Discover the Rivers of France & Portugal

Discover the beauty of Southern France and delights of Portugal on this 15 day cruise from Nice to Porto. Cruise along the Rhône, Saône & Douro rivers.

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

2025 Nice > Porto

Discover the magic of France and Portugal by river

Discover the beauty of Southern France and delights of Portugal on this 15 day cruise from Nice to Porto. Cruise along the Rhône, Saône & Douro rivers.
These two cruises link seamlessly to create this fifteen day itinerary. Start with seven nights on board Emerald Libertè cruising the Rhóne and Saóne Rivers before a flight to Porto for a second seven night cruise along Douro River through Portugal and into Spain.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EFPC
Duration:
15 days
Departure City:
Nice
Return City:
Porto

15 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Nice - Arles

    Welcome to France and the beginning of your cruise. You’ll be met by a member of our team at the airport and transferred to Arles, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting to welcome you on board your contemporary Emerald Cruises Star-Ship. This evening, enjoy a welcome reception and dine with your fellow guests.

    Please book your flight to arrive into Nice prior to 12:00 PM.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Arles

    Revel in the glory of the Roman Empire today during an insightful visit to Arles, including its UNESCO World Heritage-listed Roman and Romanesque monuments. Visit Arles Amphitheatre, a 2,000-year-old structure where thousands of spectators once gathered to watch heart-pounding chariot races. 
    Enjoy learning about the time spent by Vincent van Gogh in the city, taking inspiration from his surroundings and using them to create many of his most iconic pieces of art, including ‘Starry Night Over the Rhône’. Then, enjoy some time to explore the beauty of Arles at your leisure. 

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Arles with arena visit 

    EmeraldPLUS

    A Provençal dinner hosted by chef Fabien Morreale

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    Excursion to Les Baux de Provence (extra expense)

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    Visit to L’Occitane Factory (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Avignon

    Avignon has a long and storied history. This fortified town is the former residence of seven consecutive Popes in the 1300s who fled Rome to escape from the political pressures of the Roman Empire. The city went on to become an important location during the French Revolution. 
    Embark on a guided walking tour to witness its illustrious past, including the ornate Gothic exterior of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Palais des Papes, built by the Popes over two decad es. This evening you are invited to join the unique experience of a classical concert in Avignon. 

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Avignon

    EmeraldPLUS

    Classical concert in 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 tours of Avignon (extra expense)

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Viviers

    A snapshot of quintessential France awaits your arrival in Viviers, a town that perfectly encapsulates the medieval days of the region. Pastel coloured buildings gently faded by the sun line narrow cobblestone streets, and the heart of the Old Town is yours to explore today during a guided walking tour. 

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Viviers

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    Visit to Chauvet Pont D’Arc (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Tournon

    As we sail down the gently twisting Rhône River into Tournon, you’ll be treated to an extraordinary view of a 16th-century castle overlooking the village and a pair of ancient watchtowers adorning the surrounding rural landscape. 
    Today, embark on a guided tour of Tournon and learn about its illustrious history and the culture of the people who call it home. If you would like to explore more of the region’s natural beauty, then you may instead choose to embark on an EmeraldACTIVE hike through some of the local vineyards.

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Tournon

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Guided hike through the vineyards

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Lyon

    As one of the largest cities in France and a former Roman capital, many of the most important moments in French history have taken place in Lyon. But it’s Lyonnaise cuisine that has really put this city on the map, delighting gastronomists from around the world. 

    Join your local guide for a walking tour of the city, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière. If you’re feeling more active, then you may instead choose to embark on a guided bike tour, touching on its most prominent architectural wonders and moments from history.

    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

  7. Day 7 - Chalon-sur-Saône – Beaune

    The birthplace of photography and the centre of Burgundy’s wine region is yours to discover today as you travel by road to the quaint village of Beaune. Stop to visit the Hospices de Beaune, one of the best-preserved examples of 15th-century French architecture and home to one of the most popular wine auctions in the country. 

    Included Excursion

    Visit to the Hospices de Beaune

    EmeraldPLUS

    Cheese and olive tasting on board

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Lyon - Porto

    After breakfast, you will be transferred from where your Star-Ship is docked in Lyon to Porto, where the second half of your river cruising adventure awaits. Meet your lovely on board staff on your contemporary Emerald Radiance Star-Ship.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - 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

  10. Day 10 - 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

  11. Day 11 - 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

  12. Day 12 - 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

  13. Day 13 - 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

  14. Day 14 - 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

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    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

  15. Day 15 - Porto

    After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to your Star-Ship and fellow guests, taking memories of sun-drenched vineyards with you.

    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
  • Guided tour of Arles with arena visit
  • Guided tour of Avignon
  • Guided tour of Viviers
  • Guided tour of Tournon
  • Guided tour of Lyon
  • Visit to the Hospices de Beaune
  • 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

EmeraldPLUS
  • Provençal dinner hosted by local chef Fabien Morreale
  • Classical Concert in Avignon
  • Cheese and olive tasting on board
  • 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

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Canoeing excursion in Avignon
  • Guided hike through the vineyards in Tournon
  • Guided bike tour of Lyon
  • 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

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