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Explore France with us in 2022

Sensations of Lyon and Provence River Cruise

The Elliott Museum is partnering with Mayflower Cruises & Tours to take you on a fabulous cruise — “Sensations of Lyon and Provence River Cruise,” including a three-night hotel stay in Nice on the French Riviera. 

Read all about this cruise here, CALL (772) 225-1961 to talk with Debbie Banta to reserve your cabin!

The incentive of free airfare has now been extended!

Including a three-night hotel stay in Nice on the French Riviera
Departure Date: September 30, 2022

Days 2 through 8 – Aboard the Emerald Liberté
Days 9 through 11 – Best Western Plus Hotel Massena
or similar, Nice, France


DAY 1 Depart the USA: Depart the USA on your
overnight flight to Lyon, France.

DAY 2 Lyon, France: Welcome to Lyon, at the junction of the
Rhône and Saône Rivers. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a
representative of Mayflower Cruises

DAY 3 Chalon-Sur-Saône-Beaune: 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. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldPLUS: Cheese and olive tasting onboard

DAY 4 Lyon: Lyon, France’s third largest city, is steeped in
history and a former Roman capital. The city is positioned at
the confluence of the Rhône and Saône Rivers. Today, take
part in the guided tour of Lyon, which starts with 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 itssecret
alleyways. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour (instead of included tour)
DiscoverMORE: Tour to Pérouges (additional expense)

DAY 5 Tournon: Join your local guide for a walking tour of
Tournon, dominated by the 16th-century castle overlooking the
village, ancient watchtowers and Roman ruins. Nestled in the
valley near the steep slopes of le Massif Central, France’s 3rd
largest mountain range, it’s picture-perfect. The area has a long
tradition in wine making, including the renowned wine growing
center of Tain l’Hermitage across the river. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike through vineyards (instead of
included tour)
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour to Glun*
EmeraldPLUS: Regional wine tasting onboard*
*the EmeraldACTIVE event overlaps with the EmeraldPLUS wine-tasting;
only one can be selected

DAY 6 Viviers: Arrive in Viviers, a town which still has Middle-
Age flair. Viviers is also the home of one of France’s oldest
cathedrals. Join an included walking tour exploring all the
architectural heritage of this quaint town. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldACTIVE: A hike in Viviers
DiscoverMORE: Fishing class (additional expense)

DAY 7 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

DAY 8 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-yearold
Roman amphitheater which is still in use today. Meals: B, L, D
DiscoverMORE: A Camargue Excursion (additional expense)

DAY 9 Arles / Nice: After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to
the captain and crew as your river cruise comes to end. But
your land adventure is just beginning as you journey by coach
to Nice on the famed Cote d’Azur for a three-night stay.
Meal: B

DAY 10 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. After an
insightful tour and free time to explore, return to Nice for the
remainder of the day at leisure. Meal: B

DAY 11 Nice: The final day in Nice is left free of planned
activities. Your hospitality representative is at your service to
help you plan your day in this vibrant city. Meal: B
DiscoverMORE: Visit to St. Paul de Vence (additional expense)

DAY 12 Nice / USA: It’s time to bid “au revoir” to France and
depart to the Nice airport for your flight home.