May 11, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIParisBarcelona20$9,668
May 11, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIParisNice19$8,932
May 11, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIPort St. LouisRome21$10,156
May 11, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPoetry IIPort St. LouisParis15$7,298

Saone Travel Guide

Saone River Cruises Highlights

  • Enjoy travel through the famous wine region of Burgundy. 
  • Sample some of the best wines in the Burgundy wine region onboard, and off the ship at area wineries and cellars.
  • Enjoy cycling next to the Saone River through the lovely wine area of Beaujolais.
  • Choose from Saone River Cruise packages of 8 to 14 days.
  • Travel to prominent French ports, such as Lyon, Tournus, and Chalon-sur-Saone. Some travel packages also include Trevoux, and Beaune. 
  • Extend your trip by traveling to Paris or Marseille.
  • Savor French 5-star rated French dishes onboard and off the ship.
  • Play shuffleboard or putt-putt golf while enjoying the river-scape.
  • Stay in a royal stateroom and enjoy the ultimate in amenities.
  • Combine your trip down the Saone with linked river travel down the Seine and Rhone.

Saone River Cruises Travel Tips

  • Always double check your travel documents, making sure they have the correct details. Doing so can prevent interruptions during your river cruise trip.
  • Obtain the services of a travel guide who covers the Burgundy region. Doing so will make your journey down the Saone more enriching and interesting.
  • If you do not know French, take a quick beginning course covering the basic phrases. While English is spoken on river cruise ships, it is nice to know some basic French phrases when meeting passengers or ordering wines and cuisine.
  • Only bring the clothing you need. Never pack too much in your travel bag. You should only travel with a carry-on and one other bag when taking a longer river cruise. You only need a carryon if your holiday will be brief.
  • Make sure you can access your travel documentation at a moment's notice. It should be easily accessed from a jacket or your carryon.
  • Exchange U.S. dollars for Euros to ensure you can tip waiters and drivers and pay for meals where credit cards are not accepted.
  • Saone River Cruises generally span from March to December, with the summer months (June to August) considered the peak season.

Saone River Cruises Things To Do

  • Paris, France
    Paris, France

    Paris is often considered an extension to a Saone and Rhone river cruise trip, with Scenic Tours or Tauck Tours offering the best options along these lines. Whether you begin in Paris or end in the City of Light, Paris always proves to be a nice complement to a Saone river cruise holiday. See the Eiffel Tower from your hotel or shop along the Champs-Elysees.

    Best Time To Visit

    According to U.S. News Travel, the best time to see Paris is normally during the summer months, or in September and October. Average summer highs are in the upper 70s on the Fahrenheit scale. 

     

    You Should Know

    The Eiffel Tower is the most popular site in Paris and regularly draws about 6.9 million people to experience the city view from the tower's observation points. Another prominent Paris landmark, the Arc de Triomphe, sits on the western end of the broad boulevard of the Champs-Elysees. The residence of Louis XIV, the Palace of Versailles stood as the residence of the French royals until the start of the French revolution in 1789. Les Deux Magots features classic French fare. If you want to enjoy French cuisine and wine at a slow and relaxed pace, make a reservation here.
  • Tournus, France
    Tournus, France

    Located in Burgundy on the north side of the Saone River, Tournus makes a Saone River cruise memorable and active. Some of the more elite cruise lines that offer all-inclusive packages allow you to participate in activities, such as gourmet cooking and truffle hunting trips. If you can take advantage of these types of shore excursions, you won't want to leave Tournus off your travel bucket list.  

    Best Time To Visit

    The best time to see Tournus is during the spring and summer months. Be prepared for some showers during the spring.

     

    You Should Know

    You cannot see Tournus without visiting the Abbey of St. Philibert. The medieval church once was a Benedictine abbey. The Chateau de Cormatin is a castle built during the 1600s. Its gardens draw thousands of visitors in the summer months.
  • Chalon-sur-Saone
    Chalon-sur-Saone

    Located in southern Burgundy, Chalon-sur-Saone lies in the heart of the wine region of Cote Chalonnaise. Chalon-sur-Saone is close enough to Tournus that you can bike there to sample the white Moconnais wines and stay overnight at one of the Tournus campgrounds.

    Best Time To Visit

    Visit Chalon-sur-Saone during the summer when you can experience drier and sunnier weather.

     

    You Should Know

    One of the loveliest places to walk next to the Saone River is the Quai des Messageries. Located on the Saone River's right bank, this quay is situated west of Pont Saint-Laurent. The plane trees and benches along the broad sidewalk provide visitors with a place to sit and relax on lazy summer days. The Quai des Messageries is also an embarkation location for all kinds of Saone river cruises. Many of the ships exit and enter here daily. While some ships provide short day trips, others lead you to 8 to 14-day adventures. Birds, such as cormorants, kingfishers, and herons make their homes here.
  • Beaune
    Beaune

    Another popular Saone river cruise destination is Beaune, located in the heart of Burgundy. The walled town lies in the center of the Cote d'Or vineyards and is known for its yearly wine auction, which is held at the Hotel-Dieu. This historic city makes any Saone River cruise all that more exciting.

    Best Time To Visit

    You will find the weather the most delightful from June to September when most weather forecasts call for sunny weather.

