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Christmas in Southern France (Itinerary A)

5 days with Emerald Waterways   Rating: Deluxe

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Itinerary
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Day 1 Marseille - Avignon
Welcome to Avignon! You will be met and transferred from the airport to the lush surrounds of your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship. (Dinner)

Day 2 Avignon
Christmas in Provence is full of traditional celebrations. Rich in symbols, marked in beliefs and omens, the Christmas traditions are well-anchored in the hearts of the Provençal people. Today, you discover Avignon on an included guided tour. During Christmas, many festive celebrations are taking place in the city such as carols, parades, folk dances etc. Local markets and grocery stores are filled with delicious specialities that you will be able to taste today. Your guided walking tour of Avignon will also include the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Palais des Papes. This afternoon is yours to explore at leisure, stroll down Avignon’s cobbled laneways and peruse its lush boutiques and perhaps crossing the 12th-century Pont d'Avignon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Included Excursion: Guided tour of Avignon with visit of the Popes Palace

Day 3 Tarascon
This morning, set back with your favourite hot drink on board and enjoy the landscape of Provence passing by on your sailing day from Avignon to Tarascon. This afternoon, visit one of the many Olive Mill in the region. The olive tree is one of the strongest symbols of South of France and Provencal gastronomy. Beginning of December is the harvest season for olives. The Provencal celebrate the arrival of the newly pressed olive oil which you will have the occasion to taste during your visit to a local olive mill. The strong fruity taste of the Provencal olive oil makes it one of the best of the country. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Provencal Christmas dinner which include the famous Thirteen desserts. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Included Excursion: Visit to an olive mill

EmeraldPLUS: A Traditional Provencal Christmas dinner on board

Day 4 Arles
A Provençal Christmas is infused with biblical resonance, charmingly intertwined with local traditions, as exemplified by the Provençal crèche, which is populated by santons (little saints) representing not only the Magi, shepherds and angels but also butchers, bakers, farmers, fishermen, milkmaids, and dozens of other denizens of an idealized 19th-century Provençal village. After your included guided tour of Arles, you will get to experience this Provencal traditional craft at the International Fair of Santons which takes place every year in the city. The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure, perhaps exploring Arles Roman treasures and Christmas markets, or simply resting on board your comfortable Star-Ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Included Excursion: Guided walking tour of Arles with the International Fair of Santons

Day 5 Arles - Marseille
After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport. (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.

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All This Included
  • Boutique contemporary hotel feel, with spectacular on board heated pool, cinema, spa and lounge (Emerald Radiance Star-Ship pool is located on the sun deck and the Cinema is not available.)
  • Spacious, comfortable accommodations you'll want to spend time in, with panoramic suites and staterooms, and innovative open-air system for cabins on the Vista and Horizon decks
  • Gourmet all-included on board meals and highlight dinner events, al-fresco on The Terrace or in the well-appointed Reflections Restaurant
  • Enjoy in depth cultural experiences with EmeraldPLUS excursions; cheese and olive tasting or Provencal dinner on board hosted by a local chef
  • Emerald's Concierge Service - served right to your suite, enjoy continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after dinner treats (Only applies to Owner’s One-bedroom Suites, Riverview Suites, and Grand Balcony Suites (CAT S, SA, RA))
  • A refined selection of wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner
  • Tea and coffee available at all times
  • Bottled water restocked daily in your cabin
  • Built-in adventure, with an included on shore excursion at every port
  • Visits to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Emerald Active guided biking and hiking tours
  • Excellent service from an English speaking crew
  • Knowledgeable, personable local destination guides
  • Complimentary bicycles on board
  • Complimentary on board Wi-Fi
  • All airport transfers to and from your Star Ship, and all gratuities
  • Port charges now included in your tour price
  • All gratuities for onboard and shore side staff
Accommodations
Cruising: Cabin onboard Emerald Liberté
Notes
  • Itineraries are subject to change.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.