Sensations of Lyon & Provence 2024
Including a three-night hotel stay in Nice on the French Riviera
 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.

  • 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

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.

See the impressive Prince’s Palace of Monaco, former home to actress Grace Kelly. 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
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
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
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.
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.
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.

Then, pass by the recently re-discovered Roman amphitheater and walk through the cobbled streets of the old town with its secret alleyways and architectural wonders.
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.
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 12:00 p.m.

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


 Dates and Rates
Departure Dates Deck Stateroom Category Per Person Twin Single Room Add
May 28, 2024 Riviera E $5,759 + $4,029
Riviera D $5,979 + $4,185
Vista C $6,469 + $4,529
Vista B $6,799 + $4,759
Horizon A $6,855 + $4,799
Horizon S $8,165 N/A
Horizon SA $8,719 N/A
July 9, 2024 Riviera E $4,639 + $3,249
Riviera D $4,865 + $3,405
Vista C $5,355 + $3,749
Vista B $5,679 + $3,975
Horizon A $5,735 + $4,015
Horizon S $7,049 N/A
Horizon SA $7,595 N/A
August 20, 2024 Riviera E $4,955 + $3,465
October 1, 2024 Riviera D $5,175 + $3,625
Vista C $5,665 + $3,965
Vista B $5,995 + $4,195
Horizon A $6,049 + $4,235
Horizon S $7,359 N/A
Horizon SA $7,905 N/A
Call for air rates and schedules.
Passport & 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.


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