Opera Artist, Marc Hervieux hosts our river cruise through France

Join Marc Hervieux' French-speaking cruise for exclusive performances.

Exclusive Opera performances on board Emerald Liberte

Marc Hervieux, French Canadian artist and opera singer, will welcome you on an exclusive French-speaking cruise giving intimate performances on board as well as an exclusive grand performance in a church in Avignon.
Since 2009, Marc Hervieux has charmed us with nine albums in pop or classic, including A Napoli and Tenor Arias, both awarded the Felix Album of the Year in the category Classic / Vocal. In the wake of these records, having received great appreciation from the public, Marc traveled to Quebec several times with his musicians to perform.
Over the course of his career, the singer has made his mark on the international scene with prestigious invitations that took him from Saint Petersburg to Paris, via Seoul, Malaga and Taiwan. Marc Hervieux also joined the voices of many local artists, including Gilles Vigneault, Ginette Reno, Paul Daraîche and Éric Lapointe. He then made a splash by starring in the musical Sister Act, presented by the Just for Laughs Festival.
Being a versatile performer, Marc is also active on television and radio. After having contributed to the daily magazine Cap for two consecutive summers, he now transposes his good humor and his musical knowledge into the Virtuoso variety show, hosted by Gregory Charles and presented on Radio-Canada. The radio show can be heard on ICI Musique and Muse, a CBC digital channel devoted entirely to classical music.
We invite you to join Marc and sail the Rhône and the Saône Rivers in France aboard the luxurious Emerald Liberté Star Ship. Familiarize yourself with the local culture and the French countryside, stopping in the lively ports of France, including Lyon, Tournon, Avignon and Marseille. Marc will give intimate performances onboard as well as an exclusive Grande performance in a church in Avignon. This cruise includes all accommodation onboard meals, guided city tours, excursions, gratuities, onboard drinks, as well as transfers – It’s All Included in the price!
Prices now from $3,940 CAD per person*
Contact us at 855 444 0161 or your travel agent for more information.
Our Exceptional Value - It's All Included!
  • 7 nights in boutique hotel-style spacious cabins and our refreshing open air balcony system in all our suites
  • Innovative on-board features like a heated pool with retractable roof and cinema
  • All on-board meals and a collection of highlight dinners at Reflections Restaurant
  • Provencal dinner hosted by local celebrity chef Fabien Morreale
  • A refined selection of wine, beer and soft drinks available onboard all day, every day*
  • Tea and coffee available at all times
  • Bottled water restocked daily in your cabin
  • 6 shore excursions including visits to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • EmeraldPLUS activities
  • 5 EmeraldACTIVE activities including biking, hiking, and yoga
  • A private cocktail party with Marc Hervieux followed by a grande performance in a church in Avignon
  • 5 star service from an French speaking crew
  • Complimentary bicycles onboard for daily use
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • All airport transfers to and from your ship*
  • Plus all gratuities onboard and on tour

Sensations of Lyon & Provence

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Depart: September 28, 2019

Star Ship: Emerald Liberté

Tour code: EFRC280919.1

Length: 8 days

Departure City: Lyon

Return City: Nice / Marseille

Prices now from: $3,940 CAD per person

Day 1 Arrival Lyon

Welcome to Lyon. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the ship where you will be welcomed by your Captain and crew. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board.


Day 2 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.

Included : Visit to the village of Beaune & Hospices

(B, L, D)

Day 3 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.

Included: Guided Tour of Lyon, or EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour

DiscoverMORE: Tour to Perouges (extra expense)

(B, L, D)

Day 4 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.

Included: Guided tour of Tournon, or EmeraldACTIVE: Guided active walk through vineyards

EmeraldPLUS: Regional wine lecture onboard 

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour to Glun

(B, L, D)

Day 5 Viviers

Arrive in Viviers, a town that has preserved it's middle-age 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.

Included: Guided Tour of Viviers

EmeraldPLUS: Cheese and olive tasting onboard

DiscoverMORE: Tour to Grignan (extra expense)

(B, L, D)

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 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.

Included: Guided Tour of Avignon, or EmeraldACTIVE: Guided active hike in Avignon

EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson onboard

EmeraldPLUS: Cocktail party hosted by Marc Hervieux followed by an exclusive performance in a local Avignon church

EmeraldPLUS: Provençale dinner hosted by local celebrity Chef Fabien Morreale

DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Pont du Gard (extra expense)

(B, L, D)

Day 7 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 onboard and explore Arles further.

Included: Guided Tour of Arles with Arena Visit

DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Les Baux de Provence (extra expense)

(B, L, D)

Day 8 Arles - Nice

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


Highlights of France
*Terms and Conditions: Offer Valid for New 2019 Bookings only on EFRC280919.1. Offer valid until August 31, 2019 or until sold out. Receive Savings of $1,000 CAD per person off the price of the cruise. Prices are in CAD, based on double occupancy and lowest cabin category available. Included in price - Extended Drink Package which includes all wine, beer, and soft drinks, cocktail party, and three opera performances. A non–refundable initial deposit of $500 per person is required within 48 hours of booking with full payment required 90 days prior to departure. Offers are not combinable with any other offer or promotion except information session or Travel Vouchers, or Loyalty savings. Taxes & port charges are included in the price. Price listed above includes savings. Cabins are subject to availability. Offer may be changed, cancelled or withdrawn at any time without notice. For full terms and conditions visit here. © EMERALD WATERWAYS | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED | BC CONSUMER PROTECTION #40178

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