Explore France's scenic Rhone region with James Martin on our exclusive trip

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Known for romantic rural scenery, Provencal cuisine that’s bursting with flavour and iconic Burgundy and rosé wines, south-eastern France is a foodie paradise - and a gastronomic river cruise along the Rhone is one of the best ways to experience it all.

That's why we're heading to the scenic French region with TV chef James Martin next year - and we're inviting you to join us.

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Boasting stunning historic cities, medieval hilltop towns and an amphitheatre to rival Rome’s mighty coliseum, we can't think of a better place to immerse ourselves in French culture, food and wine as we re-discover the joy of international travel next year.

On Country Living’s exclusive foodie-themed trip, you'll fly to Marseilles before being transferred to Arles to board your luxurious ship, Emerald Liberté, for a dream river cruise, where you'll get to know one of Britain's best-loved chefs.

Photo credit: Emerald Cruises
Photo credit: Emerald Cruises

Our incredible river cruise takes in the likes of Lyon, Tournon, Viviers and Avignon.

James Martin has hailed Lyon as "one of the world's great gastronomic cities", and fell in love with French cuisine ever since tasting his first authentic buttery croissant there as a trainee chef. Now we're inviting you to join him, along with TV wine expert Susy Atkins, on a river cruise along the iconic Rhone.

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Photo credit: Atlantide Phototravel - Getty Images

Country Living’s eight-day trip will give you the chance to visit the world-famous Tain l'Hermitage vineyards, and experience a guided wine tasting and talk from Saturday Kitchen expert Susy Atkins.

You'll also enjoy an in-depth cooking demonstration with James Martin, where he’ll give you his hints and tips for creating some of his favourite French, plus hear about his life during a talk and dine on a menu designed by James himself.

You’ll take in the secret lanes of Lyon on a guided tour, explore historic sites like the Pont d’Avignon and enjoy a special Provençale dinner prepared and hosted by French Top Chef finalist Fabien Morreale.

Photo credit: Food market in Arles. Marek Stefunko / EyeEm - Getty Images
Photo credit: Food market in Arles. Marek Stefunko / EyeEm - Getty Images

Emerald Liberté will be your floating home for seven nights and has been designed with features and flourishes to ensure your time onboard is as luxurious as possible. From the indulgent spa to the open-air dining area and stylish pool, this is the perfect way to explore one of Europe’s most beautiful waterways.

Highlights of this unmissable trip

Meet our special guests

James Martin is one of the nation’s favourite chefs and has been cooking on our TV screens for 25 years. In that time he’s presented popular TV shows including James Martin: Yorkshire's Finest, Saturday Kitchen and James Martin’s French Adventure, as well as running James Martin Manchester and The Kitchen at luxury hotel Chewton Glen.

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Photo credit: James Martin
Photo credit: James Martin

Susy Atkins regularly appears on Saturday Kitchen and is a wine writer, broadcaster and newspaper columnist. She is also winner of the Glenfiddich Food & Drink and Prix du Champagne Lanson awards.

A luxury ship

Experience the finest aspects of river cruising on Emerald Liberté, with elegant Staterooms and Suites, a heated pool featuring a retractable glass roof, fine dining with wines carefully chosen by the onboard Sommeliers, and a relaxing spa.

Private events with James and Susy

Join James for exclusive events, including a fascinating cooking demonstration and a gala dinner prepared by James and his sous-chefs. Susy will give a wine masterclass, with a talk on viticulture and a guided tasting of some delicious vintages. She’ll also select the wines to pair with your glorious gala dinner.

Photo credit: Susy Atkins
Photo credit: Susy Atkins

Amazing excursions

You’ll have the chance to explore Lyon on foot or by bike, hike in Avignon and go on a walking tour of Arles to see its impressive amphitheatre.

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Photo credit: HaraldBiebel - Getty Images

You can also discover Viviers' inspiring architectural heritage, visit a wine auction house in the 15th-century Hospices de Beaune and enjoy much, much more in beautiful French towns along the Rhone.

Peace of mind

Emerald Cruises is ABTA-bonded and your trip is ATOL-protected, so you can book this voyage with confidence as it’s 100% protected.

How to book

Country Living will be sailing along the Rhone with James and Susy on 22 October 2022, with prices starting from £2,345 per person. Visit our holiday website to read all the details our once-in-a-lifetime trip.

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