Sensations of Lyon and Provence River Cruise
Including three nights 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.

 Highlights
  • 24 Meals (10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners)
  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours
  • International Cruise Director and Mayflower’s expert staff onboard
  • Experience the beauty of Provence while sailing aboard the Emerald Liberté
  • Once onboard, unpack just once in your river view stateroom
  • Shore excursions escorted by local English-speaking guides in Beaune, Lyon, Tournon, Viviers, Avignon and Arles
  • All meals included onboard with a variety of international cuisine
  • Four course lunches and dinners onboard served with complimentary regional wines, beer and soft drinks
  • Afternoon tea time and late evening snacks served daily in the lounge
  • Complimentary WiFi onboard
  • A variety of onboard evening entertainment
  • Enhanced touring experience with the use of audio headsets
  • ‘Inside balcony’ with drop-down window featured in all suites on Horizon and Vista Decks
  • Three-night hotel stay in Nice and included excursion to Monte Carlo
  • All tipping and gratuities included during cruise
  • Visit to the village of Beaune and Hôtel Dieu
  • Provençal dinner onboard hosted by a local French chef
  • Onboard wine-tasting presentation
  • Culinary demonstration by the ship’s chef
  • $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
Enjoy a leisurely morning sailing along the Rhône River. After lunch, depart on an included excursion to the quaint village of Beaune. Visit the Hôtel-Dieu, a symbol of the city and former charitable hospital for the poor. In addition to housing many treasures – furniture, pottery, paintings, tapestries and religious masterpieces – today the Hôtel Dieu is considered a medieval jewel with its superb multicolored Burgundian roof tiles. This evening, set sail for Lyon. Meals: B, L, D
Day 4  Lyon
UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a basilica, ancient Roman ruins, quaint alleyways with hidden corridors…all of these are discovered during a guided tour of Lyon. Departing by coach, view the ruins of two Roman theatres as you make your way up Hill Fourvière. Atop the hill is the symbol of the city, the Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourvière, and a spectacular view of the city below. During the walking tour, the guide will lead you through the heart of the old town pointing out historic buildings and explaining the unique architecture and Renaissance charm of the city. Alternatively, choose a guided bike tour, or an optional excursion to the medieval walled town of Perouges. Meals: B, L, D
Day 5  Tournon
Awaken this morning in the charming town of Tournon, nestled in a valley and dominated by the 16th-century castle and Roman ruins. Join your local guide for a walking tour of the town in this area with a long tradition in wine making. Or, choose to hike through the local vineyards. Onboard, enjoy a wine tasting presentation to learn about this famous product of the area. Meals: B, L, D
Day 6  Viviers
Begin the day with a walking tour of Viviers, a town which still proudly displays its heritage from the Middle-Ages. On the included walking tour, see one of France’s oldest cathedrals and explore the architectural history. After lunch, join an optional excursion to the Château de Grignan, or relax onboard. Meals: B, L, D
Day 7  Avignon
With a morning arrival in Avignon, disembark the ship and embark on a walking tour. See the Palace of the Popes, standing secure on a hill in the center of town; stroll through the cobbled alleyways, and see the famous ‘Pont d’Avignon’. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure or join an optional excursion to see the Pont du Gard aqueduct, a major feat of Roman engineering and one of the architectural masterpieces of the ancient world. This evening you’re in for a treat with a Provençal dinner onboard, hosted by a local French chef. Meals: B, L, D
Day 8  Arles
The Provençal town of Arles combines all of the region’s charms and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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 afternoon, join an optional excursion to Les Baux- one of the most beautiful villages in France. Meals: B, L, D
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 full day is left free of planned activities. Relax and explore Nice, or join an optional excursion to Cannes and the Grasse Perfumery. Discover Cannes on a guided tour and view the Cannes Film Festival Palace. Journey to Grasse where you’ll have an orientation tour and guided visit of the Fragonard Perfumery before returning to Nice. Meal: B
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 - Eight  Aboard the Emerald Liberté
Days Nine - Eleven  Splendid Hotel, Nice, France
 

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 Dates and Rates
Departure Dates Stageroom Category Per Person twin Single Room Availability
August 30, 2019 Emerald Stateroom - E $4,670 add $3,039 Available
Emerald Stateroom - D $4,770 add $3,099
Panorama Balcony Suite - C $5,170 add $3,359
Panorama Balcony Suite - B $5,270 add $3,429
Panorama Balcony Suite - A $5,770 add $3,749
Grand Balcony Suite $6,670 N/A
Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite $7,100 N/A
September 13, 2019 Emerald Stateroom - E $4,670 add $3,039 Sold Out
Emerald Stateroom - D $4,770 add $3,099
Panorama Balcony Suite - C $5,170 add $3,359
Panorama Balcony Suite - B $5,270 add $3,429
Panorama Balcony Suite - A $5,770 add $3,749
Grand Balcony Suite $6,670 N/A
Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite $7,100 N/A
September 17, 2019 Emerald Stateroom - E $4,670 add $3,039 Sold Out
Emerald Stateroom - D $4,770 add $3,099
Panorama Balcony Suite - C $5,170 add $3,359
Panorama Balcony Suite - B $5,270 add $3,429
Panorama Balcony Suite - A $5,770 add $3,749
Grand Balcony Suite $6,670 N/A
Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite $7,100 N/A
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Please add $85 per person for port charges. 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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