Paris to Nice & Sensations of Lyon and Provence

From Paris to Nice, discover the sensations of Southern France over 13 incredible days. Explore Lyon, Macon, Tournon & Arles before a 3 night stay in Nice.

13 Day
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$ 6,605
  • 2019 Paris > Nice

    Soak up the rich history, culture and cuisines of France as you begin your journey in the French capital city of Paris before joining your Emerald Waterways Star Ship.

    Cruise through the Rhône and drift past provincial wine lands dotted with spirit-lifting heritage towns and ancient cities whose cobblestone streets bristle with culture and epicurean tradition. 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.

    Tour Code:

    EPFN

    Duration:

    13 Days

    Departure City:

    Paris

    Return City:

    Nice

  • 13 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Arrival Paris

      Welcome to Paris, the city of light. This exuberant city is also known as the city of love, for its romantic atmosphere. Stroll through the boulevards, passing by the bridges to the Eiffel Tower as it lights up at night. Included is a two-night stay in Paris.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Paris

      Enjoy a guided tour that passes by landmarks such as Notre Dame Cathedral and the Arc de Triomphe. Continue exploring on a Seine River cruise that ends at the iconic Eiffel Tower.

      DiscoverMORE: Retro Tour Ride of Paris (extra expense)

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 3 - Paris – Lyon Embarkation

      This morning travel by high speed train to Lyon and transfer to the ship where you will be welcomed by your Captain and crew. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 4 - 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 5 - 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 6 - 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
      EmeraldPLUS: Regional wine lecture on board
      EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour to Glun

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - 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.
      EmeraldPLUS: Cheese and olive tasting on board

      DiscoverMORE: Tour to Grignan (extra expense)

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - 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
      EmeraldPLUS: Provençale dinner hosted by local Chef Fabien Morreale
      DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Pont du Gard (extra expense)

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - 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 10 - Arles Disembarkation – Nice

      After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship in Arles and transfer to Nice and check into your hotel. Included is a three-night stay in Nice.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Nice

      Nice, the capital of the Côte d’Azur, is beautifully curved round the Bay of Angels, desirable and as lively as you like. In the morning enjoy free time to explore on own, and in the afternoon we will take you to Monte Carlo for a guided tour, where you will learn about the jet set life in Monaco.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 12 - Nice

      Today enjoy your day at leisure in Nice; your tour director is at your service to help you plan your day in this vibrant city.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 13 - Nice - Farewell

      After breakfast transfer to the airport for your onward or homebound flight.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
    • 7 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
    • Airport transfers to and from the ship
    • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
    • Port taxes and charges
    • All tipping and gratuities
    INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
    • Guided Tour of Paris & Seine Cruise
    • 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
    • City tour of Monte Carlo
    EmeraldPLUS:
    • Regional wine taste on board
    • Cheese and olive tasting on board
    • Provençal dinner hosted by a local Chef
    EmeraldACTIVE
    • Guided bike tour in Lyon
    • Guided active walk through vineyards
    • Guided bike tour to Glun
    • Yoga lesson on board in Avignon
    • Guided active hike in Avignon
    DINING HIGHLIGHTS
    • 27 superb meals including 12 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 9 Dinners (D)
    • Captain's Welcome & Farewell Reception and Dinner
    • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board