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Paris Escape and Flavors of Burgundy & Provence River Cruise

Paris - Lyon - Example 10 Day Cruise aboard Emerald Liberté
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Spend two nights of this cruise in the City of Light. Tour around Paris to visit famous places such as Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. Then embark the ship in Lyon to start sailing. 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. These are just some of the places to explore and taste some delightful food!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Paris
Day 2 : Paris
Day 3 : Paris | Lyon | Embark
Day 4 : Tournus
Day 5 : Belleville-sur-Saône
Day 6 : Tain l’Hermitage
Day 7 : Avignon
Day 8 : Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Day 9 : Lyon
Day 10 : Lyon | Disembark

Highlights

  • Meet a local truffle farmer and learn about their truffles in Tournus
  • Wander around the ornate façade of the Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Enjoy a cheese tasting on board
  • Taste France’s culinary delights while wandering in Tain l’Hermitage

Ship

Emerald Liberté

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Explore the legendary city of Paris Eiffel Tower in Paris, France View of Notre Dame in Paris Stop in Avignon on your cruise of the Rhône river. Famous view of Lyon, France

Day 1 Paris

Welcome to Paris, the world-famous “City of Light”. Upon arrival to the airport, transfer to the lush surrounds of a centrally located hotel. Settle in and enjoy the area for the next two nights.

Day 2 Paris

Join a locally guided walking tour of Paris, touching on the ornate façade of Notre Dame Cathedral and the towering structure that is the Arc de Triomphe. After the walking tour, take in the sights on a relaxing river cruise along the Seine, concluding at the iconic Eiffel Tower.

Day 3 Paris | Lyon | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, transfer from Paris to Lyon by train and board the Emerald Waterways luxury ship. This evening, enjoy a first dinner on board with fellow travelers.

Day 4 Tournus

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, enjoy France’s culinary treasure that will unveil a truly memorable product, truffles. With an opportunity to meet a local truffle farmer, see first-hand 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, this tour includes a chance to try during the tour.

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, enjoy a cheese tasting on board that will introduce a number of local specialties.

Day 5 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.

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 6 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. Enjoy a tasting of delicious samples.

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

Day 7 Avignon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, 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. Peruse the stalls in local markets and meet local artisans, taste regional produce, and enjoy this immersive journey. 

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 8 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. Learn about the rich history of this region as well as see the famous red wines and their diverse array of styles.

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

Day 9 Lyon

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

Enjoy a guided tour of Lyon’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic center this afternoon. With a local guide, 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 10 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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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
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • Guided tour of Village of Beaune & Hospice
  • City tour of Lyon
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Walking tour of Tournon
  • Walking tour of Viviers
  • Port taxes and charges
  • Guided tour in Avignon
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Guided tour of Arles including visit to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Roman Amphitheatre arena
  • A city tour of Monaco and Monte Carlo
EmeraldPLUS
  • Cheese tasting on board
  • A winery tour and tasting in Beaujolais
  • Provençal dinner hosted by local Chef Fabien Morreale
EmeraldACTIVE
  • Guided bike tour around Tournus
  • Guided hike through vineyards
  • Guided active walk in Avignon
  • Guided bike tour in Lyon
DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
  • Captain's Welcome & Farewell Reception and Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on-board
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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