Discover the Rivers of France & Portugal

On this 15 day cruise, travel from Porto to Nice as you uncover the delights of Portugal and Southern France. Visit Salamanca, Porto, Lyon & Avignon.

15 Days
Porto to Nice
From (AUD)
$ 9,520
Dates & Pricing

2025 Porto > Nice

Discover the magic of France and Portugal by river

On this 15 day cruise, travel from Porto to Nice as you uncover the delights of Portugal and Southern France. Visit Salamanca, Porto, Lyon & Avignon.
These two cruises link seamlessly to create this fifteen 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.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EFPC
Duration:
15 days
Departure City:
Porto
Return City:
Nice

15 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Porto

    Welcome to Porto, where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your contemporary Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, Emerald Radiance. 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. Alternatively, 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.  

    Included Excursion

    Visit to Quinta do Tedo with wine tasting

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Kayak experience in Pinhão

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Guided active walk through the vineyards

    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, which includes exploring 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, and Salamanca’s university, one of the oldest universities in Europe that dates back to 1218.   

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Salamanca

    EmeraldPLUS

    Tuna music band

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Pocinho – Régua

    This morning, we are docked in Pocinho from where we take you to the charming medieval town of Castelo Rodrigo. On your touryou will have the chance to uncover the secrets of this small village’s fortress history and try some typical local products. Later, return to your Star-Ship for lunch and soak up your idyllic surrounds, enjoying a Port wine cocktail lesson on board as you sail towards Régua.

    Included Excursion

    Tour to Castelo Rodrigo

    EmeraldPLUS

    Port wine cocktail lesson on board 

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    Archaeological tour by 4x4 at the Côa Valley Museum (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Régua

    On today’s included excursion, you’ll 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. If you’re feeling active, enjoy an invigorating walk down the 686 steps from the Sanctuary to the main square. On the same day you will get to experience a rural lunch at Quinta da Pacheca, one of the finest estates of river Douro and learn about the Portuguese mosaic painting tradition. 

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Lamego

    EmeraldPLUS

    Rural lunch at Quinta da Pacheca

    EmeraldPLUS

    Mosaic tile painting lesson on board

    EmeraldACTIVE

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

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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 and 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. For those who wish to see the charms of Porto on foot, our active walk through the town will bring you closer to the vibrant daily life of the locals.  

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Porto

    EmeraldPLUS

    A cruise through Porto

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Guided active walk in 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

  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’ll have the opportunity to observe 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, the Hospices de Beaune is now home to one of Burgundy’s most popular wine auctions. 

    Included Excursion

    Visit to the Hospices de Beaune

    EmeraldPLUS

    Cheese and olive tasting on board

    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, you'll enjoy an array of exemplary culinary delights. 

    Today, a guided city tour awaits you, including a visit to 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 the highlights of the city on two wheels as part of a guided bike tour of Lyon.  

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Lyon

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Guided bike tour of Lyon

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    Excursion to Pérouges (extra expense)

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    Private Culinary Charms of Lyon (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 the local vineyards and marvel at the rows upon rows of grapes used to make some of the finest wines in Europe. 

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Tournon

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Guided hike through the vineyards

    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 highlight many of the city’s numerous spectacular monuments, along with their ornate windows and lavish façades. 

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Viviers

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    Visit to Chauvet Pont D’Arc (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Avignon

    Avignon has a rich history, from Celtic beginnings to being the residence of seven successive Popes between 1309 and 1377. The city also played a major part 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. This evening you are invited to join the unique experience of a classical concert in Avignon. 

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Avignon

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Canoeing excursion in Avignon

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    Guided tour of the Pont du Gard (extra expense)

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    Private hidden Gems tour of Avignon (extra expense)

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    Visit to Chateauneuf du Pape with wine tasting (extra expense)

    EmeraldPLUS

    Classical concert in 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, where a stop at a local and quintessential café is a must before returning to relax on board your Star-Ship. This evening, you’ll enjoy a delightful Provençal dining experience on board, expertly prepared by France's Top Chef finalist, Fabien Morreale. 

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Arles with arena visit

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    Excursion to Les Baux de Provence (extra expense)

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    Visit to L’Occitane Factory (extra expense)

    EmeraldPLUS

    Provençal dinner hosted by local chef Fabien Morreale

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Arles – Nice

    After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and disembark your Star-Ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of the idyllic French countryside and delightful cuisine with you. 

    Please book your flight to depart out of Nice after 01:00 PM.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 14 nights on board an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from your Star-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 Salamanca
  • Tour to Castelo Rodrigo
  • Guided tour of Lamego & Our Lady of Remedies Sanctuary
  • Guided tour of Porto
  • 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

EmeraldPLUS
  • Portuguese cooking demonstration on board
  • Port wine cocktail lesson on board
  • Tuna music performance
  • Rural lunch at Quinta da Pacheca
  • Mosaic tile painting lesson on board
  • Evening cruise through Porto
  • Cheese and olive tasting on board
  • Classical Concert in Avignon
  • Provençal dinner hosted by local chef Fabien Morreale

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Guided active walk through the vineyards
  • Kayak experience in Pinhão
  • Walk down the steps of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies
  • Guided active walk in Porto
  • Guided bike tour of Lyon
  • Guided hike through the vineyards in Tournon
  • Canoeing excursion in Avignon

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 39 delectable meals including 14 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