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Marseille - Lyon - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Emerald Liberté
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Feel the glory of the Roman Empire in Arles when visiting the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Roman and Romanesque monuments of Arles and Arles Amphitheatre. Discover the time that Vincent van Gogh spent in the city and get his inspiration for some of his famous arts like, the “Starry Night Over the Rhône".  Learn the history of the fortified town of Avignon which was once a residence of Popes who escaped from Rome. A lot of the most important moments in French history have taken place in Lyon. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière on a walking tour. Before disembarking back to Lyon, visit the village of Beaune where you can find the Hospices de Beaune. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Marseille | Arles | Embark
Day 2 : Arles
Day 3 : Avignon
Day 4 : Viviers
Day 5 : Tournon
Day 6 : Lyon
Day 7 : Chalon-sur-Saône | Beaune
Day 8 : Lyon | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit the 2,000-year-old structure Arles Amphitheatre
  • Discover the ornate Gothic exterior of Palais des Papes
  • Walk along the narrow cobblestone streets of Viviers
  • Ride a bike and tour around the city of Lyon

Ship

Emerald Liberté

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Arles overview Explore Roman ruins in Southern France Stop in Avignon on your cruise of the Rhône river. The Palais des Papes dominates the Avignon skyline The architectures of Lyon

Day 1 Marseille | Arles | Embark

Upon arrival in Marseille, transfer to Arles, and board the luxurious Emerald Waterways Star-Ship, the Emerald Liberté. This evening, enjoy a welcome reception onboard.

​**Please book your flights to arrive into Marseille prior to 12:30PM

Day 2 Arles

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Revel in the glory of the Roman Empire today during an insightful visit to Arles, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Roman and Romanesque monuments of Arles and Arles Amphitheatre, a 2,000-year-old structure where spectators would have once gathered by the masses to watch superb chariot races.

Enjoy learning about the time that Vincent van Gogh spent in the city, taking inspiration from his surroundings and using them to create many of his most iconic pieces of art, including the “Starry Night Over the Rhône”, before exploring Arles at leisure.

Day 3 Avignon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Avignon has a long and storied history, as this fortified town was once the residence of Popes who fled from Rome, hoping to escape from the political pressures of the Roman Empire.

Embark on a guided walking tour of Avignon to witness its illustrious past, including the ornate Gothic exterior of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Palais des Papes, built by the Popes over two decades. This afternoon is free to explore at leisure, perhaps crossing the 12th-century Stone Bridge.

Day 4 Viviers

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A snapshot of quintessential France awaits our arrival in Viviers, a town that perfectly encapsulates the medieval days of the region. During a guided walking tour, explore the pastel-colored buildings that have been gently faded by the sun line narrow cobblestone streets and the heart of the old town.

Day 5 Tournon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As the ship sails down the gently twisting Rhône and into Tournon, a 16th-century castle sits overlooking the village and a pair of ancient watchtowers can be seen adorning the surrounding rural landscape.

Today, embark on a guided tour of Tournon to learn about its illustrious history and the culture of the people who call it home. For those wanting to get out and explore more of the region’s natural beauty, participate on an EmeraldACTIVE hike through some of the local vineyards.

Later, take a guided bike tour to Glun touch on the French countryside and the lives of the people who live there.

Day 6 Lyon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As one of the largest cities in France and former Roman capital, a lot of the most important moments in French history have taken place in Lyon. But, it’s Lyonnaise cuisine that has really put this city on the map, delighting gastronomists from around the world.

Enjoy a locally-guided walking tour of Lyon, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière. For a more active choice, join a guided bike tour around Lyon, touching on its most prominent architectural wonders and moments from history.

Day 7 Chalon-sur-Saône | Beaune

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel by road to the quaint village of Beaune - the birthplace of photography and the center of Burgundy’s wine region. Stop to visit the Hospices de Beaune, one of the best-preserved examples of 15th-century French architecture and home to one of the most popular wine auctions in the country.

Day 8 Lyon | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, disembark the ship and transfer to the airport.

Emerald Liberté

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$3,395
Emerald Liberté Single Stateroom
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Single Stateroom (ES)
Single Occupancy Only. 105 sqft (9.8 sqm). 2 single cabins located on the Riviera Deck with a deluxe single bed, bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hairdryer, flat-screen TV and infotainment system
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Stateroom (E)
Emerald Stateroom - Dimensions: 170 sq ft (15.8 sq m) 7 cabins located at Riviera Deck with a Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hairdryer, flat-screen TV and infotainment system
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Stateroom (D)
Emerald Stateroom - Dimensions: 170 sq ft (15.8 sq m) 6 cabins located at Riviera Deck with a Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hairdryer, flat-screen TV and infotainment system
Emerald Liberté Panorama Balcony Suite
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Panorama Balcony Suite (C)
Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite - Dimensions: 170 sq ft (15.8 sq m) 14 cabin located at Vista Deck with a Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, indoor balcony with the open-air system, bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hairdryer, flat-screen TV, infotainment system and mini-fridge
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Panorama Balcony Suite (B)
Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite - Dimensions: 170 sq ft (15.8 sq m) 13 cabin located at Vista Deck with a Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, indoor balcony with the open-air system, bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hairdryer, flat-screen TV, infotainment system and mini-fridge
Emerald Liberté  Panorama Balcony Suite
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Panorama Balcony Suite (A)
Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite - Dimensions: 170 sq ft (15.8 sq m) 21 cabins located at Horizon Deck with a Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, indoor balcony with the open-air system, bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hairdryer, flat-screen TV, infotainment system and mini-fridge
Emerald Liberté Grand Balcony Suite
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Grand Balcony Suite (S)
Grand Balcony Suite - Dimensions: 170 sq ft (15.8 sq m) 4 cabins located at Horizon Deck with a Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, outdoor private balcony with the open-air system, an in-suite mini-bar available at own expense, a complimentary Nespresso machine and bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries, hairdryer, on-board complimentary bathrobes, and slippers
Emerald Liberté Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite
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Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite (SA)
Owner's One-Bedroom Suite - Dimensions: 315 sq ft. (29.3 sq m) 2 cabins located at Horizon Deck with a Queen-size or twin beds, an outdoor private balcony with the open-air system, a separate bathroom and lounge area, a walk-in wardrobe, an in-suite mini-bar, restocked daily with wine, beer, and soft drinks

Notes

Single accommodations are available on some tours for an additional single supplement rate. Contact us for details of pricing and availability.

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities
INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • 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 & Hospice
EmeraldPLUS
  • Provençal dinner hosted by local Chef Fabien Morreale
  • Regional wine tasting on board
  • Cheese and olive tasting on board
EmeraldACTIVE
  • Canoeing experience
  • Guided biking tour to Glun
  • Guided hike through vineyards
  • Guided bike tour in Lyon
DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
  • Welcome & Farewell Reception and Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on-board
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