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7 Night - Sensations of Lyon & Provence Cruise

Discover the magic of France by river.

Package Details


From AU$4,780* twin share

Cruise Line: Emerald Cruises
Ship: Emerald Liberte
Duration: 7 Nights
Cabin: Balcony
Ports: Lyon to Nice


Lyon, Chalon-sur-Saone, Lyon, Touron, Viviers, Avignon, Arles (Overnight), Nice



Sensations of Lyon & Provence

Selected Departure Dates in July, August 2025. Also available on opposite itinerary Nice to Lyon.

Pricing based on departure date:  5 July 2025

It is no surprise that the South of France is recognized as the birthplace of photography, its unrivalled beauty comprises the finest examples of French 15th century architecture, with Roman ruins and sun-soaked vineyards nestled at the foot of colossal mountain ranges. Journey to the country’s gastronomic beating heart, Lyon, before enjoying an authentic Provençal dinner on board, hosted by renowned French chef, Fabien Morreale.

The Emerald Cruises Difference

Experience an unforgettable voyage of discovery with shore excursions, EmeraldPLUS cultural experiences, and the EmeraldACTIVE program all included.

  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
  • Visit to the Hospices de Beaune
  • Cheese and olive tasting on board
  • Guided bike tour of Lyon
  • 20 delectable meals including 7 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D)
  • Airport transfers to and from your Star-Ship
  • Guided tour of Lyon
  • Classical Concert in Avignon
  • Guided hike through the vineyards in Tournon
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • The services of an Emerald Cruises cruise director
  • Guided tour of Tournon
  • Provençal dinner hosted by local chef Fabien Morreale
  • Canoeing excursion in Avignon
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board
  • Port taxes and charges
  • Guided tour of Viviers
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Guided tour of Avignon
  • Guided tour of Arles with arena visit

Day 1Sat, 05 JulLyon (D)

Welcome to Lyon, on the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers. On arrival at the airport, 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 into Lyon prior to 04:30 PM.

Day 2Sun, 06 JulChalon-sur-Saône – Beaune (B,L,D)

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


Cheese and olive tasting on board

Day 3Mon, 07 JulLyon (B,L,D)

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


Guided bike tour of Lyon


Excursion to Pérouges (extra expense)


Private Culinary Charms of Lyon (extra expense)

Day 4Tue, 08 JulTournon (B,L,D)

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


Guided hike through the vineyards

Day 5Wed, 09 JulViviers (B,L,D)

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


Visit to Chauvet Pont D’Arc (extra expense)

Day 6Thu, 10 JulAvignon (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


Canoeing excursion in Avignon


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)


Classical concert in Avignon

Day 7Fri, 11 JulArles (B,L,D)

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


Excursion to Les Baux de Provence (extra expense)


Visit to L’Occitane Factory (extra expense)


Provençal dinner hosted by local chef Fabien Morreale

Day 8Sat, 12 JulArles – Nice (B)

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 01:00 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.

Terms & Conditions

Conditions apply. Subject to availability and change without notice. Full supplier conditions apply. Valid for new bookings only. Prices valid at the time of publication. Prices are per person based on twin share occupancy unless otherwise stated and displayed in AU$. Member savings are calculated using the original advertised price.

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