Romantic landscapes, quaint wine villages, grand cities and spectacular landmarks are yours to discover on this magical Rhône river cruise through France’s serene south.
Please note for navigational and passenger safety, the cruise company and the captain reserve the right to modify the cruise itinerary if necessary. Sailing times are dependant on how busy the numerous locks are. At some ports of call, a degree of walking will be involved to join our coach. Due to limited docking facilities, it may be necessary to dock alongside another ship to access the shore.
Chalon–Sur–Saone is best known as the centre of Burgundy’s wine region. Travel by coach to the quaint village of Beaune, where we visit the Hospices de Beaune, one of the finest examples of French fifteenth– century architecture. Marvel at the multi–coloured roofs of this former hospital, now a museum, which has become one of the symbols of Burgundy. Return to the ship for lunch, and then depart this afternoon for Macon, arriving in the evening. Tonight, enjoy local entertainment on board.
Arrive in Macon, another important wine region and gateway to the Beaujolais vineyards. Walk the Heritage Trail from Old Saint Vincent Cathedral to the General Hospital buildings and Soufflot Chapel, maybe trying some local wines. Enjoy time at leisure in the afternoon.
Join your local guide for a walking tour of Tournon, which is dominated by the 16th century castle and roman ruins, and is nestled in the valley near the steep slopes of le Massif Central, France's 3rd largest mountain range. The Rhone-Alps has a long tradition in wine-making, and the nearby town of Tain l’Hermitage is known for its red wines.
Avignon has a rich history from Celtic beginnings to being the residence of the Popes and later central to the French Revolution. The Papal Palace stands secure on a hill in the centre of town; its walls are 17–18 feet thick. Your walk with a local guide takes you through this delightful historic centre, exploring ancient cobbled lanes. The famous ‘Pont d’Avignon’ is only a short distance away.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will
consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or
guardian aged over 18 years old.
You will spend six nights cruising on the 4-star Emerald Liberté. To be launched in 2017, you can expect a stylish and spacious ship, designed to ensure the most comfortable cruise. The standards of service, attention to food, and knowledge of wine you’d expect in France will be sewn into the very essence of the Emerald Liberté – providing on-board experience comparable with world class boutique hotels. Completing the Sensations of Southern France itinerary, the ship exudes the same relaxed spirit as the lands which surround the rivers it sails upon. Travelling from Lyon to Avignon, the Emerald Liberté will explore culturally-rich and enigmatic cities before dissecting the wine regions and charming Mediterranean settlements of France.
With a capacity of 138 guests, and a series of cutting-edge amenities, the Emerald Liberté represents the next generation of river cruising. The Mediterranean climate provided by the southern reaches of France provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy the open-air amenities of the Sun Deck. The top deck of the Emerald Liberté is blessed with a large area to sit back and relax and the retractable glass roof winds back to reveal the swimming pool, so you can enjoy the gentle river breeze blow through your hair as you complete a few pre-breakfast laps.
The hugely popular Horizon Bar and Lounge has been added to the Emerald Liberté, providing a wonderful after-dinner retreat. Partake in your favourite digestif from the well-stocked bar whilst enjoying the local entertainment performing their native art forms – bestowing an authentic taste of French culture upon proceedings.
Cabins are located on three decks – the Riviera Deck; Vista Deck; and Horizon Deck.
Your overnight stays in northern France will be in city-style hotels.
We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not
generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.
We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests
at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.
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