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Discover this fascinating river that served as an important gateway for the ancient Greeks and Romans

Slowly flowing towards the Mediterranean Sea from beautiful old Lyon, the Rhône cuts a serene path through the heart of France. Medieval cities and Roman ruins line the waterway as it journeys south through ancient villages and prosperous towns. Gallic heritage can be experienced on every bend of this beautiful river, from the rustic settlements dotted along the waterway to the acres of wine-producing vineyards.

A slow and relaxed way of life takes hold the further south you journey, under the watchful gaze of the Mediterranean sun. Long, lazy lunches and midday glasses of wine become the norm in this delightful part of France, giving you plenty of chance to take in the beautiful scenery.

The Emerald Liberté has been custom-built for river cruising along the Rhône; the delightful Sun Deck is the perfect location to watch the stunning backdrop pass by, a glass of a local vintage in hand.  



To celebrate Viva La France, we've launched a dedicated booklet which illustrates just how extraordinary an Emerald Waterways France adventure is - take a closer look here.


Explore France’s Foodie Capital

Since 1935, France’s second city, Lyon, has proudly boasted the unofficial title of ‘world capital of gastronomy’. A rustic approach to cooking started in the city in the 19th century, when middle-class women left their homes to work as cooks and help to craft new culinary traditions and world-renowned dishes.

These culinary traditions can be sampled today in the charming bouchons of Lyon, small, traditional restaurants serving old-fashioned dishes and local wines. The dishes found in the city’s 20 remaining bouchons are rich and warming; the atmosphere found in each is both friendly and personable. 

Our Sensations of Southern France river cruise itinerary starts with an overnight on-board stay in Lyon, and then a full day in the city to enjoy the rich culinary heritage and explore all the stunning sights.  


World Heritage Sites
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Explore the Rhône with Emerald Liberté


Emerald Liberté


Built specifically for our Sensations of Southern France river cruise, Emerald Liberté skilfully navigate the rivers Rhône & Saône. Mirroring the effortless sophistication and beauty of the French countryside she navigates, Emerald Liberté offers an authentic experiences throughout the heart of France.


Cruise the Rhone in 2018


Cutting a serene path through the heart of France, medieval cities and Roman ruins line the Rhône as it journeys south through ancient villages and prosperous towns. From it's rustic settlements to the acres of wine-producing vineyards, this is a region worthy of your bucket list.

Discover the Rhône with Emerald Waterways

2019 Rhône River Cruises

The flavours of Burgundy and Provence with international wine experts

8 days
Marseille > Lyon
Meet some esteemed names from the world of wine, as we sail through the wine-producing region of Provence. Witness the stunning vineyards, with plenty of opportunity to sample the local wares.
from £1,945

Sensations Lyon and Provence

8 days
Marseille > Lyon
from £2,345 £1,645

The Majestic Rhine

8 days
Frankfurt > Zurich
from £2,445
2019 at 2018 Prices

Sensations of Lyon and Provence

8 days
Nice > Lyon
Romance, spectacular historic landmarks & Roman influence, celebrate France’s past & present on this sensory journey through renowned vineyards & world-class restaurants along the Saône & Rhône rivers
from £2,895 £2,395

Sensations of Lyon and Provence & Geneva

10 days
Marseille > Geneva
from £3,065 £2,365

Nice & Sensations of Lyon and Provence

11 days
Nice > Lyon
from £3,195 £2,495
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