Upon arrival in Lyon, You will be met at the airport and transferred to the ship where you will be welcomed by your Captain and crew. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board (D).
Chalon–Sur–Saône is best known as the birthplace of photography and the center of Burgundy’s wine region (B, L, D).
Later, travel by road to the quaint village of Beaune, where we visit the Hospices de Beaune, one of the finest examples of French fifteenth–century architecture. Marvel at the multi–colored roofs of this former hospital, now a museum, which has become one of the symbols of Burgundy.
Lyon is France’s third largest city, a former Roman capital positioned at the conference of the Rhone and Saone rivers, which is steeped in history. Today be part of the guided tour of Lyon, which starts with a drive to the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière, Lyon’s hilltop church, with stunning views over the town. Then, pass by the recently re–discovered Roman amphitheatre and walk through the cobbled streets of the gastronomic old town including the secret laneways. Alternatively, join a guided bike tour of Lyon (B, L, D).
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour
Join your local guide for a walking tour of Tournon, which is dominated by the 16th century castle and roman ruins, and is nestled in the valley near the steep slopes of le Massif Central, France's 3rd largest mountain range. The area has a long tradition in wine making, including the renowned wine growing centre of Tain l'Hermitage across the river (B, L, D).
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided active walk through vineyards
Arrive in Viviers, a town which still has a lot of flare. Viviers is also the home of one of France’s oldest cathedrals, join an included city tour exploring all the architectural heritage of this quaint town (B, L, D).
EmeraldPLUS: Cheese and olive tasting on board
Avignon has a rich history from Celtic beginnings to being the residence of the Popes and later central to the French Revolution. Although a fortified town, it is the Papal Palace which stands more secure on a hill in the centre of town; its walls are 17–18 feet thick. Your guided walk with a local guide takes you through this historic centre with its cobbled laneways and shops, overlooking the famous 'Pont d’Avignon'. The rest of the day is at leisure (B, L, D).
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided active hike in Avignon
EmeraldPLUS: Provençale dinner hosted by local Chef Fabien Morreale
Sail into Arles where you will join your local guide for a walking tour showcasing the highlights of the city in particular the 2000-year-old Roman Amphitheatre still in use today, which was originally built to hold 20,000 spectators in the style of the Colosseum in Rome. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax on board and explore Arles further (B, L, D).
After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship in Arles and transfer to Nice and check into your hotel. Included is a three-night stay in Nice (B, D).
Nice, the capital of the Côte d’Azur, is beautifully curved round the Bay of Angels, desirable and as lively as you like. In the morning enjoy free time to explore on own, and in the afternoon we will take you to Monte Carlo for a guided tour, where you will learn about the jet set life in Monaco (B).
Today enjoy your day at leisure in Nice; your tour director is at your service to help you plan your day in this vibrant city (B).
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to London (regional and premium class flights may be available on request) (B).
Nice, capital of the Alpes-Maritimes department on the French Riviera, sits on the pebbly shores of the Baie des Anges. Founded by the Greeks and later a retreat for 19th-century European elite, the city has also long attracted artists. Former resident Henri Matisse is honored with a career-spanning collection of paintings at Musée Matisse. Musée Marc Chagall features some of its namesake's major religious works.
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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.
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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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
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.
Emerald Liberté is the perfect setting for a relaxed and luxurious cruise through the southern stretches of France. A contemporary and stylish vessel, the interior tastefully echoes the spirit of the southern French countryside whilst cutting-edge amenities ensure she fulfils the wishes of all who travel with her.
What’s on board: Daytime Pool & Bar, Evening Cinema, Fitness Area, Games Area, Golf Putting Green, Hair Salon, Horizon Bar & Lounge, Navigation Bridge, Reception, Reflections Restaurant, Retractable Glass Roof, Sky BBQ, Sun Deck, The Terrace, Walking Track, Wellness Area and much, much more.
Yes, Emerald Waterways does have a flexible cancellation policy. Guests can defer their travel plans and transfer to an alternative Emerald departure date or itinerary up to 60 days prior to departure. This policy is applicable across Emerald's 2022 European river cruises, 2022 & 2023 Southeast Asia river cruises, and their 2022 & 2023 Emerald Yacht cruises. A refund will be given in the form of a future cruise credit and will be valid for 24 months. Flexible booking and cancellation policy excludes Russia.
Please note third party cancellation fees may apply. Further Cruise line's terms & conditions will apply.
