What you'll do
Enjoy the beautiful scenery and lovely towns along the Rhône and Saône Rivers as you leisurely cruise through the wine country of France aboard the Emerald Liberté. Before this once-in-a-lifetime cruise, we will experience the French Riviera and Monte Carlo with a three-night stay in Nice.
- Seven-night cruise through southern France.
- Three-Night stay in Nice, France
- First-class service by an English-speaking crew.
- Shore excursions with English-speaking local guides.
- Personal listening device for onboard excursions.
- All meals on board with a variety of International cuisine.
- Complimentary regional wines, beer and soft drinks (accompany onboard lunches and dinners.)
- All gratuities included
- Complimentary WiFi onboard
- Complimentary bicycles onboard for use ashore
- Touring in Monaco & Monte Carlo
- 23 meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 7 dinners
- All transfers and transportation.
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Tuesday, Sept 5, 2023 - Depart the USA
We depart on our overnight flight to Nice, France.
Wednesday, Sept 6th, 2023 - Nice, France
Welcome to Nice! Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport by a representative of Mayflower Cruises and Tours and transferred to the hotel. A three-night stay awaits in this fascinating city on the French Riviera and the sun-kissed capital of the Côte d’Azur.
Thursday, Sept 7th, 2023 - Monte Carlo / Nice
Depart by coach for the principality of Monaco to visit Monte Carlo on the French Riviera. Home to the Grand Prix, location of numerous movies, and playground of the rich and famous – you’re sure to recognize its beautiful setting and famed casino. After an insightful tour and free time to explore, return to Nice for the remainder of the day at leisure.
Friday, Sept 8th, 2023 - Nice, France
The final day in Nice is left free of planned activities for your independent exploration or relaxation on its expansive beach. A hospitality representative is at your service to help you plan your day in this vibrant city.
Saturday, Sept 9th, 2023 - Nice – Arles:
After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to the French Riviera and journey by motorcoach to Arles where the captain and crew welcome you aboard the Emerald Liberté – home for the next seven nights. Settle into your new surroundings and enjoy dinner on board as the vessel remains docked in Arles overnight.
Sunday, Sept 10th, 2023 - Aries
The UNESCO World Heritage Site and Provençal town of Arles combines all of the region’s charms. While strolling through the streets, medieval in character, with the local guide, you’ll discover why the colorful houses were an inspiration to Vincent Van Gogh and other famous artists. Visit the 2,000-year-old Roman amphitheater, once home to chariot races, which is still in use today. This evening, a Provençal experience awaits as dinner is hosted by Top Chef finalist, Fabien Morreale.
Monday Sept 11th, 2022 - Avignon
Avignon is one of the few French cities to have preserved its ramparts, historic center and churches. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is well known for the imposing Palace of the Popes. During your guided walk, see the famous ancient stone bridge, ‘Pont d’Avignon’, crossing the Rhône. Marvel at the ornate beauty of the Palace of the Popes and stroll through the historic center.
Tuesday, Sept 12th, 2023 - Viviers
Arrive in Viviers, a town which still has Middle-Age flair and is home to one of the oldest cathedrals in France. Join an included walking tour exploring the architectural heritage of this quaint town as you stroll through the narrow cobblestone streets past pastel-colored buildings, sun-faded from their historic past.
Wednesday, Sept 13th, 2023 - Arles / Nice
As the vessel sails along the gently winding Rhône River, the landscape of Tournon comes into view. Nestled in the valley near the steep slopes of le Massif Central, France’s 3rd largest mountain range, it’s picture-perfect. During the included tour, a local guide leads you on a walk through Tournon, which is dominated by the 16th-century castle overlooking the village, ancient watchtowers, and Roman ruins. The area has a long tradition in winemaking, including the renowned wine-growing center of Tain l’Hermitage across the river. For the more active guests, you may choose to embark on a hike through some of the vineyards.
Thursday, Sept 14th, 2023 - Lyon
France’s third-largest city, Lyon is steeped in history and a former Roman capital. The city is positioned at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône Rivers. Today, take part in the guided tour of Lyon, which includes a drive to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière, Lyon’s hilltop church, with stunning views over the town. Pass by the recently rediscovered Roman amphitheater and walk through the cobbled streets of the old town with its secret alleyways and architectural wonders.
Friday, Sept 15th, 2023 - Chalon-Sur-Saône /Beaune / Lyon
Chalon–Sur–Saône is best known as the birthplace of photography and the center of Burgundy’s wine region. Upon arrival, travel by coach to the quaint village of Beaune to visit the Hospices de Beaune, one of the finest examples of French 15th–century architecture. Marvel at the multi–colored roofs of this former hospital, now a museum, which has become one of the symbols of Burgundy. The ship sails back to Lyon this evening.
Saturday, Sept 16th, 2023 - Lyon / USA
After breakfast, it’s time to bid ‘au revoir’ to France and depart to the Lyon airport for your flight home.
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