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15 days with Emerald Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Arrival Nice - Arles
You will be met at the airport in Nice and transferred to the Emerald Liberte Luxury ship in Arles where you will be welcomed by your Captain and crew. Tonight enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board. If flying into Nice, please book your flights to arrive prior to 12:30pm. (Dinner)
 
Day 2 Arles
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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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

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

Day 3 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 strolling the cobbled laneways and browsing the shops, overlooking the famous 'Pont d’Avignon'. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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

EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board

Day 4 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)

EmeraldPLUS: Regional wine taste on board

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour to Glun OR guided hike tour through vineyards

Day 5 Macon
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)
 
Discover More: Visit to Benedictine Abbey of Cluny (extra expense)
 
Day 6 Chalon-Sur-Saone – Beaune
Chalon–Sur–Saone is best known as the birthplace of photography and the centre 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–coloured roofs of this former hospital, now a museum, which has become one of the symbols of Burgundy. Return to the ship for lunch, and depart this afternoon for Lyon arriving in the evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: Cheese and olive tasting on board
 
Day 7 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 take part on 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Discover More: Visit to Perouges (extra expense)
 
Day 8 Lyon Disembarkation - Porto
After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship in Lyon and transfer to Airport for your flights to Porto. In Porto you will be met at the airport and transferred where a warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board your luxury Emerald Waterways river cruise ship. Tonight enjoy 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. (Breakfast, Dinner)
 
EmeraldPLUS: Sunset Illumination Cruise
 
Day 9 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. 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: Cooking Demonstration on Board

EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board
 
Day 10 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 11 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. Board your coach this morning in Vega de Terron and travel to this beautiful golden city for a guided walking tour passing through its grand squares and medieval structures, where you will feel like stepping back in time. Tapas bars feature on every street and traditional Spanish music trickles out of buzzing bars and restaurants. You will also have plenty of free time to explore independently before returning to the ship later this afternoon. (Breakfast, Dinner)
 
EmeraldPLUS: Local Entertainment
 
Day 12 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 13 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. This afternoon, join a painting class of local mosaic tiles which typically depict traditional motives. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board

EmeraldPLUS: Mosaic Tile Painting Lessons on Board

Discover More: Excursion to Mateus Palace (extra expense). This tour operates at the same time as the tour of Regua.
 
Day 14 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 15 Porto Disembarkation
After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship and transfer to Porto airport for your onward or homebound flight. (Breakfast)
Tour Map
All This Included
YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 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
  • 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
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
  • 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 / Pilates lesson on board in Avignon
DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 39 superb meals including 14 Breakfasts (B), 11 Lunches (L), 14 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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