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Foxtrot on the Rhône with Anton and Erin
If you've been inspired by the cast of this year's Strictly Come Dancing, here is your chance to enjoy a wonderful French river cruise starring Anton du Beke, the only professional to have danced on the show since the very start.
Anton and his partner Erin Boag, another former
Strictly favourite, will join readers in Avignon and Arles
on this fabulous eight-day voyage through the beautiful countryside
of the Rhône valley.
Travelling on board an elegant Emerald Waterways Star-Ship, you will set sail from Lyon and cruise along both the Rhône and Saône rivers, stopping at the charming towns of Avignon, Arles, Viviers, Tournon and Chalon-sur-Saône.
Anton and Erin always bring something magical to the dance floor and you will see them perform at an historic venue in Avignon, plus take part in a dance masterclass on board. Anton and Erin will also host a fascinating Q&A session, during which you can ask them about their lives and careers and what really goes on behind-the-scenes at Strictly.
Earlier this year, Anton and Erin were the stars of our Strictly-inspired river cruise along the Danube, and as one reader said of that holiday: "It's been such a wonderful experience seeing Anton and Erin perform. I cannot imagine anything better."
What's more, if you book your place on next year's Rhône trip by December 8, you will save £1,200 per couple*.
Reasons to book
Join a dance masterclass
Sail in style
Best of the Rhone
Q&A and session
- Return flights, taxes and transfers.
- Seven nights' in an Emerald Stateroom or Balcony Suite.
- All on-board meals, and wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner.
- All activities and excursions (as listed online), including a performance, masterclass and Q&A with Anton du Beke and Erin Boag.
- Tips, gratuities and free wi-fi on board.
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.