River Cruise Lyon & Provence
Save £1,000 per couple + 200 Euro credit per cabin
8 day River Cruise from Lyon to Marseille - April 2021 with savings up to £1,000 per couple.
Journey to France's gastronomic heartbeat, Lyon, before enjoying an authentic Provençal dinner on-board, hosted by renowned French chef, Fabien Morreale. During the course of the cruise you can enjoy guided tour of Arles including visit to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Roman Amphitheatre arena. Guided tour in Avignon. Walking tour of Viviers. Walking tour of Tournon. City tour of Lyon. Guided tour of Village of Beaune.
Day 1 - Lyon
Return economy flights from one of up to 15 UK regional airports are included in the price of your holiday. If you'd prefer not to fly, return travel via Eurostar is available. On the confluence of the Rhone and Saone rivers, Lyon can be found set across twin hills. Here, you will be met and transferred from the airport to the lush surrounds of your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 of Viviers will showcase some of its numerous listed monuments, along with their ornate windows and lavish façades.
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 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.
Day 7 - Arles
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.
Day 8 - Arles – Marseille
After breakfast, it's time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to Marseille airport, taking memories of the idyllic French countryside and delightful cuisine with you. If you'd prefer not to fly, return travel via Eurostar is available.
8 day river cruise - April 2021 departures
Save £1,000 per couple
200 Euro credit per cabin
Flights available from 15 regional airports
Alternative Eurostar travel from UK available
For more information about this holiday, call us now on 01604 661100 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org