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2018 Itinerary

17 Day Itinerary (Nice > Zurich)

  • Tour Code

    EFSW

  • Departure City

    Nice

  • Duration

    17 Day

  • Return City

    Zurich

Tour Inclusions

included in your price

  • Emerald Star Ships EXCLUSIVE to Evergreen Cruises & Tours
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • The services of an Evergreen Tour Director
  • Port taxes and charges included
  • All tipping and gratuities included
  • Free airport transfers
  • 7 nights on a luxury European river ship
  • 10 day Best of Switzerland tour
  • Explore 13 different cities, towns and villages with a guide during our included tours and shore excursions
  • Guided tour of Arles
  • Guided walking tour in Avignon
  • Visit to the Hospice de Beaune
  • Walking tour of Tournon
  • City tour of Lyon including the Basilique Notre Dame du Fourviere
  • Guided tour of Geneva
  • Tour of Chillon Castle
  • Golden Pass train journey
  • Lucerne city tour and Mt. Rigi cogwheel railway

dining highlights

  • 34 superb meals including: 16 Full Breakfasts (FB), 7 Lunches (L), 9 Dinners (D), 2 Highlight Dinners (HD)
  • Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner
  • Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner while cruising

you’re invited

  • Provencal dinner hosted by Fabien Morreale
  • Cheese and olive tasting on board
  • Wine tasting on board
  • Day 1 Arrival Nice - Arles

    You will be met at the airport in Nice 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. If flying into Nice, please book your flights to arrive prior to 12:30pm.

    Meals included: Dinner

  • Day 2 Arles

    Join your local guide for a walking tour showcasing the highlights of the city in particular the exterior of 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.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • 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 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'
    You’re Invited: Provencal dinner on board hosted by a popular local chef

    Discover More: Excursion to Pont du Gard (extra expense) Due to uneven surfaces, this excursion is best enjoyed by those with an Active Fitness Level

    EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board

    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. 
    You’re Invited:Regional wine taste on board

    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour to Glun OR EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike tour through vineyards

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 5 Macon

    Your walking tour includes the sights of the General Hospital buildings, half–timbered houses and the Soufflot Chapel. Macon is a great destination to try some local wines at the many tasting displays in the town. Enjoy time at leisure in the afternoon.
    You’re Invited: Cheese and olive tasting on board

    Discover More: Visit to Benedictine Abbey of Cluny (extra expense)

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 6 Chalon-Sur-Saone – Beaune

    Chalon–Sur–Saone 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. Return to the ship for lunch, and depart this afternoon for Lyon arriving in the evening.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 7 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 Fourviere, 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.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 8 Disembark Lyon – Geneva

    After breakfast, disembark your ship and board your coach for the drive to Geneva, with views of the Swiss Alps and the picturesque Lake Geneva. This afternoon, take an orientation tour before settling into your centrally located hotel. Tonight your dinner is included.
    Two Night Stay: Geneva

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 9 Geneva at Leisure

    Enjoy time at leisure in this lakeside city, home to the headquarters of many global organisations.

    Discover More: Day trip to the panoramic French town of Annecy, with views of spectacular Alps and a medieval old town boasting secluded cobbled streets and quaint canals (additional cost).

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 10 Lausanne – Montreux

    After breakfast transfer to the pier to board your Lake Geneva cruise to Lausanne. Enjoy lunch on board as you take in the views of the Swiss Alps including Mont Blanc in the distance. This afternoon visit the Chillon Castle, perched on a rocky outcrop at the eastern end of the lake. Tonight your evening is at leisure to explore beautiful Montreux.
    Two Night Stay: Montreux

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Day 11 Zermatt – The Matterhorn

    Today is one of the highlights of your tour, as you travel into the Swiss Alps through the Rhône Valley to Sion, and then Tasch where you board your alpine train to Zermatt. The picturesque mountain village sits beneath one of the most photographed mountains in the world, The Matterhorn. Enjoy free time for lunch in this enchanting village before returning to Montreux.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 12 Golden Pass Train – Interlaken

    Board the Golden Pass alpine train this morning for spectacular panoramic views of the Swiss alpine countryside and mountains. Glass panels in the roof of the carriages allow uninterrupted views of some of the most scenic views in the world. Travel through the mountain town of Zweisimmen, then down to Spiez to meet your coach and drive onto Interlaken. Tonight is at leisure to enjoy the lake side town.
    Two Night Stay: Interlaken

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 13 Interlaken at Leisure

    Today is a free day to breathe the fresh air of the Swiss Alps, perhaps take a cruise along the lake or hire a bicycle.

    Discover More: Take the Jungfraubahn train to the top of the Jungfrau, the highest lifted viewpoint in Europe (additional cost).

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 14 Interlaken – Lucerne

    Journey onto the lake resort town of Lucerne and join our local guide for a tour of the town on foot visiting the Lion Monument, the Chapel Bridge and the ornate Jesuit Church. Tonight enjoy a traditional folklore show as we savour a highlight meal of traditional Swiss Fondue.
    Two Night Stay: Lucerne

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 15 Lucerne

    Enjoy a guided cruise on Lucerne’s gorgeous lake en-route to the quaint village of Vitznau. Here we join the oldest cogwheel train in Switzerland for a breathtaking ascent of Mount Rigi, known as ‘the Queen of the Mountains’. Savour the incredible scenery from the summit where you have a breathtaking panoramic view of the Alps. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore. Shopping is plentiful, from Swiss watches to jewellery and delicious chocolates.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 16 Zurich

    Travel onto the financial capital of Switzerland, Zurich for your included city orientation tour and a free afternoon before a farewell dinner this evening.
    Overnight Stay: Zurich

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 17 Depart Zurich

    After breakfast say goodbye to new found friends and transfer to Zurich airport for your onwards or homebound flight.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Pricing & Availability

    Pricing and Availability All prices listed are per person