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.

You’ll be joined by Australian Master of Wine, Andrea Pritzker, British Master of Wine, Tim Atkin, American wine expert and talk show host, Robin Stark and Canadian wine expert, DJ Kearney.

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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Enjoy all these fantastic inclusions

River Cruise Inclusions....

  • 7 night cruise on new Star-Ship, Emerald Liberte
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • All tipping and gratuities, port taxes and charges, and return airport transfers included
  • Explore 6 different cities, towns and villages during our included tours and shore excursions
  • City tour of Lyon  walking tour of Avignon and Viviers, visit the Hospices de Beaune,and much more
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drink to accompany lunch and dinner onboard
  • Provençal dinner hosted by Chef Fabien Morreale complete with wine pairing
  • 20 superb meals including 7 full breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

PLUS, these exclusive Uncorked experiences

  • Q&A session with British wine expert, Tim Atkin
  • Visit and wine tasting at the Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine cellars
  • Guided walking tour of local vineyards with Master of Wine, Andrea Pritzker
  • Wine masterclasses with wine experts Robin Stark and Andrea Pritzker
  • Private wine tasting at Chateau Meursault with DJ Kearney
  • Cheese and olive tasting paired with DJ Kearney’s favourite wines
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Your full 8 Day itinerary

  • Day 1 - Saturday 27 July - Arrival Nice – Arles Embarkation (D)
    You will be met at the airport in Nice 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. Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 5 - Wednesday 31 July - Tournon (FB,L,D)
    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
  • Day 2 - Sunday 28 July - Arles (FB,L,D)
    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. You’re Invited: 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
  • Day 6 - Thursday 1 August - Lyon (FB,L,D)
    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
  • Day 3 - Monday 29 July - Avignon (FB,L,D)
    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
  • Day 7 - Friday 2 August - Chalon-Sur-Saône (FB,L,D)
    Chalon-Sur-Saône is best known as the birthplace of photography and the centre of Burgundy’s 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 well as 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
  • Day 4 - Tuesday 30 July - Viviers (FB,L,D)
    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
  • Day 8 - Saturday 3 August - Lyon Disembarkation (FB)
    After breakfast, disembark the Emerald Liberté in Lyon and transfer to the airport for your onward or homebound flight. Meals included: Breakfast

Pricing & Availability

Dollar Discount

Book by 7 December 2019 to save $2,000 per couple*, and cruise from just $3,945 per person.

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Early Payment Discount

Pay for your cruise in full 6-8 months in advance to save up to $300 per couple*.

Meet the Experts

Tim Atkin

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.

Andrea Pritzker

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.

DJ Kearney

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.

Robyn Stark

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.