Three Rivers Discovery

15 Days
Marseille to Porto
From (NZD)
$ 10,975
$ 9,135
Dates & Pricing

2020 Marseille > Porto

Tour Map
Tour Code:
EFPM
Duration:
15 days
Departure City:
Marseille
Return City:
Porto

15 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Arrival Marseille - Arles Embarkation

    You will be met at the airport in Marseille and transferred to the Emerald Liberte Luxury ship in Arles where you will be welcomed by your Captain and crew. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Arles

    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.
    EmeraldPLUS: Provençale dinner hosted by local Chef Fabien Morreale
    DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Les Baux de Provence (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - 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 strolling the cobbled laneways and browsing the shops, overlooking the famous 'Pont d’Avignon'.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided active hike in Avignon
    EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board

    DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Pont du Gard (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - 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

  5. Day 5 - 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 taste on board
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour to Glun

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - 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 take part on 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

  7. Day 7 - Chalon-Sur-Saône – Beaune

    Chalon–Sur–Saône 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Lyon Disembarkation - Porto

    After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship in Lyon and transfer to Airport for your flights to Porto. In Porto you will be met at the airport and transferred where a warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board your luxury Emerald Waterways river cruise ship.
    EmeraldPLUS: Sunset Cruise Through Porto

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Porto – Pinhão

    Today, enjoy a full day sailing the windy turns and twists of the Douro Valley. A UNESCO world heritage site this area is sparsely populated by small quaint villages and typical communities working vineyards and small farms. In the afternoon, your Cruise Director will host a lecture on board showcasing the history and wine culture of the region. Later, arrive in the village of Pinhão which is situated on a river bend surrounded by terraced hillsides producing some of the world’s best Port. Tonight, your captain will be delighted to host the welcome dinner and cocktail reception.
    EmeraldPLUS: Cooking Demonstration on Board
    EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Pinhao - Vega de Terrón

    Begin your day with a visit to a beautiful Quinta vineyard in the heart of the Douro Valley. Alternatively, join the EmeraldACTIVE walk through the vineyards.  Later, sail to Vega de Terrón, your gateway into Spain.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Walk through Vineyards
    EmeraldPLUS: Cocktail Lesson on board

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Salamanca

    Founded in Roman times, the city of Salamanca is home to one of the oldest universities in Europe, the seat of the Spanish language, and still a lively student town. Board your coach this morning in Vega de Terrón and travel to this beautiful golden city for a guided walking tour passing through its grand squares and medieval structures, where you will feel like stepping back in time. Tapas bars feature on every street and traditional Spanish music trickles out of buzzing bars and restaurants. You will also have plenty of free time to explore independently before returning to the ship later this afternoon.
    EmeraldPLUS: Local Entertainment

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Pocinho

    This morning, arrive in Pocinho and either embark on an excursion to the Côa Valley Museum or take part on the Emerald Active canoeing experience. The Côa Valley Museum is a concrete structure that details pre-historic stone carvings made by the early inhabitants of the Douro, which were uncovered during the construction of the nearby dam. Later return to your ship for lunch and enjoy your idyllic surroundings as you sail towards Régua.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Canoeing Experience
    EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board
    EmeraldPLUS: This evening your highlight dinner will be hosted at a traditional rural wine estate in the Régua area

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Régua

    Today you will have a choice to visit the marvelous baroque village of Lamego and the picturesque Our Lady of Remedies Sanctuary where history stands still. As part of your EmeraldACTIVE feature, walk up the stairs of the Our Lady of Remedies Sanctuary.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Walking up the Stairs of the Sanctuary
    EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board
    EmeraldPLUS: Mosaic Tile Painting Lessons on Board

    DiscoverMORE: Visit to Mateus Manor House with wine tasting (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Porto

    Located at the mouth of the Douro River, Porto is a fascinating eclectic mix of modern and ancient architecture. Enjoy your city tour passing by numerous landmarks of this beautiful city.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Active Walking Tour

    DiscoverMORE: Visit to Guimarães (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Porto Disembarkation

    After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship and transfer to Porto airport for your onward or homebound flight.

    Please note: Pre release itinerary subject to change

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 14 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 Arles
  • Guided Tour in Avignon
  • Walking tour of Viviers
  • Walking tour of Tournon
  • City tour of Lyon
  • Guided Tour of Village of Beaune & Hospice
  • Visit to Quinta in the heart of Douro Valley
  • Tour of Salamanca
  • Excursion to Coa Valley Museum
  • Tour of Baroque Village of Lamego & Sanctuary
  • City tour of Porto

EmeraldPLUS
  • Provençal dinner hosted by local chef Fabien Morreale
  • Cheese and olive tasting on board
  • Regional wine taste on board
  • Sunset Illumination Cruise
  • Cooking Demonstration on Board
  • Cocktail making lesson on board
  • Local Entertainment in Salamanca
  • Rural Dinner Experience
  • Mosaic Tile Painting Lessons on Board

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Guided active hike in Avignon
  • Yoga lesson on board in Avignon
  • Guided biking tour to Glun
  • Guided active walk through vineyards
  • Guided bike tour in Lyon
  • Guided Walk through Vineyards
  • Yoga Lesson on Board (DourCanoeing in Pocinho
  • Active Walk up the steps of Sanctuary in Lamego
  • Guided Active Walking Tour in Porto

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 39 superb meals including 14 Breakfasts (B), 11 Lunches (L), 14 Dinners (D)
  • Captain's Welcome & Farewell Reception and Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

Pricing & Availability