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.
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Emerald Liberté explores the Rhône
Emerald Liberté - Take a Closer Look
Built specifically for our brand-new Sensations of Southern France river cruise, Emerald Liberté is one of three Emerald Waterways ships launched in 2017. Mirroring the effortless sophistication and beauty of the French countryside she navigates, Emerald Liberté offers authentic experiences of the rivers Rhône and Saône.
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 brand new 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.
Cruise the Rhone in 2018
Sail the romantic Rhône in 2017 on our brand new Sensations of Southern France river cruise. Romantic landscapes and spectacular historical landmarks are yours to discover on this magical river cruise through France's pastoral south.
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