Villefranche-sur-Saone is a Saone River cruise port and town in France's Rhone department (Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region) with population around 40,000. The town is located approx 25 km (16 mi) north of Lyon and approx 435 km (270 mi) south of Paris City. Road A6 (Autoroute du Sud) connects Villefranche-sur-Saone with Paris and Lyon and runs alongside the river.
The village was founded in 1212 and in the 14th century became the capital of the Beaujolais (historical province and wine region). Following three sieges in the 15th-16th, the town erected stone walls (taken down in the early-19th century). The town's current-day economy is based on wine-trading, metallurgy, production of textiles and chemicals. Among the tourist attractions is Notre-Dame des Marais (16th-century church with a tower and spire).
As cruise port, Villefranche-sur-Saone is included in the schedules of major European river cruise companies like AmaWaterways and Nicko Tours Germany (part of Mystic Cruises). Next tables show two of the visiting cruisetour itineraries.
(AmaWaterways' AmaCello ship) 7-day from Chalon-sur-Saone to Arles (prices from USD 3100 pp)
|Date / Time||Port|
|01 Apr - 02 Apr||Departing from Chalon-sur-Saone|
|02 Apr - 03 Apr||Tournus|
|03 Apr - 04 Apr||Macon|
|04 Apr - 05 Apr (overnight)||Lyon|
|05 Apr - 06 Apr (overnight)||Vienne|
|07 Apr - 08 Apr||Arriving in Arles|
(Nicko Cruises' Bijou du Rhone ship) 7-day roundtrip from Lyon (prices from USD 1050 pp)
|Date / Time||Port|
|31 Mar 22:30||Departing from Lyon|
|01 Apr 11:00 - 18:00||Chalon-sur-Saone|
|01 Apr 23:30 - 02 Apr 12:00||Macon|
|02 Apr 15:15 - 15:45||Villefranche-sur-Saone|
|02 Apr 16:30 - 19:30||Trevoux|
|03 Apr 12:30 - 18:30||Viviers-sur-Rhone|
|04 Apr 03:00 - 18:00||Arles|
|04 Apr 22:30 - 05 Apr 15:30||Avignon|
|05 Apr 17:30 - 18:15||Chateauneuf du Pape|
|06 Apr 15:30||Arriving in Lyon|
Port Villefranche-sur-Saone cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Villefranche-sur-Saone, France. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.