France River Cruise Sensations of Lyon & Provence – Save $3,600 per couple

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This France River Cruise for 2024/2025 is one not to be missed…

Plus, save up to $3,600 per couple. Hurry and book your cruise before this offer sells out! ⏰

The Rhone and Saone rivers meander through the picturesque South of France, where you’ll discover picturesque perfect villages, palaces and Roman ruins, plus experience the delicious Provencal cuisine. Your journey through France doesn’t stop with exploring new towns and cities, but also continues on board an Emerald Star-Ship. From luxurious staterooms, all tipping and gratuities included along with complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner, you’ll explore Europe without the stress that often comes with travel.

Are you after a luxury river cruise that takes you through sun-soaked vineyards and French 15th century architecture? This French river cruise is the perfect opportunity to experience it all in 8 days! Read more about the itinerary below or speak to an experience Tour + Cruise specialist.

Emerald Cruises Grand Balcony Suite France River Cruise

Emerald Cruises Grand Balcony Suite

Included Items

  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
  • 20 delectable meals including 7 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board
  • Airport transfers to and from your Star-Ship
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • The services of an Emerald Cruises cruise director and Bucharest tour director
  • A variety of tours. Please speak to a Tour + Cruise specialist for specific details
  • Guided tour of Avignon
  • Guided bike tour to Glun
  • Regional wine tasting on board
  • Guided tour of Arles with arena visit

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Sensations Of Lyon & Provence River Cruise Map

Sensations Of Lyon & Provence River Cruise Map

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DAY 1 - NICE - ARIES

Welcome to France and the beginning of your cruise. You’ll be met by a member of our team at the airport and transferred to Arles, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting to welcome you on board your contemporary Emerald Cruises Star-Ship. This evening, enjoy a welcome reception and dine with your fellow guests.

Please book your flight to arrive into Nice prior to 12:00 PM. Speak to a Tour + Cruise expert here at Flat Beds to discuss booking your Business Class airfares.

Inclusions: Dinner

Nice, France

DAY 2 - ARIES

Revel in the glory of the Roman Empire today during an insightful visit to Arles, including its UNESCO World Heritage-listed Roman and Romanesque monuments. Visit Arles Amphitheatre, a 2,000-year-old structure where thousands of spectators once gathered to watch heart-pounding chariot races.

Enjoy learning about the time spent by Vincent van Gogh in the city, taking inspiration from his surroundings and using them to create many of his most iconic pieces of art, including ‘Starry Night Over the Rhône’. Then, enjoy some time to explore the beauty of Arles at your leisure.

EmeraldPLUS: A Provençal dinner hosted by chef Fabien Morreale

Included Excursion: Guided tour of Arles with arena visit

DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Les Baux de Provence (extra expense)

Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arles, Amphitheatre

DAY 3 - AVIGNON

Avignon has a long and storied history. This fortified town is the former residence of seven consecutive Popes in the 1300s who fled Rome to escape from the political pressures of the Roman Empire. The city went on to become an important location during the French Revolution.

Embark on a guided walking tour to witness its illustrious past, including the ornate Gothic exterior of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Palais des Papes, built by the Popes over two decades. This afternoon is yours to leisurely explore, perhaps crossing the 12th-century Stone Bridge.

EmeraldACTIVE: Canoeing excursion in Avignon

Included Excursion: Guided tour of Avignon

DiscoverMORE: Guided tour of the Pont du Gard (extra expense)

DiscoverMORE: Classical concert in Avignon (extra expense)

Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Avignon, France

DAY 4 - VIVIERS

A snapshot of quintessential France awaits your arrival in Viviers, a town that perfectly encapsulates the medieval days of the region. Pastel coloured buildings gently faded by the sun line narrow cobblestone streets, and the heart of the Old Town is yours to explore today during a guided walking tour.

Included Excursion: Guided tour of Viviers

Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Vivers, France

DAY 5 - TOURNON

As we sail down the gently twisting Rhône River into Tournon, you’ll be treated to an extraordinary view of a 16th-century castle overlooking the village and a pair of ancient watchtowers adorning the surrounding rural landscape.

