Dancing down the Rhone with Anton & Erin

8 Days
Lyon to Marseille
From (GBP)
£ 3,095
£ 2,595
Dates & Pricing
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If this year's Strictly Come Dancing has got you eager to test out your foxtrot, then why not learn from the very best on an exclusive river cruise along the romantic Rhone and Saône Rivers. 

This is your chance to meet Strictly Come Dancing favourite, Anton Du Beke, who has been on the series since it first began, and his partner and former Strictly star Erin Boag, who will join you in avignon and Arles. Anton and Erin always bring something magical to the dance floor and you will see them perform at an historic venue in Avignon, plus take part in a dance masterclass on board. Anton and Erin will also host a fascinating Q&A session, during which you can ask them about their lives and careers and what really goes on behind-the-scenes at Strictly.

2020 Lyon > Marseille

Tour Map
Tour Code:
EFRM
Duration:
8 days
Departure City:
Lyon
Return City:
Marseille

Selected Itinerary

Anton and Erin

 

Anton Du Beke

Perhaps the most recognisable face in ballroom dancing, Anton has been ever-present on Strictly since its birth in 2004. He fell in love with dancing at the age of fourteen. 

Erin Boag

Erin started dancing at the age of three and is the only female dancer to compete in 10 series of Strictly. Post-Strictly, Erin has toured the country with Anton and will do so again this year in Dance Those Magical Movies.


8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Lyon

    On the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, Lyon can be found set across twin hills. Here, you will be met and transferred from the airport to the lush surrounds of your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Chalon-sur-Saône – Beaune

    Chalon-sur-Saône is known for its art and history. Today, you will have the opportunity to witness the areas architectural heritage and peaceful surrounds as you travel to the quaint village of Beaune and visit the Hospices de Beaune, originally a hospital for the poor, and now home to one of Burgundy’s most popular wine auctions.
    EmeraldPLUS: A cheese and olive tasting on board
    EmeraldEXCURSION: Visit the Hospices de Beaune

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Lyon

    France’s third-largest city, Lyon is a former Roman capital, steeped in history and considered to be the gastronomic heartbeat of the country and the home of traditional Lyonnaise cuisine.
    Today, enjoy a guided tour of Lyon, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière, part of the inscribed historic site of Lyon. Wander through the city and soak in its vividly illustrated history, as buildings from all time periods can be seen adorning narrow cobblestone streets. Alternatively, embark on a guided bike tour of Lyon.
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour of Lyon
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Lyon
    DiscoverMORE: Visit to Pérouges

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Tournon

    The picturesque village of Tournon borders the gently meandering Rhône, dominated by a 16th-century castle that overlooks the village and a number of iconic landmarks, including a set of ancient watchtowers.
    Your guided tour of the village will showcase its intangible cultural heritage, granting every opportunity for you to immerse yourself in your surroundings. Alternatively, embark on an EmeraldACTIVE hike through some of the local vineyards.
    Later, a guided bike tour to Glun will showcase rural life in the French countryside..
    EmeraldPLUS: A regional wine lecture on board
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour to Glun
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike through the vineyards
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Tournon

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Viviers

    Arrive in Viviers, a town with much Middle Age flair and home to one of France’s oldest cathedrals. Your included walking tour of Viviers will showcase some of its numerous listed monuments, along with their ornate windows and lavish façades.
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Viviers
    DiscoverMORE: A guided tour of Grignan (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Avignon

    Avignon has a rich history, from Celtic beginnings to being the residence of the Pope and central to the French Revolution.
    Your included walking tour of Avignon will take you past the ornate beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Palais des Papes, as well as Pont d’Avignon, an ancient stone bridge crossing the Rhône. This afternoon is yours to explore at leisure.

    Exclusive event: Today you’ll be joined on board by ballroom stars, Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag. The pair will whisk you off to the Espace Jeanne Laurent, located in the Rocher des Doms gardens of Avignon in which you will enjoy a unique private dance showcase, as well as a lavish drinks reception and a photo-opportunity with Anton and Erin against truly stunning backdrops.

    This evening, return to your Star-Ship for a delightful Provençal dining experience, expertly prepared by Top Chef finalist, Fabien Morreale.
    EmeraldPLUS: A Provençal dining experience on board
    EmeraldACTIVE: A canoeing excursion in Avignon
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Avignon

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Arles

    Exclusive event:  Inspired from last night’s performance, you’ll have the chance to learn some of Anton and Erin’s favourite dance moves as they give a private ballroom masterclass on board. Afterwards, you’ll have the chance to ask them about their lives, careers and for expert dance tips in an interactive Q+A session and talk.

    The past is yours to discover in Arles this afternoon, once an important Phoenician trading port that was captured by the Romans, who peppered the city with iconic monuments. Today, your included tour of the city will showcase some of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Roman and Romanesque monuments of Arles, showcasing how the city has evolved over the centuries.
    Visit the 2,000-year-old Arles Amphitheatre and follow in the footsteps of world-renowned artist, Vincent van Gogh. The rest of the day is yours to explore at leisure, perhaps stopping at a local café or returning to your Star-Ship to relax on board.

    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Arles with arena visit
    DiscoverMORE: Tour to Les Baux-de-Provence (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Arles – Marseille

    After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to Marseille airport, taking memories of the idyllic French countryside and delightful cuisine with you.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Reasons to book

What's included

  • All meals
  • EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldACTIVE excursions
  • All tips, all port charges, airport taxes
  • Dance masterclass with Anton du Beke and Erin Boag
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Special discount of £500pp
  • An exclusive dance performance by the Strictly Come Dancing Stars.

Pricing & Availability

Terms and conditions: All of our holidays are subject to availability. Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing our lowest grade cabin, departing 11 April 2020 on Rhone River Cruise with Anton and Erin and includes all relevant discounts. Savings of £500 are per person and are valid for new bookings only. Half price balcony suite upgrades are valid until 10 February 2020 and available on suites categories B, A and S and are subject to availability. Supplements apply for single travellers and upgraded cabins. Our offers are £500 saving is combinable with the half price balcony suite offer only. We reserve the right to withdraw our offers at any time. Supplements apply for single travellers and upgraded cabins. Our itineraries, hotels, dates and experts inclusions are subject to change. For full booking conditions visit emeraldwaterways.co.uk. E&OE.