A Saone cruise takes you along the main tributary of the River Rhone. Embarking in Chalon sur Saone and cruising to Lyon will bring you to where the river joins the Rhone. As this is a short cruise, only about 80 miles in length, most tour operators will combine a cruise on the Saone with one on the Rhone. Cruise operators offering Saone cruises include Viking River Cruises, Scenic Cruises and Croisi Europe. The region has a mild climate, making the cruise season a fairly long one, running from March to December.
The Saone flows through Burgundy, one of the top gastronomic and wine-growing regions of France. On most cruises, there will be visits to Beaujolais wine-growing regions, offering the chance to sample the local wines and make some purchases.
Chalon sur Saone is an exceptionally attractive town much beloved by photographers. As well as the River Saone, the town is also at a meeting point of canals and Roman roads, making it a centre for trade since the Middle Ages. With countless carnivals, markets and fairs, you will find there is always something happening in the town.