Emerald Cruises has launched ‘Your Great French Escape’ sale, offering Canadians savings on all 2023 French river cruises for new bookings made by August 15, 2022. Savings include CAD $600 per couple off the cruise fare, roundtrip flights for only CAD $295 (or CAD $700 air credit), and, if the booking is paid in full within seven days, a €250 per cabin on board credit. Guests booking who pay in full can also enjoy an additional 10% off the cruise fare with the Super Earlybird program. Details can be found here.
The regions of France’s Lyon and Provence are well known for their gastronomic delights, famous wines and long histories – and are the centerpieces for Emerald Cruises’ eight-day Sensations of Lyon and Provence.
Sailing on Emerald Cruises’ Star-Ship, Emerald Liberté, guests enjoy a litany of opportunities to explore and partake, whether in guided tours and experiences or independently. Guests seeking an active vacation can choose from numerous EmeraldACTIVE inclusions: hike though the vineyards of Tournon, kayak in the city of Avignon, bike though Lyon, and take fishing lesson in Viviers. Guests preferring a more genial pace can visit the Hospices de Beaune, originally a hospital for the poor, and now home to one of Burgundy’s most popular wine auctions, and take guided walking tours of many of the towns along the Rhône and Saône Rivers route including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière in Lyon, and Avignon’s Palais-des-Papes and Pont d’Avignon, an ancient stone bridge crossing the Rhône.
And for all the guests, who’s love of food and wine drive them to these regions, there is are a host of foodie delights including an afternoon cheese and olive tasting, educating guests on the many varieties that come from this abundant region; a wine presentation and tasting with a local expert that takes a deeper dive into one of the area’s most important exports; and the true highlight - an onboard Provençal dinner in Avignon, hosted by renowned local chef and Top Chef France finalist Fabien Morreale. Fares for the eight-day sailing, with the CAD $600 per couple and 10% SEB savings included, start at CAD $3,916 per person, double.
Extending the vacation is easy as Emerald Cruises offers several two- and three-night city stays. Two nights in Paris staying at the luxury and centrally-located Jardin du Marais Hotel includes a city tour and scenic cruise on the Seine; while three nights in Nice is the perfect place to explore the beautiful seaside city – walking the shoreline, sipping wine in local cafés, and maybe stepping into one of the world-famous casinos in nearby Monte Carlo. Two nights in the birthplace of artist Paul Cézanne, Aix-en-Provence, offers a tranquil environment and time to wander the public squares, take in the 17th- and 18th-cenury mansions and stop at the Musée Ganet, renowned for its devotion to the paintings, sculptures, and archaeology of France.
As Emerald Cruises’ first Star Ship in France, Emerald Liberté was custom-built especially for the Rhône and Saône Rivers. The ship features Emerald Cruises’ trademark clean lines and contemporary style, plus innovations like the pool which turns into a cinema at night, and drop-down glass balcony windows in all suites. The boutique ship has a capacity of 138 guests and a crew-to-guest ratio of 1:3 ensuring a high level of service.
For more information on this sale and Emerald Cruises’ river cruise program in France, visit EmeraldCruises.ca.