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Nice to Lisbon & Three Rivers Discovery Cruises 2020

21 days with Emerald Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Nice
Welcome to Nice, a fascinating city on the French Riviera and the sun-kissed capital of the Côte d’Azur. You will be transferred from the airport to your centrally located hotel, where a three-night stay is yours to enjoy. (Dinner)

Day 2 Nice
Today, the stunning seaside surrounds of the French Riviera are yours to explore with your local guide, before spending the afternoon exploring at leisure.

You will be taken to Monte Carlo for an insightful tour. Famously portrayed in films that include Never Say Never Again and To Catch a Thief, Monte Carlo offers much in the way of its charming past.

Witness the impressive Prince’s Palace of Monaco, originally a Genoese fortress with a dramatic past and the home of beloved actress Grace Kelly. (Breakfast)

EmeraldEXCURSION: A city tour of Monaco and Monte Carlo 

Day 3 Nice
Nice has long held a reputation for its glamour, where sun-kissed beaches and lavish surrounds create a unique atmosphere that is unlike any other. Today, explore Nice at leisure. Your Emerald Waterways representative will be available to help you to plan your day in this vibrant city. (Breakfast)

DiscoverMORE: Visit to Saint Paul de Vence (extra expense)

Day 4 Nice - Arles
You will be met in Nice and transferred to your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship in Arles, where a warm welcome awaits from your captain and crew. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 5 Arles
Revel in the glory of the Roman Empire today during an insightful visit to Arles, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Roman and Romanesque monuments of Arles and Arles Amphitheatre, a 2,000-year-old structure where spectators would have once gathered by the masses to watch superb chariot races.

Enjoy learning about the time that Vincent van Gogh spent in the city, taking inspiration from his surroundings and using them to create many of his most iconic pieces of art, including the “Starry Night Over the Rhône”, before exploring Arles at leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: A Provençal dinner hosted by Chef Fabien Morreale

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Arles with arena visit

DiscoverMORE: Tour to Les Baux-de-Provence (extra expense)

Day 6 Avignon
Avignon has a long and storied history, as this fortified town was once the residence of Popes who fled from Rome, hoping to escape from the political pressures of the Roman Empire.

Embark on a guided walking tour of Avignon to witness its illustrious past, including the ornate Gothic exterior of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Palais des Papes, built by the Popes over two decades. This afternoon is yours to explore at leisure, perhaps crossing the 12th-century Stone Bridge. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldACTIVE: A canoeing excursion in Avignon

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Avignon

DiscoverMORE: A guided tour to Pont du Gard (extra expense)

DiscoverMORE: A classical concert in Avignon (extra expense)

Day 7 Viviers
A snapshot of quintessential France awaits your arrival in Viviers, a town that perfectly encapsulates the medieval days of the region. Pastel coloured buildings that have been gently faded by the sun line narrow cobblestone streets, and the heart of the old town is yours to explore today during a guided walking tour. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Viviers

DiscoverMORE: A guided tour of Grignan (extra expense)

Day 8 Tournon
As we sail down the gently twisting Rhône and into Tournon, a 16th-century castle sits overlooking the village and a pair of ancient watchtowers can be seen adorning the surrounding rural landscape.

Today, embark on a guided tour of Tournon to learn about its illustrious history and the culture of the people who call it home. If you would like to explore more of the region’s natural beauty, then you may instead choose to embark on an EmeraldACTIVE hike through some of the local vineyards.

Later, a guided bike tour to Glun will touch on the French countryside and the lives of the people who live there. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: A regional wine lecture on board

EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour to Glun

EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike through the vineyards

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Tournon

Day 9 Lyon
As one of the largest cities in France and a former Roman capital, a lot of the most important moments in French history have taken place in Lyon. But, it’s Lyonnaise cuisine that has really put this city on the map, delighting gastronomists from around the world.

