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. After 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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Friday, Sept 30, 2022 - Depart the USA
We depart on our overnight flight to Lyon, France.
Saturday, Oct 1, 2022 - Lyon, France
Welcome to Lyon, at the junction of the Rhône and Saône Rivers. Upon arrival, we will be transferred to the Emerald Liberté. Settle into your new surroundings and enjoy dinner onboard as the ship departs for Chalon-Sur-Saône this evening. (Dinner)
Sunday, October 2, 2022 - 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 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. Upon arriving back on the ship you may want to join in cheese and olive tasting. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Monday, October 3rd, 2022 - Lyon
Lyon, France’s third largest city, 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 starts with a drive to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière, Lyon’s hilltop church, with stunning views over the town. Then pass by the recently re–discovered Roman amphitheater and walk through the cobbled streets of the old town with its secret alleyways. For those that wish you may also take a guided bike tour. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Tuesday, October 4th, 2022 - Tournon
Join your local guide for a walking tour of Tournon, dominated by the 16th-century castle overlooking the village, ancient watchtowers and Roman ruins. Nestled in the valley near the steep slopes of le Massif Central, France’s 3rd largest mountain range, it’s picture-perfect. The area has a long tradition in wine making, including the renowned wine growing center of Tain l’Hermitage across the river. Today you may also pick from a guided hike through vineyards, a guided bike tour to Glun and wine tasting on board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Wednesday, October 5th, 2022 - Viviers
Arrive in Viviers, a town which still has Middle-Age flair. Viviers is also the home of one of France’s oldest cathedrals. Join an included walking tour exploring all the architectural heritage of this quaint town. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Thursday Oct 6th, 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Friday, October 7th, 2022 - Arles
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 which is still in use today. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Saturday, October 8th, 2022 - Arles / Nice
After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to the captain and crew as our river cruise comes to end. But your land adventure is just beginning as you journey by coach to Nice on the famed Cote d’Azur for a three-night stay. (Breakfast)
Sunday, October 9th, 2022 - 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. (Breakfast)
Monday, October 10th, 2022 - Nice
The final day in Nice is left free of planned activities. Your hospitality representative is at your service to help you plan your day in this vibrant city. (Breakfast)
Tuesday, October 11th, 2022 - Nice / USA
It’s time to bid ‘au revoir’ to France and depart to the Nice airport for our flight home. (Breakfast)
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