Wine-Themed Flavours of Burgundy & Provence

Featuring New York City Wine Expert Sarah Looper

Join us on the Rhone

What could be better than cruising down the Rhone while brushing up on your wine knowledge? We welcome New York wine expert Sarah S. Looper, on-board as we sail through Burgundy and Provence!

Witness the stunning vineyard-laden vistas while enjoying the company of our special guest who will share her wine expertise with us. This exclusive river cruise is the perfect choice for wine lovers looking to up their wine game,

Allow us to open the doors of world-renowned wine estates like Châteauneuf-du-Pape for private tastings, while you enjoy Q&A sessions and masterclasses with Sarah as well as excursions in her company. You'll walk through the breath-taking vineyards of Tain l’Hermitage and indulge in informal chats over a glass in the Horizon Bar & Lounge.

  • Day 1 – Lyon
  • Day 2 – Tournus
  • Day 3 – Belleville-sur-Saône
  • Day 4 – Tain l’Hermitage
  • Day 5 – Avignon
  • Day 6 – Châteauneuf-du-Pape
  • Day 7 – Lyon
  • Day 8 – Depart Lyon

Meet Our Expert

Sarah S. Looper, Certified Wine Expert

Most recently the Tastings Director at Wine & Spirits magazine and currently a wine educator at Astor Center and Murray’s Cheese in New York City, Sarah has worked the front lines of the wine world.

She’s held the wine director post as well as other management positions at a number of Michelin-starred and top Zagat-rated New York City restaurants. She’s also been a wine buyer, has participated in wine harvesting and production and currently teaches classes on wine tasting and wine & cheese pairing, among other specialized topics.

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Pricing | July 11-18, 2020
Select departure on July 11, 2020 when booking to join Flavours of Burgundy & Provence hosted by Sarah S. Looper. Prices subject to availability and may change. Prices based on double occupany.

Riviera Deck

Emerald Stateroom (E)

Emerald Stateroom (D)
$4,325 CAD

Vista Deck

Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite (C)
$5,145 CAD

Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite (B)
$5,245 CAD

Horizon Deck

Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite (A)
$5,445 CAD

Grand Balcony Suite (S)
$6,096 CAD

Owner's One-Bedroom Suite (SA)
$7,645 CAD

Cruise Itinerary

  1.     Day 1 - Lyon

    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

  1.    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

  1.    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

Tain lL'Hermitage
  1.    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

  1.    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

  1.    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

  1.    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

  1.     Day 8 - Depart Lyon

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast