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Escorted Rail Tours to Chalon-sur-Saone

Take some snaps in the town where photography was born

Châlon-sur-Saône's history can be traced back to about 354 AD, when the Roman Emperor Constantius II stationed troops here to protect the region from the threat of attack. From here the settlement grew and by the Middle Ages the town had become an important trading post thanks to its advantageous riverside position. In later years the town also acted as a port, transporting the region's famous wines. Yet perhaps Chalon-sur-Saône's finest hour came in 1827, when Nicéphore Niepce produced the world's first durable photograph: 'View from the Window at Le Gras'.

The beautiful town has much to recommend it today; not only its attractive clutch of authentic, half-timbered houses, but also the mighty neo-classical Cathedral of St Vincent, which dominates the town's skyline.

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Let the gentle currents of the Rhône transport you through Burgundy and Provence aboard our fantastic river cruise ship. Discover the region's verdant vineyards and absorb the atmosphere of its historic towns, soaring cathedrals and half-timbered houses as we sail from Lyon, taking in the UNESCO-protected centre of Avignon during the cruise.

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Let the gentle currents of the Rhône transport you through Burgundy and Provence aboard the fantastic A-Rosa Stella river cruise ship. Discover the region's verdant vineyards and absorb the atmosphere of its historic towns, soaring cathedrals and half-timbered houses.

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