Join your local guide for a walking tour of Lyon, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière. If you are feeling more active, then you may instead choose to embark on a guided bike tour around Lyon, touching on its most prominent architectural wonders and moments from history. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour of Lyon

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Lyon

DiscoverMORE: Visit to Pérouges (extra expense)

Day 10 Chalon-sur-Saône – Beaune
The birthplace of photography and the centre of Burgundy’s wine region is yours to discover today as you travel by road to the quaint village of Beaune. Stop to visit the Hospices de Beaune, one of the best-preserved examples of 15th-century French architecture and home to one of the most popular wine auctions in the country. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: A cheese and olive tasting on board

EmeraldEXCURSION: Visit the Hospices de Beaune

Day 11 Lyon - Porto
After breakfast, you will be transferred from where your Star-Ship is docked in Lyon to Porto, where the second half of your river cruising adventure awaits. (Breakfast, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: Cruising Through Porto Enchanting Waters

Day 12 Porto – Pinhão
Relax on board today and enjoy a full day of sailing through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Douro Valley. This fascinating area was inscribed because it hones in on two millennia of wine producing history, where viticulture has shaped the surrounding landscape and small, sleepy villages are peppered with dozens of sun-drenched vineyards. Tonight, your captain will host a welcome dinner and cocktail reception. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 Pinhão – Vega de Terrón
Begin your day with a visit to the beautiful Quinta do Tedo vineyard in the heart of Portugal’s Douro Valley, nestled on the confluence of the Douro and Tedo rivers. This 18th-century estate is environmentally sound, creating organic produce by using traditional viticulture methods.

Alternatively, enjoy a guided walk through local vineyards, stopping along the way to admire your surroundings.

This afternoon, enjoy sailing to Vega de Terrón, perhaps relaxing on the Sun Deck before your included Port wine cocktail demonstration or cooking demonstration on board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: A Port wine cocktail lesson on board

EmeraldPLUS: A Portuguese cooking demonstration on board

EmeraldACTIVE: A guided walk through the vineyards

EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to Quinta do Tedo with tasting

Day 14 Vega de Terrón – Salamanca
Founded in Roman times, the ancient city of Salamanca and its UNESCO World Heritage-listed old quarter have an illustrious past, having been held by the Carthaginians, Romans and Moors.

Travel to the beautiful golden city for a walking tour, starting among the postcard-worthy galleries and arcades that adorn Plaza Mayor. You will have the opportunity to see Casa de las Conchas, a building that has been lovingly decorated with more than 300 shells. (Breakfast, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: Enjoy local entertainment from a tuna music band

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Salamanca

Day 15 Pocinho – Régua
This morning, arrive in Pocinho where you’ll have the opportunity to embark on a canoeing excursion or to visit the Côa Valley Museum. Later, return to your ship for lunch and soak up your idyllic surrounds as you sail towards Régua, taking part in a casa painova tasting on board. A rural dinner at a wine estate is certain to be a highlight of your trip. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: A Casa Painova product tasting on board

EmeraldPLUS: A rural dinner with entertainment at Quinta da Pacheca

EmeraldACTIVE: A canoeing excursion

EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to the Côa Valley Museum

Day 16 Régua
Today, on an included excursion, you will visit the marvellous Baroque village of Lamego, stopping to see the picturesque Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies, a structure that stands gracefully over the town. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: A mosaic tile painting lesson on board

EmeraldACTIVE: Walk down the steps of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Lamego

DiscoverMORE: A visit to Mateus Manor House with wine tasting (extra expense)

Day 17 Porto
Located at the mouth of the Douro River, Porto is a fascinating eclectic mix of modern and ancient architecture. Famous for its exports of Port wines, it’s easy to imagine how British merchant ships would have once clustered together in the medieval harbour, waiting to take Port wines across the water.

Your included tour of the coastal city will touch on the fortified structures of Castelo da Foz and Castelo do Queijo, a building whose pentagonal façades overlook the ocean. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldACTIVE: A guided active walk in Porto

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Porto

DiscoverMORE: An excursion to Guimarães (extra expense)

Day 18 Porto - Lisbon
After breakfast, disembark your Star-Ship and soak in your picturesque surroundings as we travel along the Atlantic coast. When you arrive in Lisbon, a three-night stay in a centrally located hotel will be yours to enjoy. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 19 Lisbon
Today, join your local guide for a walking tour of Lisbon’s historic city centre, where a peaceful atmosphere can be found among tree-lined boulevards.

Enjoy a visit to Jerónimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site and one of the most prominent examples of late Gothic Manueline architecture in Portugal. (Breakfast)

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Lisbon

Day 20 Lisbon
Lisbon is yours to explore at leisure today, perhaps indulging in some traditional cuisine or entering one of its many charming boutiques and museums. Your tour director will be available to help you plan your day of independent exploration. (Breakfast)

DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Sintra

Day 21 Lisbon
After breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow guests and be transferred to the airport for your onward or homebound flight, taking memories of sun-kissed Spanish streets and prehistoric carvings with you. (Breakfast)

Tour Map
All This Included
  • 47 meals including 20 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches and 16 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.
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* 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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