Sensations of Lyon & Provence with Nice

11 Days
Lyon to Nice
From (GBP)
£ 3,215
£ 2,715
Dates & Pricing

2021 Lyon > Nice

It is no surprise that the South of France is recognized as the birthplace of photography, its unrivalled beauty comprises the finest examples of French 15th century architecture, with Roman ruins and sun-soaked vineyards nestled at the foot of colossal mountain ranges. Journey to the country’s gastronomic beating heart, Lyon, before enjoying an authentic Provençal dinner on board, hosted by renowned French chef, Fabien Morreale. A three-night stay in Nice introduces you to the French Riviera, as well as glamorous Monaco.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EFRN
Duration:
11 days
Departure City:
Lyon
Return City:
Nice

11 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Lyon

    Return economy flights from one of up to 16 UK regional airports are included in the price of your holiday. If you'd prefer not to fly, return travel via Eurostar is available. Welcome to Lyon, where you'll be met at the airport and transferred to the Emerald Liberte.

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

    Chalon-sur-Saône is known for its art and history. Today, you will have the opportunity to witness the areas architectural heritage and peaceful surrounds as you travel to the quaint village of Beaune and visit the Hospices de Beaune, originally a hospital for the poor, and now home to one of Burgundy’s most popular wine auctions.

    EmeraldPLUS

    A cheese and olive tasting on board

    Included Excursion

    Visit to the Hospices de Beaune

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Lyon

    France’s third-largest city, Lyon is a former Roman capital, steeped in history and considered to be the gastronomic heartbeat of the country and the home of traditional Lyonnaise cuisine.
    Today, enjoy a guided tour of Lyon, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière, part of the inscribed historic site of Lyon. Wander through the city and soak in its vividly illustrated history, as buildings from all time periods can be seen adorning narrow cobblestone streets. Alternatively, embark on a guided bike tour of Lyon.

    EmeraldACTIVE

    A guided bike tour of Lyon

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    Visit to Pérouges (extra expense)

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Lyon

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Tournon

    The picturesque village of Tournon borders the gently meandering Rhône, dominated by a 16th-century castle that overlooks the village and a number of iconic landmarks, including a set of ancient watchtowers.
    Your guided tour of the village will showcase its intangible cultural heritage, granting every opportunity for you to immerse yourself in your surroundings. Alternatively, embark on an EmeraldACTIVE hike through some of the local vineyards.
    Later, a guided bike tour to Glun will showcase rural life in the French countryside.

    EmeraldPLUS

    A regional wine tasting on board

    EmeraldACTIVE

    A guided bike tour to Glun

    EmeraldACTIVE

    A guided hike through the vineyards

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Tournon

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Viviers

    Arrive in Viviers, a town with much Middle Age flair and home to one of France’s oldest cathedrals. Your included walking tour of Viviers will showcase some of its numerous listed monuments, along with their ornate windows and lavish façades.

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Viviers

    EmeraldACTIVE

    A hike in Viviers

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    Fishing class (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 Pope and central to the French Revolution. 
    Your included walking tour of Avignon will take you past the ornate beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Palais des Papes, as well as Pont d’Avignon, an ancient stone bridge crossing the Rhône. This afternoon is yours to explore at leisure. 
    This evening, return to your Star-Ship for a delightful Provençal dining experience, expertly prepared by Top Chef finalist, Fabien Morreale.

    EmeraldPLUS

    A Provençal dining experience on board

    EmeraldACTIVE

    A canoeing excursion in Avignon

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    A guided tour to Pont du Gard (extra expense)

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    A classical concert in Avignon (extra expense)

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Avignon

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Arles

    The past is yours to discover in Arles, once an important Phoenician trading port that was captured by the Romans, who peppered the city with iconic monuments. Today, your included tour of the city will showcase some of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Roman and Romanesque monuments of Arles, showcasing how the city has evolved over the centuries.
    Visit the 2,000-year-old Arles Amphitheatre and follow in the footsteps of world-renowned artist, Vincent van Gogh. The rest of the day is yours to explore at leisure, perhaps stopping at a local café or returning to your Star-Ship to relax on board.

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Arles with arena visit

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    A Camargue Excursion (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Arles - Nice

    After breakfast, it’s time to disembark the ship for your transfer to Nice, where you will be taken to your centrally located hotel. Included is a three-night stay in the sun-kissed capital of the Côte d’Azur.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Nice

    Today, the stunning seaside surrounds of the French Riviera are yours to explore with your local guide, before spending the afternoon exploring at leisure. You will be taken to Monte Carlo for an insightful tour. Famously portrayed in films that include Never Say Never Again and To Catch a Thief, Monte Carlo offers much in the way of its charming past.
    Witness the impressive Prince’s Palace of Monaco, originally a Genoese fortress with a dramatic past and the home of beloved actress Grace Kelly.

    Included Excursion

    A city tour of Monaco and Monte Carlo

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  10. Day 10 - Nice

    Nice has long held a reputation for its glamour, where sun-kissed beaches and lavish surrounds create a unique atmosphere that is unlike any other. Today, explore Nice at leisure. Your Emerald Waterways representative will be available to help you to plan your day in this vibrant city.

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    Visit to Saint Paul de Vence (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  11. Day 11 - Nice

    After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and prepare to be transferred to the airport for your onward or homebound flight, taking memories of Roman amphitheatres and the lush surrounds of the French Riviera with you.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

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

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Visit to the Hospices de Beaune
  • Guided tour of Lyon
  • Guided tour of Tournon
  • Guided tour of Viviers
  • Guided tour of Avignon
  • Guided tour of Arles with arena visit

EmeraldPLUS
  • Cheese and olive tasting on board
  • Silk workshop on board
  • Regional wine tasting on board
  • Provençal dinner hosted by local Chef Fabien Morreale

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Guided bike tour of Lyon
  • Guided hike through the vineyards in Tournon
  • Guided bike tour to Glun
  • Hike in Viviers
  • Canoeing excursion in Avignon

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

EXTENSION INCLUSIONS
  • 3 nights at a hotel in Nice
  • A guided tour of Monaco and Monte Carlo
  • 3 Breakfasts (B)

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