     

    You Should Know

    Beaune is the capital of the Burgundy wine region. Wear comfortable footwear, as the streets in Beaune are cobbled. During the night in the summer, Beaune features the Pathways of Light. This colorful light show displays the Hotel-Dieu and wine museum in vibrant and illuminated hues. Besides the summer, the show also takes place during the town's Crime Film Festival, at year-end events, and during the wine action. The Hotel-Dieu museum showcases works, such as an altarpiece by Van der Weyden, which depicts "The Last Judgment."
  • Trevoux
    Trevoux

    If you want a grand view of the little town of Trevoux, you will need to visit the tower of the town's 14th-century castle. Once the capital of the principality of Dombes, Trevoux features some interesting heritage buildings built in the 1600s and 1700s. Some of the buildings include the Dombes Parliament building and private mansions.

    Best Time To Visit

    Schedule your shore excursion at this little town during the summer or early fall. Sunny weather and pleasant temperatures also ignite local events, such as wine festivals and summer gatherings.

     

    You Should Know

    The previous palace of the Dombes Parliament features a courtroom that displays a beautiful painted ceiling. Enjoy a panoramic view of Beaujolais, Monts d'Or, Dombes, and the Saone Valley from the town's castle tower with an octagonal keep. Visit the old apothecary of Montpensier Hosptial, which displays a collection of ceramic pots, made during the 1700s. Stroll over the town's footbridge to take a nice picture of Trevoux.
  • Beaujolais
    Beaujolais

    When you go to Beaujolais, you will do so to visit the wineries, walk, or bike. The province and pastoral landscape attract outdoor adventurers - people who love good food and fine wine. The countryside, which is marked by winding roads and tidy villages, looks surreal at the evening time. The sunset's orange-pink colors seem to soften in the mist.

    Best Time To Visit

    Bike, hike and enjoy the food and wine in Beaujolais in the summer when the days are longer and the skies are sunnier.

     

    You Should Know

    An oenophile's paradise, Beaujolais is a place where fruity red wines regularly make debuts and vineyards stretch across the right bank of the Saone. Some of the wine-producing villages include Fleurie, Villie-Morgon, Brouilly, St.-Amour Bellevue, and Moulin-a-Vent. If you want to do some wine-tasting, Beaujolais is the ideal place to participate in the activity.
  • Macon, France
    Macon, France

    Another Burgundy wine town on a Saone River cruise, Macon provides wine lovers with plenty to love as well historical buffs with interesting sites and attractions. Your time in Macon will give you a solid appreciation of French wines and cuisine. 

    Best Time To Visit

    Choose June to August to visit Macon, when the weather is sunny and drier.

     

    You Should Know

    La Maison de Bois, a house that is centuries old, is unique, as it displays statues of masked characters and monkeys. Some of the premium chardonnays come from Macon. The Romanesque church, Eglise Saint-Pierre, showcases twin steeples. The church was built in the 1800s.
  • Lyon, France
    Lyon, France

    Lyon is unique, as it does not exhibit large gothic cathedrals or massive estates. However, it only ranks behind Paris as one of France's most-visited cities. The main draw, it seems, is the city's reputation of being the gourmet capital of France. You can also travel to Paris easily from Lyon, which has a well-used rail system.

    Best Time To Visit

    September and October make visiting Lyon a delight, as most of the tourists have cleared the area and the trees have come to life with rose and gold tones. 

     

    You Should Know

    Check out the astronomic clock that is featured in the gothic Cathedral St. John. The close and narrow alleys in the city-run along the river, making it possible for you to see the city up-close and admire the scenery. One of the favorite eateries is the Arvine Restaurant, which is both small and elegant. For anyone who wants to splurge a little, who is on a budget, this restaurant provides a lovely and affordable way to enjoy French cuisine.

Saone River Cruises When To Visit

Quick Facts

While the forceful mistral wind blows during the winter, it may still visit the area during the early spring. If you go on a Saone River Cruise during the month of March, make sure you dress in layers or carry a medium-thick jacket.

During the summer and early fall, some of the ports host wine events. Therefore, check out some of the planned events before you choose a time to embark on a Saone River cruise. That way, you can better immerse yourself in the experience.

If you prefer to go in cooler weather, or during October and November, you will find that October can be damp. Some travelers choose to take a Saone River cruise during the Christmas markets in November/December. If you choose to go during this time, you usually will spend less money on your river cruise.

Saone River Cruises Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Is a Saone River Cruise?

    Most Saone River cruises last 8 to 14 days and combine itineraries with the Savon and Seine river cruise schedules. If you want to extend your cruise trip, you can add Paris as your starting point or as the final port city on your Saone river cruise. 

  • What’s Included on Saone River Cruises?

    Premium river cruise ship hosts offer all-inclusive travel on Saone River cruises, including transfers during arrival and departure, deluxe onboard staterooms, daily excursions, and three daily meals, beginning with dinner on the first day, and ending with breakfast on the last day of the river cruise. You can also add the airfare in some river cruise packages.

  • What’s the Best Cruise for Saone River Cruise?

    The best cruise for a Saone river cruise cannot be based primarily on prices and reviews. You also have to factor in the length of the trip, how much you want to pay, and what type of activities are featured onboard and during excursions. Two of the best cruise lines that offer Saone river cruises include Viking Tours and Scenic Tours. Avalon Waterways offers a number of options with respect to accommodations.

  • How Much Do Saone River Cruises Cost?

    Your cost for a Saone River cruise will be based on when you go on the river cruise and how long you plan to sail. For example, you will pay more for a Saone River cruise if you go during the peak season, or during June, July, and August. 

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