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European River Cruises – Lyon to Arles, France – Sensations of Southern France & The Riviera
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Whether it be food, art, history, or simple culture, nowhere on earth can compare to the offerings of France. Start your journey in the French Riviera, the perfect start to take in the sights and float in the crystal blue waters. Set sail on a luxury river cruise from the bustling city of Lyon down through provincial France, stopping to take in medieval architecture, Roman ruins, and meals so delicious you’ll remember them forever. Your cruise includes some of the major landmarks that shaped Western history, alongside charming cobbled alleyways, and scenic river vistas, all sure to come together to create the ultimate escape to France.

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Your journey begins as you board your plane from the USA for your flight to Nice where you will be met and escorted to your hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour in Nice, including Castel Park overlooking the Bay of Angels and Old Town, site of the trading town founded by the Greeks 2,700 years ago. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight. MERCURE NICE PROMENADE DES ANGLAIS

(Meals Aloft, D)

Prices vary by season and package. Please inquire by phone at (800) 627-1244 or email for more information and a pricing estimate.

  • Four-star accommodations at hotel in Nice and in Paris on the optional post extension.
  • 7 nights in a stateroom aboard the Emerald Liberte based on Category E. Upgrades to other cabin categories available at additional cost.
  • 6 shore excursions, either on foot or by First Class Coach.
  • 2 EmeraldPLUS activities, including an on board cheese and olive tasting and a local chef’s Provincial meal.
  • 2 Emerald Active excursions, including a bike excursion from Tournon to Glun.
  • 20 on board meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners, including the Captain’s Welcome & Farewell dinners.
  • Extended drink package on board the Emerald Liberte.
  • Complimentary tea and coffee.
  • Complimentary bottled water in your suite or stateroom, restocked daily.
  • A variety of on board evening entertainment, including a traditional Chanson chorus.
  • First-class service from English speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides.
  • Complimentary bicycles on board.
  • Complimentary WiFi on board.
  • All tips and gratuities aboard Emeral Liberte.
  • Complimentary baggage tags and passport wallet.
  • Complimentary emergency evacuation insurance
The four cruises we offer generally operate April through October and we have varying pricing depending on departure date. The weather in Europe is pleasant during that time of the year (although summers can be hot,) perfect for navigating the diverse rivers and seeing the beautiful countryside, historic sites, vineyards, castles and palaces. Emerald Waterways is an award-winning cruise line with new ships that are relatively small, accommodating less than 200 people. With their innovative design, all-inclusive packaging, expert guides and fabulous itineraries, travelers will want for nothing more. Our Zoos of Europe program is only offered in August, 2019.