Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: Join Rick Stein’s culinary cruise along the Rhone and discover the flavours of Burgundy and Provence
There’s nowhere better to enjoy the finest French food and wine than on the Rhône, the undisputed centre of Gallic gastronomy.
On this eight-day luxury Scenic river cruise, Mail on Sunday readers will be joined by restaurateur Rick Stein, who has just filmed his fascinating new six-part BBC2 series Secret France.
Travelling aboard the luxurious Scenic Sapphire, you’ll set sail from Lyon and travel along the Rhône river through unspoilt countryside to Tarascon, stopping at the charming towns of Avignon, Viviers and Vienne.
Iconic: On this eight-day luxury Scenic river cruise, Mail on Sunday readers will be joined by restaurateur Rick Stein, who has just filmed his fascinating new six-part BBC2 series Secret France. Pictured is Pont Saint-Bénézet in Avignon
You’ll join Rick for a series of foodie events from Mâcon to Viviers, and taste rich Burgundy wines, including the celebrated Châteauneuf-du-Pape, as well as delicious rosé from Provence, along with the region’s finest olives and cheeses.
Rick will discuss his lifelong love of French food in a special Q&A session and reveal some of his favourite recipes.
OUR SPECIAL GUEST
You will be joined by TV chef Rick Stein
Rick Stein CBE is an English chef, restaurateur, television presenter and author of more than 20 books, including his autobiography. He has written and made more than 30 TV programmes including 12 cookery series, his latest being BBC2’s Secret France. Rick, right, has also cooked for the Queen and Prince Philip, Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher and former French president Jacques Chirac.
He will also host a cooking demonstration, where you will get to sample some of the recipes inspired by his new book, Secret France, and he will join you for a cocktail reception and gala dinner.
Book now and save £900pp plus enjoy an additional £125pp early payment discount if the balance is paid in full by December 31, 2019.
Plus you’ll enjoy all-inclusive food and wine in the ship’s five dining options and even your minibar is included! You will also have the opportunity to enjoy complimentary cooking lessons in the ship’s Culinaire kitchen** or explore the region on your own by foot or on guided e-bike rides en route.
As Rick says: ‘I can’t wait to join you on the Rhône to enjoy fabulous food and fine wine on this wonderful river cruise, which will take you off the beaten track to some of the places I visited for my recent TV series.’
Don’t miss your chance to take part in this foodie voyage on one of France’s great rivers with one of the UK’s favourite chefs.
REASONS TO BOOK
Meet Rick Stein
Rick Stein will share his passion for French food in one of the most famous regions for French gastronomy. His Q&A session onboard will be full of entertaining stories with a focus on the road trip he did for new TV series Secret France.
Exclusive cooking demonstration
Day 1 Travel from the UK to Lyon
Day 2 Lyon
Day 3 Mâcon
Day 4 Vienne
Day 5 Viviers
Day 6 Avignon
Day 7 Tarascon
Day 8 Return home from Marseille
The veteran of more than 12 cookery series will select local ingredients for an exclusive cooking demonstration on board, as well as join you for a Gala dinner and cocktail reception.
Sail in all-inclusive luxury
Scenic Space-Ships offer five-star luxury and service with spacious and stylish suites that come with butler service, vitality pool, sun deck and up to five dining options where everything is included. Excursions and gratuities are also included as well as cooking masterclasses in the Culinaire kitchen**.
Discover Burgundy and the Rhone
As well as visiting Lyon, this eight-day itinerary includes Viviers and Vienne, visits to the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Beaujolais, olive and cheese tastings, Provençal soap-making tutorials, a private concert in the Pope’s Palace in Avignon and a visit to the famous Pont d’Avignon.
- Return flights, taxes and transfers, ‘no-fly’ option available
- Seven nights’ all-inclusive cruise on the Scenic Sapphire with butler service
- Exclusive talk and Q&A, and onboard cooking demonstration with tasters by Rick Stein
- All other activities, tastings and excursions as detailed in the itinerary online
- All tips and gratuities
HOW TO BOOK
The dates: April 23 to 30, 2020. The price: From £1,870*pp. Call 0161 516 0244 quoting reference MAISUN RICK STEIN. To find out more, visit mailtravel.co.uk/rickstein.