Arrival Nice - Arles
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.TW EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE Enjoy a private talk and Q&A with Tim Wonnacott – “Auctions, Anecdotes & Awful Moments” – in which Tim will tell stories about his life and illustrious career in the world of antiques, and give experts tips on what to look out on your own antiques adventure tomorrow.
This morning you can test your bargain-hunting skills at the famous, 50-year-old flea market at L’isle-Sur-La-Sorgue, often known as France’s “capital of antiques”. After lunch on board the Emerald Liberté, you will explore the magnificent historic center of Arles – including the ruins of the town’s Roman Amphitheatre – on a guided walking tour.TW EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE Find out if you really do have an eye for antiques, as Tim Wonnacott assesses a selection of purchases made by guests at L’isle-Sur-La-Sorgue. The best antiques buy will be awarded prize; the worst gets the wooden spoon.EmeraldPLUS: Provencal dinner on board hosted by a popular local chef
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: Yoga Lesson on Board Discover More: Excursion to Pont du Gard & Uzès (extra expense)
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 hike tour through vineyards EmeraldPLUS: Regional wine taste on board EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour to Glun
Your walking tour includes the sights of the General Hospital buildings, half–timbered house and Soufflot Chapel. Macon is a great destination to try some local wines at the many tasting displays in the town. Enjoy time at leisure in the afternoon. Discover More: Visit to Benedictine Abbey of Cluny (extra expense)
Chalon-Sur-Saone – Beaune
Chalon–Sur–Saone 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.TW EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE Enjoy a private talk from Tim Wonnacott on his personal quest for objects relating to Napoleon.EmeraldPLUS: Cheese and olive tasting on board
Lyon is France’s third largest city, a former Roman capital positioned at the confluence 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 Fourviere, 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. Discover More: Visit to Perouges (extra expense)
After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship in Lyon and transfer to Airport for your onward or homebound flight. Please book your flights to depart between 12pm and 6pm.