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Exclusive for MoS readers: discover the flavors of the Rhone with Michel Roux Jr. Join legendary chef and food critic Tom Parker Bowles on a culinary cruise on the river.

Michel will join you on this wonderful eight-day cruise on the Rhône

Michel will join you on this wonderful eight-day cruise on the Rhône

The beautiful Rhone Valley is the undisputed center of French gastronomy, and who can discover it better than Le Gavroche's two Michelin star chef, Michel Roux Jr?

There is no better way to explore one of the great regions of France, taste wonderful vintages of Burgundy and taste the delicious Lyon cuisine, than on a river cruise through the unspoilt landscape with stops at Arles, Avignon and the gastronomic capital of Lyon.

Michel will join you on this wonderful eight-day cruise on the Rhone, aboard a luxurious Emerald Waterways Star-Ship, and will participate in exclusive events for readers, including a private cooking demonstration and a special tour of the market. Les Halles de Lyon Paul Mercado de Bocuse. Michel will also select the menu for dinner on his last night on board.

Michel says: "I can not wait to join you in the Rhône for these wonderful holidays, in which I will help you discover the secrets of French cuisine in a region famous for its gastronomy".

REASONS TO BOOK

Meet Michel Roux Jr and Tom Parker Bowles

Romantic stop: the historic bridge of San Benezet of Avignon

Romantic stop: the historic bridge of San Benezet of Avignon

You will visit the famous Lyon Les Halles market Paul Bocuse with Michel and Tom, and buy local fruits, vegetables and regional products, as Michel explains his advice on choosing the best ingredients. Back on board, he will join an exclusive cooking demonstration with Michel, who will reveal his knowledge and stories and share the secrets of creating the best French cuisine, using ingredients selected from the market. Later that afternoon, join Tom for a presentation on local cuisine with the ingredients he bought earlier. Tonight, join Michel for dinner with courses specially chosen by the chef.

You will also have the opportunity to ask Michel and Tom your burning questions during an exclusive question and answer session and discover more about their lives and culinary careers.

KNOW OUR SPECIAL PEOPLE

Tom Parker Bowles will accompany you, in the image above

Tom Parker Bowles will accompany you, in the image above

Michel Roux Jr is one of the best chefs in the world, who takes over Le Gavroche in Mayfair, London, from his father, Albert Roux, and who won two coveted Michelin stars. Michel, a regular television personality, has made numerous appearances in Hell & # 39; s Kitchen of ITV with Gordon Ramsay and MasterChef of BBC Two. He has also co-presented BBC Two's Food and Drink, appeared as a mentor at The Chef's Protege, presented Kitchen Impossible on Channel 4 and hosted the BBC's Saturday Kitchen.

Tom Parker Bowles is the highly respected food critic of The Mail on Sunday.

Gastronomic highlights with Michel Roux Jr

This exclusive river cruise is full of gastronomic details. In addition to presenting an exclusive cooking demonstration on board, Michel will sign copies of his latest book (a free copy per cabin) and Tom Parker Bowles will accompany you to a regional wine tasting on board.

You will also discover the wine tradition of Chalon-Sur-Saône and the splendid Burgundy that it produces, taste some of the best olives and cheeses of the region, and enjoy a Provencal dinner offered by the expert local chef Fabien Morreale.

YOUR ITINERARY

  • Day 1 Fly to Marseille and board Emerald Liberte in Arles.
  • Day 2 Arles
  • Day 3 Avignon
  • Day 4 Viviers
  • Day 5 Tournon
  • Day 6 Lyon
  • Day 7 Chalon-sur-Saône and Beaune
  • Day 8 Departure from Lyon to the United Kingdom.

Navigate with style in the Esmeralda liberté

One of the most recent additions to the Emerald Waterways fleet of Star-Ships, Emerald Liberté offers a luxurious way to travel. It has haute cuisine restaurants, bar areas, spa, a heated indoor pool with retractable roof that transforms into a cinema at night and a lovely terrace to enjoy the breathtaking scenery while sailing.

Explore Burgundy and the Rhône

In addition to visiting Lyon, one of the most important gastronomic destinations in the world, its eight-day itinerary includes the possibility of navigating the picturesque vineyards of Beaune and Provence, the "land of lavender and rosé", enjoy a visit to the evocative Roman ruins. from Viviers, and stop at the historic Avignon and the Roman city of Arles.

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • Return of flights, rates, transfers.
  • 7 nights accommodation in full board at the Emerald Liberte
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner.
  • Activities, excursions and exclusive events with Michel Roux Jr and Tom Parker Bowles as detailed in the online itinerary.
  • Exclusive events with Michel Roux Jr and Tom Parker Bowles as detailed in the online itinerary
  • All tips and gratuities.

HOW TO BOOK

The dates: April 18-25, 2020 The price: From £ 1895pp * for 8 days.

Call 01615 165 095 quoting the reference MAISUN. For more information, visit mailtravel.co.uk/michelroux.

Terms and conditions: * Based on two sharing an entry level cabin. The early discount of £ 600pp is available for new bookings only from April 28 to May 31, 2019. An individual fee applies. Subject to availability. The schedules of Michel's events are subject to change and there may be minor alterations to the itinerary due to operational restrictions. This trip is protected by ATOL. This trip is operated by Emerald Waterways and may be available to other selected media partners. To get all the terms and conditions, visit: mailtravel.co.uk/michelroux.