The Saône River lends its name to half (the Loire River is the other half) of the official name of Southern Burgundy – Saône-et-Loire.
The Saône River is part of a vast network of waterways throughout France. This network is now mostly used by barges for leisure travel. Part of the French modern road network follows the waterways. For example the N6 road and A6 Autoroute parallel the Saône River that runs through Southern Burgundy.
The Saône River doesn’t offer many places to swim or much in terms of water sports. But there are barge tours that use the Saône, often stopping in Chalon-sur-Saône, Tournus or Mâcon. There are also barge restaurants. Take a walk along the Saône or visit a local tourist office to see what’s up near you.
The Saône River starts in the Vosges Mountains and ends in Lyon where it becomes part of the Rhône River.