Rhône River Cruise – Lyon to Marseille

TOTAL CME CREDITS: maximum of 8.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

ACCREDITED THROUGH Institute for Medical and Nursing Education

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Arles to Lyon Including: Arles, Avignon, Cavaillon, Carpentras, Viviers, Tournon & Lyon

HealthyMD-CME brings to you that je ne sais quoi of travel experiences as we sail the stunning Rhone River through the heart of Provence.  On the Emerald Liberte you will travel in exceptional comfort and enjoy quality the finest quality service, all with classical ambiance. Discover one of Europe’s most beautiful waterways from the comfort of your floating 5 star hotel.  

HealthyMD-CME brings you the highest levels of hospitality and service because we are devoted to satisfying your every wish. We guarantee  you will feel pampered in every way and enjoy each and every moment, both on the river and on land.

The Tour

Slowly flowing towards the Mediterranean Sea from beautiful old Lyon, the Rhône cuts a serene path through the heart of France. Medieval cities and Roman ruins line the waterway as it journeys south through ancient villages and prosperous towns. Gallic heritage can be experienced on every bend of this beautiful river, from the rustic settlements dotted along the waterway to the acres of wine-producing vineyardsthis is a region worthy of your bucket list. 

The Journey

Our fascinating HealthyMD-CME takes you along one of the most beautiful stretches of the Rhone, right in the heart of French Provence; a land of exception, appreciated throughout the world for the beauty of its landscapes and inimitable lifestyle. Provence’s azure-blue skies, natural scenery, remarkable heritage, chirping cicadas, lavender fields and hilltop villages make it a holiday destination dreams are made of. With our starting point the World UNESCO Site of Lyon we cruise downstream to the ancient roman capital of Arles.

During our journey we experience the wonders and beauty of Provence visiting Arles, Avignon, Viviers, Tournon, Lyon and everything inbetween. This cruise encompasses art, history and culture in places that bear witness to thousands of years of European history. Your experience is further enhanced by your on-board HealthyMD-CME staff, chefs and educators, who bring to life each region, rich history, heritage and flavors.

Our Ship

A slow and relaxed way of life takes hold the further south you journey on our Rhône river cruises, under the watchful gaze of the Mediterranean sun. Long, lazy lunches and midday glasses of wine become the norm in this delightful part of France, giving you plenty of chance to take in the beautiful scenery. 

The Our luxury riverboat has been custom-built for river cruising along the Rhône; the delightful Sun Deck is the perfect location to watch the stunning backdrop pass by, a glass of a local vintage in hand. 

Mirroring the effortless sophistication and beauty of the French countryside, we offer locally-sourced, authentic fine-dining to be paired with the perfect wine accompaniment by our on-board sommeliers, a level of service and attention-to-detail which is sewn into its very essence, providing an experience comparable to that of a world-class hotel.  

With a capacity of 120 guests, and a series of cutting-edge amenities, our luxury ship represents the next generation of river cruising. The suites, staterooms and public spaces are set across four beautifully-appointed decks, providing endless scope for relaxation and enjoyment whilst cruising. 

Travelling from Lyon to Arles, the ship will explore culturally-rich and enigmatic cities before dissecting the wine regions and charming Mediterranean settlements of France. The Mediterranean climate provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy the amenities of the Sun Deck, where you can sit back and relax or sink a few balls on the putting green. While the heated pool boasts a glass roof which is retractable to let in a cool breeze on a warm day. And, we’ve incorporated the hugely popular Horizon Bar & Lounge, offering the perfect setting for you to enjoy your favorite tipples.   

During days on the water, you can indulge in a little ‘me’ time aboard, with a skilled hairdresser on the Riviera Deck, spa facilities and a well-equipped gym in the wellness and fitness area. Find your center and feel thoroughly relaxed from start to finish. Paired with our exceptional on-board centric programming and special guests makes this a truly unique once-in-a-life-time vacation experience! 

Pricing from: $4990pp/dbl

Dates: October 31 – November 7, 2020

  • Day 1 – Saturday:  Arrival Lyon 
  • Day 2 – Chalon-Sur-Saône – Beaune 
  • Day 3 – Monday:  Lyon 
  • Day 4 – Tuesday:  Turnon 
  • Day 5 – Wednesday:  Viviers 
  • Day 6 – Thursday:  Avignon 
  • Day 7 – Friday:  Arles 
  • Day 8 – Saturday:  Arles – Disembark 

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival Lyon

Welcome to Lyon. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the ship where you will be welcomed by your HealthyMD-CME staff. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception, orientation and dinner on board. 

Day 2 - 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 road to the quaint village of Beaune, where we visit the Hospices de Beaune, one of the finest examples of French fifteenth–century architecture. Marvel at the multi–colored roofs of this former hospital, now a museum, which has become one of the symbols of Burgundy. 

Day 3 - Lyon

Lyon is France’s third largest city, a former Roman capital positioned at the conference of the Rhone and Saone rivers, which is steeped in history. Today be part of the guided tour of Lyon, which starts with a drive to the 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 gastronomic old town including the secret laneways. Alternatively, join a guided bike tour of Lyon.  Your choice of walking or guided bike tour. 

