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The 2023 Sensations Of Southern France River Cruise

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Cruise Overview

  • Duration 7 nights
  • Departs 29 Jul 2023
  • Sails from Marseille - Arles, France
  • Ship Emerald Liberté
  • Flights and transfersYes
  • Cruise code ‍1882941
  • Voyage code ‍EFRM290723.2

Your Itinerary

Fly from London

Fly from London Sat 29 Jul 2023

Fly from London

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Arles - France

Marseille - Arles, France Sat 29 Jul 2023

Arles - France

Upon arrival, transfer to the port on Arles your award-winning Emerald Waterways Star-Ship for your seven night cruise. This evening you will enjoy a welcome reception and dinner (D)

Arles - France

Arles, France Sun 30 Jul 2023

Arles - France

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Roman and Romanesque monuments of Arles and Arles Amphitheatre, a 2,000-year-old structure where spectators would have once gathered to watch superb chariot races. Learn about the time that Vincent van Gogh spent in the city, taking inspiration from his surroundings to create many of his most iconic pieces of art (B,L,D)

★ EmeraldPLUS: A Provençal dinner hosted by Chef Fabien Morreale

★ EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Arles with arena visit

Cruises to Avignon, France

Avignon, France Mon 31 Jul 2023

Cruises to Avignon, France

Avignon has a long and storied history, as this fortified town was once the residence of Popes who fled from Rome. Embark on a guided walking tour of Avignon to witness its illustrious past, including the ornate Gothic exterior of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Palais des Papes, built by the Popes over two decades. This afternoon is yours to explore at leisure, perhaps crossing the 12th century Stone Bridge (B,L,D)

★ EmeraldACTIVE: A canoeing excursion in Avignon

★ EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Avignon

Viviers, France

Viviers, France Tue 01 Aug 2023

Viviers, France

A snapshot of quintessential France awaits your arrival in Viviers, a town that perfectly encapsulates the medieval days of the region. The heart of the old town is yours to explore today during a guided walking tour (B,L,D)

★ EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Viviers

Tournon sur Rhone

Tournon, France Wed 02 Aug 2023

Tournon sur Rhone

Sail down the gently twisting Rhône and into Tournon, where a 16th century castle sits overlooking the village and a pair of ancient watchtowers can be seen adorning the surrounding rural landscape. Today, embark on a guided tour of Tournon to learn about its illustrious history and the culture of the people who call it home (B,L,D)

★ EmeraldPLUS: A regional wine lecture on board

★ EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour to Glun OR a guided hike through the vineyards

★ EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Tournon

Lyon city with Fourviere cathedral, France

Lyon, France Thu 03 Aug 2023

Lyon city with Fourviere cathedral, France

As one of the largest cities in France and a former Roman capital, a lot of the most important moments in French history have taken place in Lyon. Join your local guide for a walking tour of Lyon, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Or embark on a guided bike tour, touching on Lyons most prominent architectural wonders (B,L,D)

★ EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour of Lyon

★ EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Lyon

Chalon-sur-Saöne, France

Chalon-Sur-Saône - Beaune, France Fri 04 Aug 2023

Chalon-sur-Saöne, France

The birthplace of photography and the centre of Burgundy’s wine region is yours to discover today as you travel by road to the quaint village of Beaune. Stop to visit the Hospices de Beaune, one of the best-preserved examples of 15th century French architecture and home to one of the most popular wine auctions in the country (B,L,D)

★ EmeraldPLUS: A cheese and olive tasting on board

★ EmeraldEXCURSION: Visit the Hospices de Beaune

Lyon city with Fourviere cathedral, France

Lyon, France Sat 05 Aug 2023

Lyon city with Fourviere cathedral, France

After breakfast disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight to London (B)

(regional flights may be available on request) 

Fly to London

Transfer to the airport for your flight to London Sat 05 Aug 2023

Fly to London

(regional airports may be available on request)

