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Rhône cruise with Anton and Erin
Anton du Beke and Erin Boag have been dancing together since 1997 and both appeared in the first 10 series of Strictly. Anton is still a professional on the show and is competing with EastEnders star Emma Barton this year.
Anton and Erin will join you in Avignon and Arles on this fantastic Emerald Waterways cruise along the Rhône river and give a ballroom performance exclusively for you on a wonderful afternoon in Avignon. Anton and Erin will also show you how it's done in an interactive lesson for you and your fellow guests, and take part in a private Q&A session.
Visit historic Avignon
Avignon is steeped in history, from its Gallic beginnings to becoming the Papal residence and its link to the French Revolution. You'll enjoy a walking tour of the city, which will include the famous Pont d'Avignon and Palais des Papes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Lyon is considered the gastronomic heart of France, and you'll have a chance to sample the Lyonnaise cuisine during your tour and experience the food of Provence in Avignon. You can enjoy a wine lecture and hike through vineyards in Tournon, and a cheese and olive tasting as you cruise from Chalon-sur-Saône to Beaune.
A former Phoenician trading port captured by the Romans, Arles is alive with ancient monuments, which you'll see on a tour showing how the city has evolved over the centuries.
Book before December 31, 2019 and save up to £1,200 per couple*.
Reasons to book
Explore beautiful French cities
Sail in style
Special cocktail reception
- Direct return flights from the UK.
- Seven nights in deluxe full-board accommodation on an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship in an Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite.
- Transfers and tips.
- Interactive dance lesson with Anton du Beke and Erin Boag.
- Exclusive performance by Anton and Erin at Espace Jeanne Laurent in Avignon.
- Cocktail reception and photo opportunity.
- Interactive Q&A session with Anton and Erin.
- Guided tours of Avignon, Lyon, Tournon and Arles.
- Save £600pp when booking before December 31, 2019.
On the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, Lyon can be found set across twin hills. Here, you will be met and transferred from the airport to the lush surrounds of your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship.
Day2Chalon-sur-Saône – BeauneBeaune, France
Chalon-sur-Saône is known for its art and history. Today, you will have the opportunity to witness the area's architectural heritage and peaceful surrounds as you travel to the quaint village of Beaune and visit the Hospices de Beaune, originally a hospital for the poor, and now home to one of Burgundy's most popular wine auctions.
EmeraldPLUS: A cheese and olive tasting on board
EmeraldEXCURSION: Visit the Hospices de Beaune
France's third-largest city, Lyon is a former Roman capital, steeped in history and considered to be the gastronomic heartbeat of the country and the home of traditional Lyonnaise cuisine. Today, enjoy a guided tour of Lyon, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière, part of the inscribed historic site of Lyon. Wander through the city's cobblestone streets and soak in its vividly illustrated history. Alternatively, embark on a guided bike tour of Lyon.
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour of Lyon
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Lyon
DiscoverMORE: Visit to Pérouges
Day4TournonTournon-sur-Rhône , France
The picturesque village of Tournon borders the gently meandering Rhône, dominated by a 16th-century castle that overlooks the village and a number of iconic landmarks, including a set of ancient watchtowers. Your guided tour of the village will showcase its intangible cultural heritage, granting every opportunity for you to immerse yourself in your surroundings. Alternatively, embark on an EmeraldACTIVE hike through some of the local vineyards. Later, a guided bike tour to Glun will showcase rural life in the French countryside.
EmeraldPLUS: A regional wine lecture on board
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour to Glun
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike through the vineyards
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Tournon
Arrive in Viviers, a town with much Middle Age flair and home to one of France's oldest cathedrals. Your included walking tour of Viviers will showcase some of its numerous listed monuments, along with their ornate windows and lavish façades.
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Viviers
DiscoverMORE: A guided tour of Grignan (extra expense)
Day6Cocktail Reception and Dance PerformanceAvignon, France
Avignon has a rich history, from Celtic beginnings to being the residence of the Pope and central to the French Revolution. Your included walking tour of Avignon will take you past the ornate beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Palais des Papes, as well as Pont d'Avignon, an ancient stone bridge crossing the Rhône.
Later, you'll attend a special cocktail reception hosted by Anton and Erin at the Espace Jeanne Laurent, followed by a dance performance by the ballroom stars, where there'll be an opportunity to get your picture taken with Anton and Erin. Return to your Star-Ship for a delightful Provençal dining experience, expertly prepared by Top Chef finalist, Fabien Morreale.
Day7Dance Masterclass and Q&AArles, France
Anton and Erin will hold an interactive dance masterclass on-board this morning. They'll sign postcards and host a Q+A session where you can ask them about their careers and time on Strictly Come Dancing.
In Arles today, the past is yours to discover. This city was once an important Phoenician trading port that was captured by the Romans, who peppered the city with iconic monuments. Your included tour of the city will showcase some of the city's UNESCO World Heritage-listed Roman and Romanesque monuments, which showcase how the city has evolved over the centuries. Visit the 2,000-year-old Arles Amphitheatre and follow in the footsteps of world-renowned artist, Vincent van Gogh. The rest of the day is yours to explore at leisure, perhaps stopping at a local café or returning to your Star-Ship to relax on board.
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Arles with arena visit
DiscoverMORE: Tour to Les Baux-de-Provence (extra expense)
Day8Return HomeMarseille, France
After breakfast, it's time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to Marseille airport, taking memories of the idyllic French countryside and delightful cuisine with you.
One of the most impressive river cruise ships of the Emerald Waterways fleet
Making her maiden voyage in 2017, Emerald Liberté provides a luxurious and relaxing passage through the southern stretches of France.
Proving the journey is every bit as important as the destination, Emerald Liberté is blessed with an incredible selection of amenities and features. Designed to ensure every moment spent navigating the rivers of Europe and Asia with Emerald Waterways is incredibly comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable; the ship's features and flourishes have been selected to perfectly complement the journey.
From luxury restaurants and bar areas to health-giving spa and fitness facilities; our award-winning Star-Ships are designed to complement the journeys and lifestyles of our guests. Determined to ensure our guests never feel restricted during their time with Emerald Waterways, all staterooms, suites and public areas of the ship have been designed to maximise comfort.
The Sun Deck aboard Emerald Liberte always proves to be hugely popular during the summer months, with the delicate river breeze perfectly complementing the stunning panoramas provided by the world's most beautiful waterways.
This open-air top deck consists of a dining area adjacent to leisure and relaxation features; perfect whether you fancy a gourmet meal with new friends, or soak up the sun from the pool.
And it's not just the public area of the Emerald Waterways Star-Ships which have been lovingly devised to maximise comfort and enjoyment, our ships are blessed with the most spacious and stylish cabins. Ensuring restful nights and comfortable days, they are endowed with all the facilities and features you'd expect from an upmarket boutique hotel.