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Nice to Lisbon & Three Rivers Discovery Cruises 2020

21 days with Emerald Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival Nice
Located on the French Riviera in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Nice is blessed by a sunny, temperate climate. This famous destination has been attracting visitors from around the world for decades. Included is a three-night stay in Nice. (Dinner)

Day 2 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 3 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)

Day 4 Nice - Arles Embarkation
Today transfer 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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 5 Arles
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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: Provençale dinner hosted by local Chef Fabien Morreale

DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Les Baux de Provence (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 strolling the cobbled laneways and browsing the shops, overlooking the famous 'Pont d’Avignon'. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided active hike in Avignon

EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board

DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Pont du Gard (extra expense)

Day 7 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 8 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 taste on board

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour to Glun

Day 9 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 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 10 Chalon-Sur-Saône – Beaune
Chalon–Sur–Saône 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 Lyon Disembarkation – Porto Embarkation
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 Radiance river cruise ship. (Breakfast, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: Sunset Cruise Through Porto

Day 12 Porto – Pinhão
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 afternoon, your Cruise Director will host a lecture on board showcasing the history and wine culture of the region. Later, arrive in the village of Pinhão 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 13 Pinhao - Vega de Terrón
Begin your day with a visit to a beautiful Quinta vineyard in the heart of the Douro Valley. Alternatively, join the EmeraldACTIVE walk through the vineyards.  Later, sail to Vega de Terrón, your gateway into Spain. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Walk through Vineyards

EmeraldPLUS: Cocktail Lesson on board

Day 14 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 Terrón 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 15 Pocinho
This morning, arrive in Pocinho and either embark on an excursion to the Côa Valley Museum or take part on the Emerald Active canoeing experience. The Côa 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 Régua. (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 Régua area

Day 16 Régua
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. As part of your EmeraldACTIVE feature, walk up the stairs of the Our Lady of Remedies Sanctuary. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldACTIVE: Walking up the Stairs of the Sanctuary

EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board

EmeraldPLUS: Mosaic Tile Painting Lessons on Board

DiscoverMORE: 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. Enjoy your city tour passing by numerous landmarks of this beautiful city. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Active Walking Tour

DiscoverMORE: Visit to Guimarães (extra expense)

Day 18 Porto Disembarkation - Lisbon
After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship and transfer to Lisbon. Included is three-night stay in Lisbon. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 19 Lisbon
Today you will have an exciting tour of the city centre and view some of the famous points, as well as experience the sights of the yellow trams clattering through tree-lined streets. (Breakfast)

Day 20 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)

DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Sintra (extra expense)

Day 21 Lisbon – Farewell
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your onward or homebound flight. (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.
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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