Savour the pastoral charm and history of Provence with an 8-day Rhône river cruise from Arles to Lyon with two added nights in the exciting capital of Paris! Begin your adventure travelling north, cutting a course through lavender fields and wineries, visiting captivating destinations such as Arles, Avignon, and Chalon-Sur-Saône.
After a relaxing evening on-board the Emerald Liberté, Arles is your first stop, and here you can join a guided walking tour of the city’s Romanesque architecture, including a visit to the preserved Roman Amphitheatre. 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.
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 north. The culinary theme continues 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.
From Lyon, you’ll transfer to Paris by train after breakfast for two days exploring this global center for art, fashion, culture and gastronomical experiences. Witness iconic architecture like the Eiffel tower and Notre Dame with an included guided tour but you’ll certainly want to explore further into the expansive list of beautiful museums or the incomparable Louvre or Musée d’Orsay to conclude the trip of a lifetime.