13 European Rivers And Waterways For Travel

By: LINDA GARRISON | Pulished on 2024-01-31

The Saone River: France

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The 300-mile long Saone River is a tributary of the Rhone River, merging in Lyon. Since river ships can only sail about 80 miles upstream from Lyon through Macon up to Chalon-sur-Saone, cruises usually include time on the Rhone River also. Although the Saone has 51 locks, only 3 are impacted by river cruises.

Macon is a city in the south Burgundy region of France, so it has some fine wines and opportunities to taste them. This ancient city dates back to 200 BC, and the town also has several museums and historic attractions. Many of the interesting parts of the old city are on the Saone River. 


Chalon-sur-Saone is also in Burgundy, and many local activities revolve around food and wine. 

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