Savoring France: Paris, Lyon & Provence Aboard ms Emerald

Savoring France: Paris, Lyon & Provence features a 7-night Rhone River cruise aboard ms Emerald through vineyard country that's home to some of the world's most exceptional wines... dinner at Fouquet's in Paris... a pastry class at Le Cordon Bleu... a high-speed TGV ride to culinary Lyon... a memorable evening at the Duchy of Uzes... a cooking school in Valence and much more!

Our Savoring France: Paris, Lyon & Provence departures feature a 7-night Rhone River cruise aboard ms Emerald through vineyard country that's home to some of the world's most exceptional wines. Tauck's epicurean delights begin in Paris with a reception and dinner at Fouquet's, the celebrity hotspot on the Champs elysees, and a pastry class especially for Tauck guests at Le Cordon Bleu Paris. Ride the high-speed TGV through the French countryside to Lyon to taste your way through Les Halles, Lyon's famed covered food market with its eye-popping vertical garden... cruise in search of culinary adventures along the Rhone... sip Beaujolais in Beaujolais... sample Provencal specialties for lunch at a private ranch in La Camargue... attend a memorable evening at the Duchy of Uzes... and learn secrets at a cooking demonstration at an award-winning cooking school in Valence. It's the ultimate Rhone River cruise to the soul of French haute cuisine!

A 7-night Rhone River cruise aboard ms Emerald through vineyard country... dinner at Fouquet's in Paris... a private pastry class at Le Cordon Bleu... a high-speed TGV ride to culinary Lyon... tasting at Les Halles de Lyon... wine tastings in Beaujolais & Chateaneuf-du-Pape... a memorable evening at the Duchy of Uzes... demonstration at a cooking school in Valence

Traveling Well Includes:
  • Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director
  • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $4,227
  • Pastry class for Tauck guests at Le Cordon Bleu Paris
  • Provencal lunch at a private ranch in La Camargue
  • Reception and dinner at Fouquet's, followed by a city lights tour of Paris at night
  • Private wine tastings in Beaujolais and Chateaneuf-du-Pape
  • A walking tour of historic Vieux Lyon and a tasting at Les Halles de Lyon
  • Memorable Tauck Exclusive evening at the Duchy of Uzes
  • Cooking demonstration and a wine and cheese tasting at an award-winning cooking school in Valence
  • Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks.
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 23 meals (9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners); service charges, taxes, porterage, and applicable fuel surcharges

  • Day 1 - Arrive Paris

    Tour begins: 6:00 PM, InterContinental Paris Le Grand Hotel. A transfer is included from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, Gare de Lyon, Gare du Nord or Charles de Gaulle station to InterContinental Paris Le Grand Hotel. Culinary pleasures star tonight at our Parisian welcome reception and dinner at the chic brasserie, Fouquet's, since 1908 an icon for celebrity dining on the Champs-elysees. After dinner, the evening continues with an Illuminations Tour, providing glittery views of the city's nighttime lights and a beguiling ending to your first day in Paris.

    Lodging: InterContinental Paris Le Grand
    Meals: D

    Day 2 - Pastry class & more Parisian gourmet pleasures

    Enjoy a culinary odyssey in Paris today with a walk through the city that inspires with the fragrances and flavors of French food, and offers tastings of local bread and macarons; a lecture on chocolat with, of course, a delectable tasting; and a pastry class at Le Cordon Bleu Paris, where you'll learn firsthand the tips of the patisserie trade - including how to make an original pastry. You'll also have free time for lunch and the evening free to explore on your own and discover the dining possibilities in and around your Paris hotel.

    Lodging: InterContinental Paris Le Grand
    Meals: B

    Day 3 - Paris to Lyon by TGV & embark riverboat

    Paris is yours to experience as you please this morning... perhaps visiting one of the city's lesser-known museums, or an agreeable sidewalk cafe for some Parisian-watching... before catching the TGV high-speed train and enjoying the views en route to Lyon, set at the confluence of the rivers Saone and Rhone. In Lyon, you'll board ms Emerald for your Rhone River cruise and settle into your cabin before joining us for a briefing and welcome reception followed by a welcome dinner in The Compass Rose and entertainment in the lounge.

    Lodging: ms Emerald
    Meals: B, D

    Day 4 - Lyon, Les Halles, a Beaujolais tasting & more

    You'll get acquainted with Lyon this morning during sightseeing that includes a visit to the narrow streets and traboules of Vieux Lyon as well as a local outdoor market. Then it's off to a special tasting of some of Lyon's culinary specialties at its famed indoor food market, Les Halles de Lyon. After a return to the ship for lunch, wine tasting at a private estate in the Beaujolais region awaits - along with picturesque towns and churches of honey-colored stone. This evening, your riverboat begins cruising the Rhone while you enjoy a relaxing dinner.

