Experience a wine river cruise in Burgundy and Provence

Embark on a journey of the senses 

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Experience a wine river cruise with the Flavours of Burgundy and Provence

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If you’re considering your next adventure, why not experience a wine river cruise with Emerald Waterways on our Flavours of Burgundy & Provence itinerary?

Setting sail through the heart of southern France, Flavours of Burgundy and Provence takes guests from the ‘gastronomic capital of the world’, Lyon, on a trip that touches base at Tournus, Belleville-sur-Saône, Tain l’Hermitage, Avignon and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, before arriving full circle back in Lyon.

In Lyon, history runs through the city’s streets, which are lined with 15th, 16th and 17th century architecture, with intricate examples from the Renaissance period making Lyon home to some of the most beautiful and intact historical landscapes in Europe.

Nearby, at Tournus, a gentle bike ride through the quintessentially French surrounding area is a peaceful and beautiful pastime that encapsulates all that is uniquely serene about the region. At Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the ruins of a medieval castle gazes down across the rural vineyards of this quaint village.

But did we mention? Besides its beautiful landscape and architecture, Burgundy and Provence are the perfect regions of France to experience a wine river cruise.

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

Embark on your own culinary adventure on a wine river cruise

But it isn’t simply architecture that this corner of the continent manages to attract visitors with, 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. Read on for more information.

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 however, 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.

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 recognisable 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.

Add a Paris Extension to make your wine river cruise unforgettable

What better way to explore the French wine, cuisine, culture and history than to visit the romantic capital of the world, Paris?

With a two night Paris hotel stay extension available for guests travelling on our Flavours of Burgundy and Provence itinerary, it’s no wonder that combining your adventure with a stay in la Ville Lumière, or the City of Lights, is such a popular edition.

Included in this extension is breakfast, a guided tour of Paris and a Seine river cruise, transfers from Lyon as well as an optional DiscoverMore retro tour bike ride of Paris.