Romans on the Rhône & Saône

Main vineyards of Clos de Vougeot
Main vineyards of Clos de Vougeot
The old town of Lyon
The old town of Lyon
The town gate of Cluny
The town gate of Cluny
The Abbey of Cluny
The Abbey of Cluny
Autun Cathedral
Autun Cathedral
Aerial view of Vienne
Aerial view of Vienne

Realising the importance of this region in their ambitions for Gaul, the Romans conquered the Rhône valley in 121 BC, and under Julius Caesar continued north into Burgundy during his Gallic War, 58-51 BC. Join us in Burgundy, the gorgeous French region served by the conjoining Rhône and Saône. Amidst its rolling green hills, we find cobbled Medieval streets, glorious Gallo-Roman and Celtic antiquity and some of the most important Western churches and monasteries of the Middle Ages. Aside from its historical pedigree, this is a region where two great French passions collide: wine and food. Examine Burgundy’s centuries-old history of viticulture during a relaxed vineyard visit and tasting session.

  • Gain new understanding of the siege of Alesia during a special presentation from a renowned local archaeologist during our tour
  • Explore beautiful Lyon and the wonderful collections of the Musee Gallo-Romain
  • View the temple of Augustus and Livia at Vienne: the best preserved Roman temple in France


  • Romans
  • Historic Churches


  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - All meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels
  8. Flights

Hotel Info

4 nights in an elegant 19th century hotel in Dijon, featuring refined, contemporary interiors, and just a short walk from Dijon Cathedral
3 nights in a to-be-confirmed hotel in Lyon, France’s third-largest city, situated at the junction of the Rhône and Saône

Travel Information

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