    Lodging: ms Emerald
    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 5 - Medieval Viviers & wine tastings along the Rhone

    ms Emerald cruises this morning to Viviers, a walled city with origins in the 5th century on the right bank of the Rhone. If medieval history and authentic period architecture are your thing, Viviers is your kind of place... because it's one of the best-preserved medieval towns that you're likely to see in all of France. Its narrow streets and lanes reveal what life might have been like here in the Middle Ages. Your choices today include a walking tour of Viviers with your local guide including views of the 12th-century Cathedral of Notre Dame de Rhone and the richly detailed facade of the Maison des Chevaliers, followed by a lively game of petanque with the locals; or a drive to Grignan for a walking tour of town and a truffle farm tour and tasting. Back aboard the riverboat, enjoy an onboard wine tasting presentation where you'll learn about (and sample) some of the region's excellent local wines; join us for a gala dinner in The Compass Rose this evening as we sail for Arles in Provence.

    Lodging: ms Emerald
    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 6 - Historic Arles & Provencal pleasures in La Camargue

    It may seem that the Romans were everywhere along the Rhone, and Arles is no exception, as is witnessed by the triumphal arch, circus and baths they left behind - and an arena in which gladiators fought and is still a venue for performances and bullfights today - as you explore the city on a walking tour and time on your own. Do take time to look beyond the city walls at the incredible quality of the light here that so enraptured Vincent van Gogh - and the landscapes of yellow rocks, red soil and lilac mountains that inspired in the Dutch artist a newfound creativity, and led to his creating hundreds of paintings while a patient at a nearby asylum, one of the most productive periods of his short life. Lunch today is a real treat, as you visit a private ranch in La Camargue for a private banquet of farm-grown Provencal specialties, a musical serenade, and a chance to see the region's iconic white horses, fleet-footed gardians (cowboys) and famous black bulls. As you continue your Rhone River cruise to Avignon this evening, try your hand at painting a chocolate art piece during an onboard demonstration before dinner aboard the riverboat.

    Lodging: ms Emerald
    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 7 - Avignon, Palais des Papes & Uzes evening

    Although the fortified city of Avignon was undoubtedly a pleasant place before they arrived, the 14th-century popes, who spent less than a century here when Rome became tedious for them, really put it on the map, and cultivated the local wine industry (Chateauneuf-du-Pape) and an appreciation for good food. This morning, choose a bicycle excursion in Avignon or a visit to the fortress-like home that the pontiffs built for themselves, the Palais des Papes. Later, visit the Pont du Gard - a famous Roman aqueduct over the River Gardon. Join us this evening ashore for a sparkling Tauck Exclusive event - a special evening including a tour, reception and dinner at the restored chateau and grounds of the medieval Duchy of Uzes.

    Lodging: ms Emerald
    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 8 - Roussillon & Chateauneuf-du-Pape

    Venture deeper into Provence today on a visit to the yellow-and-brown town of Roussillon, in the Luberon region. This place is all about color, from the ochre cliffs surrounding the town to the purple of the lavender during its blooming season and the lush, green pine forests, as you'll discover for yourself on a walking tour. Have lunch on the riverboat as you cruise to Chateauneuf-du-Pape; over 200 days of sunshine per year and rain-bearing mistral winds enable the soil to store water for the long summer, meaning that vineyards thrive here. Since medieval times, the life of this hillside village has centered around growing and producing wine of the same appellation; its residents have benefitted from the proceeds of flourishing vineyards as early as the 13th century, when the village was adjacent to a summer palace for the popes of Avignon. Visit one of the area's acclaimed chateaux for a wine tasting before returning to the riverboat for dinner and onboard relaxation as your cruise continues.

    Lodging: ms Emerald
    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 9 - Savory secrets of the Rhone Valley in Tain l'Hermitage & Valence

    The riverboat docks in Tain l'Hermitage for the final day of your Rhone River cruise. From here you'll head to Valence, a town known for its markets offering produce from the surrounding countryside - including delicacies like truffles and asparagus - and as home to the gourmet cooking school of award-winning chef Anne-Sophie Pic, where you'll be privy to a chef's demonstration and a wine and cheese pairing class and tasting that features the superb products crafted in the area. Your day also includes a visit to a chocolate shop in Tain l'Hermitage and a mini-train ride through the renowned Heritage vineyards before you reboard the ship for tonight's farewell reception followed by dinner as ms Emerald begins her return to Lyon.

    Lodging: ms Emerald
    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 10 - Journey Home

    Tour ends: Lyon. Disembark ms Emerald in Lyon no later than 9:00 AM; fly home anytime thereafter. A transfer from the riverboat to Lyon Airport or Perrache or Part Dieu train station is included; allow 3 hours for flight check-in at the airport.

    Lodging:
    Meals: B

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    Cruise Line
    Tauck River Cruising
    Offer
    Offer valid through 6/30/2019
    Duration
    10 Days
    Cruise Ship
    ms Emerald

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Paris  
    Day 2Paris  
    Day 3Paris  
    Day 4Lyon  
    Day 5Viviers  
    Day 6Arles  
    Day 7Avignon  
    Day 8Roussillon  
    Day 9Tain l'Hermitage  
    Day 10Lyon  
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    Disclaimer
    * Land / cruise price per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy, includes cruise fare, most meals, port charges, shore excursions, applicable fuel surcharges, and gratuities to Tauck Directors, Tauck Cruise Director, ship staff, local guides & drivers, and on all included meals.

    Itinerary Changes - Although not expected, Tauck reserves the right to alter the sequence of ports or omit or substitute scheduled ports or attractions at any time without prior notice. Further, museums and attractions may be subject to closure due to state, local or religious holidays.

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