Sensations of Lyon & Provence 2019 Emerald Waterways River Cruise

Romantic landscapes, quaint villages, grand cities and spectacular historical landmarks are yours to discover on this magical river cruise through the country's pastoral south, a region that conjures up enchanting images of the rustic France of our imagination. Roman influences rise from mighty landmarks in Arles, world-class restaurants literally fill the streets of Lyon and celebrated vineyards spread themselves across the fertile lands of Beaune and beyond. Take to the Saone and Rhone rivers and experience the France of past and present.

Avignon

Itinerary

You will be met at the airport in Marseille and transferred to the Emerald Liberte Luxury ship in Arles. Journey time: 1 hour approximately.
Your Captain and crew will welcome you on board. Tonight enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board.

Join your local guide for a walking tour showcasing the highlights of the city in particular the exterior of 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.

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 walk with a local guide takes you through this historic centre strolling the cobbled laneways and browsing the shops, overlooking the famous 'Pont d'Avignon'.
EmeraldPLUS: Provencal dinner on board hosted by a popular local chef.
Discover More: Excursion to Pont du Gard (extra expense) Due to uneven surfaces, this excursion is best enjoyed by those with an Active Fitness Level.
EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board

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.
EmeraldPLUS: Regional wine taste on board
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour to Glun
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike tour through vineyards

Arrive in Viviers, a town which still has a lot of middle age 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.
Included: Guided Tour of Viviers
EmeraldPLUS: and olive tasting on board

Chalon–Sur–Saone is best known as the birthplace of photography and the centre 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–coloured roofs of this former hospital, now a museum, which has become one of the symbols of Burgundy. Return to the ship for lunch, and depart this afternoon for Lyon arriving in the evening.

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 take part on the guided tour of Lyon, which starts with a drive to the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, 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.

After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship in Lyon and transfer to Airport for your onward or homebound flight.

Price Guide

Date Fares from (pp)
06 April 2019 £2,195
13 April 2019 (in reverse) £3,595
20 April 2019 £2,295
27 April 2019 (in reverse) £2,995
18 May 2019 £3,595
11 May 2019 (in reverse) £3,995
01 June 2019 £2,145
08 June 2019 (in reverse) £2,545
15 June 2019 £2,145
22 June 2019 (in reverse) £1,995
29 June 2019 £1,995
13 July 2019 £1,945
20 July 2019 (in reverse) £2,695
03 August 2019 (in reverse) £2,495
10 August 2019 £1,795
17 August 2019 (in reverse) £1,945
24 August 2019 £2,695
05 October 2019 £2,895
19 October 2019 £2,095
26 October 2019 (in reverse) £2,095

What's Included

  • Save up to 30% plus an additional £100pp in our festivale sale!*
  • Return economy flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow or Edinburgh. Call for details on regional departures. If you'd prefer not to fly, return travel on the Eurostar (via Brussels) is also available from only an additional £99 per person.
  • 7 nights in a Stateroom or Suite of your choice on board the Emerald Liberté. New ship for 2017!
  • 6 shore excursions
  • 3 EmeraldPLUS activities including a cheese and olive tasting session on-board
  • 20 on-board meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on-board
  • Complimentary bottled water in your Suite or Stateroom re-stocked daily
  • A variety of on-board evening entertainment
  • First-class service from English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on-board
  • All port charges, airport taxes & transfers within Europe
  • All tips included, saving you up to £235 per couple