Arrive in London

Arrive in London Sat 05 Aug 2023

Arrive in London

What's included *

  • Super Early Bird Savings - Pay in FULL 12 Months prior to departure to receive these fares
  • SEVEN NIGHTS all-inclusive cruising aboard your Emerald Star-Ship
  • FREE Premium Drinks Package for ALL bookings
  • All gratuities INCLUDED
  • Shore excursions INCLUDED
  • All on board meals
  • FREE Wi-Fi On Board
  • Extra special included excursions with EmeraldPLUS & EmeraldACTIVE
  • First-class service from English-speaking crew and knowledgeable guides
  • FREE tea and coffee available throughout your cruise
  • All port charges, airport taxes and transfers
  • Return scheduled flights from up to 16 UK airports, including London, Norwich, East Midlands, Bristol, Humberside, Leeds/Bradford, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow & Edinburgh
  • Well-appointed suites and spacious public spaces make an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship the perfect base for a European river cruise
  • Plus, book an Ocean View or above by 8pm 15th December 2021 and receive a FREE Betty's Gift Bag

The 2023 Sensations Of Southern France River Cruise

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An Emerald Stateroom is home to all the amenities you need to settle into your home-away-from-home. A great size picture window lets in the perfect amount of light, welcoming in the golden summer sunshine, or the winter sun during cooler months. Comfort is of the highest importance, so each room features individual climate control, allowing you to personalise your room’s temperature to suit your preferences and the time of year you’re cruising. We’ve designed our bathrooms as a relaxing retreat to retire to after an exciting day exploring. Enjoy a sumptuous shower complete with indulgent toiletries, as well as a hairdryer, all before settling into your queen or twin hotel-style bed, complete with luscious linens, as you enjoy a movie on your flat screen TV and infotainment system with, perhaps, a nightcap from your mini-bar. If you wish to stay in contact with loved ones throughout your trip, you can do so using your in-suite telephone or our free Wi-Fi available throughout the ship.

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We make solo travel easy and comfortable as all of our Star-Ships, except Emerald Radiance, boast two Emerald Single Staterooms. Home to a deluxe single bed, a bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hairdryer, you’ll have all the comforts you need at your fingertips. Your picture window welcomes in a lovely amount of light and individual climate control ensures you can keep at a comfortable temperature regardless of which season you’re travelling in. A flat screen TV and infotainment system shows films and television programmes, so you can spend mornings and evenings relaxing in comfort before an exciting day ahead. Catch up with loved ones, using the suite’s telephone or the free Wi-Fi, and enjoy a drink from your minibar.

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Grand Balcony Suite

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Staying in the Emerald Grand Balcony Suite makes waking up and going to sleep a dream. Open your balcony, with the simple press of a button, to let in the river breeze on a lazy morning, as the unrivalled comfort of your queen-size or twin hotel-style bed, dressed with luxurious linens, encourages you to lie in that little bit longer. Wake up to the luxurious surrounds of your stylish bathroom, enjoying a revitalising shower, complete with sumptuous toiletries. Then, what could be better than having a continental breakfast brought to your door to enjoy on your own private balcony? Complimentary bathrobes and slippers make lounging comfortable, and your own in-suite Nespresso™ machine means you can sip a fresh coffee as you ponder your itinerary and what the day has to offer. Select your preferred pillow from our extensive menu and enjoy an exceptionally comfortable night’s sleep, or simply relax as you watch a film on your suite’s flat screen TV and infotainment system, during some down time. Individual climate control enables your room to stay at the right temperature to suit you, whether you’re sailing in the warmer summer months, or the cooler winter. And, stay in touch with family and friends using your in-suite telephone or make the most of complimentary Wi-Fi for contacting them by your preferred method. Eight suites available on-board Emerald Sky, Emerald Star, Emerald Destiny, Emerald Sun and Emerald Dawn sailing the Rhine, Main, Danube and Moselle rivers. Four available on Emerald Liberté sailing through France

