Let a truly Parisian atmosphere clock you today as you are welcomed to the postcard-worthy French capital. You will be met at the airport by an Emerald Waterways representative and transferred to your centrally-located hotel, nestled amidst open boulevards and some of the city’s iconic highlights.
Today, a knowledgeable local guide will introduce you to the best that Paris has to offer, including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Arc de Triomphe. Later, board a charming river cruise on the Seine and enjoy sailing to the Eiffel Tower.
A guided tour of Paris and a Seine river cruise
A retro side car tour of Paris (extra expense)
Paris – Lyon
After breakfast, you will be transferred from Paris to Lyon by rail. When you arrive, you will be welcomed on board your luxurious Emerald Waterways Star-Ship by your captain and crew. This evening, enjoy your first dinner on board with your fellow guests.
Chalon-sur-Saône – Beaune
Chalon-sur-Saône is known for its art and history. Today, you will have the opportunity to witness the areas 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, and now home to one of Burgundy’s most popular wine auctions.
A cheese and olive tasting on board
Visit to the Hospices de Beaune
France’s third-largest city, Lyon is a former Roman capital, steeped in history and considered to be the gastronomic heartbeat of the country and the home of traditional Lyonnaise cuisine.
Today, enjoy a guided tour of Lyon, 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, embark on a guided bike tour of Lyon.
A guided bike tour of Lyon
Visit to Pérouges (extra expense)
A guided tour of Lyon
Silk presentation on board
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.
A regional wine tasting on board
A guided bike tour to Glun
A guided hike through the vineyards
A guided tour of Tournon
Arrive in Viviers, a town with much Middle Age flair and home to one of France’s oldest cathedrals. Your included walking tour of Viviers will showcase some of its numerous listed monuments, along with their ornate windows and lavish façades.
A guided tour of Viviers
Fishing class on the Rhône (extra expense)
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 of Avignon 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. This afternoon is yours to explore at leisure.
This evening, return to your Star-Ship for a delightful Provençal dining experience, expertly prepared by Top Chef finalist, Fabien Morreale.
A Provençal dining experience on board
A canoeing excursion in Avignon
A guided tour of the Pont du Gard (extra expense)
A classical concert in Avignon (extra expense)
A guided tour of Avignon
The past is yours to discover in Arles, once an 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 the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Roman and Romanesque monuments of Arles, showcasing 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.
A guided tour of Arles with arena visit
Excursion to Camargue (extra expense)
Arles – Nice
After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to Nice airport, taking memories of the idyllic French countryside and delightful cuisine with you.
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.