Discover the Rivers of France & Portugal & Nice

18 Days
Porto to Nice
From (AUD)
$ 10,225
Dates & Pricing

2023 Porto > Nice

These two cruises link seamlessly to create this eighteen day itinerary. Start with seven nights cruising the Douro River through Portugal and into Spain, before a flight to Lyon to join the Emerald Libertè for a second seven night cruise along the Rhóne and Saóne Rivers. A three-night stay in Nice introduces you to the French Riviera, as well as glamorous Monaco.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
ENRD
Duration:
18 days
Departure City:
Porto
Return City:
Nice

18 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Porto

    Welcome to Porto, where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your contemporary Emerald Radiance Star-Ship. This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Porto – Pinhão

    Relax on board today and enjoy a full day of sailing through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Douro Valley. This fascinating area is celebrated because it builds on two millennia of wine producing history, where viticulture has shaped the surrounding landscape and small, sleepy villages are peppered with dozens of sun-drenched vineyards. 
    Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner and cocktail reception.

    EmeraldPLUS

    Portuguese cooking demonstration on board

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Pinhão – Vega de Terrón

    Begin your day with a visit to the beautiful Quinta do Tedo vineyard in the heart of Portugal’s Douro Valley, nestled on the confluence of the Douro and Tedo rivers. This 18th-century estate is environmentally sound, creating organic produce by using traditional viticulture methods. 
    Alternatively, enjoy a guided walk through local vineyards, stopping along the way to admire your surroundings. Or, embark on a kayak excursion along the river, taking in the impressive views from the heart of the Douro Valley. 
    This afternoon, enjoy sailing to Vega de Terrón, perhaps relaxing on the Sun Deck

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Kayak experience in Pinhão

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Guided active walk through the vineyards

    Included Excursion

    Visit to Quinta do Tedo with tasting

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Vega de Terrón – Salamanca

    Founded in Roman times, the ancient city of Salamanca and its UNESCO World Heritage-listed old quarter have an illustrious past, having been held by the Carthaginians, Romans and Moors. 
    Travel to the beautiful golden city for a walking tour, starting with the postcard-worthy galleries and arcades that adorn Plaza Mayor. You’ll also have the opportunity to see Casa de las Conchas, a building that has been lovingly decorated with more than 300 shells.

    EmeraldPLUS

    Tuna music band

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Salamanca

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    Castelo Rodrigo tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Pocinho – Régua

    This morning, you’ll arrive in Pocinho where you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Côa Valley Museum. Later, return to your ship for lunch and soak up your idyllic surrounds, enjoying a Port wine cocktail lesson on boards as you sail towards Régua. This evening, a rural dinner at a wine estate is certain to be one of the highlights of your trip.

    EmeraldPLUS

    Port wine cocktail lesson on board 

    EmeraldPLUS

    Rural dinner at Quinta da Pacheca

    Included Excursion

    Visit to the Côa Valley Museum

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    Archaeological tour by 4x4 at the C?a Valley Museum (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Régua

    Today, on an included excursion, you will visit the marvellous Baroque village of Lamego, stopping to see the picturesque Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies, a structure that stands gracefully over the town

    EmeraldPLUS

    Mosaic tile painting lesson on board

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Walk down the steps of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Lamego

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    Visit to Mateus Manor House (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Porto

    Located at the mouth of the Douro River, Porto is a fascinating eclectic mix of modern and ancient architecture. Famous for its export of Port wines, it’s easy to imagine how British merchant ships would have once clustered together in the medieval harbour, waiting to take their produce across the water. 
    Your included tour of the coastal city will touch on the fortified structures of Castelo da Foz and Castelo do Queijo, a building whose pentagonal façades overlook the ocean. This evening, enjoy a charming evening cruise that will shine a different light on Porto's skyline.

    EmeraldPLUS

    Evening cruise through Porto

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Guided active walk in Porto

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Porto

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    Visit to Quinta da Aveleda (extra expense)

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    Guided bike tour to the Atlantic (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Porto - Lyon

    After breakfast, you will be transferred from the sun-drenched landscape of Porto to Lyon, a land famous for its delightful cuisine. Meet your new friendly crew at the Emerald Liberte. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - 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 Hospices de Beaune. Originally a hospital for the poor, it is now home to one of Burgundy’s most popular wine auctions.

