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Sensations of Southern France

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Between Lyon and Marseille
Rhone
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Join us on the Rhône as we drift through provincial wine lands dotted with spirit-lifting heritage towns and ancient cities whose cobblestone streets bristle with culture and epicurean tradition. From Lyon to Arles over eight wonderful days, discover the wine-making customs of Chalon-Sur-Saône, the half-timbered charm of Mâcon, and the Roman-age splendour of Arles, all while cruising in effortless contemporary comfort on-board your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship. This memorable sailing introduces southern France in all its iconic style and splendour, from the revered vineyards of Beaujolais to the jovial bouchons of Lyon, the acclaimed culinary capital of the world.

Your tour starts in Lyon, France’s third largest city. Feel the city’s heartbeat during a guided tour, which begins with a drive to the hilltop church of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and concludes amid the byways of the old town, where gastronomy is all. This evening, sail north through Beaujolais to Chalon-Sur-Saône while savouring an on-board cheese and olive tasting, one of several EmeraldPLUS events scheduled for your journey. History and culture come easy in Avignon, a Celtic city that’s renowned as the seat of the Palais des Papes, and in Arles, whose World Heritage-listed centre boasts some of the finest Roman architecture outside of Italy. It’s here where your trip reaches its conclusion, but not before raising a glass of fine French wine to toast the end of an inspiring journey.

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Day 1

Welcome to Lyon. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the ship where you will be welcomed by your Captain and crew. Tonight enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
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 be part of 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. This evening sail north through the beautiful Beaujolais region.
Discover More: Visit to Perouges (extra expense)

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

Chalon–Sur–Saone is best known as the birthplace of photography and the center 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–colored roofs of this former hospital, now a museum, which has become one of the symbols of Burgundy. Return to the ship for lunch, and then depart this afternoon for Macon arriving in the evening.
EmeraldPLUS: Cheese and olive tasting on board
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour from Tournus to Macon while ship sails. This tour is only possible on the Lyon to Arles cruise.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Macon

Arrive in Macon, another important wine region and gateway to the Beaujolais vineyards. 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 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.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour to Glun OR guided hike through vineyards
EmeraldPLUS: Regional wine taste on board

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 with its cobbled laneways and shops, overlooking the famous 'Pont d’Avignon'. The rest of the day is at leisure.
EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board
EmeraldPLUS: Provencal dinner on board hosted by a popular local chef

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
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 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. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax on board and explore Arles further.
Discover More: Excursion to Les Baux de Provence (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Arles Disembarkation - Marseille

After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship in Arles, transfer to Marseille Airport for your onward or homebound flight. If flying out of Marseille, please book your flights to depart between 11am and 4pm.

Meals included: Breakfast
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