*The St. Vincent Cathedral in the town centre is worth a visit, as its 8th origins and later added century neoclassic features from the 19th century are rather impressive.
*Each year in July, a festival is held in the streets of Chalon sur Saone known as the Chalon dans la Rue, when hundreds of performers put on shows of acrobatics, music, theatre etc. and mostly for free.
*The Tour du Doyenné on an island in the Saone provides great views of the old town and can be reached by boat.
*Chalon sur Saone is one of a string of picturesque villages in the Cote Chalonnaise region which are all worth a visit if you have time.
*There are also many spectacular chateaux surrounding Chalon sur Saone, and information about visits can be obtained at the local tourist information office.
When to go
Each year there is a large carnival held in February, as well as the July festivities so it is recommended that you coincide your visit with these events to experience all that Chalon sur Saone has to offer. Otherwise, the weather is pleasant between May and September.
How to get there
Dijon is the nearest airport to Chalon sur Saone, yet it is still quite far. Alternatively you could fly to Paris and take one of the TGV rail routes to Chalon; Creusot, Chalon sur Saone ? Lyon, Chaln sur Saone ? Beaune.
There is a comprehensive travel network around Chalon sur Saone. Companies Boomerang 71, RSL, and Transdev provide the services so check their websites for more information.
American Citizens do not need a visa when they travel to France for business or for personal travel, however the stay must not exceed 90 days. The same applies for British, Canadian and Australian citizens.
Unlike in America, cafes and restaurants in Paris and the rest of France directly include a 15 percent service charge in your check. This is required by French law as tips are assessed for taxation purposes.