Sensations of Lyon and Provence & Aix-en-Provence

10 Days
Lyon to Marseille
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$ 4,895
Dates & Pricing

2023 Lyon > Marseille

It is no surprise that the South of France is recognized as the birthplace of photography, its unrivalled beauty comprises the finest examples of French 15th century architecture, with Roman ruins and sun-soaked vineyards nestled at the foot of colossal mountain ranges. Journey to the country’s gastronomic beating heart, Lyon, before enjoying an authentic Provençal dinner on board, hosted by renowned French chef, Fabien Morreale.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EFMP
Duration:
10 days
Departure City:
Lyon
Return City:
Marseille

10 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Lyon

    Welcome to Lyon, on the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, where you will be met and transferred from the airport to the contemporary surrounds of your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship.

    Please book your flight to arrive into Lyon prior to 05:00 PM.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Chalon-sur-Saône – Beaune

    Chalon-sur-Saône is known for its art and history. Today, you will have the opportunity to witness 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, it 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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Lyon

    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.
    Today, enjoy a guided city tour, including 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 on two wheels as part of a guided bike tour of Lyon.

    EmeraldPLUS

    Silk presentation on board

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Guided bike tour of Lyon

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Lyon

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    Excursion to Pérouges (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Tournon

    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 some of the local vineyards.
    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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Viviers

    Arrive in Viviers, a town with much Middle Age flair and home to one of France’s oldest cathedrals. Your included walking tour will showcase some of its numerous listed monuments, along with their ornate windows and lavish façades.

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Viviers

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    Fishing class on the Rhône (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Avignon

    Avignon has a rich history, from Celtic beginnings to being the residence of the Pope and 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. Then, the afternoon is yours to explore at leisure. 
    This evening, you’ll enjoy a delightful Provençal dining experience on board, expertly prepared by 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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Arles

    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, perhaps stopping at a local café or returning to your Star-Ship to relax on board.

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Arles with arena visit

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    Excursion to Camargue (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Arles – Aix-en-Provence

    After breakfast, you will be transferred from your Star-Ship to your centrally located hotel in Aix-en-Provence.  The rest of the afternoon is yours to spend exploring Aix-en-Provence at leisure, perhaps sitting in one of its delightful café terraces and soaking in sights of manicured gardens and ornate fountains. Your hospitality representative will be available to help you.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  9. Day 9 - Aix-en-Provence

    Your charming day in Aix-en-Provence will commence with a guided tour, as you stroll down leafy green boulevards and admire the 17th and 18th-century mansions that adorn the city’s many public squares. 

    Included Excursion

     A guided tour of Aix-en-Provence

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  10. Day 10 - Aix-en-Provence - Marseille

    After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and transfer to the airport, taking memories of Lyonnais cuisine and open leafy boulevards with you.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

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

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Visit to the Hospices de Beaune
  • Guided tour of Lyon
  • Guided tour of Tournon
  • Guided tour of Viviers
  • Guided tour of Avignon
  • Guided tour of Arles with arena visit

EmeraldPLUS
  • Cheese and olive tasting on board
  • Silk workshop presentation on board
  • Regional wine tasting on board
  • Provençal dinner hosted by local Chef Fabien Morreale

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Guided bike tour of Lyon
  • Guided hike through the vineyards in Tournon
  • Guided bike tour to Glun
  • Hike in Viviers
  • Canoeing excursion in Avignon

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

EXTENSION INCLUSIONS
  • 2 nights at a hotel in Aix-en-Provence
  • A guided tour of Aix-en-Provence
  • Transfer from the ship and to the airport
  • 2 Breakfasts (B)

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