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Sightseeing cruise from quai Rambaud

River cruises
Sightseeing cruise from quai Rambaud

Saône and Rhône: ever-changing atmospheres

With this tour, you'll be sailing on the meandering Saône all the way to the Rhône embankment, and gliding along the banks of the new Confluence district, the innovative and eco-friendly urban planning of which has put Man at the centre of the project.
At the tip of the confluence between the Rhône and Saône stands the imposing and futuristic glass and metal silhouette of the Musée des Confluences.
This guided cruise offers uninterrupted views of the city and treats you to a relaxing and leisurely tour through time, from the contemporary architecture of the Confluence to the 19th century universities that overlook the Rhône. Please note that this cruise is subject to hydrometric conditions.

Worth knowing

  • Please ensure you arrive 10 minutes before the cruise commences.
  • Booking is necessary.
  • Cancellation free of charge 72 hours before schedule activity.
  • In the event of flooding the day of the cruise, the navigation itinerary may be changed.
  • For health and safety reasons, animals are not allowed on board, with the exception of assistance dogs and guides for the blind.

As low as €15.00

& practical information



1 hour visit








Child from 3 to 10


Baby under 3



Meeting place

13 bis quai Rambaud, near rue Bichat - Lyon 2nd



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Customer reviews Ils ont fait cette visite
2 Review(s)

Not as advertised

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I booked this boat tour on recommendation from another friend who had a culture pass, as I thought it was part of the package.

At the tourism office, while well-meaning, they are not very informative. I thought this boat tour was part of my culture pass and I planned my whole day around it. When I got to the Quai, they said I had to use it within the timeline of my 24-hr pass. So I had to buy another ticket, which was fine but the ticket attendant was resistant as if it was coordinated well.

The Rhone was high due to rains so we went looped along the Saone. I couldn’t see much bc the rain and fog obscured the plastic cover. The tour guide sort of read some facts about scattered sights, but it wasn’t very comprehensive and other tour guests talked throughout the whole tour.

Also, I was told it was a 2-hour tour and it was only 1 hour so I felt cheated twice.

Response from ONLYLYON Tourism

12/12/2023 by Laetitia, Lyon City Expert

Thank you for your feedback. I think there was indeed a misunderstanding: the sightseeing cruise is included in the City Card but in fact, you have to enjoy the cruise for the duration of your pass!
Furthermore, all sightseeing cruises (except cruises with a meal plan) last 50 minutes. In no case do they last two hours.
I apologize for this misunderstanding of the offer.

Really enjoyable trip

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Our guide was extremely informative and her command of language excellent. We would recommend this trip to anyone wanting to see a different side of Lyon. The new Confluence area of Lyon is very impressive (architecturally) and it is unlikely that visitors would see the wealth of architectural variation by any other means.

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