Sensations of Lyon and Provence, Lyon to Nice


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.

Members from: $3,559 P.PNon-members from: $3,625 P.P

  • Type

    River Cruise

  • Destination

    United Kingdom & Europe

  • Supplier

    Evergreen

  • Booking Code

    EFRC

  • Company

    Evergreen


Includes


  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship

  • Guided Tour of Village of Beaune & Hospice

  • City tour of Lyon

  • Walking tour of Tournon

  • Walking tour of Viviers

  • Guided Tour in Avignon

  • Guided tour of Arles

  • 20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)

  • Captain's Welcome & Farewell Reception and Dinner


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.

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.

Meals Included: 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.

Meals Included: 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.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour

DiscoverMORE: Tour to Perouges (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided active walk through vineyards
You’re Invited: Regional wine lecture on board
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour to Glun

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.
You’re Invited: Cheese and olive tasting on board

DiscoverMORE: Tour to Grignan (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided active hike in Avignon
EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board
You’re Invited: Provençale dinner hosted by local Chef Fabien Morreale
DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Pont du Gard (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

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

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Arles Disembarkation - Nice

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

Please note: Pre release itinerary subject to change

Meals Included: Breakfast


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