Sensations Of Lyon & Provence

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8 day itinerary, Nice to Lyon, September 23-30, 2023


$175 per person credit or Premium Drinks Package
FREE AIR OR $1000 Cruise Only Savings

It is no surprise that the South of France is recognized as the birthplace of photography.
Its unrivaled beauty comprises the finest examples of French 15th century architecture, with Roman ruins and sun-soaked vineyards nestled at the foot of colossal mountain ranges. Journey to the country’s gastronomic beating heart, Lyon, before enjoying an authentic Provençal dinner on board, hosted by renowned French chef, Fabien Morreale.

Exceptional Emerald VALUE

  • Airport transfers to and from your Star-Ship.
  • 7 nights in a suite or stateroom of your choice.
  • 20 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner.
  • Complimentary wine, beer & soft drinks to accompany lunch & dinner on board.
  • Complimentary tea & coffee on board.
  • Complimentary bottled water in your suite or stateroom, restocked daily.
  • A variety of on board evening entertainment.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board.
  • Complimentary bicycles on board.
  • First-class service from English- speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides.
  • Earn EmeraldEXPLORER points.
  • Complimentary River Cruise Cover.
  • All port charges and overseas transfers
  • All gratuities are included

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10 people and subject to change. Insurance is highly recommended.

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  1. Lyon

    Welcome to Lyon, on the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, where you will be met and transferred from the airport to the contemporary surrounds of your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship. Please book your flight to arrive into Lyon prior to 04:30 PM.

    Meals: Dinner

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  2. Chalon-sur-Saône – Beaune

    Chalon-sur-Saône is known for its art and history. Today, you will have the opportunity to witness the area’s architectural heritage and peaceful surrounds as you travel to the quaint village of Beaune and visit the Hos- pices de Beaune. Originally a hospital for the poor, it is now home to one of Burgundy’s most popular wine auctions.

    • Cheese and olive tasting on board
    • Visit to the Hospices de Beaune

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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    Chalon-sur-Saône – Beaune
  3. Lyon

    France’s third-largest city, Lyon is a former Roman capital, steeped in history and con- sidered to be the gastronomic heartbeat of the country, home to traditional Lyonnaise cuisine. Today, enjoy a guided city tour, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Basilica No- tre-Dame de Fourvière, part of the inscribed historic site of Lyon. Wander through the city and soak in its vividly illustrated history, as buildings from all time periods can be seen adorning narrow cobblestone streets. Alternatively, explore on two wheels as part of a guided bike tour of Lyon.

    • Silk presentation on board
    • Guided bike tour of Lyon
    • Guided tour of Lyon
    • Excursion to Pérouges

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

  4. Tournon

    The picturesque village of Tournon borders the gently meandering Rhône, dominated by a 16th century castle that overlooks the village and a number of iconic landmarks, including a set of ancient watchtowers. Your guided tour of the village will showcase its intangible cultural heritage, granting every opportunity for you to immerse yourself in your surroundings. Alternatively, embark on an Emerald ACTIVE hike through some of the local vineyards. Later, a guided bike tour to Glun will show- case rural life in the French countryside.

    • Regional wine tasting on board   Guided bike tour to Glun
    • Guided hike through the vineyards
    • Guided tour of Tournon

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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  5. Viviers

    Arrive in Viviers, a town with much Middle Age flair and home to one of France’s oldest cathedrals. Your included walking tour will showcase some of its numerous listed monu ments, along with their ornate windows and lavish façades.

    • Guided tour of Viviers
    •  Fishing class on the Rhône

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

  6. Avignon

    Avignon has a rich history, from Celtic begin- nings to being the residence of the Pope and central to the French Revolution. Your included walking tour will take you past the ornate beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Palais des Papes, as well as Pont d’Avignon, an ancient stone bridge crossing the Rhône. Then, the afternoon is yours to explore at leisure. This evening, you’ll enjoy a delightful Provençal dining experience on board, expertly prepared by Top Chef finalist, Fabien Morreale.

    • Provençal dinner hosted by local chef Fabien Morreale
    •  Canoeing excursion in Avignon   
    • Guided tour of the Pont du Gard
    • Classical concert in Avignon
    • Guided tour of Avignon

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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  7. Arles

    The past is yours to uncover in Arles, a once important Phoenician trading port that was captured by the Romans, who peppered the city with iconic monuments. Today, your included tour of the city will showcase some of its UNESCO World Heritage-listed Roman and Romanesque monuments, illustrating how the city has evolved over the centuries. Visit the 2,000-year-old Arles Amphitheatre and follow in the footsteps of world-re- nowned artist, Vincent van Gogh. The rest of the day is yours to explore at leisure, perhaps stopping at a local café or returning to your Star-Ship to relax on board.

    •  Guided tour of Arles with arena visit
    • Excursion to Camargue

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

  8. Arles - Nice

    After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport, taking mem- ories of the idyllic French countryside and delightful cuisine with you. Please book your flight to depart out of Nice after 01:00 PM.

    Meals: Breakfast


Terms and conditions: A non-refundable initial deposit of $500 per person is required at the time of booking, with full payment required 90 days prior to departure. For the airfare promo- tion, a secondary non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is due prior to air ticketing. Emerald Cruises reserves the right to ticket the airfare upon receipt of deposit. Maximum value of air ticket is $1200 per person inclusive of all taxes & fees. Economy Air only on Emerald Cruises’ choice of airlines and routes. This offer is not combinable with any other offer. Offer available to residents of the 50 United States only. Offer may be extended, canceled or withdrawn at any time without notice. Visit for complete terms and conditions.

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