Christmas in Southern France

5 Days
Nice to Nice
From (CAD)
$ 2,945
$ 1,945
Dates & Pricing

2021 Nice > Nice

Celebrate the festivities in true Provence style, as this itinerary takes you through medieval southern France. You’ll feast on traditional fayre and witness parades and folk dances, in picturesque settings.
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5 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Nice - Arles

    You will be met and transferred from the airport to the lush surrounds of your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Arles

    Christmas in Provence is full of traditional celebrations, infused with biblical resonance, charmingly intertwined with local traditions, as exemplified by the Provençal crèche, which is populated by santons (little saints) representing not only the Magi, shepherds and angels but also butchers, bakers, farmers, fishermen, milkmaids, and dozens of other denizens of an idealized 19th-century Provençal village. After your included guided tour of Arles, you will get to experience this Provencal traditional craft at the International Fair of Santons which takes place every year in the city. The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure, perhaps exploring Arles Roman treasures and Christmas markets, or simply resting on board your comfortable Star-Ship.
    Included Excursion: Guided walking tour of Arles with the International Fair of Santons

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Tarascon

    This morning, set back with your favourite hot drink on board and enjoy the landscape of Provence passing by on your sailing day from Arles to Tarascon. This afternoon, visit one of the many Olive Mill in the region. The olive tree is one of the strongest symbols of South of France and Provencal gastronomy. Beginning of December is the harvest season for olives. The Provencal celebrate the arrival of the newly pressed olive oil which you will have the occasion to taste during your visit to a local olive mill. The strong fruity taste of the Provencal olive oil makes it one of the best of the country. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Provencal Christmas dinner which include the famous Thirteen desserts.
    Included Excursion: Visit to an olive mill
    EmeraldPLUS: A Traditional Provencal Christmas dinner on board

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Avignon

    Rich in symbols, marked in beliefs and omens, the Christmas traditions are well-anchored in the hearts of the Provençal people. Today, you visit one of the beacon towns of Provence, Avignon. During Christmas, many festive celebrations are taking place in the city such as carols, parades, folk dances etc. Local markets and grocery stores are filled with delicious specialities that you will be able to taste today. Your guided walking tour of Avignon will also include the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Palais des Papes. This afternoon is yours to explore at leisure, stroll down Avignon’s cobbled laneways and peruse its lush boutiques and perhaps crossing the 12th-century Pont d'Avignon.
    Included Excursion: Guided tour of Avignon with the Popes Palace visit

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Avignon - Nice

    After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

  • 4 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

  • Guided walking tour of Arles with the International Fair of Santons
  • Visit to an olive mill
  • Guided tour of Avignon with visit of the Popes Palace

  • A Traditional Provencal Christmas dinner on board

  • 11 superb meals including 4 Breakfasts (B), 3 Lunches (L), 4 Dinners (D)
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

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