Perhaps no city will be more memorable than Lyon as one of your ports of call on any south of France river cruise that sails the Saône or Rhône rivers. From river bank to the rising hillsides beyond, the pastel colors and architecture of its buildings portray a place of history, beauty, culture and refinement, tempting one to explore and breathe deeply of its relaxed atmosphere.
Lyon sits at the convergence of the Saône and the Rhône rivers, an ancient settlement – perhaps older than even Paris – so it is not unusual to find it is honored with one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites in its old quarter, Vieux Lyon. The city has grown over the centuries to encompass nine different such areas each beautifully situated near one of the rivers or on the hillsides. It is hard to believe it is the second, some say third, largest city in France so quiet, so clean, so sophisticated its presence.