Paul Martin was discovered when he was interviewed by the BBC about his passion for oak furniture. He was signed up on the spot and has since presented Flog It! for more than 20 years and 1,000 episodes. His other TV shows include Britain's Hidden Heritage, Paul Martin's Handmade Revolution, Make Me A Dealer and Curiosity
Cruise through Burgundy and Provence with Paul Martin and Hilary Kay
The unspoilt scenery of the South of France is idyllic, and one of the best ways to enjoy it is on a river cruise through the Rhône valley taking in the gastronomy of Lyon, the lavender fields of Provence and the centuries-old vineyards of Burgundy. On this exclusive eight-day voyage, you will set sail from Arles and travel along the Rhône, stopping at the charming towns of Avignon, Viviers, Tournon and Chalon-sur- Saône before disembarking in Lyon.
Travelling aboard Emerald Waterways' stylish Emerald Liberté, you'll enjoy all-inclusive meals on board, including wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner as well as 13 wonderful included excursions. Plus Telegraph readers will be joined on-board by two of the UK's top antiques experts, Paul Martin, star of BBC's Flog It!, and Hilary Kay, who has been one of the BBC Antiques Roadshow experts for an incredible 41 years.
In what is sure to be a highlight of your trip, writer and broadcaster Hilary will join you to go searching for antiques in Arles' famous flea market. She will also set you a bargain hunting challenge. Paul was discovered by the BBC when he was interviewed about his love of old oak furniture and he was signed as a presenter on the spot. He will host an exclusive cocktail evening and gala dinner on board and give an exclusive talk before taking part in a Q&A session, during which you'll be able to ask him about his life and career.
Reasons to book
Flea market visit with Hilary Kay
Exclusive events with Paul Martin
Explore the Rhône
Your expert guides
Hilary worked for Sotheby's as a Senior Director for over 20 years, taking her first auction at the age of 21 and becoming Sotheby's youngest ever auctioneer. She joined the Antiques Roadshow team of experts in 1979.
- Return UK flights from up to 16 UK airports (economy luggage included) or travel by Eurostar
- Eight-day cruise onboard Emerald Liberté from Arles to Lyon
- Exclusive cocktail reception and gala dinner hosted by Paul Martin
- Private talk and Q&A with Paul Martin
- Exclusive visit to Arles flea market with Hilary Kay
- Other EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldACTIVE excursions as detailed in the itinerary
- All meals plus wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
- All tips, port charges, airport taxes and transfers as specified on the itinerary
- Transfers to and from the ship All tips and gratuities
Day1Arrive in Marseille and board Emerald Liberté in ArlesMarseille, France
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your ship in Arles. Tonight enjoy your first dinner on board. If you'd prefer not to fly, return travel via Eurostar is also available.
Discover the glory of the Roman Empire today during a visit to Arles, including the UNESCO World Heritage- listed monuments of Arles and Arles Amphitheatre, a 2,000-year-old structure. Today you'll also join Antiques Roadshow presenter, Hilary Kay, for an exclusive trip to Arles' fabulous flea market.
Today you'll visit Avignon and discover its rich history. Your guided walk will take you through its centre, overlooking the famous 'Pont d'Avignon'. You'll also take in the Gothic exterior of the Palais des Papes.
Viviers is home to one of France's oldest cathedrals. Pastel-coloured buildings that have been gently faded by the sun line the streets, and you'll have ample time to explore the old town during a guided walking tour.
Day5TournonTournon-sur-Rhône , France
Sail into Tournon, dominated by a 16th-century castle overlooking the village. If you're feeling active you can also join a guided bike tour to Glun.
Many of the most important moments in French history have taken place in Lyon, a former Roman capital. You'll enjoy a guided tour, starting with a drive to the UNESCO World Heritage- listed Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière, Lyon's hilltop church. You'll then pass by the recently rediscovered Roman amphitheatre and walk through the cobbled streets of the gastronomic old town. This evening Paul Martin will join you on board for a cocktail reception and gala dinner.
Day7Chalon-Sur-Saône, BeauneBeaune, France
Discover the birthplace of photography and the centre of Burgundy's wine region in Beaune. This evening, Paul Martin will give an exclusive talk on his life and career in antiques followed by a Q&A session.
Day8Disembark in Lyon and return homeLyon, France
After breakfast you'll disembark and begin your journey home.
One of the most impressive river cruise ships of the Emerald Waterways fleet
Making her maiden voyage in 2017, Emerald Liberté provides a luxurious and relaxing passage through the southern stretches of France.
Proving the journey is every bit as important as the destination, Emerald Liberté is blessed with an incredible selection of amenities and features. Designed to ensure every moment spent navigating the rivers of Europe and Asia with Emerald Waterways is incredibly comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable; the ship's features and flourishes have been selected to perfectly complement the journey.
From luxury restaurants and bar areas to health-giving spa and fitness facilities; our award-winning Star-Ships are designed to complement the journeys and lifestyles of our guests. Determined to ensure our guests never feel restricted during their time with Emerald Waterways, all staterooms, suites and public areas of the ship have been designed to maximise comfort.
The Sun Deck aboard Emerald Liberte always proves to be hugely popular during the summer months, with the delicate river breeze perfectly complementing the stunning panoramas provided by the world's most beautiful waterways.
This open-air top deck consists of a dining area adjacent to leisure and relaxation features; perfect whether you fancy a gourmet meal with new friends, or soak up the sun from the pool.
And it's not just the public area of the Emerald Waterways Star-Ships which have been lovingly devised to maximise comfort and enjoyment, our ships are blessed with the most stylish cabins. Ensuring restful nights and comfortable days, they are endowed with all the facilities and features you'd expect from an upmarket boutique hotel.
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