Today, embark on a guided tour of Tournon and learn about its illustrious history and the culture of the people who call it home. If you would like to explore more of the region’s natural beauty, then you may instead choose to embark on an EmeraldACTIVE hike through some of the local vineyards.

Later, a guided bike tour to Glun will introduce you to the French countryside and provide priceless insight into the lives of the people who live there.

EmeraldPLUS: Regional wine tasting on board

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour to Glun

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike through the vineyards

Included Excursion: Guided tour of Tournon

Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tournon, France

DAY 6 - LYON

As one of the largest cities in France and a former Roman capital, many of the most important moments in French history have taken place in Lyon. But it’s Lyonnaise cuisine that has really put this city on the map, delighting gastronomists from around the world.

Join your local guide for a walking tour of the city, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière. If you’re feeling more active, then you may instead choose to embark on a guided bike tour, touching on its most prominent architectural wonders and moments from history.

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour of Lyon

Included Excursion: Guided tour of Lyon

DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Pérouges (extra expense)

Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lyon, France

DAY 7 - CHALON-SUR-SAONE - BEAUNE

The birthplace of photography and the centre of Burgundy’s wine region is yours to discover today as you travel by road to the quaint village of Beaune. Stop to visit the Hospices de Beaune, one of the best-preserved examples of 15th-century French architecture and home to one of the most popular wine auctions in the country.

EmeraldPLUS: Cheese and olive tasting on board

Included Excursion: Visit to the Hospices de Beaune

Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Chalon-sur-Saône

DAY 8 - LYON

After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the Star-Ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of French architecture and sun-kissed vineyards with you.

Please book your flight to depart out of Lyon after 10:00 AM. Speak to a Tour + Cruise expert here at Flat Beds to discuss booking your Business Class airfares.

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.

Inclusions: Breakfast

Lyon, France

On board, attention to detail has been considered throughout every feature and flourish, providing unrivalled comfort, and the most luxurious and enjoyable of journeys for all of our guests. Whether you prefer to while away peaceful hours in your lovingly appointed suite or stateroom, or mingle with new found friends in the spacious and welcoming communal areas, every inch of our Star-Ships has been designed with your comfort and enjoyment in mind.

The stylish, contemporary décor of the fleet provides a wonderful setting for watching the beautiful river views pass by. From the illuminated atrium, to the crisp, clean linens in each of our suites and staterooms, to the centre point of our dining experience - Reflections Restaurant, it’s easy to see why our Star-Ships are award-winning.
Our Star-Ships sailing the Danube, Rhine and Rhône are home to an indoor pool with floor-to-ceiling windows and a retractable roof. In the evenings the pool innovatively transforms into a cosy cinema.
During warmer months, the panoramic Sun Deck is the perfect spot to watch the world go by with your favourite drink in hand. On the Sun Deck of our Emerald Radiance sailing Portugal’s Douro River you will find a spa-style serenity pool and on Emerald Harmony the open-air pool is ideal for Asia’s exotic climate.
At Emerald Cruises, we are dedicated to ensuring that every aspect of your stay on board our Star-Ships goes above and beyond your expectations. The wealth of amenities on board are complemented by our highly-trained, skilled and attentive crew, dedicated to ensuring your Emerald Cruises holiday is unforgettable.

What Can You Expect Onboard?

  • Al fresco dining and BBQ area
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Dedicated Cruise Director
  • Evening cinema*
  • Fitness & Wellness Area
  • Hairdresser
  • Innovative indoor heated pool with retractable roof*
  • Spa-style Serenity Pool on the Emerald Radiance
  • Stylish staterooms and suites
  • Sun Deck with seating area, walking track, games area & putting green

On-Board Entertainment

With Emerald Cruises the journey is just as important as the destination. It’s about enjoying every moment and creating memories that will last a lifetime. That’s why we believe that entertainment is an integral part of your cruise experience. To ensure there’s never a dull moment on board, our Cruise Directors oversee a fantastic range of entertainment activities for you to enjoy. From our ever-popular crew show and bar quizzes to local performances in a traditional style, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.
Our crew members will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about our entertainment schedule and point you in the direction of the latest activities taking place on board. With so much to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Horizon Bar & Lounge

