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Sensations of Lyon and Provence River Cruise

Including a three-night hotel stay in Nice on the French Riviera


July 9 – 20, 2024
12 Days / 11 Nights
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$400 Per Person Deposit due upon Signing up. Balance due April 9 , 2024

Travel Protection Plan Insurance $569 per Per Person

Departure Cities:

Des Moines

Price Per Person:

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Based on cabin preference


  • 23 Meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours
  • Three-night hotel stay in Nice, France
  • Touring in Monaco and Monte Carlo
  • Seven-night cruise through southern France
  • First-class service by an English-speaking crew
  • Shore excursions with English-speaking local guides
  • Personal listening device for onboard excursions
  • All meals included onboard with a variety of international cuisine
  • Complimentary regional wines, beer and soft drinks accompany onboard lunches and dinners
  • Onboard Activity Manager will support all EmeraldACTIVE excursions and host daily
    onboard wellness activities, games, classes and evening entertainment
  • Complimentary bottled water in your stateroom
  • All gratuities included
  • Complimentary WiFi onboard
  • Complimentary bicycles onboard for use ashore

Day 1:
tuesday, July 9

Depart the USA: Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Nice, France.

Day 2:
wednesday, july 10

Nice, France: Welcome to Nice! Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport by a representative of Mayflower Cruises and Tours and transferred to the hotel. A three-night stay awaits in this fascinating city on the French Riviera and the sun-kissed capital of the Côte d’Azur.

Day 3:
thursday, july 11

Monte Carlo / Nice: Depart by coach for the principality of Monaco to visit Monte Carlo on the French Riviera. Home to the Grand Prix, location of numerous movies and playground of the rich and famous – you’re sure to recognize its beautiful setting and famed casino. See the impressive Prince’s Palace of Monaco, former home to actress Grace Kelly. After an insightful tour and free time to explore, return to Nice for the remainder of the day at leisure. Meal: B

Day 4:
friday, july 12

Nice: The final day in Nice is left free of planned activities. A hospitality representative is at your service to help you plan your day in this vibrant city. Meal: B

Day 5:
saturday, july 13

Nice – Arles: After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to the French Riviera and journey by motorcoach to Arles where the captain and crew welcome you aboard the Emerald Liberté – home for the next seven nights. Settle into your new surroundings and enjoy dinner onboard as the vessel remains docked in Arles overnight. Meals: B, D

Day 6:
sunday, july 14

Arles: The UNESCO World Heritage Site and Provençal town of Arles combines all of the region’s charms. While strolling through the streets, medieval in character, with the local guide, you’ll discover why the colorful houses were an inspiration to Vincent Van Gogh and other famous artists. Visit the 2,000-year-old Roman amphitheater which is still in use today. This evening, a Provençal experience awaits as dinner is hosted by Top Chef finalist, Fabien Morreale. Meals: B, L, D
DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Les Baux de Provence (additional expense)
EmeraldPLUS: Provençal dining experience onboard (Included in price)

Day 7:
monday, july 15

Avignon: Avignon is one of the few French cities to have preserved its ramparts, historic center and churches. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is well known for the imposing Palace of the Popes. During your guided walk, see the famous ancient stone bridge, ‘Pont d’Avignon’, crossing the Rhône. Marvel at the ornate beauty of the Palace of the Popes and stroll through the historic center. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldACTIVE: Canoeing excursion (included in price)
DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Pont du Gard (additional expense)
DiscoverMORE: Classical concert in Avignon (additional expense)

Day 8:
tuesday, july 16

Viviers: Arrive in Viviers, a town which still has Middle-Age flair. Join an included walking tour exploring the architectural heritage of this quaint town. Meals: B, L, D

Day 9:
Wednesday, july 17

Tournon: As the vessel sails along the gently winding Rhône River, the landscape of Tournon comes into view. Nestled in the valley near the steep slopes of le Massif Central, France’s 3rd largest mountain range, it’s picture-perfect. During the included tour, a local guide leads you on a walk through Tournon, which is dominated by the 16th-century castle overlooking the village, ancient watchtowers and Roman ruins. The area has a long tradition in wine making, including the renowned wine growing center of Tain l’Hermitage acros the river. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike through vineyards (instead of included walking tour) (included in price)
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour to Glun (included in price)
EmeraldPLUS: Regional wine tasting onboard (included in price)

Day 10:
thursday, july 18

Lyon: France’s third largest city, Lyon is steeped inhistory and a former Roman capital. The city is positioned at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône Rivers. Take part in the guided tour of Lyon, which includes a drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière, Lyon’s hilltop church, with stunning views over the town. Then, pass by the recently re-discovered Roman amphitheater and walk through the cobbled streets of the old town with its secret alleyways and architectural wonders. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour (instead of included city tour) (included in price)
DiscoverMORE: Tour to Pérouges (additional expense)

Day 11:
friday, july 19

Chalon-Sur-Saône /Beaune / Lyon: Chalon–Sur– Saône is best known as the birthplace of photography and the center of Burgundy’s wine region. Travel by coach to the quaint village of Beaune to visit the Hospices de Beaune, one of the finest examples of French 15th-century architecture. Marvel at the multi-colored roofs of this former hospital, now a museum, which has become one of the symbols of Burgundy. The ship sails back to Lyon this evening. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldPLUS: Cheese and olive tasting onboard (included in price)

Day 12:
saturday, july 20

Lyon / USA: After breakfast, it’s time to bid ‘au revoir’ to France and depart to the Lyon airport for your flight home. Flights to depart Lyon after 12:00pm. Meal: B


Itinerary and vessel subject to change.

Days 2 through 4 – Best Western Plus Hotel Massena
or similar, Nice, France
Days 5 through 11 – Aboard the Emerald Liberté

Send Deposit to: Janine McCarthy, DJ Country Tours, Inc., P.O. Box 96, Conrad, IA 50621