Explore Viviers on foot
This small French town is perfect for exploring as a pedestrian, but make sure you’ve got your trainers on as Viviers is quite hilly. Unexpected surprises lie around every corner of the narrow cobbled streets in this walled town, and a day spent strolling around Viviers during your river cruise won’t be a day wasted. Enter through the grand wall and make your way to Viviers’ summit for a stunning view of the Rhône and surrounding scenery and to visit Saint Vincent’s Cathedral, built in the 11th Century, that stands proudly atop Viviers to this day.
Towers, churches and ruins
Viviers is home to many sights of historical importance, dating back centuries. The impressively well-kept 15th Century Tower Saint-Michel, Saint Ostain’s Chapel, and the 13th Century castle ruins of the Château de l'Ours (Bear Castle) are all accessible to visit during your Viviers river cruise. At the highest point of this walled town, it’s easy to see why watchtowers were built and restored in this prime location. You can see the passage of the river and the scenery for miles around. Today, this view delights visitors to Viviers, but in centuries past, this proved a useful vantage point to monitor comings and goings on the waters of the Rhône.
Due to its year-round agreeable Mediterranean climate, and location where the Escoutay and Rhône meet, during your river cruise to Viviers you may wish to try canoeing or kayaking. The two rivers form a huge lake which naturally makes easy access for boats but also allows locals and tourists to enjoy various watersports.
By simply walking the cobbled streets of Viviers, you will be able to get a sense of the rich history and culture of this historic French town. Take time to spot the intricate architecture and explore the historic buildings, many of which are open to the public.