The Flavours of Burgundy and Provence with international wine experts

Meet some esteemed names from the world of wine, as we sail through the wine-producing region of Provence.

8 Days
Marseille to Lyon
From (GBP)
£ 2,095
£ 1,695
Dates & Pricing

2019 Marseille > Lyon

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. 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.
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Meet our experts

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. 
Tim Atkin drinking wine

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. 
DJ Kearney headshot

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.
Robin Stark headshot

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. 
Andrea Pritzker

8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Arrival Marseille - Arles Embarkation

    You will be met at the airport in Marseille and transferred to the Emerald Liberté luxury star ship in Arles where you will be welcomed by your Captain and crew. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board.
    Flights arriving into Marseille: Please book your flight to arrive prior to 12:30pm for your group transfer to Arles.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Arles

    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. Uncorked: Meet British wine expert, Tim Atkin for a Q&A session.
    EmeraldPLUS: Provençale dinner hosted by local Chef Fabien Morreale with wines paired by Master of Wine, Tim Atkin.
    DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Les Baux de Provence (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - 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 historical centre strolling the cobbled laneways and browsing the ships, overlooking the famous ‘Pont d’Avignon’. Uncorked: This afternoon challenge your taste buds with a visit to the famous Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine cellars with Tim Atkin who will discuss his thoughts on the wine of the region.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike in Avignon and/or Yoga lesson on board.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - 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.
    DiscoverMORE: Tour to Grignan (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - 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. Uncorked: Guided active walk through vineyards accompanied by US wine expert, Robin Stark. Uncorked: You’re Invited to a regional wine tasting on board with Australian wine expert and Master of Wine, Andrea Pritzker.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour to Glun

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - 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 take part on 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. Uncorked: Enjoy a sweet treat this afternoon in an on-board dessert wine tasting masterclass with US wine expert, Robin Stark and Australian wine expert, Andrea Pritzker.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour
    DiscoverMORE: Tour to Perouges (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - 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. Uncorked: This morning as part of your guided tour you will visit Chateau Meursault accompanied by Canadian wine expert, DJ Kearney for a private wine tasting. Uncorked: This afternoon enjoy free time in Chalon-Sur- Saône followed by a cheese and olive tasting paired with DJ Kearney’s favourite wines.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Lyon Disembarkation

    After breakfast, disembark the Emerald Liberté in Lyon and transfer to the airport for your onward or homebound flight.
    Flights departing out of Lyon: Please book your flight to depart between 10am and 8pm

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Enjoy all these fantastic inclusions
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges included
  • All tipping and gratuities included
  • Return airport transfers to and from the ship
  • 7 nights onboard Emerald Liberté
  • Explore 6 different cities, towns and villages during our included tours and shore excursions
  • City tour of Lyon
  • Visit to Hospice de Beaune
  • Walking tour of Viviers
  • Guided walking tour of Avignon

Dining Highlights
  • 20 superb meals including 7 Full Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L) and 7 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drink to accompany lunch and dinner onboard
  • Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner

EmeraldPLUS and ‘Uncorked’ Hosted Wine Events
  • Provençal dinner hosted by Chef Fabien Morreale complete with wine pairing
  • Wine masterclass, Q&A sessions and tastings hosted by international wine experts
  • Visit and wine tasting at the Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine cellars
  • Guided walking tour of local vineyards
  • Cheese and olive tasting on board

Pricing & Availability

 All our holidays are subject to availability. Price shown is per person based on two people sharing our lead-in, lowest priced cabin and includes relevant discounts. Supplements apply for single travellers, upgraded cabins and other departure dates. We reserve the right to withdraw our offers at any time.