Experience a wine river cruise in Burgundy and Provence

Embark on a journey of the senses 

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Embark on your own culinary adventure on a France wine country river cruise


The Burgundy wine region is home to some of the world's most expensive wines

It isn’t simply the architecture that attracts visitors to this corner of the continent.  There’s a reason why we call this tour the Flavours of Burgundy & Provence – because the region’s cuisine and wine is second to none.

 

Take Belleville-sur-Saône, for example, which traces its wine-producing history back to the 19th century. Or Châteauneuf-du-Pape, whose vast vineyards, filled with lush grape vines, supply the world with one of the most renowned and diverse ranges of red and white wines in existence.

 

The delectable tastes you’ll encounter reach beyond the world of wine, stretching out across delicious local delicacies, such as the ultra-high-end cured meats, breads and gourmet chocolates that can be found at the sixty-plus stalls in the Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse at Lyon.

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Why set sail on a wine river cruise to Burgundy & Provence?

A river cruise through Burgundy & Provence, as mentioned above, is a multi-sensory experience that can change your perception of high-quality, premium wine and cuisine, all set to the perfect backdrop of medieval castles, lush, beautiful countryside and village architecture that spans centuries, thus leaving the impression of transcending any one period in history during your stay. 

Taste highlights of Flavours of Burgundy & Provence

To experience the very best this region has to offer, you only have to look towards the wine and cuisine

We recommend opting for a hands-on lesson in learning age-old wine-making techniques at Belleville-sur-Saône, where local artisans share their secrets on what makes their ancient grape variety so special. And of course, you’ll be able to taste the delicious wine itself.

Other wine highlights include strolling through the vast vineyards at Châteauneuf-du-Pape and tasting their unrivalled ranges of reds and whites. Our tip? Take a trip down to the cellars of this lavish wine estate for a closer look at the inner-workings of a renowned wine production environment.

As far as the cuisine highlights are concerned, discover a true French delicacy: the truffle. Go one step further: when in the commune of Tournus, you’ll have a chance to meet a local truffle farmer for a behind-the-scenes look at the process of locating and extracting luxury ingredients from their secret locations, deep in the forests of Europe.

Fancy something a little sweeter? Then you’ll love the exquisite Valrhona Cité du Chocolat at Tain l’Hermitage. Besides its notoriety as a popular wine-producing commune, Tain l’Hermitage is also famous for its highly-skilled artisan chocolatiers, who craft a carefully-constructed combination of unique and recognizable aromatic profiles for guests to enjoy.

Create your own adventure during downtime

Part of enjoying a wine river cruise is enjoying and making the most of your downtime from activities. Whether it’s that cold, crisp glass of white with lunch on a terrace, an indulgent, bold, full-bodied red with dinner, or the perfect glass at the end of the day, when travelling with Emerald Waterways to Burgundy and Provence, you’ll never be far from some of the world’s best available wines.

Not forgetting the history and culture of this wonderfully-charming region of the world, we recommend taking time out to wonder through the intricate streets of the many cities, villages and communes that make up this beautiful part of Southern France.