Welcome to Paris! Begin your trip of a lifetime with 2 days exploring the city of light. Stroll through the boulevards, passing by the bridges to the Eiffel Tower as it lights up at night. We’ll take you on a guided tour to witness iconic architecture like the Eiffel tower and Notre Dame. Free time will allow you to delve further into the expansive list of beautiful museums or the incomparable Louvre or Musée d’Orsay.
You’ll transfer from Paris to Lyon by train and join your luxury river cruise ship and be welcomed by your Captain and crew. Our 8-day Rhône river cruise takes you from Lyon to Arles to savour the pastoral charm and history of Provence cutting a course through lavender fields and wineries, and visiting captivating destinations such as Tournon, Avignon, and Chalon-Sur-Saône.
The culinary theme begins immediately in Lyon, an ancient city recognised as the world capital of gastronomy. Take a tour of the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere church, before visiting a local Bouchon Lyonnais to sample the best in decadent French fare.
Sample regional wines in Tournon or take an EmeraldACTIVE guided hike through the surrounding vineyards. The landscape is laden with produce, and you’ll sample the finest offerings of wine, cheese, and olives as you journey steadily south.
In Avignon, marvel at the imposing walls of the illustrious Palais des Papes, which served as the seat for successive popes throughout the 13th century. The cobbled byways of this enchanting city are yours to discover this afternoon, while a sumptuous Provencal dinner awaits on-board courtesy of a local chef – one of the EmeraldPLUS highlights in southern France.
Once in Arles, enjoy a relaxing evening on-board after your guided walking tour of the city’s Romanesque architecture, including a visit to the preserved Roman Amphitheatre. Savour your time in Arles before we transfer you to Nice the next morning for your onward flight.