Paris to Nice & Sensations of Lyon and Provence

From Paris to Nice, discover the sensations of Southern France over 13 incredible days. Explore Lyon, Macon, Tournon & Arles before a 3 night stay in Nice.

13 Days
Paris to Nice
From (AUD)
$ 6,745
Dates & Pricing

2024 Paris > Nice

Discover the magic of France by river

The Rhône and Saône rivers meander through the picturesque south of France, where you’ll discover picture-perfect villages, palaces and Roman ruins, and delicious Provençal cuisine.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EPFN
Duration:
13 days
Departure City:
Paris
Return City:
Nice

13 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Paris

    Let a truly Parisian atmosphere clock you today as you are welcomed to the postcard-worthy French capital. You will be met at the airport by an Emerald Cruises representative and transferred to your centrally-located hotel, nestled amidst open boulevards and some of the city’s iconic highlights.

  2. Day 2 - Paris

    Today, a knowledgeable local guide will introduce you to the best that Paris has to offer, including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Arc de Triomphe. Later, board a charming river cruise on the Seine and enjoy sailing to the Eiffel Tower.

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Paris and a Seine river cruise

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    Tastes of Paris (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  3. Day 3 - Paris – Lyon

    After breakfast, you will be transferred from Paris to Lyon by rail. When you arrive, you will be welcomed on board your contemporary Emerald Cruises Star-Ship by your captain and crew. This evening, enjoy your first dinner on board with your fellow guests.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - 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.

    EmeraldPLUS

    Cheese and olive tasting on board

    Included Excursion

    Visit to the Hospices de Beaune

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - 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.

    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

  6. Day 6 - 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.

    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

  7. Day 7 - 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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - 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. In the afternoon, the beauty of Avignon is yours to leisurely explore. This evening, you’ll enjoy a delightful Provençal dining experience on board, expertly prepared by France's 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

  9. Day 9 - 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.

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Arles with arena visit

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    Excursion to Les Baux de Provence (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - 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

  11. Day 11 - 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

  12. Day 12 - 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

  13. Day 13 - 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
  • 7 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 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
  • Cheese and olive tasting on board
  • Regional wine tasting on board
  • Provençal dinner hosted by local chef Fabien Morreale

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

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 20 delectable meals including 7 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D)
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

EXTENSION INCLUSIONS
  • 2 nights at a hotel in Paris
  • A guided tour of Paris and a Seine river cruise
  • 3 nights at a hotel in Nice
  • A guided tour of Monaco and Monte Carlo
  • Airport transfers
  • 5 Breakfasts (B)

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