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Sensations of Lyon and Provence River Cruise
Including a three-night hotel stay in Nice on the French Riviera
 12 Days • 24 Meals
River Cruise
Enjoy the beautiful scenery and lovely towns along the Rhône and Saône Rivers. As you leisurely cruise through the wine country of France aboard the Emerald Liberté, the friendly crew makes you feel right home.

  • 24 Meals (10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 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 Nice, France.
Day 2  Nice, France
Welcome to Nice, located on the French Riviera in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. You will be met by a Mayflower Cruises and Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. Nice is blessed by a sunny, temperate climate and this famous destination has been attracting visitors from around the world for decades. Dinner at the hotel is included tonight. Meal: D
Day 3  Nice
The capital of the Côte d’Azur, Nice is beautifully curved round the Bay of Angels, desirable and as lively as you like. In the morning, enjoy free time to explore on your own. This afternoon, visit Monte Carlo on a guided tour, where you learn about the jet-set lifestyle in Monaco. Meal: B
Day 4  Nice
The final day in Nice is left free of planned activities. Your tour director is at your service to help you plan your day in this vibrant city. Meal: B DiscoverMORE: Tour to Cannes & Grasse (additional cost)
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. Meals: B, L, D. EmeraldPLUS: Provençale dinner hosted by local Chef Fabien Morreale. DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Les Baux de Provence (additional cost)
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: Guided hike in Avignon. EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson onboard DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Pont du Gard (additional cost)
Day 8  Viviers
Arrive in Viviers, a town which still has a lot of flare. Viviers is also the home of one of France’s oldest cathedrals. Join an included city tour exploring all the architectural heritage of this quaint town. Meals: B, L, D. EmeraldPLUS: Cheese and olive tasting onboard. DiscoverMORE: Tour to Grignan (additional cost)
Day 9  Tournon
Join your local guide for a walking tour of Tournon, dominated by the 16th-century castle and roman ruins. Nestled in the valley near the steep slopes of le Massif Central, France's 3rd largest mountain range, it is picture perfect. The area has a long tradition in wine making, including the renowned wine growing centre of Tain l'Hermitage across the river. Meals: B, L, D. EmeraldACTIVE: Guided walk through vineyards EmeraldPLUS: Regional wine tasting onboard. EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour to Glun
Day 10  Lyon
Lyon, France’s third largest city, is steeped in history and a former Roman capital positioned at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône Rivers. Today, take part in the guided tour of Lyon, which starts with a drive to the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière, Lyon’s hilltop church, with stunning views over the town. Then pass by the recently re–discovered Roman amphitheater and walk through the cobbled streets of the gastronomic old town including secret alleyways. Meals: B, L, D. EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour. DiscoverMORE: Tour to Perouges (additional cost).
Day 11  Chalon-Sur-Saône – Beaune
Chalon–Sur–Saône is best known as the birthplace of photography and the centre of Burgundy’s wine region. Travel by road 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
Day 12  Lyon Disembarkation
After breakfast, it’s time to bid ‘au revoir’ to France as you disembark the river cruise ship and transfer to the Lyon Airport for your onward or homebound flight. Meal: B Itinerary and vessel subject to change.

Days 2-4  Splendid Hotel or similar, Nice, France
Days 5-11  aboard the Emerald Liberté


 Dates and Rates
Departure Dates Stageroom Category Per Person twin Single Room Status
September 15, 2020 Emerald Stateroom E $4,795 add $3,119 Available
Emerald Stateroom D $4,945 add $3,219
Panorama Balcony Suite C $5,445 add $3,539
Panorama Balcony Suite B $5,545 add $3,609
Panorama Balcony Suite A $5,845 add $3,799
Grand Balcony Suite $6,995 N/A
Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite $7,495 N/A
September 29, 2020 Emerald Stateroom E $4,795 add $3,119 Available
Emerald Stateroom D $4,945 add $3,219
Panorama Balcony Suite C $5,445 add $3,539
Panorama Balcony Suite B $5,545 add $3,609
Panorama Balcony Suite A $5,845 add $3,799
Grand Balcony Suite $6,995 N/A
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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.


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