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Unless sold out prior
11 days from
per person share twin in a Emerald StateroomFlights are additionalDepart 13 April 24
With this itinerary, it is no surprise that the South of France is recognized as the birthplace of photography, its unrivalled beauty comprises the finest examples of French 15th-century architecture, with Roman ruins and sun-soaked vineyards nestled at the foot of a colossal mountain range. Journey to the country’s gastronomic beating heart, Lyon, before enjoying an authentic Provencal dinner on board, hosted by renowned French Chef Fabien Morreale. A three-night stay in Nice introduces you to the French Riviera, as well as glamourous Monaco.
✔ Airport transfers to and from your Star-Ship
✔ Complimentary wine, beer & soft drinks to accompany lunch & dinner on board
✔ 23 meals: 10 breakfast (B), 6 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D)
✔ Welcome and Farewell Reception and Dinner
✔ Port taxes and charges
✔ All tipping and gratuities
Day 1 – Lyon (D)
Welcome to Lyon, on the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers. On arrival at the airport, you’ll be met by a member of our friendly greetings team and transferred to the contemporary surrounds of your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship.
Please book your flight to arrive in Lyon prior to 4:30 pm.
Day 2 – Chalon-sur-Saône – Beaune (B, L, D)
Chalon-sur-Saône is known for its art and history. Today, you’ll have the opportunity to observe the area’s architectural heritage and peaceful surrounds as you travel to the quaint village of Beaune and visit the Hospices de Beaune. Originally a hospital for the poor, the Hospices de Beaune is now home to one of Burgundy’s most popular wine auctions.
Included excursion: Visit to the Hospices de Beaune
EmeraldPLUS: Cheese and olive tasting on board
Day 3 – Lyon (B, L, D)
France’s third-largest city, Lyon is a former Roman capital, steeped in history and considered to be the gastronomic heartbeat of the country. Home to traditional Lyonnaise cuisine, you’ll enjoy an array of exemplary culinary delights.
Today, a guided city tour awaits you, including a visit to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière, part of the inscribed historic site of Lyon. Wander through the city and soak in its vividly illustrated history, as buildings from all time periods can be seen adorning narrow cobblestone streets. Alternatively, explore the highlights of the city on two wheels as part of a guided bike tour of Lyon.
Included excursion: Guided tour of Lyon
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour of Lyon
DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Pérouges (extra expense)
Day 4 – Tournon (B, L, D)
The picturesque village of Tournon borders the gently meandering Rhône, dominated by a 16th century castle that overlooks the village and a number of iconic landmarks, including a set of ancient watchtowers.
Your guided tour of the village will showcase its intangible cultural heritage, granting every opportunity for you to immerse yourself in your surroundings.
Alternatively, embark on an EmeraldACTIVE hike through the local vineyards and marvel at the rows upon rows of grapes used to make some of the finest wines in Europe.
Later, a guided bike tour to Glun will showcase rural life in the French countryside.
Included excursion: Guided tour of Tournon
EmeraldPLUS: Regional wine tasting on board
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour to Glun
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike through the vineyards
Day 5 – Viviers (B, L, D)
Arrive in Viviers, a town with much Middle Age flair and home to one of France’s oldest cathedrals. Your included walking tour will highlight many of the city’s numerous spectacular monuments, along with their ornate windows and lavish facades.
Included excursion: Guided tour of Viviers
Day 6 – Avignon (B, L, D)
Avignon has a rich history, from Celtic beginnings to being the residence of seven successive Popes between 1309 and 1377. The city also played a major part central to the French Revolution.
Your included walking tour will take you past the ornate beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Palais des Papes, as well as Pont d’Avignon, an ancient stone bridge crossing the Rhône. In the afternoon, the beauty of Avignon is yours to leisurely explore. This evening, you’ll enjoy a delightful Provencal dining experience on board, expertly prepared by France’s Top Chef finalist, Fabien Morreale.
Included excursion: Guided tour of Avignon
EmeraldPLUS: Provencal dinner hosted by local Fabien Morreale
EmeraldACTIVE: Canoeing excursion in Avignon
DiscoverMORE: Guided tour of the Pont du Gard (extra expense)
DiscoverMORE: Classical concert in Avignon (extra expense)
Day 7 – Arles (B, L, D)
The past is yours to uncover in Arles, a once-important Phoenician trading port that was captured by the Romans, who peppered the city with iconic monuments. Today, your included tour of the city will showcase some of its UNESCO World Heritage-listed Roman and Romanesque monuments, illustrating how the city has evolved over the centuries.
Visit the 2,000-year-old Arles Amphitheatre and follow in the footsteps of world-renowned artist, Vincent van Gogh. The rest of the day is yours to explore at leisure, where a stop at a local and quintessential cade is a must before returning to relax on board your Star-Ship.
Included excursion: Guided tour of Arles with arena visit
DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Les Baux de Provence (extra expense)
Day 8 – Arles - Nice (B)
After breakfast, it’s time to disembark the ship for your transfer to Nice, where you will be taken to your centrally located hotel. Included is a three-night stay in the sun-kissed capital of Côte d’Azur.
Day 9 – Nice (B)
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 home of beloved actress Grace Kelly.
Included excursion: City tour of Monaco and Monte Carlo
Day 10 – Nice (B)
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 Cruises representative will be available to help you plan your day in this vibrant city.
DiscoverMORE: Visit to Saint Paul de Vence (extra expense)
Day 11 – Nice (B)
After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and prepare to be transferred to the airport for your onward or homebound flight, taking memories of Roman amphitheatres and the lush surrounds of the French Riviera with you
This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from the state above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.
*Conditions apply. For FULL conditions, refer to the brochure or website. All prices are based on per person twin share on selected itineraries, sailings & cabins. Offers are valid on new bookings only & not available to use with future travel vouchers. A non-refundable booking deposit of $1,000 per person is due at the time of booking. Prices are based on Earlybird and Pay in Full discounts with a bonus $300 House of Travel discount in an E Category Stateroom. A 50% off cabin upgrade offer for the next tier for any 2024 river cruise is also available. EFRN based on 13/04/24 departure. Valid on new bookings subject to availability, or until sold out. Surcharges may apply on credit card transactions. Prices, dates, taxes, and availability are correct at 22/08/23 & subject to change. Emerald Cruises (a division of Scenic Tours PTY LTD). NZN 9 249 038 484 117.