Flavours of Burgundy & Provence with Joseph Rosendo

Join Emmy-award winning host Joseph Rosendo and Executive Producer Julie Rosendo on the Rhône

Here’s your once-in-a-lifetime chance to explore the south of France with Emmy Award-winning journalist, host and world traveler Joseph Rosendo. Best known for his public television series, Travelscope, Joseph has traveled the world to share his expertise on the world’s most fascinating places.

Joseph and his wife, Julie will join us in July 2020 on the new Flavours of Burgundy and Provence cruise to share his knowledge of the Rhone valley and all of its culinary delights, including food or wine tastings almost daily. He will also give an inspirational talk on board entitled “Cultural Crossroads - Travel as a Life Changing Experience”.
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  • 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

Up to free flights to Europe from the US, or save up to $2,000 per couple when you reserve by August 30, 2019.

8 Day Itinerary

Lyon
  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

Tournus
  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

Saone
  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

Avignon
  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

Chateauneuf
  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

Lyon
  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

Lyon
  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

Meet Our Experts

Joseph and Julie Rosendo

Joseph Rosendo

Host, Director, Writer

Emmy-award winning director and host Joseph Rosendo has been a travel, food and wine journalist and travel broadcaster for almost 40 years. Since 2007, he has hosted, directed and written Joseph Rosendo’s Travelscope®, the award-winning travel television series. 

Julie Rosendo

Executive Producer, Producer

Julie Rosendo is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and a member of the prestigious Society of American Travel Writers. Additionally, Rosendo is the publisher of Travelscope’s Magazine and curates Travelscope.net, contributing regularly to its blog.

Pricing | July 11-19, 2019

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Emerald Stateroom (E)                              #3,195

Emerald Stateroom (D)                              $3,395


Vista Deck

Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite (C)       $3,845
 

Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite (B)       $4,045

Horizon Deck

Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite (A)   $4,195

Grand Balcony Suite (P)                            $5,395

Owner's One-Bedroom Suite (SA)          $5,895
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For new bookings on 2020 European river cruises. Prices are per person, double occupancy. Air offers are only applicable to bookings made 61 or more days before departure, otherwise an air credit will apply. A non-refundable initial deposit of $500 per person is required at the time of booking, with full payment required 90 days prior to departure. A secondary non-refundable deposit of $1500 per person is due prior to air ticketing. Emerald Waterways reserves the right to ticket the airfare upon receipt of deposit. Maximum value of air ticket is $1200 per person inclusive of all taxes & fees. Economy Air only on Emerald Waterways’ choice of airlines and routes. Travelers who purchase their own air receive $1000 off per person when booked on the Horizon or Vista Decks, or $500 off per person when booked on the Riviera Deck by August 30, 2019; $750 off per person thereafter. These offers are not combinable with any other offer except for Early Payment Offer,Travel Show vouchers, agent training vouchers, EmeraldEXPLORER and referral vouchers. Not combinable with group discounts. Taxes & port charges are included in the price. Offer available to residents of the 50 United States and Washington DC only. Offers and fares are capacity controlled and may be extended, cancelled or withdrawn at any time without notice.