Director's Cruise: Hidden Treasures of the Rhone

8 Days
Marseille to Lyon
From (GBP)
£ 2,245
£ 1,745
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Director's Cruise
Join Colin Downing, Managing Director of Emerald Waterways UK, and his wife on this exclusive, invitation only Directors Cruise; The Hidden Treasures of the Rhone, with special guest, BBC antiques expert and auctioneer, Anita Manning. 

As you sail from Arles to Lyon, you’ll enjoy extra special inclusions including exclusive events with Colin and the much-loved TV personality, Anita Manning. Look forward to visiting the well-known L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Flea Market in beautiful Provence with Anita followed by a Q+A session back on board about her life and career in antiques. In Lyon, join Colin as we invite a special French pastry chef on board where guests will enjoy some of the finest sweet delicacies France has to offer.

2020 Marseille > Lyon

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Colin Downing, Managing Director UK

“I’m looking forward to meeting and spending time with our guests as we sail together through the spectacular landscapes of the South of France.”
Colin Downing

Anita Manning, BBC Antiques Expert

Much-loved antiques expert, auctioneer and BBC TV personality Anita Manning will be joining Emerald Waterways Managing Director UK and guests for the first few days of sailing the beautiful Rhone River. Anita is widely known for her appearances on Bargain Hunt, Antiques Road Trip, and Flog It! so who better to attend L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Flea Market with?
Anita Manning

Chef Fabien Morreale, Top Chef Finalist 

As part of our exclusive EmeraldPLUS, we welcome on board one of France's top chefs, Fabien Morreale, to cook a special three-course meal for guests.


8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Marseille - Arles

    You will be met at the airport and transferred to Arles, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting for you to board your luxurious Emerald Waterways Star-Ship. This evening, enjoy a welcome reception on board.

    Please book your flight to arrive into Marseille prior to 12:30pm.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Arles

    Exclusive Group Event: This morning test your bargain-hunting skills and visit the famous 50-year-old flea market at Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, often know as France’s ‘capital of antiques’. After lunch, join Anita Manning as she assesses your purchases and awards a prize for the best antique.
    This afternoon, join a 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.
    EmeraldPLUS: Provençale dinner hosted by local Chef Fabien Morreale
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Arles with arena visit
    DiscoverMORE: Tour to Les Baux-de-Provence (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Avignon

    Avignon has a long and storied history, as this fortified town was once the residence of Popes who fled from Rome, hoping to escape from the political pressures of the Roman Empire.
    Embark on a guided walking tour of Avignon to witness its illustrious past, including the ornate Gothic exterior of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Palais des Papes, built by the Popes over two decades. This afternoon is yours to explore at leisure, perhaps crossing the 12th-century Stone Bridge.
    Exclusive Group Event: After breakfast, join Anita Manning for an exclusive talk and Q&A as he reveals all about her life, career and her best antique finds, tips and secrets.
    EmeraldACTIVE: A canoeing excursion in Avignon
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Avignon
    DiscoverMORE: A guided tour to Pont du Gard (extra expense)
    DiscoverMORE: A classical concert in Avignon (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Viviers

    A snapshot of quintessential France awaits your arrival in Viviers, a town that perfectly encapsulates the medieval days of the region. Pastel coloured buildings that have been gently faded by the sun line narrow cobblestone streets, and the heart of the old town is yours to explore today during a guided walking tour.
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Viviers
    DiscoverMORE: A guided tour of Grignan (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Tournon

    As we sail down the gently twisting Rhône and into Tournon, a 16th-century castle sits overlooking the village and a pair of ancient watchtowers can be seen adorning the surrounding rural landscape.
    Today, embark on a guided tour of Tournon to learn about its illustrious history and the culture of the people who call it home. If you would like to explore more of the region’s natural beauty, then you may instead choose to embark on an EmeraldACTIVE hike through some of the local vineyards.
    Later, a guided bike tour to Glun will touch on the French countryside and the lives of the people who live there.
    EmeraldPLUS: Regional wine taste 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

  6. Day 6 - Lyon

    As one of the largest cities in France and a former Roman capital, a lot of the most important moments in French history have taken place in Lyon. But, it’s Lyonnaise cuisine that has really put this city on the map, delighting gastronomists from around the world.
    Join your local guide for a walking tour of Lyon, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière. If you are feeling more active, then you may instead choose to embark on a guided bike tour around Lyon, touching on its most prominent architectural wonders and moments from history.
    Exclusive Group Event: This afternoon in Lyon, meet Managing Director UK, Colin Downing in the on board lounge to sample French pastries, macarons and other sweet delicacies. Raise a glass of champagne and toast to new friends and life-long memories as you take in the spectacular surroundings of the Lyonnais riverbank. 
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour of Lyon
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Lyon
    DiscoverMORE: Visit to Pérouges (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Chalon-sur-Saône – Beaune

    The birthplace of photography and the centre of Burgundy’s wine region is yours to discover today as you travel by road to the quaint village of Beaune. Stop to visit the Hospices de Beaune, one of the best-preserved examples of 15th-century French architecture and home to one of the most popular wine auctions in the country.
    EmeraldPLUS: A cheese and olive tasting on board
    EmeraldEXCURSION: Visit the Hospices de Beaune

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Lyon

    After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the Star-Ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of French architecture and sun-kissed surrounds with you.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Reasons to book 

What's included?

  • All tips, all port charges, airport taxes
  • Enjoy a culinary treat made by a French pastry chef
  • Exclusive visit to L'Isle-sur-la-sorgue Flea Market
  • EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldACTIVE excursions
  • All meals
  • Meet TV personality Anita Manning
  • On board Q&A with Anita Manning
  • Provençal dinner hosted by local French chef, Fabien Morreale
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Unlimited free drinks on board

Emerald Liberté

Specially commissioned to sail the Rhône and Saône as part of our Sensations of Southern France river cruise, Emerald Liberté is one of three Star-Ships added to the Emerald Waterways fleet in 2017.
Mirroring the effortless sophistication and beauty of the French countryside, this beautiful ship offers 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. 

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