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Owner's One-Bedroom Suite

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Some of the most sumptuous suites on European waterways, our Owners One-Bedroom Suite has it all. A separate lounge and bedroom area allows the luxury of space, from which to enjoy your complimentary continental breakfast in the morning, a drink from your fully stocked minibar or after-dinner sweet treats before bed. Your queen-size or twin hotel-style bed will be draped in high quality linens, for the perfect night’s sleep, plus you’ll have the pleasure of selecting your preferred pillow from our extensive menu. Get comfortable for the night after a busy day exploring, and prepare for the next as you unwind with a film on your flat screen TV and infotainment system in true comfort. A walk-in wardrobe makes unpacking even more of a dream. A great space to keep all your belongings and outfits for special occasions, such as your exclusive dinner at the Captain’s Table. You’ll even have the option to have four items laundered a day to ensure that favourite dress or suit is in the best possible condition for your event. In the morning, enjoy the perfect wake-up call with a fresh coffee from your in-suite Nespresso™ machine. Sip it on the balcony, wrapped in the comfort of your Emerald Cruises bathrobe and slippers after a refreshing shower in your stylish in-suite bathroom, enhanced by luxurious toiletries. You’ll have so much to tell your loved ones back home, so we’ve made keeping in contact really easy. Not only will you have an in-suite telephone, but complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the Star-Ship and an iPad means you can choose your favourite method of communication, whenever the moment suits. Four suites available on-board Emerald Sky, Emerald Star, Emerald Destiny, Emerald Sun and Emerald Dawn sailing the Rhine, Main, Danube and Moselle rivers. Two available on Emerald Liberté sailing through France and Emerald Radiance sailing in Portugal.

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The Ship - Emerald Liberté

  • Occupancy138
  • Length361 ft (110.03 m)
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Specially commissioned to sail the Rhône and Saône as part of our Sensations of Southern France river cruise, Emerald Liberté is one of three Star-Ships added to the Emerald Waterways fleet in 2017. Custom-built to provide the most exhilarating and authentic experiences cruising through France, the Emerald Liberté will skilfully navigate the rivers Rhône & Saône when she enters into service in 2017. The standards of service, attention to food, and knowledge of wine you’d expect in France will be sewn into the very essence of the Emerald Liberté – providing on-board experience comparable with world class boutique hotels. Completing the Sensations of Southern France itinerary, the ship exudes the same relaxed spirit as the lands which surround the rivers it sails upon. Travelling from Lyon to Avignon, the Emerald Liberté will explore culturally-rich and enigmatic cities before dissecting the wine regions and charming Mediterranean settlements of France. The Emerald Liberté is just one of three new ships to be added to the Emerald Waterways fleet in 2017, a year promising amazing things for the river cruise world.

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  • The UK's No.1 Independent Cruise Specialist; delivering impartial advice
  • Customer satisfaction at 98% and a Feefo score of 4.9/5.
  • Expert staff with over 1,000 years of combined travel expertise offering 5★ service
  • Flexible Payment Options Available
  • Celebrating our 25th year as a cruise-only specialist
  • Key strategic partner with the major cruise lines
  • Voted The UK & Ireland's No.1 Ocean Cruise Specialist in TTG's 2020 Top 50 Travel Agencies Awards
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Frequently Asked Questions about Emerald Cruises

Does Emerald Waterways have a flexible cancellation policy?

Yes, Emerald Waterways does have a flexible cancellation policy. With Emerald, guests can defer their travel plans and transfer to an alternative Emerald departure date or itinerary up to 60 days prior to departure up until 31 December 2022. This policy is applicable across all Emerald’s European and Southeast Asia river cruises.

Please note third party cancellation fees may apply. Further Cruise lines terms & conditions will apply.


Do I need a COVID-19 vaccine to travel aboard an Emerald cruise ship?

Yes, you will need to have both of your COVID-19 vaccinations with the last administered date at least 14 days prior to departure. Guests sailing on a 2021 departure will also be required to take a negative PCR test 72-hours prior to departing the UK. 


Last updated: 22.06.21

* Terms & Conditions

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Booking conditions of Emerald Waterways and Reader Offers Limited Agency Terms of Business apply. Fares are per person based on two adults sharing, except single cabins and may increase or be withdrawn at any time. Offer applies to new bookings only. Ports may require a tender. Free drinks are subject to the cruise lines T&Cs.  Savings is based on two adults sharing. Regional and premium flights will incur supplementary costs, may require an additional overnight stay and may be indirect. Shore excursions are subject to change and may not be suitable for guests with mobility restrictions. Wi-Fi cannot be guaranteed as is subject to T&Cs. Super Early Bird savings are available when you pay in FULL at least 12 months prior to departure. Cruise Miles T&Cs apply. Meals are included as stated B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner. E&OE.

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