Sensations of Lyon and Provence

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

8 Day
From (NZD)
$ 3,860
  • 2019 Lyon > Nice

    Join us on the Rhône as we drift through provincial wine lands dotted with spirit-lifting heritage towns and ancient cities whose cobblestone streets bristle with culture and epicurean tradition.

    From Lyon to Arles over eight wonderful days, discover the wine-making customs of Chalon-Sur-Saône, the half-timbered charm of Mâcon, and the Roman-age splendour of Arles, all while cruising in effortless contemporary comfort on-board your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship. 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.

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    8 Days

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  • 8 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Arrival Lyon

      Welcome to Lyon. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the ship where you will be welcomed by your Captain and crew. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - 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 3 - 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 4 - 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 5 - 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 6 - 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 7 - 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 8 - Arles Disembarkation - Nice

      After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship in Arles, transfer to Nice airport for your onward or homebound flight.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    • 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
    • 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
    • Regional wine lecture on board
    • Cheese and olive tasting on board
    • Provencal dinner hosted by local chef Fabien Morreale
    • 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
    • 20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
    • Captain's Welcome & Farewell Reception and Dinner
    • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board