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.
1 Depart the USA
Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Lyon, France.
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.
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
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.
Visit to St. Paul de Vence (additional expense)
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
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
Provençal dining experience onboard hosted by local
Chef Fabien Morreale
Excursion to Camargue (additional expense)
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
Excursion to Pont du Gard (additional expense)
Classical concert in Avignon (additional expense)
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
Fishing class on the Rhône (additional expense)
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
Guided walk through vineyards (instead of city tour)
Regional wine tasting onboard*
Guided bike tour to Glun
*the EmeraldACTIVE event overlaps with the EmeraldPLUS wine-tasting;
only one can be selected
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
Guided bike tour (instead of city tour)
Tour to Pérouges (additional expense)
Silk presentation onboard
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
Cheese and olive tasting onboard
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.