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Nice & Sensations of Southern France

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Combining a luxurious three-night stay on the French Riviera with a cultural voyage on the iconic River Rhône, this unforgettable 11-day river cruise and city break is the perfect opportunity to experience the beauty, heritage, culture and gastronomy of southern France. Join us on the French Riviera, and spend three days savouring the Mediterranean splendour of Nice, including a day-trip to the jet set capital of Monte Carlo. This is the perfect opening act in your odyssey through France, with free time to stretch your legs on one of Nice’s fine beaches before boarding your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship for a spectacular Rhône River journey.

Enlivened by Nice’s coastal breeze, the sightseeing begins in earnest in Arles, whose Romanesque architecture is some of the finest and best-preserved outside of Italy. As you cruise north to Avignon, savour a Provencal dinner hosted by a local chef during a special EmeraldPLUS dining event – one of several opportunities to sample the local cuisine during your trip. Entering the wine lands of Beaujolais, sample the vintages of Tournon or enjoy a guided cycling tour of Glun, a beautiful village on the banks of the river. Your journey ends in Lyon, but not before a cultural tour of the city, taking in the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and the cobbled streets of the old town, where fine French dining was born. 

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Day 1

Located on the French Riviera in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Nice is blessed by a sunny, temperate climate. This famous destination has been attracting visitors from around the world for decades. Today you will check into your hotel, and in the evening you will meet your Tour Director and fellow passengers and enjoy a delightful dinner. Included is a three night stay in Nice.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
Nice

Nice, the capital of the Côte d’Azur, is beautifully curved round the Bay of Angels, desirable and as lively as you like. In the morning enjoy free time to explore on own, and in the afternoon we will take you to Monte Carlo for a guided tour, where you will learn about the jet set life in Monaco.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 3
Nice

Today enjoy your day at leisure in Nice; your tour director is at your service to help you plan your day in this vibrant city.

Discover More: Tour to Cannes and Grasse (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 4
Nice – Arles Embarkation

Today you will be transferred to your Emerald Waterways luxury ship where you will be welcomed by your Captain and crew. Tonight enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5
Arles

Join your local guide for a walking tour showcasing the highlights of the city in particular the exterior of 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.
EmeraldPLUS: Provencal dinner on board hosted by a popular local chef

Discover More: Excursion to Les Baux de Provence (extra expense)

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 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'

Discover More: Excursion to Pont du Gard (extra expense). Due to uneven surfaces, this excursion is best enjoyed by those with an Active Fitness Level

EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
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. 
EmeraldPLUS:Regional wine taste on board

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour to Glun OR guided hike tour through vineyards

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Macon

Your walking tour includes the sights of the General Hospital buildings, half–timbered houses and the Soufflot Chapel. Macon is a great destination to try some local wines at the many tasting displays in the town. Enjoy time at leisure in the afternoon.
Discover More: Visit to Benedictine Abbey of Cluny (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
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, and depart this afternoon for Lyon arriving in the evening.
EmeraldPLUS: Cheese and olive tasting on board

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10
Lyon

Lyon is France’s third largest city, a former Roman capital positioned at the confluence of the Rhone and Saone rivers, which is steeped in history. Today take part on the guided tour of Lyon, which starts with a drive to the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, Lyon’s hilltop church, with stunning views over the town. Then pass by the recently re–discovered Roman amphitheatre and walk through the cobbled streets of the gastronomic old town including the secret laneways.
Discover More: Visit to Perouges (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11
Lyon Disembarkation

After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship in Lyon and transfer to Airport for your onward or homebound flight.

Meals included: Breakfast
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