Sensations of Lyon and Provence River Cruise

2025 Nice > Lyon | Price from $4639

12 DAYS • 23 MEALS It is no surprise that the South of France is recognized as the birthplace of photography, its unrivaled beauty includes the finest examples of French 15th-century architecture, with Roman ruins and sun-soaked vineyards nestled at the foot of colossal mountain ranges. Spend three nights in Nice along the stunning French Riviera and enjoy a visit to Monte Carlo, playground of the rich and famous. Sail the Rhône and Saône Rivers while exploring ports of call in Chalon-sur-Saône, Lyon, Tournon, Viviers, Avignon and Arles, all the while experiencing the rich history and picturesque beauty of Southern France.

Cruise Itinerary

Day 1: Depart the USA

Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Nice, France.

Day 2: Nice, France

Welcome to Nice! Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport by a representative of Mayflower Cruises and Tours and transferred to the hotel. A three-night stay awaits in this fascinating city on the French Riviera and the sun-kissed capital of the Côte d’Azur.

Day 3: Monte Carlo / Nice

Depart by coach for the principality of Monaco to visit Monte Carlo on the French Riviera. Home to the Grand Prix, location of numerous movies and playground of the rich and famous – you’re sure to recognize its beautiful setting and famed casino. After an insightful tour and free time to explore, return to Nice for the remainder of the day at leisure. Meal: B

Day 4: Nice

The final day in Nice is left free of planned activities. A hospitality representative is at your service to help you plan your day in this vibrant city. Meal: B

DiscoverMORE: Saint Paul de Vence (additional expense)

Day 5: Nice – Arles

After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to the French Riviera and journey by motorcoach to Arles where the captain and crew welcome you aboard the Emerald Liberté – home for the next seven nights. Settle into your new surroundings and enjoy dinner onboard as the vessel remains docked in Arles overnight. Meals: B, D

Day 6: Arles

The UNESCO World Heritage Site and Provençal town of Arles combines all of the region’s charms. While strolling through the streets, medieval in character, with the local guide, you’ll discover why the colorful houses were an inspiration to Vincent Van Gogh and other famous artists. Visit the 2,000-year-old Roman amphitheater which is still in use today. This evening, a Provençal experience awaits as dinner is hosted by Top Chef finalist, Fabien Morreale. Meals: B, L, D

DiscoverMORE: Visit to L’Occitane Factory (additional expense)
DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Les Baux de Provence (additional expense)
EmeraldPLUS: Provençal dining experience onboard

Day 7: Avignon

Avignon is one of the few French cities to have preserved its ramparts, historic center and churches. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is well known for the imposing Palace of the Popes. During your guided walk, see the famous ancient stone bridge, ‘Pont d’Avignon’, crossing the Rhône. Marvel at the ornate beauty of the Palace of the Popes and stroll through the historic center. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldACTIVE: Canoeing excursion
DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Pont du Gard (additional expense)
DiscoverMORE: Visit to Chateauneuf du Pape with wine tasting (additional expense)
EmeraldPLUS: Classical concert in Avignon

Day 8: Viviers

Arrive in Viviers, a town which still has Middle-Age flair. Join an included walking tour exploring the architectural heritage of this quaint town. Meals: B, L, D

DiscoverMORE: Visit to Chauvet Pont D’Arc (additional expense)

Day 9: Tournon

As the vessel sails along the gently winding Rhône River, the landscape of Tournon comes into view. Nestled in the valley near the steep slopes of le Massif Central, France’s 3rd largest mountain range, it’s picture-perfect. During the included tour, a local guide leads you on a walk through Tournon, which is dominated by the 16th-century castle overlooking the village, ancient watchtowers and Roman ruins. The area has a long tradition in wine making, including the renowned wine growing center of Tain l’Hermitage across the river. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike through vineyards (instead of included walking tour)

Day 10: Lyon

France’s third largest city, Lyon is steeped in history and a former Roman capital. The city is positioned at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône Rivers. Take part in the guided tour of Lyon, which includes a drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière, Lyon’s hilltop church, with stunning views over the town. A walking tour of the city center showcases its architectural wonders. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour (instead of included city tour)
DiscoverMORE: Tour to Pérouges (additional expense)

Day 11: Chalon-Sur-Saône /Beaune / Lyon

Chalon–Sur–Saône is best known as the birthplace of photography and the center of Burgundy’s wine region. Travel by coach to the quaint village of Beaune to visit the Hospices de Beaune, one of the finest examples of French 15th-century architecture. Marvel at the multi-colored roofs of this former hospital, now a museum, which has become one of the symbols of Burgundy. The ship sails back to Lyon this evening. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldPLUS: Cheese and olive tasting onboard

Day 12: Lyon / USA

After breakfast, it’s time to bid ‘au revoir’ to France and depart to the Lyon airport for your flight home. Flights to depart Lyon after 12:00pm. Meal: B

Itinerary is subject to change.

