The fabulous flavours of France with James Martin

8 Days
Lyon to Marseille
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£ 2,395
£ 1,995
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James Martin
France is “the food destination that has it all” – and that’s according to no less an authority than chef and much-loved TV presenter James Martin. 
“I went there as a young chef and, in a way, I owe it all to France,” he writes in the introduction to James Martin’s French Adventure. “It was those early trips that set the course of my career – from the unforgettable taste of my first croissant to seeing a steak cooked ‘blue’, not burnt to a cinder.”

On this exclusive itinerary, James will continue his love affair with French cuisine and share his enthusiasm with those on board. Starting in the gastronomic heart of the country, Lyon, the river cruise will also glide through some of the most glorious stretches of France. The brilliant wine columnist and author Susy Atkins will join you in beautiful Burgundy to help you make the most of your wine-tasting session in this celebrated wine region. You will then sail effortlessly into the French Midi, the sun-kissed region of endless vineyards and handsome historic towns such as Arles and Avignon. This is the perfect trip for anyone who has a taste for the finer things in life.

2019 Lyon > Marseille

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James Martin

One of the nation’s favourite chefs, James Martin’s Saturday Morning presenter James was born into a life in food. After his formal training, he worked in London, then travelled through France working in the kitchens of French châteaux.
James Martin

Susy Atkins

 An award-winning wine writer, broadcaster and weekly columnist for The Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine, Susy Atkins is the author of 11 popular wine books and has travelled the world writing, tasting and educating on wine for over 25 years.
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8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Arrival Lyon

    Welcome to Lyon. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the ship where you will be welcomed by your Captain and crew. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board.

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

    Chalon–Sur–Saône is best known as the birthplace of photography and the centre of Burgundy’s wine region. Travel by road to the quaint village of Beaune, where we visit the Hospices de Beaune, one of the finest examples of French fifteenth–century architecture. Marvel at the multi–coloured roofs of this former hospital, now a museum, which has become one of the symbols of Burgundy. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Lyon

    Lyon is France’s third largest city, a former Roman capital positioned at the conference of the Rhone and Saone rivers, which is steeped in history. Today be part of the guided tour of Lyon, which starts with a drive to the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière, Lyon’s hilltop church, with stunning views over the town. Then, pass by the recently re–discovered Roman amphitheatre and walk through the cobbled streets of the gastronomic old town including the secret laneways. Alternatively, join a guided bike tour of Lyon.

    New Exclusive Event: This afternoon, join James Martin for a book signing and hear all about his career in an informal talk and Q&A.

    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour
    DiscoverMORE: Tour to Perouges (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Tournon

    Join your local guide for a walking tour of Tournon, which is dominated by the 16th century castle and roman ruins, and is nestled in the valley near the steep slopes of le Massif Central, France's 3rd largest mountain range. The area has a long tradition in wine making, including the renowned wine growing centre of Tain l'Hermitage across the river.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided active walk through vineyards
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour to Glun

    New Exclusive Event: This afternoon, attend an in-depth cooking demonstration with James Martin and discover some hints & tips as him and his sous chef create some of his favourite dishes, with the opportunity to taste afterwards.

    New Exclusive Event: This evening’s gala dinner has been specially created for you by James Martin himself.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Viviers

    Arrive in Viviers, a town which still has a lot of flare. Viviers is also the home of one of France’s oldest cathedrals, join an included city tour exploring all the architectural heritage of this quaint town.

    EmeraldPLUS: Cheese and olive tasting on board
    EmeraldPLUS: Join Susy Atkins for a wine masterclass and tasting.
    DiscoverMORE: Tour to 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 Popes and later central to the French Revolution. Although a fortified town, it is the Papal Palace which stands more secure on a hill in the centre of town; its walls are 17–18 feet thick. Your guided walk with a local guide takes you through this historic centre with its cobbled laneways and shops, overlooking the famous 'Pont d’Avignon'. The rest of the day is at leisure.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided active hike in Avignon
    EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board
    EmeraldPLUS: Provençale dinner hosted by local Chef Fabien Morreale
    DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Pont du Gard (extra expense) 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Arles

    Sail into Arles where you will join your 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. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax on board and explore Arles further.

    DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Les Baux de Provence (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Arles Disembarkation - Marseille

    After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship in Arles, transfer to Marseille airport for your onward or homebound flight.
    Flights departing out of Marseille: Please book your flight to depart between 11am and 4pm.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Reasons to book

What's included?

  • All meals
  • EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldACTIVE excursions
  • All tips, all port charges, airport taxes
  • Complimentary signed book by James Martin
  • Cookery demonstration and gala dinner curated by James Martin
  • Private wine tastings and talk with Susy Atkins
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Special discount of £400pp
  • Unlimited free drinks package

Pricing & Availability

Terms and conditions: From price based on two sharing a cabin. Subject to availability. Single cabins on request. Free Premium Drinks Package is available on new bookings only and excludes Champagne, wine by the bottle and cabin mini-bar. Itinerary is subject to change. Talent subject to change in unforeseeable and extreme circumstances only.