    EmeraldPLUS

    Cheese and olive tasting on board

    Included Excursion

    Visit to the Hospices de Beaune

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Lyon

    France’s third-largest city, Lyon is a former Roman capital, steeped in history and considered 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 Notre-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.

    EmeraldPLUS

    Silk presentation on board

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Guided bike tour of Lyon

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Lyon

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    Excursion to Pérouges (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - 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 EmeraldACTIVE hike through some of the local vineyards.
    Later, a guided bike tour to Glun will showcase rural life in the French countryside.

    EmeraldPLUS

    Regional wine tasting on board

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Guided bike tour to Glun 

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Guided hike through the vineyards

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Tournon

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - 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 monuments, along with their ornate windows and lavish façades.

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Viviers

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    Fishing class on the Rhône (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Avignon

    Avignon has a rich history, from Celtic beginnings 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.

    EmeraldPLUS

    Provençal dinner hosted by local chef Fabien Morreale

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Canoeing excursion in Avignon

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    Guided tour of the Pont du Gard (extra expense)

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    Classical concert in Avignon (extra expense)

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Avignon

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - 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-renowned 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.

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Arles with arena visit

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    Excursion to Camargue (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Arles - Nice

    After breakfast, it’s time to disembark the ship for your transfer to Nice, where you will be taken to your centrally located hotel. Included is a three-night stay in the sun-kissed capital of the Côte d’Azur.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  16. Day 16 - Nice

    Today, the stunning seaside surrounds of the French Riviera are yours to explore with your local guide, before spending the afternoon exploring at leisure. 
    You will be taken to Monte Carlo for an insightful tour. Famously portrayed in films that include Never Say Never Again and To Catch a Thief, Monte Carlo offers much in the way of its charming past. 
    Witness the impressive Prince’s Palace of Monaco, originally a Genoese fortress with a dramatic past and the home of beloved actress Grace Kelly.

    Included Excursion

    A city tour of Monaco and Monte Carlo

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  17. Day 17 - Nice

    Nice has long held a reputation for its glamour, where sun-kissed beaches and lavish surrounds create a unique atmosphere that is unlike any other. Today, explore Nice at leisure. Your Emerald Waterways representative will be available to help you to plan your day in this vibrant city.

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    Visit to Saint Paul de Vence (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  18. Day 18 - Nice

    After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and prepare to be transferred to the airport for your onward or homebound flight, taking memories of Roman amphitheatres and the lush surrounds of the French Riviera with you.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 14 nights on board an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
  • 3 nights In a 4-STAR hotel In Nice
  • Flights between Porto and Lyon
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Cruises Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Visit to Quinta do Tedo with wine tasting
  • Guided tour of World Heritage-listed Salamanca’s old town
  • Visit to the Côa Valley Museum
  • Guided tour of Lamego & Our Lady of Remedies Sanctuary
  • Guided tour of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Porto’s old town
  • Visit to the Hospices de Beaune
  • Guided tour of Lyon
  • Guided tour of Tournon
  • Guided tour of Viviers
  • Guided tour of Avignon
  • Guided tour of Arles with arena visit
  • A city tour of Monaco and Monte Carlo

EmeraldPLUS
  • Portuguese cooking demonstration on board
  • Port wine cocktail lesson on board
  • Tuna music performance in Salamanca
  • Rural dinner at Quinta da Pacheca
  • Mosaic tile painting lesson on board
  • Evening cruise through Porto
  • Cheese and olive tasting on board
  • Silk presentation on board
  • Regional wine tasting on board
  • Provençal dinner hosted by local Chef Fabien Morreale

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Guided active walk through the vineyards
  • Canoeing excursion in Pocinho
  • Walking down the stairs of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies
  • Guided active walking tour of Porto
  • Guided bike tour of Lyon
  • Guided hike through the vineyards in Tournon
  • Guided bike tour to Glun
  • Canoeing excursion in Avignon

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 42 superb meals including 17 Breakfasts (B), 11 Lunches (L), 14 Dinners (D)
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

Pricing & Availability