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Emerald Liberté Christening Celebration Cruise

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Journeying through the sensory lands of Burgundy and Provence on the languid waters of the Saône and Rhône rivers, you’ll feel you’ve fled the modern world as you travel between historic gems like Lyon, Avignon, and Chalon-Sur-Saône. This bewitching pocket of southern France is steeped in history and nostalgia, with much of its scenic splendour preserved since it was captured by the great artists of the 19th century. Expect sun-drenched vineyards aplenty as you float south through Burgundy and into the spectacular lavender-strewn vistas of Provence. For history buffs, Avignon and Arles offer up a majestic showcase, from the opulence of the Palais des Papes to the ancient monoliths of the Roman and Romanesque Monuments of Arles site.

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Day 1
UK > Lyon
Return economy flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow or Edinburgh are included in the price of your holiday. Please call for details on other regional departures which are available from selected UK airports at a supplement from £49 per person. Welcome to Lyon! You will be met by a representative and transferred to your luxury Emerald Waterways river cruise ship where you will be welcomed by your Captain and crew. In the evening you'll enjoy a welcdome reception and dinner on board in the Reflections Restaurant
Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
Lyon

Lyon is France’s second largest city, a former Roman capital positioned at the confluence of the Rhone and Saone rivers and steeped in history. Our tour starts with a drive to the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, Lyon’s hilltop church, with stunning views over the town. Then see the recently re-discovered Roman amphitheatre and walk through the cobbled streets of the gastronomic old town with its secret laneways. Christening Celebration This afternoon you’re invited to the formal Christening of the Emerald Liberté. The Christening service will encompass entertainment, a blessing of the ship and of course the ceremonial Champagne throw followed by a cocktail reception for local, regional and international dignitaries (Yes that’s us!). This evening set sail north through the beautiful Beaujolais region towards Chalon-Sur-Soane.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Chalon-Sur-Saone -Beaune

Chalon-Sur-Saone is best known as the birthplace of photography and the centre 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-coloured roofs of this former hospital, now a museum, which has become one of the symbols of Burgundy. Return to the ship for lunch, before setting sail this afternoon for Macon arriving in the evening. Emerald Active: Join a guide for a bike excursion from Tournus to Macon while the ship sails.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Macon

Enjoy breakfast on the beautiful Saone River in Macon, another important wine region and gateway to the Beaujolais vineyards. Walk the Heritage Trail from Old Saint Vincent to the General Hospital buildings, half-timbered house and Soufflot Chapel, maybe trying some local wines at the many tasting displays in the town. Enjoy time at leisure in the afternoon.

Discover More: Visit to Cluny Abbey (must be pre booked, additional cost)

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 and is known as some of the world’s most expensive wines. Christening Celebration Later this afternoon join us for a tasting of some of the famous and absolutely delicious wines of the region. EmeraldPLUS enjoy a cheese and olive tasting onboard.

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 guided walk with a local guide takes you through this historic centre strolling the cobbled laneways and browsing the shops, overlooking the famous 'Pont d'Avignon'. Christening Celebration In the afternoon, join us for a guided walk inside the rambling maze of gothic hallways and rooms to discover the Palais des Papes, the former Papal residence. EmeraldPLUS this evening to enjoy a special Provencal dinner and local entertainment hosted by a local chef.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Avignon - 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 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.  Christening Celebration This afternoon we visit an olive mill and enjoy tasting its award winning product, later we visit a local Lavender distillery to learn about this important industry of the region. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax on board and explore Arles further.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Arles > UK
After a delicious buffet breakfast to prepare you for the day ahead, it’s time to say your goodbyes to your fellow guests, crew and your Captain before you’re transferred to Marseille airport and your journey home begins.
Meals included: Breakfast
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