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Sensations of Southern France 2019
(Lyon to Arles)

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 Chalon-Sur-Saône – Beaune
Chalon–Sur–Saône 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 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 Fourvière, 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. Alternatively, join a guided bike tour of Lyon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour

DiscoverMORE: Tour to Perouges (extra expense)

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)

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided active walk through vineyards

EmeraldPLUS: Regional wine lecture on board

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour to Glun

Day 5 Viviers
Arrive in Viviers, a town which still has a lot of flare. Viviers is also the home of one of France’s oldest cathedrals, join an included city tour exploring all the architectural heritage of this quaint town. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: Cheese and olive tasting on board

DiscoverMORE: Tour to Grignan (extra expense)

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 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided active hike in Avignon

EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board

EmeraldPLUS: Provençale dinner hosted by local Chef Fabien Morreale

DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Pont du Gard (extra expense)

Day 7 Arles
Sail into Arles where you will join your local guide for a walking tour showcasing the highlights of the city in particular 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)

DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Les Baux de Provence (extra expense)

Day 8 Arles Disembarkation - Nice
After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship in Arles, transfer to Nice airport for your onward or homebound flight. (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

Join us on the Rhône as we drift through provincial wine lands dotted with spirit-lifting heritage towns and ancient cities whose cobblestone streets bristle with culture and epicurean tradition.

From Lyon to Arles over eight wonderful days, discover the wine-making customs of Chalon-Sur-Saône, the half-timbered charm of Mâcon, and the Roman-age splendour of Arles, all while cruising in effortless contemporary comfort on-board your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship. This memorable sailing introduces southern France in all its iconic style and splendour, from the revered vineyards of Beaujolais to the jovial bouchons of Lyon, the acclaimed culinary capital of the world.
  • 20 meals including 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 7 Dinners
  • Boutique contemporary hotel feel, with spectacular on board heated pool, cinema, spa and lounge (Emerald Radiance Star-Ship pool is located on the sun deck and the Cinema is not available.)
  • Spacious, comfortable accommodations you'll want to spend time in, with panoramic suites and staterooms, and innovative open-air system for cabins on the Vista and Horizon decks
  • Gourmet all-included on board meals and highlight dinner events, al-fresco on The Terrace or in the well-appointed Reflections Restaurant
  • Enjoy in depth cultural experiences with EmeraldPLUS excursions; cheese and olive tasting or Provencal dinner on board hosted by a local chef
  • Emerald's Concierge Service - served right to your suite, enjoy continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after dinner treats (Only applies to Owner’s One-bedroom Suites, Riverview Suites, and Grand Balcony Suites (CAT S, SA, RA))
  • A refined selection of wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner
  • Tea and coffee available at all times
  • Bottled water restocked daily in your cabin
  • Built-in adventure, with an included on shore excursion at every port
  • Visits to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Emerald Active guided biking and hiking tours
  • Excellent service from an English speaking crew
  • Knowledgeable, personable local destination guides
  • Complimentary bicycles on board
  • Complimentary on board Wi-Fi
  • All airport transfers to and from your Star Ship, and all gratuities
  • Port charges now included in your tour price
  • All gratuities for onboard and shore side staff
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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