Three Rivers Discovery

On this 15 day cruise, travel from Porto to Nice as you uncover the delights of Portugal and Southern France. Visit Salamanca, Pocinho, Lyon & Avignon.

15 Days
Porto to Nice
From (GBP)
£ 6,445
Dates & Pricing

2019 Porto > Nice

A region steeped in beauty, history and culture, cruise along the Douro, Saône & Rhône rivers over 15 incredible days.
Savour the sights as you sail through the Douro Valley, a UNESCO world heritage site dotted with small quaint villages and working vineyards and small farms. Call in at quaint towns including Pinhao, Vega de Terron and Pocinho. Fly to Lyon and soak up the French culture, history and architecture of France. From Burgundy's wine region and examples of French fifteenth-century architecture to Avignon's stunning cuisine and cobbled laneways and shops, your Emerald Waterways Star Ship will ensure a relaxing voyage.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EFPC
Duration:
15 days
Departure City:
Porto
Return City:
Nice

15 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - UK – Porto

    Return economy flights from one of up to 9 UK regional airports are included in the price of your holiday. Please call us to check if we can offer your local airport.

    Welcome to Porto. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the ship where a warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board your luxury Emerald Radiance river cruise ship. Tonight, enjoy dinner on board with your fellow travellers. Your Cruise Director will also conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead.
    EmeraldPLUS: Sunset Cruise Through Porto

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Porto – Pinhão

    Today, enjoy a full day sailing the windy turns and twists of the Douro Valley. A UNESCO world heritage site this area is sparsely populated by small quaint villages and typical communities working vineyards and small farms. In the afternoon, your Cruise Director will host a lecture on board showcasing the history and wine culture of the region. Later, arrive in the village of Pinhão which is situated on a river bend surrounded by terraced hillsides producing some of the world’s best Port. Tonight, your captain will be delighted to host the welcome dinner and cocktail reception.
    EmeraldPLUS: Cooking Demonstration on Board
    EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Pinhao - Vega de Terrón

    Begin your day with a visit to a beautiful Quinta vineyard in the heart of the Douro Valley. Alternatively, join the EmeraldACTIVE walk through the vineyards.  Later, sail to Vega de Terrón, your gateway into Spain.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Walk through Vineyards
    EmeraldPLUS: Cocktail Lesson on board

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Salamanca

    Founded in Roman times, the city of Salamanca is home to one of the oldest universities in Europe, the seat of the Spanish language, and still a lively student town. Board your coach this morning in Vega de Terrón and travel to this beautiful golden city for a guided walking tour passing through its grand squares and medieval structures, where you will feel like stepping back in time. Tapas bars feature on every street and traditional Spanish music trickles out of buzzing bars and restaurants. You will also have plenty of free time to explore independently before returning to the ship later this afternoon.
    EmeraldPLUS: Local Entertainment

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Pocinho

    This morning, arrive in Pocinho and either embark on an excursion to the Côa Valley Museum or take part on the Emerald Active canoeing experience. The Côa Valley Museum is a concrete structure that details pre-historic stone carvings made by the early inhabitants of the Douro, which were uncovered during the construction of the nearby dam. Later return to your ship for lunch and enjoy your idyllic surroundings as you sail towards Régua.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Canoeing Experience
    EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board
    EmeraldPLUS: This evening your highlight dinner will be hosted at a traditional rural wine estate in the Régua area

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Régua

    Today you will have a choice to visit the marvelous baroque village of Lamego and the picturesque Our Lady of Remedies Sanctuary where history stands still. As part of your EmeraldACTIVE feature, walk up the stairs of the Our Lady of Remedies Sanctuary.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Walking up the Stairs of the Sanctuary
    EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board
    EmeraldPLUS: Mosaic Tile Painting Lessons on Board

    DiscoverMORE: Visit to Mateus Manor House with wine tasting (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Porto

    Located at the mouth of the Douro River, Porto is a fascinating eclectic mix of modern and ancient architecture. Enjoy your city tour passing by numerous landmarks of this beautiful city.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Active Walking Tour

    DiscoverMORE: Visit to Guimarães (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Porto Disembarkation - Lyon

    After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship and transfer to Porto airport for your flight to Lyon. In Lyon, you will be transferred to the new ship journey.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - 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.
    EmeraldPLUS: Cheese and olive tasting on board

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - 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

  11. Day 11 - 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

  12. Day 12 - 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.
     

    DiscoverMORE: Tour to Grignan (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - 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

  14. Day 14 - 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

  15. Day 15 - Arles - Nice > UK

    After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship in Arles, transfer to Nice airport for your onward or homebound flight.

    Your flight home is included in the price of your holiday. Please call us to check if we can offer your preferred airport.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 14 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
  • Visit to Quinta in the heart of Douro Valley
  • Tour of Salamanca
  • Excursion to Coa Valley Museum
  • Tour of Baroque Village of Lamego & Sanctuary
  • City tour of Porto
  • 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
  • Sunset Illumination Cruise
  • Cooking Demonstration on Board
  • Cocktail making lesson on board
  • Local Entertainment in Salamanca
  • Mosaic Tile Painting Lessons on Board
  • Rural Dinner Experience
  • Regional wine taste on board
  • Cheese and olive tasting on board
  • Provençal dinner hosted by local chef Fabien Morreale

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Guided Walk through Vineyards
  • Yoga Lesson on Board
  • Canoeing in Pocinho
  • Active Walk up the steps of Sanctuary in Lamego
  • Guided Active Walking Tour in Porto
  • 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
  • 39 superb meals including 14 Breakfasts (B), 11 Lunches (L), 14 Dinners (D)
  • Captain's Welcome & Farewell Reception and Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

Pricing & Availability