The Horizon Bar & Lounge is the social heartbeat of our Star-Ships. Surprisingly spacious and exceedingly modern, this contemporary and comfortable haven is one of the most popular areas of our vessels day or night. There's a fully stocked bar with attentive bartenders, help-yourself to a selection of coffees from out high-tech coffee-machine, or try one of our speciality teas, and take a seat in our plush and spacious sofas and chairs. In the day it's a place to catch up with new friends and unwind.
Each evening before dinner, your Cruise Director welcomes you to the Horizon Bar and Lounge for an informal yet fascinating talk on your forthcoming ports of call. With tips on what you'll see and things to look out for, this is an ideal opportunity to plan for the day ahead. When the evening arrives, we have a medley of entertainment planned especially for you.

After Dinner Entertainment

After another delicious dinner in our Reflections Restaurant, head up to the Horizon Bar and Lounge, where, on select nights we have local entertainment come on-board. Relax with your favourite cocktail and catch up with your new found friends.
On select evenings guests are invited to watch local performances in the traditional style. From a Bavarian band to Hungarian dancing, there's no finer way to celebrate the native culture than in the comfort of familiar surroundings.
The Horizon Bar & Lounge also plays host to challenging quizzes and our popular crew show. This jovial event happens at the end of every cruise after the Farewell Dinner.

Heated Pool & Cinema

Unlike any other on Europe's waters, our ships boast a heated pool* complete with retractable roof and bar which cleverly transforms into a cinema in the evening. *please note the Emerald Radiance does not have an indoor pool/cinema.

Make your way to the back of the ship where our indoor heated pool is situated. When the evening arrives this oasis of calm is transformed into a hub of entertainment.

Watch in awe as the floor rises through the pool's surface and a screen is lowered from above. In a matter of minutes the area is converted from a swimming pool into a cosy cinema where a selection of classic and contemporary films are shown throughout your cruise.

On selected evenings the cinema will play host to a variety of iconic concerts performed by some of the world's most significant musicians. Popular music, classical and jazz are just some of the genres you can expect to see on the big screen.
Our live music showcase is just another was to ensure you enjoy an unforgettable river cruise. We're always looking for exciting and unexpected ways to entertain our guests and we're sure that you will love our collection of fun and inspirational performances.

Cultural Shows & Entertainment

As the host on-board, our Cruise Directors strive to ensure there’s never a dull moment during an Emerald Waterways river cruise. With this in mind, a fantastic range of entertaining activities are available for you to enjoy.
Thanks to the unique design of our Star-Ships, we are able to host a unique event program throughout your cruise. In the Horizon Bar & Lounge, immerse yourself in ancient folklores, passed from one generation to another for hundreds of years, during an authentic show. Or, let the music of a nation sweep you off your feet as a local band takes to the floor in their traditional attire. Alternatively, catch that film you never got round to seeing during movie nights in the cinema.

Relax On The Sun Deck

The top deck of our Star-Ships boasts the Sun Deck*. A panoramic rooftop space, home to a walking track, putting green and games area, as well as deck chairs and sun-loungers, perfect for warmer climates.
Why not challenge your new-found companions to a spot of putting or noughts and crosses, accompanied by the sensational backdrop of each magnificent river bank village, town or city?
Feel the breeze as you navigate your way through the heart of Europe’s most spectacular towns and cities. Raise a toast with new friends and watch as areas of outstanding natural beauty pass by.
Those travelling on Emerald Radiance through Portugal’s Douro region, can look forward to doing so from the outdoor heated Serenity Pool, a truly indulgent way to experience some of the country’s highlights.

Booking Terms & Conditions

Advertised price based on 12 Jul 2025 departure in cat E cabin, price is per person twin share and reflects the $1,800 per person saving*. Pricing is correct as of 2 April 2024, subject to availability at the time of booking. Offers may be withdrawn or prices updated by the supplier at any time, so please enquire with our expert consultants for the latest pricing, terms and conditions. Single supplement may also apply.

*Super EarlyBird Offer: Full payment required 10 months prior to departure, or if booking within 10 months full payment is due within 7 days. Offer applicable to category E. Offer is strictly limited and subject to availability until sold out. Not combinable with other earlybird offers.

Tour Code: EFRC

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