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Paris to Nice & Sensations of Southern France 2018

13 days with Emerald Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Paris
Welcome to Paris, the city of light. This exuberant city is also known as the city of love, for its romantic atmosphere. Stroll through the boulevards, passing by the bridges to the Eiffel Tower as it lights up at night. Later this evening, join your Tour Director and fellow travelers for a welcome drink. Included is a two night stay in Paris. 

Day 2 Paris Sightseeing
Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Europe’s crowing city on a guided tour that passes by landmarks such as Notre Dame Cathedral and the Arc de Triomphe. Continue exploring on a Seine River cruise that ends at the iconic Eiffel Tower. (B)

Discover More: Walking Tour with a Parisian (extra expense) 

Day 3 Paris - Lyon Embarkation
After breakfast transfer from Paris to Lyon by train and join your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship and be welcomed by your Captain and crew. This evening enjoy your first dinner on board with your fellow travelers. Your Cruise Director will also conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead. (B,D)

Day 4 Lyon
Lyon is France’s third largest city, a former Roman capital positioned at the conference of the Rhone and Saone rivers, which is steeped in history. Today be part of the guided tour of Lyon, which starts with a drive to the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, Lyon’s hilltop church, with stunning views over the town. Then pass by the recently re–discovered Roman amphitheatre and walk through the cobbled streets of the gastronomic old town including the secret laneways. This evening sail north through the beautiful Beaujolais region.

Discover More: Excursion to the medieval town of Perouges (extra expense and please note - due to uneven surfaces, this excursion is best enjoyed by those with an Active Fitness Level) (B,L,D)

Day 5 Chalon-Sur-Saone - Beaune 
Chalon–Sur–Saone is best known as the birthplace of photography and the center of Burgundy’s wine region. Travel by road to the quaint village of Beaune, where we visit the Hospices de Beaune, one of the finest examples of French fifteenth–century architecture. Marvel at the multi–colored roofs of this former hospital, now a museum, which has become one of the symbols of Burgundy. Return to the ship for lunch, and then depart this afternoon for Macon arriving in the evening. (B,L,D)

Emerald Active: Guided bike tour from Tournus to Macon

Day 6 Macon
Arrive in Macon, another important wine region and gateway to the Beaujolais vineyards. Your walking tour includes the sights of the General Hospital buildings, half–timbered house and Soufflot Chapel. Macon is a great destination to try some local wines at the many tasting displays in the town. Enjoy time at leisure in the afternoon. (B,L,D)

Discover More: Visit to Benedictine Abbey of Cluny (extra expense)

Day 7 Tournon
Join your local guide for a walking tour of Tournon, which is dominated by the 16th century castle and roman ruins, and is nestled in the valley near the steep slopes of le Massif Central, France's 3rd largest mountain range. The area has a long tradition in wine making, including the renowned wine growing centre of Tain l'Hermitage across the river. (B,L,D)

Emerald Active: Guided bike tour to Glun OR Guided hike tour through vineyards

EmeraldPLUS: Cheese and olive tasting on board

Day 8 Avignon
Avignon has a rich history from Celtic beginnings to being the residence of the Popes and later central to the French Revolution. Although a fortified town, it is the Papal Palace which stands more secure on a hill in the centre of town; its walls are 17–18 feet thick. Your guided walk with a local guide takes you through this historic centre with its cobbled laneways and shops, overlooking the famous 'Pont d'Avignon'. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B,L,D)

Emerald Active: Yoga / Pilates Lesson on Board

EmeraldPLUS: Provencal dinner on board hosted by a popular local chef

Discover More: Excursion to Pont du Gard (extra expense and please note - due to uneven surfaces, this excursion is best enjoyed by those with an Active Fitness Level)

Day 9 Arles
Sail into the Camargue wilderness region to the capital of Provence, Arles where you will join your local guide for a walking tour showcasing the highlights of the city in particular the exterior of the 2000 year old Roman Amphitheatre still in use today, which was originally built to hold 20,000 spectators in the style of the Colosseum in Rome. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax on board and explore Arles further. (B,L,D)

Discover More: Excursion to Les Baux de Provence (extra expense)

Day 10 Arles Disembarkation - Nice
After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship in Arles and transfer to Nice and check into your hotel. Later in the evening join your Tour Director and fellow travelers for a welcome drink and reception. Included is a three night stay in Nice. (B,D)

Day11 Nice
Nice, the capital of the Côte d’Azur, is beautifully curved round the Bay of Angels, desirable and as lively as you like. In the morning enjoy free time to explore on own, and in the afternoon we will take you to Monte Carlo for a guided tour, where you will learn about the jet set life in Monaco. (B)

Day 12 Nice
Today enjoy your day at leisure in Nice; your tour director is at your service to help you plan your day in this vibrant city. (B)

Discover More: Tour to Cannes and Grasse (extra expense)

Day 13 Nice - Farewell
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your onward or homebound flight. (B)

Tour Map
All This Included
SUPERB SERVICES
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities
INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Guided Tour of Paris & Seine Cruise
  • City tour of Lyon
  • Guided Tour of Village of Beaune & Hospice
  • Walking tour of Macon
  • Walking tour of Tournon
  • Guided Tour in Avignon
  • Guided tour of Arles
  • City tour of Monte Carlo
EmeraldPLUS
  • Cheese and olive tasting on board
  • Provencal dinner hosted by local chef
EmeraldACTIVE
  • Guided bike tour from Tournus to Macon
  • Guided bike tour to Glun
  • Guided hike tour through vineyards in Tournon
  • Yoga / Pilates lesson on board in Avignon
DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 27 superb meals including 12 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 9 Dinners (D)
  • Captain's Welcome & Farewell Reception and Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Emerald Liberte 
Notes
  • Itineraries are subject to change.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Pleae ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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