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Emerald Liberté Christening Celebration Cruise

September 30, 2017

Romantic settings, quaint country villages, stunning scenery and rolling vineyards are yours to discover on your river cruise through Lyon, to Chalon-Sur-Saône, Avignon and Arles. The region’s wines and gastronomic delights are waiting to be tasted, and France’s impressive architecture—including castles and palaces – there to be explored. Romanesque influences rise from cities’ ruins while castles built by French nobility tell tales of the past lives of the country’s wealthy, providing you with an all-encompassing experience of France’s past and present on our 8-day Sensations of Southern France sailing.

Special Inclusions for our Christening Cruise

In addition to all that's included on our river cruises, guests on this special sailing will also receive:

  • Be part of the official Emerald Liberté christening celebrations in Lyon, including the naming ceremony and an exclusive cocktail reception
  • Enjoy wine tasting at Cave de Tain with some of the famous and delicious wines of the region
  • Join our Taste of Provence tour at a local olive mill for an olive tasting session and learn about their award-winning products
  • Visit the Palais des Popes on an included walk through the rambling maze of gothic hallways and rooms of this medieval fortress 

Day 1 Arrive Lyon  

Welcome to Lyon – a gastronomic and historical city situated in the Rhône-Alpes region between Paris and Marseille. Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport by an Emerald Waterways representative and transferred to your deluxe river cruise ship where you will be welcomed by your Captain and crew. You can spend the rest of the day relaxing in your cabin, the Horizon Lounge, or in the heated outdoor pool. Or if you’re feeling energetic, why not play on the putting green or enjoy a workout in the gym? 

Included Meals: Welcome Buffet Dinner

Day 2 Lyon

Lyon is France’s third largest city, a former Roman capital positioned at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, and is steeped in history. Your tour starts with a drive to the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière, Lyon’s hilltop church, with stunning views over the town. Then see the recently re–discovered Roman amphitheatre and walk through the cobbled streets of the gastronomic old town, including its secret laneways. This evening you are invited to the Captain's Welcome reception followed by the Welcome dinner as you sail north through the beautiful Beaujolais region. 

Included excursions: A guided tour of Lyon.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, Captain's Welcome reception and dinner.

Discover More:  Excursion to the medieval town of Pergoues.

Day 3 Chalon-Sur-Saone > Beaune

Chalon–Sur–Saône is best known as the birthplace of photography and the center of Burgundy’s wine region. You’ll travel by coach to the quaint village of Beaune, situated in the heart of many beautiful vineyards. Here you’ll be taken on a guided tour of the Hospices de Beaune. Formerly a charitable almshouse, it is now a museum possessing many artistic treasures including the mural paintings of the 17th-century in the Salle St Hugues, and an altarpiece, ‘‘The Last Judgment’’, painted by Rogier van der Weyden. The fabulous multi-colored roofs of this former hospital have become one of the symbols of Burgundy, and make it one of the finest examples of French 15th-century architecture. Return to the ship for lunch, then depart that afternoon for Mâcon, arriving in the evening. 

Included excursions: A guided tour of Beaune and the Hospices de Beaune.

Emerald Active: Guided bike excursion to Mâcon while the ship sails (not available on reverse cruise).

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 4 Macon

Wake up in Mâcon – a French town with a distinctly Mediterranean with its buildings painted a palette of burnt sienna, buttermilk and rose. On your guided tour, you’ll walk the heritage trail from Old Saint Vincent to the General Hospital buildings, past half-timbered houses and Soufflot Chapel. This afternoon you'll have free time to spend at your leisure in Mâcon. Alternatively, you can book a Discover More trip to the Benedictine Abbey of Cluny – one of the most influential forces in Medieval Christian history. Founded in 910, the Abbey at Cluny was the center of a monastic reform movement that would spread throughout Europe.

Included excursions: A guided tour of Mâcon.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Discover More: Benedictine Abbey of Cluny.

Day 5 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 third largest mountain range. The area has a long tradition in wine making, including the renowned wine growing center of Tain l’Hermitage across the river.

EmeraldPLUS: Cheese and olive tasting on board.

Included excursions: Guided tour of Tournon.

Emerald Active: Guided biking tour to Glun.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Discover More: Regional wine tasting in Tournon Castle.

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 most secure on a hill in the center of town, with walls 17–18 feet thick. Your guided walk with a local guide takes you through this historic center, strolling the cobbled laneways and browsing the shops overlooking the famous ‘Pont de Avignon’. The rest of the day is at leisure.

EmeraldPLUS: Provençal dinner on board hosted by a local chef and traditional local style concert known as Chanson music.

Included excursions: Guided tour of Avignon.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Discover More: Secrets of the Pope’s Palace or an excursion to Pont du Gard.

Day 7 Avignon > Arles

Sail into the Camargue wilderness region to the capital of Provence, Arles. You will join your local guide for a walking tour showcasing the highlights of the city, in particular the 2,000-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 or explore Arles further.

Included excursions: A guided tour of Arles.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Discover More: Hilltop village Les Baux or Tastes of Provence.

Day 8 Depart Arles

After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship back in Arles and transfer to Nice Airport for your onward or homebound flight.

Included meals: Breakfast.

Extend your stay in Paris

$995 Per Person

3 Nights pre-cruise hotel, including breakfast daily & city tour

Also included with this special sailing:

  • Welcome dinner at the hotel
  • Dinner at the Eiffel Tower
  • Coach transfer to Lyon to board the Emerald Liberte.  
  • Included lunch stop en-route to your Star-Ship.

Terms & Conditions: *Additional inclusions during the cruise and Paris extension are exclusive for the 9/30/17 departure. Pricing is per person & in Canadian Dollars. Taxes & port charges are included in the price. A non-refundable initial deposit of $500 per person is required at the time of booking, with full payment required 90 days prior to departure. Offer may be extended, canceled or withdrawn at any time without notice. 2017 itineraries, hotels and inclusions are subject to availability and may change. For full terms and conditions click here