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 Days
Nice to Lyon
From (USD)
$ 3,395
Dates & Pricing

Extension in Paris, Nice or Provence

Paris, France

Paris (from $1,095)

Extend your Sensations of Lyon & Provence river cruise and enjoy…

  • Two nights at Courtyard Paris Gare de Lyon
  • Breakfast daily
  • One dinner at the hotel
  • Guided bus tour of Paris and the Seine
  • TGV Train transfer between Paris and Lyon
  • Transfers to and from the airport

Nice

Nice (from $1,135)

Extend your Sensations of Lyon & Provence river cruise and enjoy…

  • Three nights at Splendid Hotel & Spa or similar
  • Breakfast daily
  • One dinner at the hotel
  • Coach transfer between Arles and Nice
  • Included guided tour of Monte Carlo
  • Transfers to and from the airport
Senanque Abbey with blooming lavender field (Provence, France)

Provence (from $1,015)

Extend your Sensations of Lyon & Provence river cruise and enjoy…

  • Three nights stay at hotel in Aix-en-Provence
  • Breakfast daily
  • Guided tour
  • Coach transfers from Aix-en-Provence to Arles
  • Transfers to and from the airport

2020 Nice > Lyon

Tour Map
Tour Code:
EFRC
Duration:
8 days
Departure City:
Nice
Return City:
Lyon

8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Arrival Nice - Arles Embarkation

    You will be met at Nice airport and transferred to Arles, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting for you to board your luxurious Emerald Waterways Star-Ship. This evening, enjoy a welcome reception on board.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Arles

    Revel in the glory of the Roman Empire today during an insightful visit to Arles, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Roman and Romanesque monuments of Arles and Arles Amphitheatre, a 2,000-year-old structure where spectators would have once gathered by the masses to watch superb chariot races.
    Enjoy learning about the time that Vincent van Gogh spent in the city, taking inspiration from his surroundings and using them to create many of his most iconic pieces of art, including the “Starry Night Over the Rhône”, before exploring Arles at leisure.
    EmeraldPLUS: A Provençal dinner hosted by Chef Fabien Morreale
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Arles with arena visit
    DiscoverMORE: Tour to Les Baux-de-Provence (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Avignon

    Avignon has a long and storied history, as this fortified town was once the residence of Popes who fled from Rome, hoping to escape from the political pressures of the Roman Empire.
    Embark on a guided walking tour of Avignon to witness its illustrious past, including the ornate Gothic exterior of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Palais des Papes, built by the Popes over two decades. This afternoon is yours to explore at leisure, perhaps crossing the 12th-century Stone Bridge.
    EmeraldACTIVE: A canoeing excursion in Avignon
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Avignon
    DiscoverMORE: A guided tour to Pont du Gard (extra expense)
    DiscoverMORE: A classical concert in Avignon (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Viviers

    A snapshot of quintessential France awaits your arrival in Viviers, a town that perfectly encapsulates the medieval days of the region. Pastel coloured buildings that have been gently faded by the sun line narrow cobblestone streets, and the heart of the old town is yours to explore today during a guided walking tour.
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Viviers
    DiscoverMORE: A guided tour of Grignan (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Tournon

    As we sail down the gently twisting Rhône and into Tournon, a 16th-century castle sits overlooking the village and a pair of ancient watchtowers can be seen adorning the surrounding rural landscape.
    Today, embark on a guided tour of Tournon to learn about its illustrious history and the culture of the people who call it home. If you would like to explore more of the region’s natural beauty, then you may instead choose to embark on an EmeraldACTIVE hike through some of the local vineyards.
    Later, a guided bike tour to Glun will touch on the French countryside and the lives of the people who live there.
    EmeraldPLUS: A regional wine lecture on board
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour to Glun
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike through the vineyards
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Tournon

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Lyon

    As one of the largest cities in France and a former Roman capital, a lot of the most important moments in French history have taken place in Lyon. But, it’s Lyonnaise cuisine that has really put this city on the map, delighting gastronomists from around the world.
    Join your local guide for a walking tour of Lyon, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière. If you are feeling more active, then you may instead choose to embark on a guided bike tour around Lyon, touching on its most prominent architectural wonders and moments from history.
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour of Lyon
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Lyon
    DiscoverMORE: Visit to Pérouges (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

    The birthplace of photography and the centre of Burgundy’s wine region is yours to discover today as you travel by road to the quaint village of Beaune. Stop to visit the Hospices de Beaune, one of the best-preserved examples of 15th-century French architecture and home to one of the most popular wine auctions in the country.
    EmeraldPLUS: A cheese and olive tasting on board
    EmeraldEXCURSION: Visit the Hospices de Beaune

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Lyon

    After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the Star-Ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of French architecture and sun-kissed surrounds with you.

    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 Arles including visit to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Roman Amphitheatre arena
  • Guided tour in Avignon
  • Walking tour of Viviers
  • Walking tour of Tournon
  • City tour of Lyon
  • Guided tour of Village of Beaune & Hospice

EmeraldPLUS
  • Provençal dinner hosted by local Chef Fabien Morreale
  • Regional wine tasting on board
  • Cheese and olive tasting on board

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Canoeing experience
  • Guided biking tour to Glun
  • Guided hike through vineyards
  • Guided bike tour in Lyon

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 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

Pricing & Availability