Sensations of Lyon & Provence

Journey to France's gastronomic heartbeat, Lyon, before enjoying an authentic Provençal dinner on-board, hosted by renowned French chef, Fabien Morreale.

8 Days
Lyon to Marseille
From (GBP)
£ 2,345
£ 1,545
Dates & Pricing

2019 Lyon > Marseille

Journey to France's gastronomic heartbeat, Lyon, before enjoying an authentic Provençal dinner on-board, hosted by renowned French chef, Fabien Morreale.
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.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EFRM
Duration:
8 days
Departure City:
Lyon
Return City:
Marseille

8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - UK – Lyon

    Return economy flights from one of up to 15 UK regional airports are included in the price of your holiday. Please call us to check if we can offer your local airport. If you’d prefer not to fly, return travel via Eurostar is available.

    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

  2. Day 2 - Chalon-Sur-Saône – Beaune

    Chalon–Sur–Saône 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - 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 be part of the guided tour of Lyon, which starts with a drive to the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière, 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. Alternatively, join a guided bike tour of Lyon.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour

    DiscoverMORE: Tour to Perouges (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. 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.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided active walk through vineyards
    EmeraldPLUS: Regional wine lecture on board
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour to Glun

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Viviers

    Arrive in Viviers, a town which still has a lot of flare. Viviers is also the home of one of France’s oldest cathedrals, join an included city tour exploring all the architectural heritage of this quaint town.
    EmeraldPLUS: Cheese and olive tasting on board

    DiscoverMORE: Tour to Grignan (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. 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 guided 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: Guided active hike in Avignon
    EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board
    EmeraldPLUS: Provençale dinner hosted by local Chef Fabien Morreale
    DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Pont du Gard (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Arles

    Sail into Arles where you will join your local guide for a walking tour showcasing the highlights of the city in particular 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.

    DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Les Baux de Provence (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Arles – Marseille – UK

    After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to Marseille airport. Your flight home is included in the price of your holiday. Please call us to check if we can offer your preferred airport. If you’d prefer not to fly, return travel via Eurostar is available.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Guided Tour of Village of Beaune & Hospice
  • City tour of Lyon
  • Walking tour of Tournon
  • Walking tour of Viviers
  • Guided Tour in Avignon
  • Guided tour of Arles

EmeraldPLUS
  • Regional wine lecture on board
  • Cheese and olive tasting on board
  • Provencal dinner hosted by local chef Fabien Morreale

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Guided bike tour in Lyon
  • Guided active walk through vineyards
  • Guided bike tour to Glun
  • Yoga lesson on board in Avignon
  • Guided active hike in Avignon

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
  • Captain's Welcome & Farewell Reception and Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

Pricing & Availability