Michel Roux Jr is one of the world's great chefs, taking over Le Gavroche in Mayfair, London, from his father Albert Roux and earning two coveted Michelin stars. A regular TV personality, Michel has made numerous appearances on ITV's Hell's Kitchen with Gordon Ramsay and BBC Two's MasterChef. He has also co-presented BBC Two's Food And Drink, appeared as a mentor in The Chef's Protege, presented Channel 4's Kitchen Impossible and hosted BBC's Saturday Kitchen.
Discover the flavours of the Rhône with Michel Roux Jr - NEW DATE
The Government has given the go-ahead for all river cruises. For up-to-date advice on travel and COVID-19, see our homepage.We are delighted to bring you a new 2021 date for this popular tour.
The beautiful Rhône valley is the undisputed centre of French gastronomy - and who better to discover it with than the two-Michelin star chef of Le Gavroche, Michel Roux Jr?
There is no finer way to explore one of France's great regions, sample wonderful Burgundy vintages and taste delicious Lyonnaise cuisine, than on a river cruise through the unspoilt countryside with stops at Arles, Avignon and the foodie capital Lyon.
Michel will join you on this wonderful eight-day river cruise on the Rhône aboard a luxury Emerald Waterways Star-Ship and take part in exclusive events for readers including a private cooking demonstration and a special market tour of Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse Market.
" I can't wait to join you on the Rhone for this wonderful holiday, on which I will help you to discover the secrets of French cuisine in a region famous for its gastronomy."
Meet Michel Roux Jr and Tom Parker Bowles
You will visit the famous Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse market with both Michel and Tom and together you will shop for local fruit, vegetable and regional produce as Michel explains his tips for choosing the best ingredients. Back on board the ship, you will join an exclusive cookery demonstration with Michel, who will reveal his insights and stories and share the secrets of creating the finest French cuisine, using hand-picked ingredients from the market. Later that afternoon, join Tom for a presentation on local cuisine with ingredients he bought earlier at the market. This evening, enjoy a special dinner featuring courses chosen by Michel Roux Jr himself. You will also have an opportunity to ask both Michel and Tom your burning questions during an exclusive Q&A and discover more about their lives and culinary careers.
Gastronomic highlights with Michel Roux
This exclusive river cruise is bursting with foodie highlights. As well as hosting an exclusive cooking demonstration on board, Michel will sign copies of his latest book (one complimentary copy per cabin) and Tom Parker Bowles will join you for a regional wine tasting on board. You will also discover the winemaking tradition of Chalon-Sur-Saône and the splendid Burgundy it produces, taste some of the region's finest olives and cheese, and enjoy a Provençale dinner hosted by expert local chef Fabien Morreale.
Sail in style on the Emerald Liberté
One of the most recent additions to the Emerald Waterways fleet of Star-Ships, the Emerald Liberté offers a luxurious way to travel. It boasts fine-dining restaurants, bar areas, spa, an indoor heated pool with retractable roof which transforms into a cinema at night, and a delightful sun deck to take in the stunning scenery as you sail by.
Explore Burgundy and the Rhône
As well as visiting Lyon, one of the world's great foodie destinations, your eight-day itinerary includes the chance to sail through the picturesque vineyards of Beaune and Provence, the 'land of lavender and rosé', enjoy a visit to the evocative Roman ruins of Viviers, and stop at historic Avignon and the Roman town of Arles.
Reasons to book
Cooking demo by Michel Roux Jr
Sail on the Emerald Liberté
Visit a famous food market
Visit historic Viviers and Arles
Dinner with Michel
Wine-tasting in Chalon-Sur-Saône
Your expert guides
Tom Parker Bowles is one of the UK's most popular and engaging food writers and critics. As well as appearing as an expert judge on numerous TV food programmes, Tom is The Mail on Sunday's highly respected food and restaurant critic.
- Return flights, taxes and transfers
- Seven nights' accommodation on the Emerald Liberté
- Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Activities and excursions as detailed in the itinerary
- Exclusive events with Michel Roux Jr and Tom Parker Bowles as detailed in the itinerary
- All tips and gratuities
Day1Fly to MarseilleArles, France
You will be met at the airport in Marseille and transferred to the Emerald Liberté in Arles where you will be welcomed by your captain and crew. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board.
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.
Tonight you'll enjoy a Provençale dinner hosted by local Chef Fabien Morreale.
Avignon has a rich history; from its Celtic beginnings, to becoming the residence of the Popes and later being central to the French Revolution. Although a fortified town, it is the Papal Palace which stands most secure, on a hill in the centre of town, and its walls are 17-18 feet thick. Your walk with a local guide takes you through this historic centre, strolling the cobbled laneways and browsing the shops overlooking the famous 'Pont d'Avignon'.
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. You'll also be able to take part in a cheese and olive-tasting on board today.
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 third 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.
There will also be a regional wine tasting on-board accompanied by Tom Parker Bowles, and you will be joined by Michel Roux Jr and have the chance to hear tales from Michel in an informal Q&A session and talk, plus receive a free copy of his latest book per cabin, which Michel will sign whilst on board.
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.
You will then have the chance to join Michel Roux Jr, on a visit to one of the city's renowned gourmet food markets, Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse market. Together you will shop for local fruit, vegetables and regional produce as Michel explains his tips for choosing the best ingredients. Alternatively, join a guided bike tour of Lyon.
This afternoon enjoy an exclusive cookery demonstration with Michel Roux Jr, who will reveal his insights and stories and share the secrets to creating the finest French cuisine, using the ingredients hand-picked from the market. You will also get a chance to taste some of his creations. Tonight, enjoy a gala dinner with recipes chosen by Michel Roux Jr himself.
Following this, you'll have the opportunity to taste test some the markets finest delicacies with food critic Tom Parker Bowles.
This evening enjoy your farewell cocktail and dinner.
Day7Chalon-Sur-Saône and BeauneBeaune, France
Chalon-Sur-Saône is best known as the birthplace of photography and the centre of Burgundy's wine region. Travel by road to the quaint village of Beaune, where you'll 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.
Day8Return homeLyon, France
After breakfast disembark Emerald Liberté in Lyon and transfer to the airport for your onward or homebound flight.
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 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.
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