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Sensations of Southern France

8 Day
Between Marseille and Lyon
Rhone
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Savour the pastoral charm and history of Provence with an 8-day Rhône river cruise from Marseille to Lyon. Travelling north, you’ll cut a course through lavender fields and wineries, visiting captivating destinations such as Arles, Avignon, and Chalon-Sur-Saône.

After a relaxing evening on-board the Emerald Liberté, Arles is your first stop, and here you can join a guided walking tour of the city’s Romanesque architecture, including a visit to the wonderfully preserved Roman Amphitheatre.

In Avignon, marvel at the imposing walls of the illustrious Palais des Papes, which served as the seat for successive popes throughout the 13th century. The cobbled byways of this enchanting city are yours to discover this afternoon, while a sumptuous Provencal dinner awaits on-board courtesy of a local chef – one of the EmeraldPLUS highlights in southern France.

Sample regional wines in Tournon or take an EmeraldACTIVE guided hike through the surrounding vineyards. The landscape is laden with produce, and you’ll sample the finest offerings of wine, cheese, and olives as you journey steadily north. The culinary theme continues in Lyon, an ancient city recognised as the world capital of gastronomy. Take a tour of the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere church, before visiting a local Bouchon Lyonnais to sample the best in decadent French fare.

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* From price is for a 28 July 2018 departure. For a full list of pricing and availability, please see below. All prices are per person, twin share in GBP, based on two guests sharing. Terms and conditions apply and we reserve the right to withdraw our offers at any time. Please note, the ship operating a particular cruise is subject to change.
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Day 1

You will be met at the airport in Marseille and transferred to the Emerald Liberte Luxury ship in Arles where you will be welcomed by your Captain and crew. Tonight enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board. If flying into Marseille, please book your flights to arrive prior to 12:30pm.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
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.
Discover More: Excursion to Les Baux de Provence (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
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'
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

EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
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 EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike tour through vineyards

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
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 6
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 7
Lyon

Lyon is France’s third largest city, a former Roman capital positioned at the conference 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 8
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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