Cruising the Sensations of Southern France


Avignon

Visit: Avignon, France

Macon

Visit: Macon, France

About the Tour

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.

Tour Includes


  • 6 nights cruising with full board
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner on board
  • 2 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise and Tour Director on board ship
  • All tipping and gratuities included on board ship
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service coach
Dates & Prices

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 01709 787 463 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Your Itinerary

    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.

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to northern France for an overnight stay.

    We head south to Lyon, where we board our luxury cruise ship, the Emerald Liberté for our six-night cruise. This evening sail north through the beautiful Beaujolais region.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    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.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    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.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    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.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Avignon

    Avignon

    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.

    Avignon

    Avignon

    Sail into the Camargue region to the capital of Provence, Arles where you will join your local guide for a walking tour showcasing the highlights of the city. The rest of the day is at leisure.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    We disembark and join our coach for the journey to our overnight hotel in northern France.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Your Excursions

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Walking tour of Tournon
    • Visit to the Hospice de Beaune
    • City walk in Avignon
    • Walking tour of Arles

    Optional Excursions & Visits


    Notes

    Cabin Upgrades (per person)Twin 
    Stateroom D£60 
    Balcony Suite C£400 
    Balcony Suite B£420 
    Balcony Suite A£550 
    No single rooms/cabins available.

    Please Note excursions during the cruise will be operated by a first-class local coach and not Silver Service.
    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    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.
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    Accommodation

    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.


    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    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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    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days' duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and £25pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £17pp (9 days duration and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour, you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

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