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Saone River

Spend time in France's delightful Burgundy region on a Saone River cruise. These sailings often are combined with cruises of the Rhone River, which flows through Provence to the south.

Most cruises stop at Macon, where the sixth-century Old St. Vincent Cathedral is an enduring symbol of the city. Top sights in Tournus include the fortresslike Abbey of St. Philibert, parts of which date to the 10th century, and the Burgundian Museum, which was founded in 1929 and houses traditional costumes, furniture and vineyard tools culled from rural homes in the region.

In Beaune, considered Burgundy's wine capital, guests often have an opportunity to attend a wine-tasting and also tour the Hospices de Beaune, a 15th-century former charity hospital that sports a colorful roof of glazed tiles. Lyon is located where the Saone meets the Rhone; here you can see Roman ruins and Renaissance architecture and sample the cuisine that helped make this city the leading gastronomic center of France.

Our cruises are easy to budget because so much is included in one price that you pay up front -- a river-view stateroom, sightseeing tours with experienced guides, onboard meals and enrichment and entertainment programs. These cruises offer a relaxing, convenient way to travel, too, as you unpack once and enjoy the comforts of your cabin for the duration of the trip.

Limited-Time Offers on Saone River Cruises!
  • Scenic: Last-Minute Cruise Sale! Get special low rates (up to 55% off) on select river cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires August 12. Click here.
  • Emerald: Last-Minute Cruise Sale! Enjoy huge savings (up to 55%) on summer cruises. Prices shown reflect discounts. Expires August 12. Click here.
  • Uniworld: 2022 Cruise Sale! Save 50% off select sailings. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires August 31. Click here.
  • Scenic: 2 for 1! Companion receives the cruise portion for free on many departures. Expires August 14. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Save up to $2,000 per couple off 2022 Europe departures. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires August 31. Click here.
  • Avalon: Save up to $2,800 per couple off the cruise price of Europe sailings. Prices shown reflect discount. Plus, get air rates starting at $599 per person from select gateways. Click here.
  • Avalon: Save up to $4,000 per couple off cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • Riviera: Get special reduced rates offering savings of up to $4,500 per couple in certain cabin categories. Prices shown reflect discount. Plus, receive a free drinks package . Expires August 12. Click here.
  • Viking: Save up to $1,000 per couple off cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Plus, enjoy greatly reduced airfare from select gateways. Expires August 31. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: 20th Anniversary Sale! Save 20% off the cruise price of 2022 departures. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Save 10% off 2023 river cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Save up to $2,000 per couple off 2022 river cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • CroisiEurope: Save up to 50% off 2022 cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • Avalon: Receive free prepaid gratuities on cruises. Expires August 12. Click here.
  • Riviera: Single supplement waived in all cabin categories on special sailings dedicated to solo travelers. Click here.
  • Emerald: Save up to $2,650 per couple on river cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Save an additional 10% when you book at least six months prior to departure. Expires August 19. Click here.
  • CroisiEurope: Save 15% off 2023 cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires August 31. Click here.
  • Avalon: Travel with Avalon Waterways and receive a Welcome Back Credit of $100 to $250 per person after your trip. The credit can be applied toward a subsequent trip with Avalon Waterways . Click here.
  • Riviera: Pay no single supplement in certain cabin categories on all sailings. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Single supplement is reduced on select departures in certain cabin categories. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Save 25% off the single supplement on cruises in certain cabin categories. Click here.
  • Tauck: Receive a free onboard credit of up to 200 euros on river cruises in select cabin categories . Click here.
Offers are subject to change or withdrawal at any time. Some discounts are not combinable with other promotions.