Day 4 - Tournon

Join your local guide for a walking tour of Tournon, which is dominated by the 16th century castle and roman ruins and is nestled in the valley near the steep slopes of le Massif Central, France’s 3rd largest mountain range. The area has a long tradition in wine making, including the renowned wine growing center of Tain l’Hermitage across the river. 

Today choose from walking guided walking touractive hike through vineyards or guided bike tour to Glun.   Plus, onboard vegan wine lecture and tasting 

Day 5 - Viviers

Arrive in Viviers, a town which still has a lot of flare. Viviers is also the home of one of France’s oldest cathedrals, join an included city tour exploring all the architectural heritage of this quaint town. Optional tour to Grignan plus onboard olive tasting.

Day 6 - Avignon

Avignon has a rich history from Celtic beginnings to being the residence of the Popes and later central to the French Revolution. Although a fortified town, it is the Papal Palace which stands more secure on a hill in the center of town; its walls are 17–18 feet thick. Your guided walk with a local guide takes you through this historic center with its cobbled laneways and shops, overlooking the famous ‘Pont d’Avignon‘. The rest of the day is at leisure.  Optional guided active hike in Avignon plus excursion to Pont du Gard.

Day 7 - Arles

Sail into Arles where you will join your local guide for a walking tour showcasing the highlights of the city in particular the 2000-year-old Roman Amphitheatre still in use today, which was originally built to hold 20,000 spectators in the style of the Colosseum in Rome. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax on board and explore Arles further.

Day 8 - Arles Disembarkation - Marseille

After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship in Arles, transfer to Marseille airport for your onward or homebound flight. 


Dr. Hassan Tetteh, MD, MBA 

Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO)
Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, US Navy
Founding Director, Specialized Thoracic Adapted Recovery Command Surgeon, National Defense University

Dr. Hassan Tetteh is an associate professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and a staff thoracic surgeon for MedStar Health and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. 

He served as ship’s surgeon and director of surgical services for the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) battle group in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, deployed as a trauma surgeon to Afghanistan in support of Operation enduring Freedom with II Marine Expeditionary Forces, and  has supported special joint forces missions to South America, the Middle East, the South Pacific, Australia and Africa. His military honors include two Meritorious Service Medals and the Joint Service Commendation Medals

An acclaimed keynote speaker, Hassan inspires audiences with stories from two decades working on the fringe of life and death. His near-death experience influences his unique patient care approach and fuels his passion and gratitude for life. He shares the gift brilliantly with the audiences and inspires individuals to perform with excellence, achieve their highest potential, and fulfill their dreams.

He received his MD from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, his MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and MBA from Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. He completed his thoracic surgery fellowship at the University of Minnesota and advanced cardiac surgery fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

CME Agenda

CME Accreditation and Credit Designation Statement:

The Institute for Medical and Nursing Education, Inc. (IMNE), is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. IMNE designates each live activity series. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

No CME program on November 1, 2020 while checking in.

Date Time and LocationTopic/Speaker
Day 1 CME: Nov. 214:30 /2:30pmRegistration and Networking
14:45 – 15:00 /
2:45pm – 3:00pm
Welcome and Introductions

Cecilia Zapata and David Lawrence
15:00 – 16:00 /
3:00pm – 4:00pm
“Revive your Healing Passion and Healing Power”

Dr. Hassan Tetteh
16:00 – 16:15 /
4:00pm – 4:15pm
16:30 / 4:30pmAdjourn
Day 2 CME: Nov. 314:30 / 2:30pmRegistration and Networking
14:45 / 2:45pmWelcome
15:00 – 16:00 /
3:00pm – 4:00pm
“Realize your Healing Power”

Dr. Hassan Tetteh
16:00 – 16:15 /
4:00pm – 4:15pm
16:30 /4:30pmAdjourn
Day 3 CME: Nov. 414:30 / 2:30pmRegistration and Networking

14:45 / 2:45pmWelcome
15:00 – 16:00 / 3:00pm – 4:00pm“Realize your Healing Power”

Dr. Hassan Tetteh
16:00 – 16:15 / 4:00pm – 4:15pmQ&A
16:30 / 4:30pmAdjourn
Day 4 CME: Nov. 516:30 / 4:30pmRegistration and Networking
16:45 / 4:45pmWelcome
16:45 – 17:45 / 4:45pm – 5:45pm“Maximize your Patient Encounters”

Dr. Hassan Tetteh
17:45 – 18:45 / 5:45pm – 6:45pm“Leverage your Team Dream” and “Shape your Professional Horizon”

Dr. Hassan Tetteh
18:45 – 19:00 / 6:45pm – 7:00pmQ&A
Day 5 CME: Nov. 614:30/2:30pmRegistration and Networking
15:00 – 16:00/ 3:00pm – 4:00pm“Leverage your Team Dream” and “Shape your Professional Horizon” Dr. Hassan Tetteh
16:00 – 16:15/ 4:00pm – 4:15pmQ&A
16:30/4:30pmAdjourn/Closing Remarks

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