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Sensations of Southern France 2018
(Lyon to Marseille)

8 days with Emerald Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival Lyon
Welcome to Lyon. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the ship where you will be welcomed by your Captain and crew. Tonight enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board. (Dinner)

Day 2 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 3 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 4 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 5 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 6 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 7 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 8 Arles Disembarkation - Marseille
After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship in Arles, transfer to Marseille Airport for your onward or homebound flight. If flying out of Marseille, please book your flights to depart between 11am and 4pm. (Breakfast)

Tour Map
All This Included
Romance, spectacular historic landmarks & Roman influence, celebrate France’s past & present on this sensory journey through renowned vineyards & world-class restaurants along the Saône & Rhône rivers.

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 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
  • 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
EmeraldPLUS
  • Cheese and olive tasting on board
  • Provencal dinner hosted by a 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
  • 20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 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 Liberté
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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