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Discover the Rivers of France & Portugal

Embark on a tale of resplendent regions as we combine two iconic holidays into one, weaving you through Europe and collecting threads of memories, keepsakes and stories, creating a glorious vacation tapestry.

Experience the pinnacles of international cuisine with a Provençal dinner hosted by a local chef, visits to quintas, and a host of tastings made available to you via our hand-crafted cruise itinerary.

Join your fellow travellers and discover your love for all things wondrous and whimsical with Emerald Cruises.

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  • Cruise Line: Emerald Cruises
  • Ship: Emerald Radiance & Emerald Liberté
  • Duration: 14 Nights
  • Departure: May - Jul & Jul
£5,485pp
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Discover the Rivers of France & Portugal Cruise Itinerary

Experience the breathtaking transition between two of Europe’s most iconic regions as you embark on a luxury voyage with Emerald Cruises.

*Return cruise but only for 2024. 2025 does not have a Nice > Porto cruise

Day 1

Porto

Be transferred from the airport to the Emerald Radiance and enjoy an evening dinner on board.

Day 2

Porto – Pinhão

Partake in a Portuguese cooking demonstration aboard the ship. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner and cocktail reception.

Day 3

Pinhão – Vega de Terrón

Embark on a visit to Quinta do Tedo, complete with a wine tasting. Or, enjoy a kayak experience in Pinhão. Alternatively, try a guided walk through some local vineyards.

Day 4

Vega de Terrón – Salamanca

Go on a guided tour of Salamanca, or see a tuna music band.

Day 5

Pocinho – Régua

Enjoy an archaeological tour at the Côa Valley Museum (at extra expense). Aboard the ship, try a Port wine cocktail lesson.

Day 6

Régua

Join a guided tour of Lamego before walking down the steps of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies. Visit the Mateus Manor House (at extra expense). On board the ship, try a mosaic tile painting lesson.

Day 7

Porto

Try a guided tour of Porto, or explore the city via an active walk. Visit Quinta da Aveleda, or go on a guided bike tour to the Atlantic (both at extra expense). Enjoy a cruise through Porto.

Day 8

Porto – Lyon

After breakfast, transfer from Porto to Lyon and board the Emerald Liberté.

Day 9

Chalon-sur-Saône – Beaune

Visit the Hospices de Beaune. Indulge in a cheese and olive tasting on board your ship.

Day 10

Lyon

Embark on a guided tour of Lyon, or join a guided bike tour of the city. Join the excursion to Pérouges (at extra expense).

Day 11

Tournon

Try the guided tour of Tournon, or embark on a guided hike through the vineyards. Later, join a guided bike tour to Glun. Back on the ship, enjoy a regional wine tasting.

Day 12

Viviers

Enjoy a guided tour of Viviers.

Day 13

Avignon

Embark on a guided tour of Avignon, or try the canoeing excursion in Avignon. Join a guided tour of the Pont du Gard, or revel in a classical concert in Avignon (both at extra expense). This evening, enjoy a Provençal dinner hosted by local chef Fabien Morreale aboard the ship.

Day 14

Arles

Try a guided tour of Arles with an arena visit. Enjoy an excursion to Les Baux de Provence (at extra expense).

Day 15

Arles – Nice

After breakfast, disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Day 1

Nice – Arles

Meet a member of our team at the airport and be transferred to Arles. There, board your ship and enjoy an evening welcome reception and dinner.

Day 2

Arles

Try a guided tour of Arles with an arena visit. Enjoy an excursion to Les Baux de Provence (at extra expense).

Day 3

Avignon

Embark on a guided tour of Avignon, or try the canoeing excursion in Avignon. Join a guided tour of the Pont du Gard, or revel in a classical concert in Avignon (both at extra expense). This evening, enjoy a Provençal dinner hosted by local chef Fabien Morreale aboard the ship.

Day 4

Viviers

Enjoy a guided tour of Viviers.

Day 5

Tournon

Try the guided tour of Tournon, or embark on a guided hike through the vineyards. Later, join a guided bike tour to Glun. Back on the ship, enjoy a regional wine tasting.

Day 6

Lyon

Embark on a guided tour of Lyon, or join a guided bike tour of the city. Join the excursion to Pérouges (at extra expense).

Day 7

Chalon-sur-Saône – Beaune

Visit the Hospices de Beaune. Indulge in a cheese and olive tasting on board your ship.

Day 8

Porto – Lyon

After breakfast, transfer from Porto to Lyon and board the Emerald Liberté.

Day 9

Porto

Try a guided tour of Porto, or explore the city via an active walk. Visit Quinta da Aveleda, or go on a guided bike tour to the Atlantic (both at extra expense). Enjoy a cruise through Porto.

Day 10

Régua

Join a guided tour of Lamego before walking down the steps of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies. Visit the Mateus Manor House (at extra expense). On board the ship, try a mosaic tile painting lesson.

Day 11

Pocinho – Régua

Enjoy an archaeological tour at the Côa Valley Museum (at extra expense). Aboard the ship, try a Port wine cocktail lesson.

Day 12

Vega de Terrón – Salamanca

Go on a guided tour of Salamanca, or see a tuna music band.

Day 13

Pinhão – Vega de Terrón

Embark on a visit to Quinta do Tedo, complete with a wine tasting. Or, enjoy a kayak experience in Pinhão. Alternatively, try a guided walk through some local vineyards.

Day 14

Porto – Pinhão

Partake in a Portuguese cooking demonstration aboard the ship. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner and cocktail reception.

Day 15

Porto

After breakfast, disembark the ship.

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Join a seamless cruise across France and Portugal and experience the best of both worlds with Crui.se

14 Nights
May Jul
Jul Jul

Discover the Rivers of France & Portugal

  • Porto
  • Porto – Pinhão
  • Pinhão – Vega de Terrón
  • Vega de Terrón – Salamanca
  • Pocinho – Régua
  • Régua
  • Porto – Lyon
  • Chalon-sur-Saône – Beaune
  • Lyon
  • Tournon
  • Viviers
  • Avignon
  • Arles
  • Arles – Nice
£5,485pp Est. Price per person
  • Emerald Radiance & Emerald Liberté  

Discover the Rivers of France & Portugal Cruise Review

“We were absolutely delighted by this cruise and we’re looking forward to booking another for our son’s birthday. I’d really recommend this cruise to anyone who’s wanting to either try a new holiday experience, or even if you’ve been cruising for a while like my wife and I have. The food is some of the best we’ve ever had on a cruise and we loved that we got to have so many opportunities to try local foods amongst other things as well like the cabins, the pool and the spa area. Cannot wait to book again with Emerald Cruises!”

Jonathan and Isabelle Carter, Ipswich, Suffolk

Discover the Rivers of France & Portugal FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

Can I bring visitors aboard the ship?

Yes, you can. However, you will first have to speak with our UK team – who you can contact on the following number: 0808 256 4436 – to acquire and complete the paperwork necessary for the visit to commence. Further, all visitors must pay for any food and drinks they have consumed while on board the ship.

At what times will we be dining on the ship?

Breakfast is served between 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM, lunch is served between 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM, and dinner is served between 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. A full list of timings will be provided in the daily programme.

Am I allowed to bring alcohol onto the ship?

Yes, you can. However, any alcohol purchased is to be consumed in your room and not in communal areas.

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