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Spanish Conquest & Lisbon with Sensations of Lyon & Provence on Emerald Liberté

Spanish Conquest & Lisbon with Sensations of Lyon & Provence on Emerald Liberté

Operator: Emerald Waterways
Ship: Emerald Liberte
Starts: Lyon, France on Sat, May 01, 2021
Ends: Lisbon, Portugal on Sat, May 22, 2021

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Portugal, France, Spain

Rivers Visited

Rhone

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Sat, May 01, 2021): Lyon

On the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, Lyon can be found set across twin hills. Here, you will be met and transferred from the airport to the lush surrounds of your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship.


Day 2 (Sun, May 02, 2021): Chalon-sur-Saône – Beaune

Chalon-sur-Saône is known for its art and history. Today, you will have the opportunity to witness the areas architectural heritage and peaceful surrounds as you travel to the quaint village of Beaune and visit the Hospices de Beaune, originally a hospital for the poor, and now home to one of Burgundy’s most popular wine auctions.

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A cheese and olive tasting on board

Included Excursion
Visit to the Hospices de Beaune


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 (Mon, May 03, 2021): Lyon

France’s third-largest city, Lyon is a former Roman capital, steeped in history and considered to be the gastronomic heartbeat of the country and the home of traditional Lyonnaise cuisine.
Today, enjoy a guided tour of Lyon, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière, part of the inscribed historic site of Lyon. Wander through the city and soak in its vividly illustrated history, as buildings from all time periods can be seen adorning narrow cobblestone streets. Alternatively, embark on a guided bike tour of Lyon.

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A guided bike tour of Lyon

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Visit to Pérouges (extra expense)

Included Excursion
A guided tour of Lyon


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 (Tue, May 04, 2021): Tournon

The picturesque village of Tournon borders the gently meandering Rhône, dominated by a 16th-century castle that overlooks the village and a number of iconic landmarks, including a set of ancient watchtowers.
Your guided tour of the village will showcase its intangible cultural heritage, granting every opportunity for you to immerse yourself in your surroundings. Alternatively, embark on an EmeraldACTIVE hike through some of the local vineyards.
Later, a guided bike tour to Glun will showcase rural life in the French countryside.

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A regional wine tasting on board

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A guided bike tour to Glun

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A guided hike through the vineyards

Included Excursion
A guided tour of Tournon


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (Wed, May 05, 2021): Viviers

Arrive in Viviers, a town with much Middle Age flair and home to one of France’s oldest cathedrals. Your included walking tour of Viviers will showcase some of its numerous listed monuments, along with their ornate windows and lavish façades.

Included Excursion
A guided tour of Viviers

EmeraldACTIVE
A hike in Viviers

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Fishing class (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Thu, May 06, 2021): Avignon

Avignon has a rich history, from Celtic beginnings to being the residence of the Pope and central to the French Revolution. 
Your included walking tour of Avignon will take you past the ornate beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Palais des Papes, as well as Pont d’Avignon, an ancient stone bridge crossing the Rhône. This afternoon is yours to explore at leisure. 
This evening, return to your Star-Ship for a delightful Provençal dining experience, expertly prepared by Top Chef finalist, Fabien Morreale.

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A Provençal dining experience on board

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A canoeing excursion in Avignon

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A guided tour to Pont du Gard (extra expense)

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A classical concert in Avignon (extra expense)

Included Excursion
A guided tour of Avignon


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Fri, May 07, 2021): Arles

The past is yours to discover in Arles, once an important Phoenician trading port that was captured by the Romans, who peppered the city with iconic monuments. Today, your included tour of the city will showcase some of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Roman and Romanesque monuments of Arles, showcasing how the city has evolved over the centuries.
Visit the 2,000-year-old Arles Amphitheatre and follow in the footsteps of world-renowned artist, Vincent van Gogh. The rest of the day is yours to explore at leisure, perhaps stopping at a local café or returning to your Star-Ship to relax on board.