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.
Bathrobes and slippers are provided in all staterooms and suites as well as a mini fridge, air conditioning, toiletries, a hairdryer, a safe, double bed (or twin beds on request) with luscious linens, a phone and a wardrobe with coat hangers.
A complimentary mini-bar is provided in the Owner’s Suite, Owner’s One-Bedroom Suites and Riverview Suites, these are restocked daily with wine, beer and soft drinks.
The Terrace, Yacht Suite and Grand Balcony Suites also benefit from a mini-bar available at a supplement.
Provided in all European Emerald Cruises cabins are European plug sockets with a voltage of 220V, you will need to bring a European plug adaptor with you.
In Southeast Asia sailings the cabins are equipped with Universal plug sockets at a voltage of 220V.
Emerald Cruises do not provide adaptors.
Smoking is permitted in designated external areas. It is prohibited in inside areas including your stateroom.
English is spoken on board all Emerald Cruises Star-Ships.
The currency on board all Emerald Cruises Star-Ships is the Euro.
The currency varies depending on location, the Star-Ships reception will have a small amount of each currency on board, but they do advise bringing some with you.
The Euro is used in the following destinations: Belgium, Austria, France, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal and Slovakia.
Other destinations will have specific currencies:
Bulgaria: Bulgarian Lev | Cambodia: Cambodian Riel | Croatia: Croatian Kuna | Hungary: Hungarian Forint | Romania: Romanian Leu | Serbia: Serbian Dinar | Vietnam: Vietnamese Dong
On board the dress code is a relaxed and comfortable country club style, smart shoes, shirts, dresses etc. Feel free to dress up for dinner but its not compulsory.
When going ashore it is recommended that you take comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather in comfortable clothing.
Yes, you may take alcohol on board, however it must be consumed in your stateroom, you will not be permitted to consume it in communal areas on board the ship.
A complimentary selection of wines, beers and soft drinks are served during lunch and dinner.
A selection of complimentary hot drinks, speciality teas and coffees are available in the Horizon Bar and Lounge throughout the day.
Yes, there are several drinks packages available at a supplement.
The Non-Alcoholic Package offers unlimited access to a range of soft drinks, juices and mocktails.
Extended Package offers a daily selection of wine by the glass, soft drinks and beers throughout the day.
Premium Package allows you to drink anything from the beverage menu, international beers, cocktails, wine and prosecco are available all day.
Yes, they offer vegetarian options and can cater to most dietary needs if given advanced notice. Please inform your ROL Cruise Specialist of any dietary needs.
In the Reflections Restaurant the dining times are as follows: Breakfast 7am – 9am | Lunch 12pm – 2pm | Dinner 7pm – 9pm. (Dining times may vary).
Included excursions are EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldACTIVE experiences and activities. A selection of DicvoerMORE excursions are available to book on board at a supplement.
Some excursions are conducted from coaches, guests must be able to walk up and down the steps.
Walking tours of towns and cities may not be suitable for guests with mobility issues.
Guests with limited mobility will need to be travelling with a companion to assist them as there is limited amount of crew members during shore excursions.
There are lifts providing access to three out of four decks on Emerald Cruises Star-Ships, the Sun Deck is reached via stairs.
Under appropriate circumstances guests are permitted to use a collapsible wheelchair on-board, please advise your ROL Cruise Specialist of any mobility issues in advance.
No, there are no shops on board, but reception will have a small supply of toiletries, gifts and souvenirs available at a supplement.
Yes, complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship, public spaces, staterooms and suites, however it cannot be guaranteed.
Each guest is permitted one piece of checked (hold) baggage with the width and height not exceeding 62” Inches/160cm and the weight not exceeding 20kg/44lbs.
Additional baggage may be permitted at a supplement.
Yes, as soon as you return you will be enrolled into the EmeraldEXPLORER loyalty club. This includes exclusive benefits, savings, advance notice of new itineraries and more. You will earn point every time you travel with Emerald Cruises and the more points you have the higher the tier, and more benefits.
Yes, the pool is open from 6am until 6pm every day and on selected evenings it will be transformed into a cinema.
The Emerald Radiance sailing on the Douro River has a serenity pool on the sun deck, it does not have a cinema or Riverview Lounge.
Pimm's Gift Set is for Ocean View cabins or above, based on one per booking, for UK mainland addresses only when booked by 8pm 10th July 2022.