Sunset at Pont Saint-Bénézet, Avignon

Celebrate with Champagne and marvel at the incredible fireworks displays throughout France with Emerald Waterways this Bastille Day

Joyeuse Bastille! On 14 July, France will erupt into celebrations across the country with fireworks to rival any New Year’s Eve displays and street parties bringing communities together.  To help the celebrations, Emerald Waterways ( are offering an extra saving of £100 per person for those making a booking between 12 and 15 July 2019 on all French itineraries. Guests booking 2020 river cruises will also receive unlimited free on board drinks when they book a balcony suite, along with savings of up to £1,000 per couple. 

Few countries inspire travellers quite like France; a culture of elegance and fine cuisine exists with the most picturesque of backdrops and exquisite architecture.  It is no surprise that the South of France is recognised as the birthplace of photography, its unrivalled beauty comprises the finest examples of French 15th Century architecture with Roman ruins and sun-soaked vineyards.

Journey along the Rhône and enjoy highlights including a guided hike to the vineyards in Tournon, a Provençal dinner hosted by renowned French chef, Fabien Morealle, a regional wine lecture on board, a canoeing excursion in Avignon, and a cheese and olive tasting on board, all part of included EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldEXCURSION experiences.

New for 2020 is the Flavours of Burgundy and Provence itinerary, prices start from £2,195 per person (July and August 2020 departures). This river cruise Rhône includes special highlights such as a visit to Valrhona Cité du Chocolat, a truffle discovery with tasting, and a visit to a Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine estate with a tasting. 

Fancy extending your holiday with a few extra days to explore? Add on a city stay in Paris or Nice and immerse yourself further into the delights of France.

Prices include return flights, transfers, all tipping and gratuities, food and selected drinks on board*, shore excursions and exclusive events and experiences. 
Guests also have the choice of a no-fly option on these itineraries and can opt to travel via Eurostar at no extra charge. The no-fly option offers guests a great alternative to flying, as well as a quick and easy way to get to the Star-Ships docking location.

For more information and to book please visit or call 0808 301 3352. 
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*Drinks on-board – two complimentary drinks (wine, beer and soft drinks) are included with lunch and dinner. Complimentary tea and coffee is available throughout the sailing 
About Emerald Waterways: Emerald Waterways offers a diverse range of river and ocean cruises. A multi-award-winning tour operator, Emerald Waterways operates seven Star-Ships in Europe, two yachts based in the Adriatic Sea and specially chartered river ships in Russia and Egypt. The new Star-Ship (Emerald Harmony) will join the fleet and sail on the Mekong River from summer 2019.