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2018 Itinerary

22 Day Itinerary (Lyon > Lisbon)

  • Tour Code

    EFSL

  • Departure City

    Lyon

  • Duration

    22 Day

  • Return City

    Lisbon

Tour Inclusions

included in your price

  • Emerald Star Ship 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
  • 11 nights on Spanish Conquest coach tour
  • 3 nights in the Jupiter Hotel, Lisbon
  • Explore 20 different cities, towns and villages with a guide during our included tours and shore excursions
  • Walking tour of Tournon
  • Visit to the Hospice de Beaune
  • City tour of Lyon including the Basilique Notre Dame du Fourviere
  • Guided tour of Arles
  • Guided walking tour in Avignon
  • Guided tour of Barcelona
  • Full city tour in Madrid
  • Visit the Aljama Mosque in Cordoba
  • Tour of the Alhambra Palace
  • Visit Gibraltar
  • City tour of Seville
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Lisbon

dining highlights

  • 40 superb meals including: 21 Full Breakfasts (FB), 6 Lunches (L), 1 Highlight Lunch (HL), 11 Dinners (D), 1 Highlight Dinner
  • Captain’s Welcome Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner while cruising

you’re invited

  • Cheese and olive tasting on board
  • Regional wine tasting on board
  • Provencal dinner hosted by Fabien Morreale
  • Home hosted lunch in a traditional Andalusian village
  • 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 – Barcelona

    After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship and transfer via coach to Barcelona, the vibrant capital of Catalonia. Meet your Tour Director and fellow passengers for a welcome dinner and briefing.
    Three Night Stay: Barcelona

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 9 Barcelona

    Your city tour today takes in Montjuic, the picturesque hill overlooking the city and former Jewish settlement. Visit Sagrada Familia the famous cathedral designed by Gaudi whose controversial and intricate design is reflected in much of Barcelona’s architecture. Stroll the corridor of Las Ramblas where street performers feature on every corner, then through the old town. The rest of your afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, enjoy dinner at an authentic Catalan farmhouse.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 10 Barcelona

    Enjoy a full day at leisure today. Your Tour Director will be on hand to assist you in planning your day. Perhaps visit the Bullring, the magnificent Noucamp stadium, or relax along the waterfront area.

    Discover More: Excursion to Monserrat (additional cost, must be prebooked).

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 11 Barcelona – Madrid

    Journey by high speed train to Madrid (included), then transfer to your centrally located hotel. Your sightseeing tour includes the Sabatini Gardens and the 18th century Royal Palace of Madrid as well as an orientation tour of the downtown Austrian quarter featuring the impressive Plaza Major. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
    Two Night Stay: Madrid

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 12 Madrid

    A day at leisure in Madrid to possibly visit the Prado Museum or Bullring.

    Discover More: The medieval fortified town of Toledo (additional cost, must be prebooked).

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 13 Madrid to Cordoba

    Travel south and visit Consuegra which is famous for the best examples of Spanish windmills and the home of the Spanish knights. Arrive in Cordoba a city known for its blend of Jewish and Moorish influences.
    Overnight Stay: Cordoba

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 14 Cordoba – Granada

    Your morning guided tour takes in the Aljama Mosque one of the most emblematic examples of Islamic Art which famously features a Christian cathedral inside it. After free time for lunch, continue onto Granada and enjoy a walking orientation of the city centre and a free evening.
    Overnight Stay: Granada

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 15 Granada – Malaga

    Granada is home to the impressive Alhambra Palace, one of Spain’s most recognisable Moorish structures completed in the 14th century when Spain was largely occupied by Muslim invaders. Visit this impressive UNESCO World Heritage site. En route to Malaga You’re Invited to a home hosted lunch in Alfarnatejo a typical Andalusian village. Continue to Malaga, on the ‘Costa del Sol’.
    Two Night Stay: Malaga

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Day 16 Malaga

    This morning take a guided walking tour of Malaga seeing the Alcazaba Walls and Gibralfaro Castle. Visit the Museum of Arts located in a historical building showcasing local traditions. This afternoon and evening are at leisure to go to the beach, stroll the shops and promenade.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 17 Gibraltar – Seville

    The rock of Gibraltar is a territory of the United Kingdom that sits at the mouth of the Mediterranean at the very foot of Spain. For many centuries it has been an important strategic port for the British Navy. Visit the Rock which is home to Barbary Apes and diverse birdlife as well as the old town dotted with traditional English pubs. Continue onto Seville and check into your hotel where dinner is included in a local restaurant.
    Two Night Stay: Seville

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 18 Seville

    Seville is the capital of Andalucia. Visit the impressive 15th Century Cathedral built on the site of the former mosque, incorporating the famous Bell Tower as part of its structure. Wander the windy laneways of the old town then visit Seville’s wonderful Plaza de Espana and Alcazar.

    Discover More: Flamenco Show (additional cost, must be prebooked).

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 19 Seville – Lisbon

    Travel through the Aracena mountain range into Portugal. Arrive in the capital Lisbon in the afternoon and settle into your hotel where dinner is included.
    Three Night Stay: Lisbon

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 20 Lisbon

    Join your local guide for a city tour of this fascinating city, one of the oldest in Europe. View the impressive Belem Tower and see the Monument to the Discoverers. Enjoy a tasting of local pastries and a visit to Jeronimos Monastery then the rest of the day is at leisure to explore the old town or visit the famous castle.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 21 Lisbon

    Another full day at leisure in Lisbon to maybe shop or further explore the old town and waterfront.

    Discover More: Excursion to Sintra (additional cost)

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 22 Depart Lisbon

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Pricing & Availability

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