Day 1 Arrival Nice - Arles
You will be met at the airport in Nice and transferred to the Emerald Liberte Luxury ship in Arles where you will be welcomed by your Captain and crew. (Dinner)
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A private talk and Q&A with Tim Wonnacott – “Auctions, Anecdotes & Awful Moments” – in which Tim will tell stories about his life and illustrious career in the world of antiques, and give expert tips on what to look out for on your own antiques adventure tomorrow.
Day 2 L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
This morning test your bargain-hunting skills at the famous, 50-year-old flea market at L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, often known as France’s “capital of antiques”. After lunch on board the Emerald Liberté, explore the magnificent historic centre of Arles, including the ruins of the town’s Roman Amphitheatre on a guided walking tour. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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Find out if you really do have an eye for antiques, as Tim Wonnacott assesses a selection of purchases made by guests at L’Isle-sur-la- Sorgue. The best antiques buy will be awarded a prize; the worst gets the wooden spoon.
Day 3 Avignon
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 strolling the cobbled laneways and browsing the shops, overlooking the famous 'Pont d’Avignon'. Dinner on board the Emerald Liberté will be hosted by a popular local chef. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
EmeraldPLUS: Provencal dinner on board hosted by a popular local chef
Discover More: Excursion to Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct that crosses the Gardon River in Southern France (extra expense) *** Due to uneven surfaces, this excursion is best enjoyed by those with an Active Fitness Level
Day 4 Tournon
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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
EmeraldPLUS: Regional wine taste on board
Day 5 Mâcon
Enjoy breakfast on the beautiful Saône River in Mâcon, another important wine region and gateway to the Beaujolais vineyards. Your walking tour includes the sights of the General Hospital buildings, half–timbered house and Soufflot Chapel. Macon is a great destination to try some local wines at the many tasting displays in the town. Enjoy time at leisure in the afternoon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Discover More: Visit to Benedictine Abbey of Cluny (extra expense)
Day 6 Chalon-Sur-Saone – Beaune
Chalon–Sur–Saone is best known as the birthplace of photography and the centre of Burgundy’s wine region. 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–coloured roofs of this former hospital, now a museum, which has become one of the symbols of Burgundy. Later, enjoy a private talk from Tim Wonnacott on his personal quest for objects relating to Napoleon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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Enjoy a private talk from Tim Wonnacott on his personal quest for objects relating to Napoleon.
Day 7 Lyon
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 take part on the guided tour of Lyon, which starts with a drive to the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Discover More: Visit to Perouges (extra expense)
Day 8 Lyon
After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship in Lyon and transfer to Airport for your onward or homebound flight. Please book your flights to depart between 12pm and 6pm. (Breakfast)
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.