The Flavours of Burgundy and Provence with International Wine Experts

The perfect choice for wine-lovers...

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.
Join Sommelier Instructor and Canadian wine expert, DJ Kearney, British Master of Wine, Tim Atkin, American wine expert and talk show host, Robin Stark, and Australian Master of Wine, Andrea Pritzker for this exclusive river cruise, the perfect choice for wine-lovers looking to learn more about wine. We open the doors of world-renowned wine estates like Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Château de Meursault for you to take part in private tastings, Q&A sessions and masterclasses with the experts, sailing from Arles to Lyon, You'll also enjoy included excursions in their company through the breath-taking vineyards of Tournon and informal chats over a glass in our own Horizon Lounge.

Book now and you will receive round-trip airfare for $699 per person, plus save $500 off the price!

Prices now from $4,795 for a Panorama Balcony Suite*
Sunset at Pont Saint-Bénézet, Avignon

Meet our Wine Experts

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

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

Robyn Stark

Starkland Cellar Services provides wine cellar management consultations to restaurants and collectors countrywide, while Starkland Tours organizes 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.

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

Day-to-day itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday 27 July - Arrival Nice – Arles Embarkation (D)
Embark on your luxury star ship in Arles. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner. 
 
Day 2 - Sunday 28 July - Arles (B,L,D)
Join a walking tour showcasing highlights including the 2000-year-old Roman Amphitheatre.
Uncorked: Tim Atkin will hold a Q&A session. 
EmeraldPLUS: Provencale dinner hosted by local Chef Fabien Morreale with wines paired by Tim Atkin.
DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Les Baux de Provence. 
 
Day 3 - Monday 29 July - Avignon (B,L,D)
Explore the historical centre strolling the cobbled laneways, overlooking the famous ‘Pont d’Avignon’.
Uncorked: Visit the Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine cellars with Tim Atkin
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike in Avignon and/or Yoga lesson on board. 
 
Day 4 - Tuesday 30 July - Viviers (B,L,D)
Arrive in Viviers, 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.
Day 5 - Wednesday 31 July - Tournon (B,L,D)
Join your local guide for a walking tour where you’ll see the 16th century castle and roman ruins.
Uncorked: Guided active walk through vineyards accompanied by Robin Stark.
Uncorked: Andrea Pritzker will host our on board EmeraldPLUS regional wine tasting. 
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour to Glun. 
 
Day 6 - Thursday 1 August - Lyon (B,L,D)
Enjoy a guided tour of Lyon, which starts with a drive to the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière.
Uncorked: On-board dessert wine tasting masterclass with Robin Stark and Andrea Pritzker. EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour.
DiscoverMORE: Tour to Pérouges.
 
Day 7 - Friday 2 August - Chalon-Sur-Saône (B,L,D)
Chalon-Sur-Saône is best known as the birthplace of photography and the centre of Burgundy’s wine region. Travel by coach to Beaune.
Uncorked: Visit Chateau Meursault for a private wine tasting with DJ Kearney
Uncorked: Cheese and olive tasting paired with DJ Kearney’s favourite wines. 
 
Day 8 - Saturday 3 August - Lyon Disembarkation (B)
After breakfast, depart home. 

Enjoy all these fantastic inclusions

  • Expert Cruise Director
  • Port taxes, tipping and gratuities included
  • Return airport transfers to and from the ship
  • 7 nights onboard Emerald Liberté
  • Exclusive events with our experts
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drink to accompany lunch and dinner onboard
  • 20 superb meals including 7 Full Breakfasts (FB), 6 Lunches (L) and 7 dinners (D)
  • EXCLUSIVE TO BBC GOOD FOOD READERS: £100 per cabin free on-board credit
Route map Marseilles to Lyon
*Terms and Conditions: Valid for New 2019 bookings made October 24, 2018 - June 30, 2019. Offer applies to EFRW270719.2 special wine themed cruise with International Wine experts. Save $500 per person plus Fly for $699 roundtrip per person or Receive $500 CAD air credit in lieu of flights. Includes taxes up to $680 with a max flight cap of $1,250 per person. A non-refundable initial deposit of $500 per person is required at time of booking, with full payment required 90 days prior to departure. A secondary non-refundable deposit of $1,500 per person is due prior to air ticketing. Emerald Waterways reserves the right to ticket the airfare upon receipt of deposit. Economy Air only on Emerald Waterways’ choice of airlines. Fly from 12 major Canadian gateways: YHZ Halifax, YYZ Toronto, YOW Ottawa, YUL Montreal, YWG Winnipeg, YQR Regina, YXE Saskatoon, YEG Edmonton, YYC Calgary, YVR Vancouver, YYJ Victoria, YLW Kelowna. All other gateways receive air credit savings. This offer is not combinable with any other offer or promotion. Prices listed are in CAD, based on double occupancy, and subject to change based on availability. Prices listed include savings. For full booking terms and conditions, visit here. © EMERALD WATERWAYS | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED | BC CONSUMER PROTECTION #40178.