SENSATIONS OF LYON & PROVENCE – Lyon to Nice – RIVER CRUISE DREAM TOUR

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October 24 to November 1, 2025 - Book now & save. 1-506-804-0989

Imagine gliding through the picturesque waterways of Provence on an Emerald Cruise, where every moment is an invitation to savor the beauty and flavors of Southern France. Our river cruise promises a journey through serene countryside landscapes, dotted with charming villages and historic vineyards.
Provence is renowned for its rolling lavender fields, sun-soaked vineyards, and olive groves that stretch as far as the eye can see. As you sail, you'll be enveloped in the tranquility of the region, with each day bringing new opportunities to explore its timeless beauty.

Indulge in the world-class wines that Provence is famous for, from crisp rosés to robust reds, directly from the vineyards that produce them. Pair these exquisite wines with the region's culinary delights, including fresh seafood, artisanal cheeses, and delectable pastries. Emeralds on-board chefs work with local ingredients to bring you an authentic taste of Provence, making every meal a memorable experience.

Emerald Cruises offers luxurious, intimate vessels designed to provide the utmost comfort and elegance. With spacious suites, top-tier amenities, and personalized service, you'll feel pampered every step of the way. Discover the heart of Provence with us, where the serene countryside, exceptional wines, and gourmet food create an unforgettable river cruising experience. Join us on Emerald Cruises and let Provence enchant your senses.
 

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DAY 1:  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2025– FLY TO LYON, FRANCE
Today, we will leave from the maritimes for an overnight flight to Lyon, France to join our Emerald Waterways Cruise.

DAY 2:  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2025 – LYON, FRANCE
Welcome to Lyon, on the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers. On arrival at the airport or from a hotel booked via Emerald, you’ll be met by a member of our friendly greetings team and transferred to the contemporary surrounds of your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship.
Please book your flight to arrive at Lyon prior to 4:30 PM (If flying in on this day).
Meals Included: Dinner

DAY 3:  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2025 – CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE – BEAUNE, FRANCE
Chalon-sur-Saône – Beaune
Chalon-sur-Saône is known for its art and history. Today, you’ll have the opportunity to observe the area’s 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, the Hospices de Beaune is now home to one of Burgundy’s most popular wine auctions.


Included Excursion: Visit to the Hospices de Beaune
EmeraldPLUS: Cheese and olive tasting on board on board

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2025 – LYON, FRANCE
France’s third-largest city, Lyon is a former Roman capital, steeped in history and considered to be the gastronomic heartbeat of the country. Home to traditional Lyonnaise cuisine, you'll enjoy an array of exemplary culinary delights. Today, a guided city tour awaits you, including a visit to 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, explore the highlights of the city on two wheels as part of a guided bike tour of Lyon.

Included Excursion Guided tour of Lyon
EmeraldACTIVE Guided bike tour of Lyon
DiscoverMORE Excursion to Pérouges (extra expense)
DiscoverMORE Private Culinary Charms of Lyon (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2025 – 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 the local vineyards and marvel at the rows upon rows of grapes used to make some of the finest wines in Europe

Included Excursion Guided tour of Tournon
EmeraldACTIVE Guided hike through the vineyards

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 29, 2025 – VIVIER, FRANCE
Arrive in Viviers, a town with much Middle Age flair and home to one of France’s oldest cathedrals. Your included walking tour will highlight many of the city’s numerous spectacular monuments, along with their ornate windows and lavish façades.

Included Excursion Guided tour of Viviers
DiscoverMORE Visit to Chauvet Pont D’Arc (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: THURSDAY OCTOBER 30, 2025 – AVIGNON, FRANCE
Avignon (B,L,D) Avignon has a rich history, from Celtic beginnings to being the residence of seven successive Popes between 1309 and 1377. The city also played a major part central to the French Revolution. Your included walking tour 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 evening you are invited to join the unique experience of a classical concert in Avignon.

Included Excursion Guided tour of Avignon
EmeraldACTIVE Canoeing excursion in Avignon
DiscoverMORE Guided tour of the Pont du Gard (extra expense)
DiscoverMORE Private hidden Gems tour of Avignon (extra expense)
DiscoverMORE Visit to Chateauneuf du Pape with wine tasting (extra expense)
EmeraldPLUS Classical concert in Avignon

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8:  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2025 – ARLES, FRANCE
The past is yours to uncover in Arles, a once-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 its UNESCO World Heritage-listed Roman and Romanesque monuments, illustrating 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, where a stop at a local and quintessential café is a must before returning to relax on board your Star-Ship. This evening, you’ll enjoy a delightful Provençal dining experience on board, expertly prepared by France's Top Chef finalist, Fabien Morreale.

Included Excursion Guided tour of Arles with arena visit
DiscoverMORE Excursion to Les Baux de Provence (extra expense)
DiscoverMORE Visit to L’Occitane Factory (extra expense)
EmeraldPLUS Provençal dinner hosted by local chef Fabien Morreale

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9:  SATURDAY, November 1, 2025 – ARLES to NICE, FRANCE
After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and disembark your Star-Ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of the idyllic French countryside and delightful cuisine with you.

Please book your flight to depart out of Nice after 1:00 PM.

**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.**

Meal Included: Breakfast

DINING HIGHLIGHTS

  • 20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
  • A delightful Provençal dining experience on board, expertly prepared by France's Top Chef finalist, Fabien Morreale.
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

DRINK PACKAGES
  • Premium Drinks Package - $159 CAD per person or € 102 per person if purchased onboard
    • Enjoy a range of soft drinks and juices, as well as mocktails and non-alcoholic bottled beers. You’ll also have a choice of draft beers by the glass, as well as red and white house wines by the glass.

  • Platinum Drinks Package - $312 CAD per person or €200.00 per person if purchased onboard
    • Take your choice of soft drinks, juices, mocktails, and non-alcoholic bottled beers. For beer lovers, enjoy a range of draft beers by the glass and a selection of bottled beers—and for wine connoisseurs, sample our white and red house wines or sparkling wine and Prosecco by the glass or a selection of bottled wines. You’ll also have a choice of house-brand spirits, cocktails, and long drinks to enjoy.
PRICE PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
(Includes cruise, taxes, port fees, all tipping and gratuities and transfers*)
(Canadian Funds)
Category Deck Cabin Type Cruise Only Rate Early Payment Cruise and Flight
Early Payment
Cruise Only
E Riviera Standard Stateroom $3895 $5690 $5195
D Riviera Standard Stateroom $4135 $5930 $5435
C Vista Balcony Suite $4815 $6315 $6315
B Vista Balcony Suite $4935 $6435 $6435
A Vista Balcony Suite $5155 $6655 $6655
S Horizon Grand Balcony Suite $5935 $7435 $7435
SA Horizon Owner’s One Bedroom Suite $7305 $9105 $9105
*Prices are subject to change until booked*
CRUISE PRICING
Cruise Only Rate Early Payment: This option includes the cruise only. Guests will need to arrange their own flights and transportation to the ship. Transfers are available if you arrive on specified days or book a pre-cruise hotel with Emerald Waterways. Otherwise, transfers to the ship must be arranged independently.
  • Deposit and Cancellation Policy: A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is due at the time of booking. The remaining balance is due 10 months before departure.

Cruise and Flight Early Payment: This rate includes both the cruise and flights (up to an $1800 value per person; any additional costs for the flights will be the guest's responsibility). Transfers are available if you arrive on specified days or book a pre-cruise hotel with Emerald Waterways.
  • Deposit and Cancellation Policy: A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is due at the time of booking. The remaining balance is due 10 months before departure.

Cruise Only: This option includes the cruise only. Guests will need to arrange their own flights and transportation to the ship. Transfers are available if you arrive on specified days or book a pre-cruise hotel with Emerald Waterways. Otherwise, transfers to the ship must be arranged independently.
  • Deposit and Cancellation Policy: A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is due at the time of booking. The remaining balance is due 90 days prior to departure.


Optional Pre Cruise Package- 3 Day Dream Vacation Tours Pre-Cruise visit to Paris October 22-24, 2025 accompanied by a professional Dream Vacation Tour Director (Minimum of 14 guests required to guarantee this option)

Enhance your travel experience with a 3-day Pre Cruise-Stay in the magnificent city of Paris.
This package includes all transfers, a 1.5-day tour of Paris and an extra day to explore on your own
The additional cost for this package is $1,500 CAD per person, (Minimum of 14 guests required to guarantee this option) and it adheres to the deposit and cancellation policy associated with your selected cruise rate. (See above Pricing)

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN PARIS
After our overnight flight we will board our motorcoach for our private tour with a local guide, of the city of lights. We will stop for lunch (own cost) and do some sight seeing to get our bearings in this wonderful city.  We will cap off the day with an hour cruise along the Seine River which offers some great views of the city. After the cruise we will head to our hotel to check in. The rest of your evening is your to either relax at the hotel or explore your surroundings.

DAY 2– PARIS
This morning after your included breakfast, we will continue our private tour of Paris with our local guide. We will also tour of the Louvre Museum home to the Mona Lisa (Joconde). We will visit the Champs-Elysees where we will have lunch (on your own) and have time to do a little window shopping. This afternoon we will visit Eiffel Tower for amazing views of the city. We will return to our hotel later this afternoon. Tonight, you can relax at the hotel or explore the city on your own. Maybe you want to catch a show at the Famous Moulin Rouge or dine at a Michelin star restaurant. The possibilities are endless in the city of love.

DAY 3 – PARIS
After an included breakfast at the hotel today is yours to explore Paris and the surrounding area. Our local private guide will give you some suggestion on what you can do. Below are some examples and pricing of tours you may want to do. **Prices subject to change until reserved**Visit the place at Versailles This skip the line tour includes Entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport from Paris included. Get the best of both worlds with a mix of free time and a guided visit. $135.00 CAD per person
Visit the region of champagne and learn how it is made and of course taste some of the finest champagne in the world.- Champagne Day Trip with 6 Tastings, Reims and Winery from Paris. $345.00 CAD per person

DAY 4 – PARIS-LYON
After an included breakfast at the hotel we’ll travel to Lyon on the train and join our Emerald Cruise Star Ship.

DEPOSIT DUE UPON BOOKING:  $500
FINAL PAYMENT DUE ON

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More Info on the “Emerald Liberté”

Specially commissioned to sail the Rhône and Saône as part of our Sensations of Southern France river cruise, Emerald Liberté is one of three Star-Ships added to the Emerald Cruises fleet in 2017.

Mirroring the effortless sophistication and beauty of the French countryside, this beautiful ship offers locally sourced, authentic fine-dining to be paired with the perfect wine accompaniment by our on-board sommeliers, a level of service and attention-to-detail, which is sewn into its very essence, providing an experience comparable to that of a world-class hotel. 
 
With a capacity of 132 guests, and a series of cutting-edge amenities, Emerald Liberté represents the next generation of river cruising. The suites, staterooms and public spaces are set across four beautifully appointed decks, providing endless scope for relaxation and enjoyment whilst cruising.
 
Travelling from Lyon to Arles, the ship will explore culturally rich and enigmatic cities before dissecting the wine regions and charming Mediterranean settlements of France. The Mediterranean climate provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy the amenities of the Sun Deck, where you can sit back and relax or sink a few balls on the putting green. While the heated pool boasts a glass roof which is retractable to let in a cool breeze on a warm day. And we’ve incorporated the hugely popular Horizon Bar & Lounge, offering the perfect setting for you to enjoy your favourite tipples.  
During days on the water, you can indulge in a little ‘me’ time aboard the Emerald Liberté, with a skilled hairdresser on the Riviera Deck, spa facilities and a well-equipped gym in the wellness and fitness area. Find your centre and feel thoroughly relaxed from start to finish.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • 7 nights on board the Emerald Liberté (only 138 guests
  • Option to include flights (Airfare up to a value of $1800.00 per person)
  • Accompanied by a professional Dream Vacation Tour Director on the cruise
  • 300-euro on-board credit per room (150 euros per person)
  •  All meals included on the cruise
  • Beer & Wine included with Lunch & Dinner on the cruise. Enhanced drink package available to purchase.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on the ship
  • Reusable Water Bottles
  • Included excursions at every port (some if chosen cost extra)
  • Transfers to and from the airport (Transfers are available if you arrive on specified days or book a pre-cruise hotel with Emerald Waterways. Otherwise, transfers to the ship must be arranged independently.
  • Services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Optional Pre-Cruise Package - 3 day Dream Vacation Tours Pre-Cruise visit to Paris accompanied by a professional Dream Vacation Tour Director (Minimum of 14 guests required to guarantee this option)
  • Extend your vacation in Europe, our travel team can assist.



INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Visit to the Hospices de Beaune
  • Guided tour of Lyon
  • Guided tour of Tournon
  • Guided tour of Viviers
  • Guided tour of Avignon
  • Guided tour of Arles with arena visit
EmeraldPLUS
  • Cheese and olive tasting on board on board
  • Classical concert in Avignon
  • Provençal dinner hosted by local chef Fabien Morreale
DiscoverMORE
  • Excursion to Pérouges (extra expense)
  • Private Culinary Charms of Lyon (extra expense)
  • Visit to Chauvet Pont D’Arc (extra expense)
  • Guided tour of the Pont du Gard (extra expense)
  • Private hidden Gems tour of Avignon (extra expense)
  • Visit to Chateauneuf du Pape with wine tasting (extra expense
  • Excursion to Les Baux de Provence (extra expense)
  • Visit to L’Occitane Factory (extra expense)
EmeraldACTIVE
  • Guided bike tour of Lyon
  • Guided hike through the vineyards
  • Canoeing excursion in Avignon