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Sensations of Lyon and Provence River Cruise (Nice - Lyon) 2022
Including a three-night hotel stay in Nice on the French Riviera
 12 Days • 23 Meals

River Cruise


Enjoy a three-night hotel stay in Nice, France, with touring in Nice and Monte Carlo. Take a seven-night cruise through southern France and enjoy first-class service by an English-speaking crew. All meals included onboard with a variety of international cuisine and complimentary regional wines, beer and soft drinks accompany onboard lunches and dinners.

  • 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 Nice 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
  • Complimentary bottled water in your stateroom
  • All tipping and gratuities included during cruise
  • Complimentary WiFi onboard
  • Complimentary bicycles onboard for use ashore
  • $60 in Mayflower Money

Day 1  Depart the USA
Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Lyon, France.
Day 2  Nice, France
Welcome to Nice, located on the French Riviera on the famed Côte d’Azur. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by a representative of Mayflower Cruises & Tours and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, getting acquainted with your new surroundings.
Day 3  Nice – Monte Carlo
The capital of the Côte d’Azur, Nice is a stunning seaside city, beautifully curved round the Bay of Angels. This morning, depart on an included visit to Monte Carlo. 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. Your hospitality representative is at your service to help you plan your day in this vibrant city. Meal: B

DiscoverMORE Visit to St. Paul de Vence (additional expense)

Day 5  Nice to Arles / Embarkation
After breakfast, depart the hotel by coach for Arles where the Emerald Liberté awaits. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner onboard. 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. See the 2,000-year-old Roman amphitheater which is still in use today, along with other monuments of the city. Explore at leisure after the tour. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldPLUS Provençal dining experience onboard hosted by local Chef Fabien Morreale

DiscoverMORE Excursion to Camargue (additional expense)

Day 7  Avignon
With a rich history from Celtic beginnings, Avignon is one of the few French cities to have preserved it ramparts, historic center and churches. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city is well known for the imposing Palace of the Popes. Your guided walk takes you through this historic center, strolling the cobbled lanes, overlooking the famous ‘Pont d’Avignon’. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldACTIVE Canoeing excursion

DiscoverMORE Excursion to Pont du Gard (additional expense)

DiscoverMORE Classical concert in Avignon (additional expense)

Day 8  Viviers
Arrive in Viviers, a town which perfectly encapsulates the medieval days of the region. Pastel-colored buildings, gently faded by the sun, line narrow cobblestone streets. Discover the architectural heritage of this quaint town, and the heart of its old town during a guided walking tour. Meals: B, L, D

DiscoverMORE Fishing class on the Rhône (additional expense)

Day 9  Tournon
As you sail along the gently twisting Rhône into Tournon, a 16th-century castle sits overlooking the village and a pair of ancient watchtowers can be seen adorning the surrounding rural landscape. Nestled in the valley near the steep slopes of le Massif Central, France’s 3rd largest mountain range, it’s picture-perfect. Join your local guide for a walking tour of Tournon to learn of its illustrious history and the culture of the local people. Alternatively, join a hike through some of the local vineyards. This afternoon, a guided bike tour to Glun will touch on the French countryside and the lives of the people who live there. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldACTIVE Guided walk through vineyards (instead of city tour)

EmeraldPLUS Regional wine tasting onboard*

EmeraldACTIVE Guided bike tour to Glun

*the EmeraldACTIVE event overlaps with the EmeraldPLUS wine-tasting; only one can be selected
Day 10  Lyon
France’s third largest city, Lyon is steeped in history and a former Roman capital positioned at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône Rivers. Join the guided tour and travel by coach to the UNESCO World Heritage Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière, Lyon’s hilltop church, with stunning views over the town. On the way to town, pass by the recently re-discovered Roman amphitheater and walk through the cobbled streets of the old town with its secret alleyways. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldACTIVE Guided bike tour (instead of city tour)

DiscoverMORE Tour to Pérouges (additional expense)

EmeraldPLUS Silk presentation onboard

Day 11  Chalon-Sur-Saône – Beaune
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, where you 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. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldPLUS Cheese and olive tasting onboard

Day 12   Lyon / Disembarkation
After breakfast, it’s time to bid ‘au revoir’ to France as you disembark and transfer to the Lyon Airport for your flight home. Meal: B

Itinerary and vessel subject to change.

Days 2 - 4   Best Western Plus Massena, or similar, Nice, France
Days 5 - 11  aboard the Emerald Liberté


 Dates and Rates
Departure Dates Stageroom Category Per Person twin Single Room
JUNE 14, 2022 E Emerald Stateroom - Riviera $4,999 + $3,249
D Emerald Stateroom - Riviera $5,149 + $3,349
C Panorama Balcony Suite - Vista $5,699 + $3,699
B Panorama Balcony Suite - Vista $5,799 + $3,769
A Panorama Balcony Suite - Horizon $6,149 + $3,999
S Grand Balcony Suite - Horizon $6,649 N/A
SA Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite - Horizon $7,149 N/A
Call for air rates and schedules.
Passports and Visas: Each U.S. citizen must have a valid passport. Expiry date of passports should be at least 6 months after the return date of tour. If you don’t have a passport, call our office and we’ll tell you how to apply for one. Some countries require visas for entry by U.S. citizens. We will send visa applications and instructions if a visa is required for your tour. Holders of non-U.S. passports should contact their nearest consulate and inquire about the necessary passport or visa documentation required for entry into the countries visited.

NOTE: Due to airline security measures, your passport name must match your airline ticket name and your tour reservation name or you may be denied aircraft boarding.


Sensations of Lyon and Provence River Cruise (Nice – Lyon)
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