Romance, spectacular historic landmarks & Roman influence, celebrate France’s past & present on this sensory journey through renowned vineyards & world-class restaurants along the Saône & Rhône rivers
- 7 nights on board an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
- Airport transfers to and from the ship
- Dining Highlights:
-20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
-Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
-Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board
- The services of an Emerald Cruises Cruise Director
- Port taxes and charges
- All tipping and gratuities
- Included Excursions
-Guided tour of Arles with arena visit
-Guided tour of Avignon
-Guided tour of Viviers
-Guided tour of Tournon
-Guided tour of Lyon
-Visit to the Hospices de Beaune
-EmeraldPLUS: Provençal dinner hosted by local Chef Fabien Morreale
-EmeraldPLUS: Regional wine tasting on board
-EmeraldPLUS: Silk presentation on board
-EmeraldPLUS: Cheese and olive tasting on board
-EmeraldACTIVE: Canoeing excursion in Avignon
-EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour to Glun
-EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike through the vineyards in Tournon
-EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour of Lyon
|July 1, 2023||Cruise Only|
|Panorama Balcony Suite||$5410|
|Taxes & Fees||$380|
Book with Confidence: Change or cancel 60 days prior to travel. The value of the booking will be applied as a Future Travel Credit (FTC) which is valid for 24 months.
Day 1 Sat, 01 Jul Nice – Arles (D)
You will be met at the airport and transferred to Arles, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting for you to board your contemporary Emerald Cruises Star-Ship. This evening, enjoy a welcome reception on board.
Please book your flight to arrive into Nice prior to 12:00 PM.
Day 2 Sun, 02 Jul Arles (B,L,D)
Revel in the glory of the Roman Empire today during an insightful visit to Arles, including its UNESCO World Heritage-listed Roman and Romanesque monuments. Visit 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 ‘Starry Night Over the Rhône’. Then, enjoy some time to explore Arles at your leisure.
A Provençal dinner hosted by chef Fabien Morreale
Guided tour of Arles with arena visit
Excursion to Camargue (extra expense)
Day 3 Mon, 03 Jul Avignon (B,L,D)
Avignon has a long and storied history. This fortified town is the former residence of Popes who fled Rome, hoping to escape from the political pressures of the Roman Empire.
Embark on a guided walking tour 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.
Canoeing excursion in Avignon
Guided tour of Avignon
Guided tour of the Pont du Gard (extra expense)
Classical concert in Avignon (extra expense)
Day 4 Tue, 04 Jul Viviers (B,L,D)
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.
Guided tour of Viviers
Fishing class on the Rhône (extra expense)
Day 5 Wed, 05 Jul Tournon (B,L,D)
As we sail down the gently twisting Rhône 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 introduce you to the French countryside and provide priceless insight into the lives of the people who live there.
Regional wine tasting on board
Guided bike tour to Glun
Guided hike through the vineyards
Guided tour of Tournon
Day 6 Thu, 06 Jul Lyon (B,L,D)
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 the city, 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, touching on its most prominent architectural wonders and moments from history.
Silk presentation on board
Guided bike tour of Lyon
Guided tour of Lyon
Excursion to Pérouges
Day 7 Fri, 07 Jul Chalon-sur-Saône – Beaune (B,L,D)
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.
Cheese and olive tasting on board
Visit to the Hospices de Beaune
Day 8 Sat, 08 Jul Lyon (B)
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 vineyards with you.
Please book your flight to depart out of Lyon after 12:00 PM.
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 that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.
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Terms and conditions: Flexible Booking Policy: To ensure guests can book with confidence, for all new 2022/2023 bookings Emerald Cruises is including a Flexible Booking Policy which allows guests to defer travel and transfer to an alternate departure or itinerary or cancel up to 60 days prior to travel, with no Emerald Cruises fees (3rd party fees may apply). For cancellations, the value of the booking will be applied as a Future Travel Credit (FTC) which is valid for 24 months. This flexible booking and cancellation policy excludes Russia. Please note, final payment due date will remain as per booking conditions; however, this flexible policy allows changes to be made up to 60 days prior to travel.