Sip and sail the South of France with Emerald Waterways


Balcony Cabins still available on this fabulous sailing!

Jason McLeod

Join special guest Jason Macleod of Bishop’s Cellar to sip and sail through Southern France October 21 -28 2017.  Calling all wine lovers !  This Emerald Waterways Rivercruise  is perfect if you are looking to learn about the Burgundy region and sip a Beaujolais while walking through history.


Reduced Group prices start at $3520 including  all taxes and port charges and gratuities for a Balcony Cabin.

Experience France

  • Exclusive wine tastings with Jason Macleod, a CAPS-certified sommelier
  • Free Gratuities
  • $1000 Air Credit included in the price – subject to availability at time of booking
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner while cruising
  • Non Refundable $500 per person deposit – final payment due July 15 2017
  • This sailing starts in Arles October 21 and ends in Lyon Oct 28.  Pre cruise extension available in Nice and post cruise extension available in Paris.
  • All Gratuities included
  • All airport transfers included on the day of the cruise.
  • From our unique heated pool, which turns into a cinema by night, to the larger than normal suites, with their innovative drop down windows, discover why so many guests are returning from a fantastic vacation.


Arles – Join your local guide for a walking tour showcasing the highlights of the city in particular the exterior of 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.

Avignon has a rich history from Celtic beginnings to being the residence of the Popes and later central to the French Revolution. Although a fortified town, it is the Papal Palace which stands more secure on a hill in the centre of town; its walls are 17–18 feet thick. Your guided walk with a local guide takes you through this historic centre strolling the cobbled laneways and browsing the shops, overlooking the famous “Pont de Avignon”

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 3rd 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. Emerald Active: Guided biking tour to Glun.      EmeraldPLUS: Cheese and olive tasting on board.

Arrive in Macon, another important wine region and gateway to the Beaujolais vineyards. Walk the Heritage Trail from Old Saint Vincent to the General Hospital buildings, half–timbered house and Soufflot Chapel, maybe trying some local wines at the many tasting displays in the town. Enjoy time at leisure in the afternoon.

Chalon–Sur–Saone 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 we 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. Return to the ship for lunch, and depart this afternoon for Lyon arriving in the evening. Tonight, enjoy local entertainment 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. Your tour starts with a drive to the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, 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.