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Sensations of Lyon and Provence River Cruise 2021
Including a three-night hotel stay in Nice on the French Riviera
 12 Days • 24 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.

 Highlights
  • 24 Meals (10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners)
  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours
  • 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
  • Three-night hotel stay in Nice, France
  • Touring in Nice and Monte Carlo
  • $60 in Mayflower Money

 Itinerary
Day 1  Depart the USA
Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Lyon, France.
Day 2  Lyon, France
Welcome to Lyon, at the junction of the Rhône and Saône rivers. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a representative of Mayflower Cruises and Tours and transferred to the Emerald Liberté. Settle into your new surroundings and enjoy dinner onboard as the ship departs for Chalon-Sur-Saône this evening. Meal: D
Day 3  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 EmeraldPLUS: Cheese and olive tasting onboard
Day 4  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 old town with its including secret alleyways. Meals: B, L, D EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour DiscoverMORE: Tour to Perouges (additional expense)
Day 5  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 6  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 DiscoverMORE: Tour to Grignan (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 experience DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Pont du Gard (additional expense)
Day 8  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 expense)
Day 9  Nice
After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to the captain and crew as your river cruise comes to end. But your land adventure is just beginning as you journey by coach to Nice on the famed Cote d’Azur. During an orientation walk, see the old town with its cafés, historic buildings, picturesque harbor and the infamous sea-front promenade. Meals: B, D
Day 10  Monte Carlo
After a morning at leisure, 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 some free time to explore, return to Nice for the evening. Meal: B
Day 11  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 12  Nice / USA
It’s time to bid ‘au revoir’ to France and depart to the Nice airport for your flight home. Meal: B

 Accommodations
Days Two through Eight  aboard the Emerald Liberté
Days Nine through Eleven  Best Western Plus Hotel Massena or similar, Nice, France
 

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 Dates and Rates
Departure Dates Stateroom Category Per Person twin Single Room Availability
May 28, 2021 Emerald Stateroom - E $4,549 add $2,959 Available
Emerald Stateroom - D $4,649 add $2,999
Panorama Balcony Suite - C $5,199 add $3,379
Panorama Balcony Suite - B $5,299 add $3,449
Panorama Balcony Suite - A $5,699 add $3,699
Grand Balcony Suite - S $6,199 N/A
Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite - SA $6,699 N/A
September 3, 2021 Emerald Stateroom - E $4,849 add $3,159 Unavailable
Emerald Stateroom - D $4,999 add $3,249
Panorama Balcony Suite - C $5,549 add $3,599
Panorama Balcony Suite - B $5,649 add $3,669
Panorama Balcony Suite - A $5,999 add $3,899
Grand Balcony Suite - S $6,499 N/A
Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite - SA $6,999 N/A
October 5, 2021 Emerald Stateroom - E $4,549 add $2,959 Available
Emerald Stateroom - D $4,649 add $2,999
Panorama Balcony Suite - C $5,199 add $3,379
Panorama Balcony Suite - B $5,299 add $3,449
Panorama Balcony Suite - A $5,699 add $3,699
Grand Balcony Suite - S $6,199 N/A
Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite - SA $6,699 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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