Enjoy some of the best of France on board Emerald Waterways’ new ship Emerald Liberté on the eight-day Sensations of Southern France fly cruise from £1,795pp*. Sailing from Arles to Lyon on 28 July 2018, ports of call include Avignon, Tournon sur Rhone, Saone River, Macon, Chalon-Sur-Saone and Beaune.
Having launched in April, Emerald Liberté navigates the rivers Rhône & Saône and is custom-built to provide the most exhilarating and authentic experiences cruising through France. The standards of service, attention to food, and knowledge of wine you’d expect in France will be sewn into the very essence of Emerald Liberté – providing onboard experience comparable with world-class boutique hotels.
Emerald Liberté boasts a heated pool complete with retractable roof and bar that cleverly transforms into a cinema in the evening. The Horizon Bar and Lounge provides a wonderful after-dinner retreat. Partake in your favourite digestif from the well-stocked bar while enjoying the local entertainment performing their native art forms – bestowing an authentic taste of French culture upon proceedings. On the top deck there is a large area to sit back and relax, enjoy a barbecue with new friends or sink a few balls on the putting green.
Your embarkation port Arles is found in south-eastern France on the Camargue plain where the Rhone River divides to form its delta, northwest of Marseille. Arles was also home to the painter Vincent van Gogh during one of his most productive periods. Nearby you can visit Les Baux de Provence, located on a rocky plateau in the hilly Alpilles, the town provides a breathtaking panoramic view over Arles and the Camargue.
Lyon, where your cruise ends, is a real treat. The city is known for its gastronomy and La Croix-Rousse (the old silk-weaving area). The Fouviere Hill has views of all over the city. Lyon is a city of old and new, in the old quarter can be found the 12-15th century Cathedral St.Jean and several museums and theatres situated in elegant 15th century mansions. In comparison the new town has a huge modern business commercial centre and the Gerland Quarter with a marina and park.
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*Prices correct at time of publication.