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Lyon - Marseille - 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. 
Explore Roman ruins in Southern FranceStop in Avignon on your cruise of the Rhône river.The Palais des Papes dominates the Avignon skylineThe architectures of LyonArles overview
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
Activities
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Day 1: Lyon | Embark

On the confluence of the Rhône and Saône 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 Cruises Star-Ship.

Day 2: Chalon-sur-Saône | Beaune

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 |Embark

After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to the 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. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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  • 7 Nights Accommodations
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  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
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  • Additional excursions during free time
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