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Saône

The Saône rises at Vioménil (alt. 392 m) below the cliffs of the Monts Faucilles (in the “departement” of the Vosges), and then flows gently southwards for 480km to join the Rhone at Lyon.

Rich and unspoilt

The Saône rises at Vioménil (alt. 392 m) below the cliffs of the Monts Faucilles (in the “departement” of the Vosges), and then flows gently southwards for 480km to join the Rhone at Lyon. Above Verdun-sur-le-Doubs, where the Saône is joined by its main tributary, the Doubs, the river is known as the Petite Saône. One of the most beautiful rivers in France, the sedate and peaceful Saône slowly meanders through the fortified towns and famous vineyards of Mâcon and the Beaujolais. The river has been classified as a Natura 2000 site by the European Union in recognition of the richness of its ecological heritage.