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.
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.
|Date||Fares from (pp)|
|21 September 2019||£4,695 Cat SA Oner's One-bedroom Suite|
- Savings of up to £1,200 per person
- Return economy flights from up to 16 UK airports, subject to availability.
- 7 nights accommodation 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