All the river cruises on the Rhône River have three stops in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes:
A major destination boasting UNESCO World Heritage sites and many museums, the culinary capital of the world is also the ideal city for a cultural trip. Classified as UNESCO sites since 1998, the Renaissance-era quarters of Old Lyon and Fourvière Hill and Gallo-Roman ruins like the Croix-Rousse district and the city centre (Presqu'île) are well-suited for walking and shopping. Complementing the new Confluence Museum, the Gadagne Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Fine Arts Museum, the Lumière Institute or the Museum of Miniatures and Cinema are also essential visits.
Tournon & Tain l’Hermitage
The cobblestones of the pedestrian street, the breathtaking view from the Rhône River wharf, the pétanque in the shade of the plane trees, the whistle of the “Train de l'Ardèche”, the charm of the vineyards on the slopes ... Let yourself be surprised by the atmosphere if this territory is a special place that brings to life the "art of living" and invites you not only to discover but also to savor its heritage!
Whether you arrive by road or by the river, you will be seduced by the beautiful landscape that offer you Tournon and its vineyards.What a temptation to visit this beautiful feudal castle overlooking the Rhone or the small restored chapel and its precious triptych of the 15th century by Jean Capassin (disciple of Raphael), the Tour Beauregard reserved for temporary exhibitions, not to mention the Hanging gardens with their magnificent views over the Rhone Valley, the hillsides of the Hermitage and the Vercors mountains.
Or to discover the Lycée Gabriel Faure, founded in 1536 by Cardinal François de Tournon with its tapestries of Flanders and Aubusson dating from the 17th century, his Jesuit chapel, which is still today the third wealth of the city.
The old center of Tain l'Hermitage has preserved many traces of its history. You will find in some of quiet streets, elegant buildings testifying to its rich past, such as the former Attic Salt of the 15th century and its watchtower, or the mansion of the Courbis and its beautiful Renaissance courtyard. A Taurobolic Altar will take you back to antiquity, while some vestiges of a medieval gate will transport you to the fortified city of the 12th century with the “Tour des Adrets”, the only remnant of the ramparts of the city. The history of France stops at Tain l'Hermitage in the 14th century, while the royal wedding of Charles V in the church Notre Dame de Tain seals the attachment of the Dauphiné to France.
Other monuments such as the suspension bridge Marc Seguin or the Chapel of Larnage still testify today of technical advances and social history of the 19th century that were played here. Take the time to stroll around all these monuments that will tell you a beautiful story...
Capital of Vivarais, located at the confluence of the Rhone and Escoutay River, Viviers in Ardèche area is an exceptional site. The third safeguarded sector in the entire region, Viviers has an exceptional built heritage. Indeed, there are no less than 17 buildings classified as historical monuments.
Episcopal city, for nearly 15 centuries, Viviers went from Gallo-Roman city to the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the 18th century: so it kept traces of each of these eras.