Located in Eastern France along the legendary Saone River, Chalon-sur-Saone is a fantastic place to visit during a European river cruise. This enchanting riverside town will place you directly in the Burgundy wine region, making it a perfect destination for wine connoisseurs. Visiting the area’s many vineyards and wineries are a must! When spending time in Chalon-sur-Saone, you will discover a great number of historic buildings, landmarks, museums, and more! Whether you want to learn all there is to know about large-scale regional trade, the birth of photography, or local customs and traditions, this is a wonderful port city to discover all of this and more!
CroisiEurope is the only cruise line that currently features cruises departing from Chalon-sur-Saone. Their intimate river ship, MS Van Gogh, will bring you from Chalon-sur-Saone to destinations within Western Europe. Cruises range in length from 4- to 6-nights and may include calls in popular ports such as Macon, Lyon, Avignon, Arles, and more! A great time to visit Chalon-sur-Saone, for the most ideal weather, is between May and October.
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Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Chalon-sur-Saone, along with a brief description:
♦ Musee Nicephore-Niepce
One of the most popular and highly-rated museums in Chalon-sur-Saone is Musee Nicephore-Niepce, a photography museum with interactive exhibits. When visiting this museum, you can learn everything you wanted to know about photography from its invention all the way to strides in digital photography today. Among the many exhibits, you can view collections over two million photographs and artifacts, including the world’s first camera, which was owned by inventor Nicephore Niepce. Whether you’re an aspiring photographer or you’re just interested in learning something new, you definitely don’t want to miss this incredible attraction!
♦ Chalon Cathedral
Another popular highlight of Chalon-sur-Saone is the 1,000-year old Chalon Cathedral, which is located right in the city center. Overlooking a tranquil square, you can easily admire the stunning architecture of this church from its outside while immersing yourself in every day city life. There’s also a peaceful water fountain in the square. Inside the Chalon Cathedral, you can admire beautiful tapestries, breathtaking stained-glass pieces, and a large organ. There are also a bunch of cafes, bars, and restaurants in the area, so you can easily grab a bite to eat before or after checking out this iconic landmark.
♦ Parc Georges Nouelle
If you’re looking to spend some time in Chalon-sur-Saone’s blissful weather, look no further than Parc Georges Nouelle. These stunning botanic gardens feature 1.5 hectares of over 600 plant species and walking trails. Plus, there is a chance you can catch a glimpse of some native wildlife, such as birds, rabbits, ducks, and more. It is a wonderful place to escape to with your family and friends, if you’re in need of some relaxing tranquility. Best of all, this park is located close to the city center, which makes getting there a breeze!
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