Chalon-Sur-Saône to Tain-L'Hermitage (7 Days)

Cruise Line: Belmond Cruises
Chalon-sur-Saône, France to Tain-l'hermitage, France
Chalon-sur-Saône, France

Board Belmond Napoleon and meet your crew over a champagne reception. Stroll around the market town of Chalon-sur-Saône, admiring the pretty cathedral square.

Beaune, France
Mâcon, France

Explore Beaune, the capital of the Burgundy wine region. Tour the magnificent 15th-century hospital Hôtel-Dieu, Hospice de Beaune, then browse the chic boutiques. Lunch is served onboard before your cruise continues along the Saône past Tournus to Mâcon. This thriving town is the gateway to the Mâconnais wine region.

Mâcon, France
Cluny, France
Mâcon, France
Montmerle-sur-Saône, France

Visit the Abbey of Cluny, for centuries the largest church in the world. Explore the remains of the town's original fortifications. Have lunch as you cruise through the Beaujolais wine region. Sample the local wine, made from the Gamay Noir grape. This evening the barge moors at Montmerle.

Montmerle-sur-Saône, France
Château de Fléchères, France
Montmerle-sur-Saône, France
Lyon, France

Visit the beautiful 17th-century Château de Fléchères, and its 80 acres of parkland. Return to the barge and savour lunch as your journey continues along the waterways to Lyon. After dinner walk to Lyon's old town and enjoy a drink in a traditional Lyonnais bar.

Lyon, France
Condrieu, France

Tour Lyon, a city renowned for its culture and gastronomy. The ornate Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière dominates the skyline. Browse chic boutiques or relax in a sidewalk café. Have lunch in the city before returning to the boat. In the afternoon, we leave the River Saône to join the Rhône, berthing at Condrieu.

Tain-l'hermitage, France

Cruise the Rhône Valley. The vineyards of the Côtes Rôties and Côtes du Rhône almost reach the river's edge. Arrive at Tain-l'Hermitage in the heart of the wine region. Visit Ferraton, a local wine producer, and enjoy a wine tasting. Visit the famous Valrhona chocolatiers and taste their delicious confectionary. Back onboard, dine on a wonderful farewell gala dinner.

Tain-l'hermitage, France

Have a final breakfast on the barge before the crew bids you farewell and you disembark.

Chalon-Sur-Saône to Tain-L'Hermitage map

About the Ship

Belmond Afloat in France - Hirondelle
Belmond Afloat in France - Belmond Napoléon

The largest of the fleet, Belmond Napoléon is a grand and stately barge hosting parties of up to 12 guests in six decadent en-suite cabins. After a day of touring France's most iconic chateaux, feast on gastronomic delights and take a dip in the jacuzzi. Then raise a toast as you sail along the Rhône river to revel in charming views of Provence.

What's Included


  • Sun deck with Jacuzzi, sun loungers and exercise equipment

  • Lounge with piano keyboard

  • Dining room and a shaded alfresco dining area on deck

  • Bose iPod docking station

  • WiFi and computer with internet access

  • Selection of books, games, satellite TV, DVDs and CDs

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