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2018 Itinerary

11 Day Itinerary (Lyon > Nice)

  • Tour Code

    EFRN

  • Departure City

    Lyon

  • Duration

    11 Day

  • Return City

    Nice

Selected Itinerary
Departure and Return City

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

  • City tour of Lyon
  • Guided Tour of Village of Beaune & Hospice
  • Walking tour of Macon
  • Walking tour of Tournon
  • Guided Tour in Avignon
  • Guided tour of Arles
  • Guided Tour of Monte Carlo

you’re invited

  • Cheese and olive tasting on board
  • Regional wine taste on board
  • Provencal dinner hosted by a local chef

emeraldactive

  • Guided bike tour from Tournus to Macon
  • Guided bike tour to Glun
  • Guided hike tour through vineyards in Tournon
  • Yoga lesson on board in Avignon

dining highlights

  • 24 superb meals including 10 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 8 Dinners (D)
  • Captain's Welcome & Farewell Reception and Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner while cruising
  • 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 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 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. This evening sail north through the beautiful Beaujolais region.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 3 Chalon-Sur-Saone – Beaune

    Chalon–Sur–Saone 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. Return to the ship for lunch, and then depart this afternoon for Macon arriving in the evening.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour from Tournus to Macon. This tour is only possible on the Lyon to Arles direction

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 4 Macon

    Arrive in Macon, another important wine region and gateway to the Beaujolais vineyards. 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 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 bike tour to Glun OR Guided hike tour through vineyards
    You’re Invited: Regional wine taste on board

    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 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: Yoga Lesson on Board
    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

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 7 Arles

    Sail into the Camargue wilderness region to the capital of Provence, Arles where you will 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. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax on board and explore Arles further.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 8 Arles Disembarkation– Nice

    After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship in Arles and transfer to Nice and check into your hotel. Later in the evening join your Tour Director and fellow travelers for a welcome drink and dinner. Included is a three night stay in Nice.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 9 Nice

    Nice, the capital of the Côte d’Azur, is beautifully curved round the Bay of Angels, desirable and as lively as you like. In the morning enjoy free time to explore on own, and in the afternoon we will take you to Monte Carlo for a guided tour, where you will learn about the jet set life in Monaco.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 10 Nice

    Today enjoy your day at leisure in Nice; your tour director is at your service to help you plan your day in this vibrant city.

    Discover More: Tour to Cannes and Grasse (extra expense)

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 11 Nice - Farewell

    After breakfast transfer to the airport for your onward or homebound flight.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Pricing & Availability

    Pricing and Availability All prices listed are per person