The Flavours of Burgundy and Provence with International Wine Experts

The perfect choice for wine-lovers...

We are delighted to be welcoming some esteemed names from the world of wine on-board, joining us as we sail through the renowned wine-producing region of Provence.  Witness the stunning vineyard-laden vistas, with plenty of opportunity to sample the local wares, while enjoying the company of our special guests, all of whom will bring favourite wines from their mothering countries.
You’ll be joined by British Master of Wine, Tim Atkin, American wine expert and talk show host, Robin Stark, Canadian wine expert, DJ Kearney and Australian Master of Wine, Andrea Pritzker. 

This exclusive river cruise is the perfect choice for wine-lovers looking to learn more about wine, as we open the doors of world-renowned wine estates like Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Château de Meursault for private tastings. Enjoy Q&A sessions and masterclasses with the experts as you sail from Arles to Lyon, as well as excursions in their company through the breath-taking vineyards of Tournon and informal chats over a glass in the on-board lounge.
Sunset at Pont Saint-Bénézet, Avignon
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DJ Kearney
Wine educator, writer and judge, Vancouver-based DJ Kearney has trained hundreds of professional sommeliers on behalf of the Sommelier Guild. Her diverse background within wine, food and geology has qualified her to guide the discovery of the world’s wine regions, as is her understanding of terroir, the sharpening of palates and the chemistry of food and wine in harmony. 
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Robyn Stark
Starkland Cellar Services provides wine cellar management consultations to restaurants and collectors countrywide, while Starkland Tours organises group wine-tasting bicycle tours in Tuscany,Provence and Burgundy. Robin’s past experience of public speaking means she’s well-equipped to hold her insightful wine-tastings in Southern California, and is often praised for her energetic style.
Tim Atkin drinking wine
Tim Atkin
One of Britain’s leading wine writers and a certified Master of Wine (MW), Tim Atkin was recently named the fifth most influential wine expert in the world. Thirty-three years’ experience and with many awards to his name, he now makes up one third of the ‘Three Wine Men’, hosting engaging wine events around the UK. 
Andrea Pritzker
Andrea Pritzker
Wine consultant, writer and highly regarded speaker, Andrea Pritzker MW has had a varied career within the wine trade. Born and raised in Toronto, Andrea obtained her diploma in Wine Commerce in Bordeaux, before moving to Sydney in 2003 and founding her very own wine education and events business, Wine inTuition. 

Day-to-day itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday 27 July - Arrival Nice – Arles Embarkation (D)
Embark on your luxury star ship in Arles. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner. 

Day 2 - Sunday 28 July - Arles (FB,L,D)
Join a walking tour showcasing highlights including the 2000-year-old Roman Amphitheatre. Uncorked: Tim Atkin will hold a Q&A session.  EmeraldPLUS: Provencale dinner hosted by local Chef Fabien Morreale with wines paired by Tim Atkin. DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Les Baux de Provence. 

Day 3 - Monday 29 July - Avignon (FB,L,D)
Explore the historical centre strolling the cobbled laneways, overlooking the famous ‘Pont d’Avignon’. Uncorked: Visit the Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine cellars with Tim Atkin EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike in Avignon and/or Yoga lesson on board. 

Day 4 - Tuesday 30 July - Viviers (FB,L,D)
Arrive in Viviers, the home of one of France’s oldest cathedrals. Join an included city tour exploring all the architectural heritage of this quaint town. DiscoverMORE: Tour to Grignan.
Day 5 - Wednesday 31 July - Tournon (FB,L,D)
Join your local guide for a walking tour where you’ll see the 16th century castle and roman ruins. Uncorked: Guided active walk through vineyards accompanied by Robin Stark. Uncorked: EmeraldPLUS: to a regional wine tasting with Andrea Pritzker. EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour to Glun. 

Day 6 - Thursday 1 August - Lyon (FB,L,D)
Enjoy a guided tour of Lyon, which starts with a drive to the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière. Uncorked: On-board dessert wine tasting masterclass with Robin Stark and Andrea Pritzker. EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour. DiscoverMORE: Tour to Pérouges.

Day 7 - Friday 2 August - Chalon-Sur-Saône (FB,L,D)
Chalon-Sur-Saône is best known as the birthplace of photography and the centre of Burgundy’s wine region. Travel by coach to Beaune. Uncorked: Visit Chateau Meursault for a private wine tasting with DJ Kearney Uncorked: Cheese and olive tasting paired with DJ Kearney’s favourite wines. 

Day 8 - Saturday 3 August - Lyon Disembarkation (FB)
After breakfast, depart home to the UK. 

Enjoy all these fantastic inclusions

  • Expert Cruise Director
  • Port taxes, tipping and gratuities included
  • Return airport transfers to and from the ship
  • 7 nights onboard Emerald Liberté
  • Exclusive events with our experts
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drink to accompany lunch and dinner onboard
  • 20 superb meals including 7 Full Breakfasts (FB), 6 Lunches (L) and 7 dinners (D)
  • EXCLUSIVE TO BBC GOOD FOOD READERS: £100 per cabin free on-board credit
Route map Marseilles to Lyon