Included Excursion
A guided tour of Arles with arena visit

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A Camargue Excursion (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 (Sat, May 08, 2021): Arles – Barcelona

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer via high speed train (included) to Barcelona, the vibrant capital of Catalonia. Meet your Tour Director and fellow passengers for a welcome dinner and briefing. Enjoy a three night stay in Barcelona.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 (Sun, May 09, 2021): Barcelona

Your city tour today takes in Montjuic, the picturesque hill overlooking the city and former Jewish settlement. Visit Sagrada Familia – the famous cathedral designed by Gaudi whose controversial and intricate design is reflected in much of Barcelona’s architecture. Stroll the famous corridor of Las Ramblas where street performers feature on every corner, through the old town with its twisting lanes and historic buildings.The rest of your afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, enjoy dinner at an authentic Catalan farmhouse.

Included Excursion
Guided tour of Barcelona


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 (Mon, May 10, 2021): Barcelona

Enjoy a full day at leisure today. Your Tour Director will be on hand to assist you in planning your day. Perhaps visit the Bullring, the magnificent Camp Nou stadium, or relax along the waterfront area

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Excursion to Montserrat (extra expense, must be prebooked).


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 11 (Tue, May 11, 2021): Barcelona – Madrid

Journey by high speed train to Madrid. On arrival, transfer to your centrally located hotel for a two night stay. Your sightseeing tour includes the Sabatini Gardens, the 18th century Royal Palace of Madrid, and an orientation tour of the downtown Austrian quarter – featuring the Plaza Major, a grand square re-modelled in the 16th century. Tonight, enjoy a dinner at a local restaurant.

Included Excursion
Guided tour of Madrid


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 (Wed, May 12, 2021): Madrid

Enjoy a full day at leisure today in the capital of Spain. Your Tour Director will be on hand to assist. Perhaps visit the Prado Museum, home to some of the finest collections of European art dating from the 12th century.

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The medieval fortified town of Toledo (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 13 (Thu, May 13, 2021): Madrid – Cordoba

Travel south and visit Consuegra, famous for the best examples of Spanish windmills, and the home of the Spanish knights. Arrive in Cordoba, a city known for its blend of Jewish and Moorish influences, included is a one night stay.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 14 (Fri, May 14, 2021): Cordoba – Granada

Your morning guided tour takes in the Aljama Mosque – one of the most emblematic examples of Islamic Art, famously featuring a Christian cathedral inside it. After free time for lunch, continue onto Granada for a one night stay and enjoy a walking tour of the city centre and a free evening.

Included Excursion
Guided Tour of Aljama Mosque

Included Excursion
Guided tour of Granada


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 15 (Sat, May 15, 2021): Granada – Malaga

Granada is home to the impressive Alhambra Palace – one of Spain’s most recognisable Moorish structures, completed in the 14th century when Spain was largely occupied by Muslim invaders from North Africa. Visit this impressive UNESCO World Heritage site. En route to Malaga, enjoy a home hosted lunch in Alfarnatejo, a typical Andalusian village. Continue to Malaga, the capital of the ‘Costa del Sol’ for a two night stay. 

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An Andalusian Home hosted lunch


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 16 (Sun, May 16, 2021): Malaga

This morning, take a guided walking tour of Malaga seeing the Alcazaba Walls and Gibralfaro Castle. Visit the Alcazaba Fortress, the best preserved Moorish fortress palace in Spain. This afternoon and evening are at leisure to go to the beach, stroll the shops and promenade and relax.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 17 (Mon, May 17, 2021): Malaga – Gibraltar – Seville

The rock of Gibraltar is a territory of the United Kingdom that sits at the mouth of the Mediterranean at the very foot of Spain. For many centuries, it has been an important strategic port for the British Navy, and the sovereignty rights of its inhabitants have been carefully protected till the present day. Visit the Rock which is home to Barbary Apes and diverse birdlife as well as the old town dotted with traditional English pubs. Continue onto Seville for a two night stay and check into your hotel where dinner is included in a local restaurant.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 18 (Tue, May 18, 2021): Seville

Seville is the capital of Andalucia. Visit the impressive 15th Century Cathedral built on the site of the former mosque, incorporating the famous Bell Tower as part of its structure. During your free afternoon, wander the windy laneways of the old town and visit Seville’s wonderful Plaza de Espana or possibly discover Alcazar.

