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Cruise the Rhone river in charming Lyon

Flavors of Burgundy and Provence

Lyon - Lyon - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Emerald Liberté
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Embark the Emerald Liberté in Lyon, the ancient city now known for being the gastronomic capital of the world. Meet local truffle farmers in Tournus and discover the special ingredients in it. In Belleville-sur-Saône, learn how the grapes make a special wine. Hike through vineyards and learn the stories behind this areas cuisine. These are just some of the places to explore and taste some delightful food!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Lyon | Embark
Day 2 : Tournus
Day 3 : Belleville-sur-Saône
Day 4 : Tain l’Hermitage
Day 5 : Avignon
Day 6 : Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Day 7 : Lyon
Day 8 : Lyon | Disembark

Highlights

  • Taste France’s culinary delights while wandering in Tain l’Hermitage
  • Meet a local truffle farmer and learn about their truffles in Tournus
  • Enjoy a cheese tasting on board
  • Visit the UNESCO site of Avignon

Ship

Emerald Liberté

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Cruise the Rhone river in charming Lyon Visit colorful Lyon The Palais des Papes dominates the Avignon skyline Stop in Avignon on your cruise of the Rhône river. The architectures of Lyon

Day 1 Lyon | Embark

Welcome to Lyon, an ancient city christened the “gastronomic capital of the world” by a number of famous food critics. Upon arrival at the airport, transfer to the lush surrounds of the Emerald Waterways Star-Ship. This evening, enjoy the welcome reception onboard.

Day 2 Tournus

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, explore France’s culinary treasures and discover a truly memorable product, truffles. Meet a local truffle farmer to see how these luxury ingredients are gathered from their secret locations in the forests of Europe. Burgundy truffles, in particular, are known for their hazelnut-like aroma and delicate flavor, both of which are included in the tasting.

Alternatively, enjoy a guided bike tour of the surrounding area, passing through several quintessentially French villages and learning about the gastronomy of the region. Later, discover a number of local specialties during a cheese tasting on board.

Day 3 Belleville-sur-Saône

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Discover the world-renowned Beaujolais province today, an important wine-producing region in Burgundy that is known for the luscious and fruity characteristics of its produce. This region is just one of several in the world that focuses on a specific variety of grapes, and its wine-producing history can be dated back to the 19th century.

Enjoy the opportunity to learn the secrets of what makes this ancient grape variety so special during an included visit to a wine estate, including a tasting of their produce.

Day 4 Tain l’Hermitage

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Nestled on the banks of the Rhône, Tain l’Hermitage is surrounded by postcard-worthy fields of vines, a noteworthy feature of this wine-producing commune. A walking tour of the town will highlight its popularity amongst those who wish to explore France’s culinary delights, as wine and gourmet chocolates are easy to find around every corner.

After the guided tour, visit Valrhona Cité du Chocolat, home to chocolatiers who create some of the world’s finest artisanal chocolates, with a range that covers a plethora of unique and recognizable aromatic profiles. 

Alternatively, embark on a guided hike through some of the region’s beloved vineyards.

Day 5 Avignon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed ancient center of Avignon during a guided tour, stopping along the way to learn about its storied past and delightful culinary traditions. Meet local artisans, stroll through stalls in the local market, and taste regional produce. 

Alternatively, embark on a guided active walk in Avignon, passing places that include Palais des Papes, a true medieval Gothic icon. Enjoy passing through squares adorned with lavish façades and open-air dining establishments before Jardin des Doms offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.
 
This evening, enjoy an authentic Provençal dinner on board, hosted by renowned Chef Fabien Morreale.

Day 6 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A ruined medieval castle sits above the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with a backdrop of vineyards and fields full of lush grapevines. The rich history of this region is available to uncover today, as are famous red wines and their diverse array of styles.

Today, learn about Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines and their cultivation while down in the lavish cellars of a wine estate. Enjoy learning about traditional winemaking techniques before a tasting of the local produce.

Day 7 Lyon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Medieval and Renaissance architecture in Lyon will offer the perfect backdrop to discover the flavors of Burgundy and Provence.

Enjoy a guided tour of Lyon’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic center this afternoon. Journey through the heart of Les Halles de Lyon – Paul Bocuse, and discover more than sixty stalls of high-end regional products, including cheeses, cured meats, bread, gourmet chocolates, and local specialties.

Alternatively, enjoy a guided bike tour through the heart of Lyon.

Day 8 Lyon | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, disembark the ship, and transfer to the airport for your onward or homebound flight.

Emerald Liberté

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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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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
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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

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