EXCEPTIONAL INCLUSIONS

  • 23 Meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours
  • Three-night hotel stay in Nice, France
  • Touring in Monaco and Monte Carlo
  • Seven-night cruise through southern France
  • First-class service by an English-speaking crew
  • Shore excursions with English-speaking local guides
  • Personal listening device for onboard excursions
  • All meals included onboard with a variety of international cuisine
  • Complimentary regional wines, beer and soft drinks accompany onboard lunches and dinners
  • Onboard Activity Manager will support all EmeraldACTIVE excursions and host daily onboard wellness activities, games, classes and evening entertainment
  • Complimentary bottled water in your stateroom
  • All gratuities included
  • Complimentary WiFi onboard
  • Complimentary bicycles onboard for use ashore

CRUISE & HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Days 2 through 4 – Best Western Plus Hotel Massena or similar, Nice, France
Days 5 through 11 – Aboard the Emerald Liberté

EMERALD LIBERTE’ DECK PLAN
  • Sun Deck with Deck Chairs
  • Navigation Bridge
  • Sky Barbeque
  • Golf Putting Green
  • Games Area
  • Retractable Glass Roof
  • Walking Track
  • Daytime Pool / Evening Cinema
  • The Terrace
  • Horizon Bar and Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Reception
  • Wellness Area
  • Fitness Area
  • Reflections Restaurant
PRICING & AVAILABILITY

July 9, 2024 (Nice > Lyon) Priced from $4,639

Save $2000 per couple. Call for details.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$4,639 per person twin / Single room add $3,249

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$4,865 per person twin / Single room add $3,405

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$5,355 per person twin / Single room add $3,749

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Horizon Deck
$5,679 per person twin / Single room add $3,975

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Vista Deck
$5,735 per person twin / Single room add $4,015

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$7,049 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$7,595 per person twin

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September 3, 2024 (Nice > Lyon) Priced from $5,469

Save $2400 per couple. Call for details.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$4,689 per person twin / Single room add $3,829

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,689 per person twin / Single room add $3,985

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$6,179 per person twin / Single room add $4,325

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Horizon Deck
$6,505 per person twin / Single room add $4,555

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Vista Deck
$6,565 per person twin / Single room add $4,595

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$7,875 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$8,419 per person twin

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October 1, 2024 (Nice > Lyon) Priced from $4,955

Save $2400 per couple. Call for details.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$4,955 per person twin / Single room add $3,465

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,175 per person twin / Single room add $3,625

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$5,665 per person twin / Single room add $3,965

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Horizon Deck
$5,995 per person twin / Single room add $4,195

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Vista Deck
$6,049 per person twin / Single room add $4,235

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$7,359 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$7,905 per person twin

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May 13, 2025 (Nice > Lyon) Priced from $6,049

FREE AIRFARE from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$6,049 per person twin / Single room add $4,235

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$6,279 per person twin / Single room add $4,395

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$6,795 per person twin / Single room add $4,755

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Horizon Deck
$7,139 per person twin / Single room add $4,999

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Vista Deck
$7,199 per person twin / Single room add $5,039

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$8,579 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$9,159 per person twin

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June 10, 2025 (Nice > Lyon) Priced from $4,875

FREE AIRFARE from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$4,875 per person twin / Single room add $3,409

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,109 per person twin / Single room add $3,579

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$5,625 per person twin / Single room add $3,939

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Horizon Deck
$5,965 per person twin / Single room add $4,174

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Vista Deck
$6,025 per person twin / Single room add $4,215

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$7,405 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$7,975 per person twin

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Nice, returning from Lyon, France.

July 8, 2025 (Nice > Lyon) Priced from $4,875

FREE AIRFARE from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$4,875 per person twin / Single room add $3,409

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,109 per person twin / Single room add $3,579

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$5,625 per person twin / Single room add $3,939

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Horizon Deck
$5,965 per person twin / Single room add $4,174

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Vista Deck
$6,025 per person twin / Single room add $4,215

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$7,405 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$7,975 per person twin

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August 5, 2025 (Nice > Lyon) Priced from $5,205

FREE AIRFARE from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$5,205 per person twin / Single room add $3,645

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,435 per person twin / Single room add $3,805

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$5,949 per person twin / Single room add $4,165

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Horizon Deck
$6,299 per person twin / Single room add $4,409

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Vista Deck
$6,355 per person twin / Single room add $4,449

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$7,729 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$8,299 per person twin

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September 2, 2025 (Nice > Lyon) Priced from $5,745

FREE AIRFARE from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$5,745 per person twin / Single room add $4,025

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,975 per person twin / Single room add $4,185

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$6,489 per person twin / Single room add $4,545

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Horizon Deck
$6,835 per person twin / Single room add $4,785

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Vista Deck
$6,895 per person twin / Single room add $4,825

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$8,269 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$8,839 per person twin

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Nice, returning from Lyon, France.

September 16, 2025 (Nice > Lyon) Priced from $5,745

FREE AIRFARE from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$5,745 per person twin / Single room add $4,025

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,975 per person twin / Single room add $4,185

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$6,489 per person twin / Single room add $4,545

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Horizon Deck
$6,835 per person twin / Single room add $4,785

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Vista Deck
$6,895 per person twin / Single room add $4,825

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$8,269 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$8,839 per person twin

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Nice, returning from Lyon, France.

September 30, 2025 (Nice > Lyon) Priced from $5,745

FREE AIRFARE from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$5,745 per person twin / Single room add $4,025

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,975 per person twin / Single room add $4,185

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$6,489 per person twin / Single room add $4,545

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Horizon Deck
$6,835 per person twin / Single room add $4,785

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Vista Deck
$6,895 per person twin / Single room add $4,825

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$8,269 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$8,839 per person twin

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Nice, returning from Lyon, France.