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Flamenco Dance Class (extra expense, must be prebooked)


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 19 (Wed, May 19, 2021): Seville – Lisbon

Travel through the Aracena mountain range into Portugal. Arrive in the capital, Lisbon, in the afternoon and settle into your centrally located hotel for a three night stay, where a sumptuous dinner is included tonight.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 20 (Thu, May 20, 2021): Lisbon

Join your local guide for a city tour of this fascinating city, one of the oldest in Europe. View the impressive Belem Tower and see the Monument to the Discoveries celebrating Portugal’s standing as one of the great exploring kingdoms of Europe. Enjoy a tasting of local pastries and a visit to Jerónimos Monastery, the rest of the day is at leisure to explore the  old town or visit the famous castle.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 21 (Fri, May 21, 2021): Lisbon

Enjoy a full day at leisure in Lisbon to maybe shop or further explore the old town and waterfront.

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Excursion to Sintra (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 22 (Sat, May 22, 2021): Depart Lisbon

Depart today after breakfast.

This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above.


Meals Included: Breakfast

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Ship Information

Emerald Liberte


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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

Cruises Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.4
Accommodations
4.2
Itinerary
4.6
Professional Staff
4.6
Repeat with Operator
4.2
Value for Money
4.4

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Ratings based off 37 reviews about Emerald Waterways Tours - currently showing 13 reviews with comments only

Emerald was awesome. It offered us cultural experience that was unusual and authentic. We felt like we got to know the countries we visited. We are looking to book with Emerald again in Europe. Local and tour Director was the best

first emerald waterway tour was excellent ! excellent and unique excursions included plus good optional tours offered loved the Vespa ride, ox cart and rickshaw ride Hoi Ann and Halong bay are highlights emerald staff very welcoming to us

The staff and crew of the ship was fantastic. Christmas Markets are not to be missed.

Although this is my first river cruise, so I cannot compare with other companies, I was very happy with Emerald with a few exceptions. They advertise that it is all inclusive and do offer several free tour options at each port, but that also sell Discovery options that are more money. We did 4 of those which increased the cost for 2 by $600. If you like to workout, forget the gym, which had one rowing machine, an exercise bike and some dumbbells with enough room for 3 people at most. The staff were all great, the food was very good and the itinerary was excellent. They have a small swimming pool and late night activities. Good diversity with most people from US, Canada, Australia and new Zealand.

Was great, food was good, cabin small but nice, excursions were good.

This trip was wonderful, with only 160 passengers we were treated royally. Everyone on board the ship worked with only one thing in mind to please the customers.

Derek was very thorough and easy to work with. Our trip was what we expected.

We were fortunate the trip went as planned. A lock was damaged and the ship we were scheduled for was unavailable. Emerald provided a different ship and we completed our full itinerary. Great job Emerald. The trip wonderful. Great staff, tours and food. Our Affordable agent Allyson fulfilled all our needs efficiently providing excellent customer care.

Great river cruise, the operator Emerald Waterways did not disappoint. On board service was exceptional and the tours were very good. Only thought would be that having a little more free time during site visits would have made the excursions good to great.

Our third river cruise but found the baths on this particular ship to be very small. The crew, though, was excellent, especially the director!

This trip was all we expected and more. The booking and planning by Affordable Tours weas very helpful. The Emerald Radiance was a joy. The ship and crew were unbelievable. The Douro Valley is so very beautiful and Portugal an amazing destination-just need to explore it further.

Emerald provided a very memorable experience. Everything went according to plan. There were many activity options to pick from. The food and drink and staff were excellent. I liked the pool and bikes which gave us additional activities to enjoy, which Viking Cruises did not offer when I went on a previous river boat cruise with them 3 years ago.

I absolutely loved the cities and towns we visited. I met mant new friends on this trip. The staff were very friendly, professional and attentive to my needs.


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