Sensations of Lyon and Provence & Nice 2021 Emerald Waterways River Cruise
Begin your journey with a three-night stay in Nice, which will introduce you to the French Riviera and glamorous Monaco. Join your cruise in Arles where you will embark on a guided tour and later enjoy an authentic Provençal dinner on board, hosted by renowned French chef, Fabien Morreale. Sail onwards through the South of France, witnessing some of the finest examples of French 15th century architecture and sun-soaked vineyards. The country's gastronomic beating heart, Lyon, is sure to be a highlight of your river cruise.
Return economy flights from one of up to 15 UK regional airports. If you'd prefer not to fly, return travel via Eurostar is available. Welcome to Nice, a fascinating city on the French Riviera and the sun-kissed capital of the Côte d’Azur. You will be transferred from the airport to your centrally located hotel, where a three-night stay is yours to enjoy.
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 the home of beloved actress Grace Kelly.
EmeraldEXCURSION: A city tour of Monaco and Monte Carlo
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 Waterways representative will be available to help you to plan your day in this vibrant city.
DiscoverMORE: Visit to Saint Paul de Vence (extra expense)
You will be met in Nice and transferred to your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship in Arles, where a warm welcome awaits from your captain and crew. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board.
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)
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)
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)
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
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)
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
After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship in Lyon and transfer to Airport for your onward or homebound flight.
|Date||Fares from (pp)|
|1 May 2021^||£3,159|
|19 May 2021||£3,209|
|2 June 2021||£3,209|
|26 June 2021^||£3,209|
|7 August 2021^||£2,999|
|8 September 2021||£3,399|
|6 October 2021||£2,799|
- Free Premium Drinks Package & save up to £1,200 per couple - book by 28 February 2021*
- Return flights from a choice of up to 9 UK regional airports.
- 7 nights in a suite or stateroom of your choice
- 3 nights city stay in Nice.
- 24 meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner.
- Complimentary wine, beer & soft drinks to accompany lunch & dinner on board.
- Complimentary tea & coffee on board & bottled water in your suite or stateroom, restocked daily.
- A variety of on board evening entertainment.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board.
- First-class service from English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides.
- All port charges, airport taxes and overseas transfers.
- All tips, saving you £235 per couple on this cruise