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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.

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Day 1

You will be met at the airport in Nice and transferred to the Emerald Liberte Luxury ship in Arles where you will be welcomed by your Captain and crew. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 2

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.
EmeraldPLUS: Provençale dinner hosted by local Chef Fabien Morreale
DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Les Baux de Provence (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3

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 strolling the cobbled laneways and browsing the shops, overlooking the famous 'Pont d’Avignon'.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided active hike in Avignon
EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board

DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Pont du Gard (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4

Arrive in Viviers, a town which still has a lot of 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.

DiscoverMORE: Tour to Grignan (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5

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.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided active walk through vineyards
EmeraldPLUS: Regional wine taste on board
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour to Glun

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6

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 take part on 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.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour

DiscoverMORE: Tour to Perouges (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Chalon-Sur-Saône – Beaune

Chalon–Sur–Saône is best known as the birthplace of photography and the centre 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–coloured roofs of this former hospital, now a museum, which has become one of the symbols of Burgundy.
EmeraldPLUS: Cheese and olive tasting on board

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Lyon Disembarkation – Paris

After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship in Lyon and transfer by train to Paris, the city of light. This exuberant city is also known as the city of love, for its romantic atmosphere. Stroll through the boulevards, passing by the bridges to the Eiffel Tower as it lights up at night. Included is a two-night stay in Paris. Tonight enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9

Enjoy a guided tour that passes by landmarks such as Notre Dame Cathedral and the Arc de Triomphe. Continue exploring on a Seine River cruise that ends at the iconic Eiffel Tower.

DiscoverMORE: Retro Tour Ride of Paris (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 10
Paris – Farewell

After breakfast transfer to Airport for your onward or homebound flight.

Meals included: Breakfast
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