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Lisbon to Nice, Douro & Southern France River Cruise 2018

21 days with Emerald Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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  • Fly for free from select gateways or save $2,000 per couple off select 2018 cruises. Plus, receive an extended drink package that includes unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks. Expires November 30. Click here for eligible departures.
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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival Lisbon
Spread across steep hillsides that overlook the Rio Tejo, Lisbon has captivated visitors for centuries. The amazing vistas reveal the city in all its beauty: Roman and Moorish ruins, white-domed cathedrals, grand plazas lined with sun-drenched cafes. Check-in into your hotel, and later in the evening join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome drink and reception. Included is a three night stay in Lisbon. (Dinner)

Day 2 Lisbon
Today you will have an exciting tour of the city center and view some of the famous points, as well as experience the sights of the yellow trams clattering through tree-lined streets. (Breakfast)

Day 3 Lisbon
Today enjoy your day at leisure in Lisbon; your tour director is at your service to help you plan your day in this vibrant city. (Breakfast)

Discover More: Excursion to Sintra (extra expense)

Day 4 Lisbon – Porto Embarkation
Today travel north along the Atlantic coast and visit the enchanting town of Nazare, home of one of largest waves in Europe. Once in Porto, board your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. This evening join your fellow travellers for dinner on board. (Breakfast, Dinner)
EmeraldPLUS: Sunset Illumination Cruise

Day 5 Porto – Pinhao
Today enjoy a full day sailing the windy turns and twists of the Douro Valley. A UNESCO world heritage site this area is sparsely populated by small quaint villages and typical communities working vineyards and small farms. In the morning join a painting class of local mosaic tiles which typically depict traditional motives. Your Cruise Director will also host a lecture on board showcasing the history and wine culture of the region. Later this afternoon arrive in the village of Pinhao which is situated on a river bend surrounded by terraced hillsides producing some of the world’s best Port. Tonight your captain will be delighted to host the welcome dinner and cocktail reception. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
EmeraldPLUS: Mosaic Tile Painting Lessons on Board & Cooking Demonstration on Board
EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board

Day 6 Pinhao - Vega de Terron
Today you will have a choice to visit the marvelous baroque village of Lamego and the picturesque Our Lady of Remedies Sanctuary where history stands still. Alternatively, take part on a guided hike through local vineyards. Return to your ship for lunch and an afternoon sailing to Vega de Terron, your gateway into Spain. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Walk through Vineyards in Pinhao

EmeraldPLUS: Cocktail Lesson on board

Day 7 Salamanca
Founded in Roman times, the city of Salamanca is home to one of the oldest universities in Europe, the seat of the Spanish language, and still a lively student town. With its grand squares and medieval structures, a walking tour here is more like stepping back in time. Tapas bars feature on every street and traditional Spanish music trickles out of buzzing bars and restaurants. (Breakfast, Dinner)
EmeraldPLUS: Local Entertainment

Day 8 Pocinho
This morning arrive in Pocinho and either embark on an excursion to the Coa Valley Museum or take part on the Emerald Active canoeing experience. The Coa Valley Museum is a concrete structure that details pre-historic stone carvings made by the early inhabitants of the Douro, which were uncovered during the construction of the nearby dam. Later return to your ship for lunch and enjoy your idyllic surroundings as you sail towards Regua. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Canoeing Experience
EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board
EmeraldPLUS: This evening your highlight dinner will be hosted at a traditional rural wine estate in the Regua area

Day 9 Regua
This morning you will visit the former roman settlement of Regua. After the village tour, visit the Douro Museum for a look at wine making in the region. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board

Day 10 Porto
Located at the mouth of the Douro River, Porto is a fascinating eclectic mix of modern and ancient architecture. Its most famous export is of course fortified wine, and the hillside across from the city centre features numerous wine caves and tasting boutiques in the area of Vila Nova de Gaia. Sample the local fair in one of these specially adapted wine cellars and learn about the long adapted craft of creating port. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Active Walking Tour
Discover More: Excursion to Guimaraes (extra expense)

Day 11 Porto Disembarkation - Lyon
After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship and transfer to Porto airport for your flight to Lyon. In Lyon, you will be transferred to the new ship journey. Tonight enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 12 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour from Tournus to Macon. This tour is only possible on the Lyon to Arles direction

Day 14 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 houses and the 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
EmeraldPLUS: Cheese and olive tasting on board

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

Day 15 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour to Glun OR Guided hike tour through vineyards
EmeraldPLUS: Regional wine taste on board

Day 16 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 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board
EmeraldPLUS: Provencal dinner on board hosted by a popular local chef

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

Day 17 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 18 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 dinner. Included is a three night stay in Nice. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 19 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. (Breakfast)

Day 20 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. (Breakfast)

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

Day 21 Nice - Farewell
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your onward or homebound flight. (Breakfast)

Tour Map
All This Included
  • 14 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

  • City tour of Lisbon
  • Tour of Baroque Village of Lamego
  • Tour of Salamanca
  • Coa Valley Museum visit
  • Guided tour of Regua
  • City tour of Porto
  • 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

  • Sunset Illumination Cruise
  • Mosaic Tile Painting Lessons on Board
  • Cooking Demonstration on Board
  • Cocktail making lesson on board
  • Local Entertainment in Salamanca
  • Rural Dinner Experience
  • Cheese and olive tasting on board
  • Regional wine taste on board
  • Provencal dinner hosted by a local chef

EmeraldACTIVE

  • Guided Walk through Vineyards in Pinhao
  • Yoga Lesson on Board
  • Canoeing in Pocinho
  • Guided Active Walking Tour in Porto
  • Guided bike tour from Tournus to Macon
  • Guided bike tour to Glun
  • Guided hike in Tournon
  • Yoga lesson on board in Avignon

DINING HIGHLIGHTS

  • 47 superb meals including 20 Breakfasts (B), 11 Lunches (L), 16 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: Cabin onboard Emerald Radiance
Notes
  • Itineraries are subject to change.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Please 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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