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Sensations of Lyon & Provence on Emerald Liberté

From Lyon, France to Nice, France
Length: 8 Days - Departs: Sat, Apr 13, 2024
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Departure
Apr 13, 2024
Arrival
Apr 20, 2024

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Available for new bookings only made between December 18, 2023 - March 31, 2024 on select 2024 & 2025 Emerald Cruises Europe River cruise and 2024, 2025 South East Asia departures.

WAVE Savings: Bonus savings of up to $750 per suite available on select departures. Savings vary by departure. Combinable with 2-for-1 fares and pay-in-full offers, and are capacity controlled.

2-for-1 Fares: 2-for-1 fares are displayed as a per-person rate in a double occupancy cabin. Fares are based on full fare pricing and may not have resulted in a sale. Offer applies to cruise pricing only; does not apply on land extensions, air or any other add-ons.

Pay-in-full: Up to $3,000 additional savings per suite when paid in full. For S, RA and SA categories recieve $1500pp savings ($3000 per suite) when you pay in full within 30 days of booking for sailings 6 or more months from departure, or within 2 weeks of booking for departures within 6 months, or 90 days prior to departure, whichever is soonest; whichever is soonest. Other cabin categories recieve $1000pp savings ($2000 per suite) when paid in full within 30 days of booking for sailings 6 or more months from departure, or within 2 weeks of booking for departures within 6 months, or 90 days prior to departure, whichever is soonest. Departures outside of 11 months can pay in full at 10 months prior to departure to receive these benefits. Pay in full Air offers available in lieu of pay-in-full savings with same payment terms; Free premium economy air available on the S, RA and SA categories with a max value $2500pp. Free Premium economy air is available on the S and SA categories for South East Asia with a max value of $3000pp. Free economy air is available on other cabin categories with a max value $1500pp. Air offers are only valid 61 or more days prior to departure. All flights will be booked on Emerald Cruises' choice of airline and routing, and are subject to availability.

Single Supplement: Free single supplement is available on select departures. Full payment required. Single supplement is appled to the 2-for-1 fare; single guest pays one guest fare. Free single supplement is not combinable with any other offers. Other dates may have a 45% single supplement; can be converted to a 25% supplement when paid in full within 30 days of booking for sailings 6 or more months from departure, or within 2 weeks of booking for departures within 6 months, or 90 days prior to departure, whichever is soonest. Single supplement offers not applicable on S, RA or SA categories. Not combinable with any other offers. Offer is capacity controlled.

All offers are inventory-controlled and may be extended, cancelled or withdrawn at any time without notice. Emerald Cruises reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares and promotions at any time. Port charges are included in the price shown. For the most up?to?date pricing, availability and offers, please visit emeraldcruises.com or contact your Professional Travel Advisor. Offers applicable for residents of the 50 United States of America & Washington D.C. For complete terms and conditions visit emeraldcruises.com.


River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Lyon
    Sat, Apr 13, 2024

    Welcome to Lyon, on the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers. On arrival at the airport, you’ll be met by a member of our friendly greetings team and transferred to the contemporary surrounds of your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship.

    Please book your flight to arrive into Lyon prior to 04:30 PM.


    Meals: Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Chalon-sur-Saône – Beaune
    Sun, Apr 14, 2024

    Chalon-sur-Saône is known for its art and history. Today, you’ll have the opportunity to observe the area’s architectural heritage and peaceful surrounds as you travel to the quaint village of Beaune and visit the Hospices de Beaune. Originally a hospital for the poor, the Hospices de Beaune is now home to one of Burgundy’s most popular wine auctions.

    EmeraldPLUS
    Cheese and olive tasting on board

    Included Excursion
    Visit to the Hospices de Beaune


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Lyon
    Mon, Apr 15, 2024

    France’s third-largest city, Lyon is a former Roman capital, steeped in history and considered to be the gastronomic heartbeat of the country. Home to traditional Lyonnaise cuisine, you'll enjoy an array of exemplary culinary delights.

    Today, a guided city tour awaits you, including a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière, part of the inscribed historic site of Lyon. Wander through the city and soak in its vividly illustrated history, as buildings from all time periods can be seen adorning narrow cobblestone streets. Alternatively, explore the highlights of the city on two wheels as part of a guided bike tour of Lyon.

    EmeraldACTIVE
    Guided bike tour of Lyon

    Included Excursion
    Guided tour of Lyon

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    Excursion to Pérouges (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Tournon
    Tue, Apr 16, 2024

    The picturesque village of Tournon borders the gently meandering Rhône, dominated by a 16th century castle that overlooks the village and a number of iconic landmarks, including a set of ancient watchtowers.

    Your guided tour of the village will showcase its intangible cultural heritage, granting every opportunity for you to immerse yourself in your surroundings. Alternatively, embark on an EmeraldACTIVE hike through the local vineyards and marvel at the rows upon rows of grapes used to make some of the finest wines in Europe.

    Later, a guided bike tour to Glun will showcase rural life in the French countryside.

    EmeraldPLUS
    Regional wine tasting on board

    EmeraldACTIVE
    Guided bike tour to Glun

    EmeraldACTIVE
    Guided hike through the vineyards

    Included Excursion
    Guided tour of Tournon


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Viviers
    Wed, Apr 17, 2024

    Arrive in Viviers, a town with much Middle Age flair and home to one of France’s oldest cathedrals. Your included walking tour will highlight many of the city’s numerous spectacular monuments, along with their ornate windows and lavish façades.

