The Flavours of Burgundy and Provence with international wine experts

Resort:The Flavours of Burgundy and Provence with international wine experts
Operator: Emerald Waterways
Price From: £2345.00



Day 1 – Arrival Marseille – Arles Embarkation

You will be met at the airport in Marseille and transferred to the Emerald Libert luxury star ship in Arles where you will be welcomed by your Captain and crew. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board.

Meals Included: Dinner

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: Provenale dinner hosted by local Chef Fabien Morreale with wines paired by Master of Wine, Tim Atkin.
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Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 dAvignon. 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

Day 4 – Viviers

Arrive in Viviers, a town which still has a lot of flare. Viviers is also the home of one of Frances 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

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: Youre 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

Day 6 – Lyon

Lyon is Frances 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 Fourvire, Lyons hilltop church, with stunning views over the town. Then pass by the recently rediscovered 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
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Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 – Chalon-Sur-Sane Beaune

Chalon-Sur-Sane is best known as the birthplace of photography and the centre of Burgundys wine region. Travel by roach 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- Sane followed by a cheese and olive tasting paired with DJ Kearneys favourite wines.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 – Lyon Disembarkation

After breakfast, disembark the Emerald Libert in Lyon and transfer to the airport for your onward or homebound flight.

Meals Included: Breakfast