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Aix-en-Provence & Sensations of Lyon and Provence 2020

11 days with Emerald Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Nice – Aix-en-Provence
Today, you will be transferred from the airport in Nice to the quaint surrounds of Aix-en-Provence; a town known for being the birthplace of Post-Impressionist artist Paul Cézanne, included is a restful three-night stay in the town.

Day 2 Aix-en-Provence
A perfect introduction to Aix-en-Provence awaits, as a local guide takes you weaving down some of the leafy boulevards and cobblestone squares that can be found here, each lined with 18th-century mansions. Later, enjoy time to explore this Provençal jewel at leisure.

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Aix-en-Provence (Breakfast)

Day 3 Aix-en-Provence
Today is yours to spend enjoying the peaceful surrounds of Aix-en-Provence at leisure, perhaps visiting the Musée Granet or sitting in a terraced area outside of one of the town’s many charming cafés. Your hospitality representative will be available to help you plan your day. (Breakfast)

Day 4 Aix-en-Provence - Arles
This morning, you will be transferred from your centrally located hotel in Aix-en-Provence to Arles, a town city steeped in Roman beginnings. Board your luxurious Emerald Waterways Star-Ship and enjoy a welcome 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.

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) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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.

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) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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.

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Viviers

DiscoverMORE: A guided tour of Grignan (extra expense) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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.

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 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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.

EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour of Lyon

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Lyon

DiscoverMORE: Visit to Pérouges (extra expense) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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.

EmeraldPLUS: A cheese and olive tasting on board

EmeraldEXCURSION: Visit the Hospices de Beaune (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 Lyon
After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the Star-Ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of French architecture and sun-kissed surrounds with you. (Breakfast)

Tour Map
All This Included
  • 23 meals including 10 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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