From the fragrant purple lavender fields of Provence to the rolling vineyards of Burgundy, France’s unspoilt countryside makes it an idyllic destination that draws tourists from all over the world.
Burgundy is famous for its wine and its world famous vineyards produce some of the most prestigious and expensive wines in the world. It’s also a favorite spot for antique hunters, with countless flea markets to explore in its many charming towns.
Neighboring Provence is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful regions of France, with its stunning landscapes ranging from snow-capped peaks to the plains of the Camargue delta, with picturesque hilltop villages dotted throughout.
Bathed in both sunshine and history, these parts of France are wonderful to explore on a river cruise.
And now, thanks to Good Housekeeping, you can explore them in style on an eight-day voyage that shows you the best of the region while cruising in comfort on a Star-Ship Emerald Cruises. On board, you’ll be joined by two of the UK’s top antiques experts, Paul Martin, star of Flog It!, and Hilary Kay, who has been part of the Antiques Roadshow team for 43 years.
In what is sure to be a highlight of your trip, Hilary will join you on an antique hunt at the flea market in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue in Provence. She will also offer you a bargain hunting challenge. Paul will host an exclusive cocktail party and gala dinner on board and give an exclusive talk before taking part in a Q&A session.
Departing from Arles and along the Rhône, you will stop in the charming towns of Avignon, Viviers, Tournon and Chalon-sur-Saône before disembarking in Lyon. You’ll enjoy all-inclusive meals on board, including wine, beer, and soft drinks for lunch and dinner, plus great included excursions.
Why you’ll love our exclusive cruise through Burgundy and Provence
Exclusive events with Paul Martin
Paul Martin presented Flog It! for over 20 years and 1,000 episodes and is a true expert in antiques. He will host an exclusive cocktail and gala dinner aboard your ship and give an insightful talk about his work as an antique dealer and provide you with all the knowledge you will need to become an expert antique hunter.
Flea Market Tour with Hilary Kay
You will also be accompanied on your trip by Hilary Kay, who worked for Sotheby’s as a senior director for over 20 years and later joined the Antiques Roadshow as a presenter. Before you browse the antique stalls of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Hilary will give you tips on what to look out for and challenge you.
Sail in style
You’ll sail in style on this voyage aboard the luxurious Star-Ship Emerald Cruises. This elegant boat offers first-class facilities, with excellent catering, a spa and even a heated indoor pool with a retractable roof, which turns into a cinema at night.
How to book
Want to explore Burgundy and Provence and hunt around with Good Housekeeping? Visit our holiday website to find out more about our exclusive eight-day tour in October 2022.
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