Taste Sensations of France with Michel Roux Jr.

8 Days
Marseille to Lyon
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£ 2,795
£ 1,595
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Michel Roux Jr
The Rhône region is the epicentre of Gallic gastronomy and, as such, is one of Europe’s ultimate destinations for foodies. Rich Burgundy wines, fine cheeses, zesty rosé from Provence… you’ll taste it all and much more on our eight-day river cruise through southern and eastern France alongside acclaimed chef Michel Roux Jr and food writer Tom Parker Bowles for an entertaining and insightful series of food events and excursions.

After setting sail from Arles, you will travel up the Rhône River, picking up some cookery skills along the way, as Michel will host an exclusive cooking demonstration, signing copies of his latest book and sharing his culinary secrets in a special Q&A session. ‘I can’t wait to join you on the Rhône for this wonderful holiday,’ says Michel. ‘I’ll help you discover the secrets of French cuisine in a region famous for its gastronomy.’ Bon appetite!

2020 Marseille > Lyon

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Michel Roux Jr

Michel Roux Jr is the charismatic head chef of Mayfair’s acclaimed two Michelin starred restaurant Le Gavroche. A regular TV personality, Michel has made numerous appearances on ITV’s Hell’s Kitchen with Gordon Ramsay and BBC’s MasterChef.
Michel Roux Jr

Tom Parker Bowles

Food writer and restaurant critic Tom Parker Bowles is the author of seven cookbooks and his work has been published in newspapers and magazines all over the world. He has appeared as an expert judge on many food programmes, and is the son of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Tom Parker Bowles

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

    Revel in the glory of the Roman Empire today during an insightful visit to Arles, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Roman and Romanesque monuments of Arles and Arles Amphitheatre, a 2,000-year-old structure where spectators would have once gathered by the masses to watch superb chariot races.
    Enjoy learning about the time that Vincent van Gogh spent in the city, taking inspiration from his surroundings and using them to create many of his most iconic pieces of art, including the “Starry Night Over the Rhône”, before exploring Arles at leisure.
    EmeraldPLUS: A Provençal dinner hosted by 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.
    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.
    Exclusive Event: This afternoon, join Michel Roux Jr for an insight in to his career with an exclusive talk and Q&A.
    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

  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 Event: This morning, visit Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse market with Michel Roux Jr and Tom Parker Bowles. Together, you will shop for local fruit, vegetables and regional produce as Michel explains his tips for choosing the best ingredients.
    Back on board the ship, join an exclusive cookery demonstration with Michel, who will reveal his insights and stories and share secrets to creating the finest French cuisine using hand-picked ingredients from the market.
    Later this afternoon, join Tom Parker Bowles for a presentation on local cuisine with ingredients bought from Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse market.
    This evening, join Michel Roux Jr for dinner featuring courses specially chosen by the chef himself.
    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

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What's included?

  • All meals
  • All tips, all port charges, airport taxes
  • EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldACTIVE excursions
  • Exclusive events with Michel Roux Jr and Tom Parker-Bowles
  • Free signed copy of Michel Roux’s book – The French Revolution
  • Return Flights
  • Special discount of £500 per person
  • Three course meal cooked by local expert chef, Fabien Morreale
Terms & conditions: All of our holidays are subject to availability. Prices shown include the discount of £500 per person and are based on two people sharing our lowest priced available cabins. Supplements apply for single travellers, upgraded cabins and other departure dates. DiscoverMORE’s are at additional cost. Itinerary and experts may be subject to change. Our offers are not combinable and we reserve the right to withdraw our offers at any time.