Board the Emerald Liberte in Arles, France, to begin your deluxe river cruise for guests ages 13 and up. Set sail for Avignon for a relaxing river cruise and tour some of the city’s top sightseeing destinations, including the magnificent exterior of the Roman Amphitheatre. This massive arena — inspired by the Roman Colosseum — is more than 2,000 years old and was constructed to seat 20,000 spectators. Explore the city’s historic center, strolling cobblestone streets overlooking the medieval Pont Saint-Benezet bridge. Board the ship for a Provence-inspired dinner to the tune of a live chanson musical performance.
Tournon-sur-Rhone — a scenic village characterized by rolling hills and Roman ruins — awaits you on the following day. Guests can choose to join an active biking tour to Glun, a trip of about 4.5 miles (7.3 kilometers), before enjoying an onboard olive-and-cheese tasting.
Continue to Macon to walk down the Heritage Trail and take in sights of Old Saint-Vincent, Soufflot Chapel and the area’s distinctive half-timbered houses. The afternoon is yours to spend as you wish aboard the ship or explore the city’s charming culture, traditional French cuisine and interesting architecture.
Visit Chalon-sur-Saone — the birthplace of photography and home to some of the finest wines in the Burgundy region — and continue to the village of Beaune. Museums, colorful shops and intriguing 15th-century architecture present multiple opportunities to capture the postcard-perfect photograph to commemorate your visit.
The last stop on your French river cruise is Lyon, a city filled with rich history, Renaissance architecture, medieval ruins and much more. Enjoy a guided tour of the city, beginning with a visit to the Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourviere. Roam quaint, cobbled streets and discover Lyon’s fascinating culture as you explore its shops, restaurants and cafes.
What we love:
• The 12th-century Pont Saint-Benezet bridge in Avignon is among the most famous in the world and attracts approximately 400,000 visitors every year.
• Lyon is a UNESCO World Heritage site and features top attractions such as the Lyon Cathedral, Basilica of Saint-Martin d’Ainay, Ancient Theatre of Fourviere and the Amphitheatre of the Three Gauls.
• The Emerald Liberte is custom-built to sail the waters of the Rhone and Saone rivers, offering a one-of-a-kind cruise experience through France. The brand new, luxuriously appointed ship makes its maiden voyage in 2017.