Flavours of Burgundy & Provence
Departing by Air
Duration 8 Days
Available Until August 2020

An itinerary for the foodies to get all the flavours of Burgundy & Provence. In Tournus, embark on a hunt for truffles with a local farmer and take part in a cheese tasting on board. Enjoy a wine-tasting in Burgundy, and sail the Rhône to Tain l’Hermitage for a guided hike through its vineyards and a visit to the Valrhona Cité du Chocolat museum.

Attend an exclusive Provençal dinner prepared on board by our special guest chef, Fabien Morreale, and delight the taste buds on a gourmet walking tour of Avignon. Taste the famous red wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and conclude back in Lyon for a gourmet city tour, including the culinary market of Paul Bocuse.

Flavours of Burgundy & Provence

Price Includes

  • Flights from Scotland to Lyon – available from Aberdeen, Inverness, Edinburgh or Glasgow
  • 7 nights’ in a suite or a stateroom of your choice – with a river view
  • All meals on board throughout your river cruise
  • Unlimited FREE drinks – including wine, beer and soft drinks exclusively for DC Thosmon Travel readers
  • Cruise to Tournus, Belleville-sur-Saône, Tain l’Hermitage,  Avignon and Châteauneuf-du-Pape
  • Airport to ship transfers
  • First class service from an English speaking crew
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board, all airport taxes and port charges – plus ABTA & ATOL protection

Offer is subject to availability. Single cabins available at a supplement.

To speak to an adviser regarding more information for this cruise or to book this cruise, please call 0208 0808 252 5705 and quote EWDCT.


Offer Terms & Conditions: 2020 European river cruise offers: Savings of up to £1,550 per couple includes £250 Early Payment Discount and valid for new 2020 river cruise bookings only. Unlimited free drinks on board is valid for all new bookings on the advertised river cruises on selected dates and excludes Champagne, wine by the bottle and cabin mini-bar. Early Payment Discount of £250 per couple is valid for new 2020 river cruise bookings only when the balance is paid in full by 31st December 2019. The on board credit amount is €150 on European river cruises. On board credit is per cabin and will be deducted from your final bill upon departure. Flights are available to and from Amsterdam only and are subject to availability.


Flavours of Burgundy & Provence Itinerary

Day 1: UK – Lyon

Return economy flights from one of up to 15 UK regional airports are included in the price of your holiday. Please call us to see if we can offer your local airport. If you’d prefer not to fly, return travel via Eurostar is available. Welcome to Lyon, an ancient city christened the “gastronomic capital of the world” by a number of famous food critics. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the lush surrounds of your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship. This evening, enjoy a welcome reception on board.

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Tournus

Today, your exploration of France’s culinary treasures will unveil a truly memorable product, truffles. You will have the opportunity to meet a local truffle farmer to see how these luxury ingredients are gathered from their secret locations in the forests of Europe. Burgundy truffles in particular are known for their hazelnut-like aroma and delicate flavour, both of which you will have the chance to experience during your included tasting.

Alternatively, enjoy a guided bike tour of the surrounding area, passing through several quintessentially French villages and learning about the gastronomy of the region. Later, a cheese tasting on board will introduce you to a number of local specialities.

EmeraldPLUS: A cheese tasting on board

EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour around Tournus

EmeraldEXCURSION: A truffle discovery and tasting

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Belleville-sur-Saône

Discover the world-renowned Beaujolais province today, an important wine-producing region in Burgundy that is known for the luscious and fruity characteristics of its produce. This region is just one of several in the world that focus on a specific variety of grapes, and its wine-producing history can be dated back to the 19th century.

You will have the opportunity to learn the secrets of what makes this ancient grape variety so special during an included visit to a wine estate, including a tasting of their produce.

EmeraldEXCURSION: A winery tour and tasting in Beaujolais

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Tain l’Hermitage

Nestled on the banks of the Rhône, Tain l’Hermitage is surrounded by postcard-worthy fields of vines, a noteworthy feature of this wine-producing commune. A walking tour of the town will highlight its popularity amongst those who wish to explore France’s culinary delights, as wine and gourmet chocolates are yours to find around every corner.

After your guided tour, you will have the opportunity to visit Valrhona Cité du Chocolat, home to chocolatiers who create some of the world’s finest artisanal chocolates, with a range that covers a plethora of unique and recognisable aromatic profiles. Enjoy tasting delicious samples during your time here.

Alternatively, embark on a guided hike through some of the region’s beloved vineyards.

EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike through vineyards

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Tain l’Hermitage with Valrhona Cité du Chocolat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Avignon

The UNESCO World Heritage-listed ancient centre of Avignon is yours to discover today during a guided tour, stopping along the way to learn about its storied past and delightful culinary traditions. Meet local artisans, taste regional produce and take your senses on an immersive journey as you peruse the stalls in a local food market.

Alternatively, embark on a guided active walk in Avignon, passing places that include Palais des Papes, a true medieval Gothic icon. Enjoy passing through squares adorned with lavish façades and open-air dining establishments before Jardin des Doms offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.

This evening, enjoy an authentic Provençal dinner on board, hosted by renowned Chef Fabien Morreale.

EmeraldPLUS: A Provençal dinner hosted by Chef Fabien Morreale

EmeraldACTIVE: An active walk through Avignon

EmeraldEXCURSION: A gourmet walking tour of Avignon

DiscoverMORE: A guided tour of Orange, including the Antique Theatre (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Châteauneuf-du-Pape

A ruined medieval castle sits above the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with a backdrop of vineyards and fields full of lush grapevines. The rich history of this region is yours to uncover today, as are famous red wines and their diverse array of styles.

Today, you will have the opportunity to learn about Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines and their cultivation during your time in the lavish cellars of a wine estate. Enjoy learning about traditional winemaking techniques before a tasting of the local produce.

EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to a Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine estate with tasting

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Lyon

Medieval and Renaissance architecture in Lyon will offer the perfect backdrop to your discovery of the flavours of Burgundy and Provence.

Enjoy a guided tour of Lyon’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic centre this afternoon. Your local guide will take you through the heart of Les Halles de Lyon – Paul Bocuse, and discover more than sixty stalls of high-end regional products, including cheeses, cured meats, breads, gourmet chocolates and local specialties.

Alternatively, enjoy a guided bike tour through the heart of Lyon.

EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour in Lyon

EmeraldEXCURSION: A gourmet tour of Lyon

DiscoverMORE: A visit to Pérouges (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Lyon – UK

After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and transfer to the airport for your onward or homebound flight, taking memories that will delight your senses with you.
Your flight home is included in the price of your holiday. Please call us to check if we can offer your preferred airport. If you’d prefer not to fly, return travel via Eurostar is available.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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