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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Sensations of Southern France

Voyage through the rustic scenery of Southern France with walking tours of quaint rural villages and visits to some of the area's architectural treasures. Includes return flights from the UK, shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner.

Fly Cruise
7 nights from £1595pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Lyon
  • Beaune
  • Macon vineyard
  • Tournon
  • Avignon
  • Avignon
  • Pont du Gard, Arles

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday

Emerald Waterways

Save up to £1200 per couple! Book by 24 Dec 2017

Sensations Southern France River Cruise Special Offer

Discover scenic valleys, grand old cities and quaint rural villages on this marvellous 7-night cruise through East Burgundy. Explore the wonders of France's second largest city on a tour of Lyon and try the local wine in Macon after a cruise along the beautiful Saone river.

See the Roman ruins of Tournon - an elegant city, nestled near the slopes of the Massif Central mountain range, browse the local boutiques on the fortified town of Avignon and behold the spectacular sight of the 2,000 year old Amphitheatre in Arles.

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Sensational Southern France Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Lyon

Fly from the UK to Lyon. You will be met at the airport by a representative and transferred to your ship. In the evening you will enjoy a welcome reception and dinner in the onboard Reflections Restaurant. There is the option to travel by Eurostar from an additional £49pp. (D)

Day 2 - Lyon

Positioned at the conference of the Rhone and Saone rivers, Lyon is France's second largest city. Your tour of Lyon will begin with a drive to the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, a magnificent hilltop church which offers spectacular aerial views of the city below. Later, a walk through the cobbled streets of the old town will take you past the Roman amphitheatre. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Chalon-sur-Saone - Beaune

Chalon-sur-Saone is at the centre of Burgundy's wine region and it is from here that you will travel by road to the charming village of Beaune. You will be invited to visit the Hospices de Beaune: a tremendous example of 15th-century architecture which has become one of the symbols of Burgundy. In the afternoon you can enjoy lunch on board as your ship cruises toward Macon, or you can join a bike ride from Tournus to Macon as your ship is sailing. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Macon

Enjoy breakfast as you sail along the picturesque Soane river to Macon - the gateway to the Beaujolais vineyards. Here you can see the half-timbered house and Souflot Chapel as you walk the Heritage Trail from Old Saint Vincent and perhaps sample some local wines at one of the many wine tasting displays. Afterwards, you may explore Macon at your leisure. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Tournon

Today, you can enjoy a walking tour of Tournon with your local guide. Nestled in a valley near the slopes of France's third largest mountain range, Tournon is home to a 16th-century castle and numerous Roman ruins. A bicycle tour to Glun is also available today, or a guided hike through the vineyards. EmeraldPLUS: Onboard regional wine tasting during the evening. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Avignon

One of France's most popular destinations, this fortified town was once the residence of the Popes and played a central role in the French Revolution. Embark on a guided tour through the historic centre and then spend the rest of the day at leisure and perhaps browse some of the area's boutiques. There will be a yoga/Pilates lesson on board. EmeraldPLUS: Tonight there will be a special Provencal dinner on board ship, created by a local chef to ensure you are experiencing genuine local cuisine. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Avignon - Arles

Sail to Arles, the capital of Provence for a guided walking tour which will showcase some of the city's highlights, including the 2,000 year old Roman Ampitheatre. The rest of the day is yours to spend as your wish. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Arles - UK

Disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. (B)

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary. Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Price Includes

  • 7-night full-board cruise
  • Return flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow or Edinburgh. Regional flights are available at a supplement. A Eurostar option is available from an additional £49pp.
  • Overseas transfers
  • Shore excursions
  • EmeraldPLUS activities
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on board and bottled water in cabin, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • All port charges, gratuities and tips

Price Does Not Include

  • Additional optional tour excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Special Features

  • EmeraldPlus Activities
  • Onboard Cheese and Olive tasting experience (2017) or Onboard regional wine tasting (2018)
  • Authentic Provencal dinner prepared by a local chef

2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Lyon to Arles

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
Emerald Liberte
Apr 28£2095£1795
May 12£2695£2695
May 26£2695£2195
Jun 09£2695£2695
Jun 23£2695£2195
Jul 07£2495£2495
Jul 21£2495£1995
Aug 04£2495£1895
Aug 18£2495£1995
Sep 01£2695£2195
Sep 15£2695£2695
Sep 29£2695£1995
Oct 13£2495£1995

Arles to Lyon

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
Emerald Liberte
Apr 21£2095£1695
May 05£2495£1995
May 19£2695£2295
Jun 02£2695£2195
Jun 30£2695£2695
Jul 14£2495£1995
Jul 28£2495£1895
Aug 11£2495£1795
Aug 25£2495£1895
Sep 08£2695£2095
Sep 22£2695£1995
Oct 06£1995£1995

Price Information

  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a Cat E cabin. Single supplements are available - please contact us
  • Cabin Upgrade Supplements:
  • Cat D - £100pp
  • Cat C - £600pp
  • Cat B - £800pp
  • Cat A - £900pp
  • Cat S - £1500pp
  • Cat SA - £2300pp
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