    Included Excursion
    Guided tour of Viviers


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Avignon
    Thu, Apr 18, 2024

    Avignon has a rich history, from Celtic beginnings to being the residence of seven successive Popes between 1309 and 1377. The city also played a major part central to the French Revolution.

    Your included walking tour will take you past the ornate beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Palais des Papes, as well as Pont d’Avignon, an ancient stone bridge crossing the Rhône. In the afternoon, the beauty of Avignon is yours to leisurely explore. This evening, you’ll enjoy a delightful Provençal dining experience on board, expertly prepared by France's Top Chef finalist, Fabien Morreale.

    EmeraldPLUS
    Provençal dinner hosted by local chef Fabien Morreale

    EmeraldACTIVE
    Canoeing excursion in Avignon

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    Guided tour of the Pont du Gard (extra expense)

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    Classical concert in Avignon (extra expense)

    Included Excursion
    Guided tour of Avignon


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Arles
    Fri, Apr 19, 2024

    The past is yours to uncover in Arles, a once-important Phoenician trading port that was captured by the Romans, who peppered the city with iconic monuments. Today, your included tour of the city will showcase some of its UNESCO World Heritage-listed Roman and Romanesque monuments, illustrating how the city has evolved over the centuries.

    Visit the 2,000-year-old Arles Amphitheatre and follow in the footsteps of world-renowned artist, Vincent van Gogh. The rest of the day is yours to explore at leisure, where a stop at a local and quintessential café is a must before returning to relax on board your Star-Ship.

    Included Excursion
    Guided tour of Arles with arena visit

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    Excursion to Les Baux de Provence (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Arles – Nice
    Sat, Apr 20, 2024

    After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and disembark your Star-Ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of the idyllic French countryside and delightful cuisine with you.

    Please book your flight to depart out of Nice after 01:00 PM.

    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. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.


    Meals: Breakfast

Countries Visited

France

Rivers Visited

Saone

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

Emerald Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.4
Accommodations
4.3
Itinerary
4.5
Professional Staff
4.6
Repeat with Operator
4.4
Value for Money
4.3

Ratings based off 57 reviews about Emerald Tours - currently showing 15 reviews with comments only

Unfortunately because of the high water level in Rhine we got off the ship from Wazburg and continued the trip by land. Not as comfortable and convenient as when we were on the ship but the staff of Emerald gave the best accommodation they could get.

Great cruise. Congenial group. The weather cooperated. Food excellent. Service efficient and polite.

We had a great cruise with no issues whatsoever.

We had an outstanding trip down the Danube on Emerald Waterways. The food was amazing, the service was absolutely top-notch, the places we stopped (Passau, Linz and Cesky Krumlov, Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest) were all wonderful in their own way. The options provided by Emerald (active vs. included, and the add-on activities) were just right. Our Cruise Director and the Activity Manager were very knowledgeable and attentive throughout our trip. As alway, Affordable Tours helped us book, and provided great follow-up care when we needed it. 

Emerald was awesome. It offered us cultural experience that was unusual and authentic. We felt like we got to know the countries we visited. We are looking to book with Emerald again in Europe. Local and tour Director was the best

first emerald waterway tour was excellent ! excellent and unique excursions included plus good optional tours offered loved the Vespa ride, ox cart and rickshaw ride Hoi Ann and Halong bay are highlights emerald staff very welcoming to us

The staff and crew of the ship was fantastic. Christmas Markets are not to be missed.

Although this is my first river cruise, so I cannot compare with other companies, I was very happy with Emerald with a few exceptions. They advertise that it is all inclusive and do offer several free tour options at each port, but that also sell Discovery options that are more money. We did 4 of those which increased the cost for 2 by $600. If you like to workout, forget the gym, which had one rowing machine, an exercise bike and some dumbbells with enough room for 3 people at most. The staff were all great, the food was very good and the itinerary was excellent. They have a small swimming pool and late night activities. Good diversity with most people from US, Canada, Australia and new Zealand.

Was great, food was good, cabin small but nice, excursions were good.

This trip was wonderful, with only 160 passengers we were treated royally. Everyone on board the ship worked with only one thing in mind to please the customers.

Derek was very thorough and easy to work with. Our trip was what we expected.

We were fortunate the trip went as planned. A lock was damaged and the ship we were scheduled for was unavailable. Emerald provided a different ship and we completed our full itinerary. Great job Emerald. The trip wonderful. Great staff, tours and food. Our Affordable agent Allyson fulfilled all our needs efficiently providing excellent customer care.

Great river cruise, the operator Emerald Waterways did not disappoint. On board service was exceptional and the tours were very good. Only thought would be that having a little more free time during site visits would have made the excursions good to great.

Our third river cruise but found the baths on this particular ship to be very small. The crew, though, was excellent, especially the director!

This trip was all we expected and more. The booking and planning by Affordable Tours weas very helpful. The Emerald Radiance was a joy. The ship and crew were unbelievable. The Douro Valley is so very beautiful and Portugal an amazing destination-just need to explore it further.

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