Join the au­thor and en­tre­pre­neur on this de­light­ful river cruise through the gas­tro­nomic heart of France

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For those with a taste for the finer things in life, the Rhône is a cul­tural and culi­nary feast: de­li­cious food, a su­perb wine-mak­ing tra­di­tion, spell­bind­ing scenery and a his­tor­i­cal depth to match.

A visit to the re­gion is a treat at any time, but this su­perb river cruise, which sets sail from Lyon, is par­tic­u­larly spe­cial – as be­fits our in­au­gu­ral Good House­keep­ing hol­i­day.

As well as all the sights, sounds and flavours of this mag­nif­i­cent part of the world, from wine-tast­ing in Bur­gundy to sight­see­ing in the Ro­man city of Ar­les, you’ll en­joy a guest ap­pear­ance by Prue Leith – a woman whose life has been ded­i­cated to great food. Prue has worked as a restau­ra­teur, busi­ness­woman, caterer, broad­caster, jour­nal­ist, cook­ery writer and nov­el­ist, not to for­get as a judge on The Great Bri­tish Bake Off. She will re­gale you with anec­dotes from her ca­reer and join you for drinks and din­ner, a book sign­ing and a wine-tast­ing trip to Beaune. This is a tan­ta­lis­ing jour­ney that is ex­clu­sive to our read­ers and prom­ises to be one to re­mem­ber.


Hear sto­ries from one of the most fas­ci­nat­ing per­son­al­i­ties of the culi­nary world, Prue Leith, who has launched her first cook­book in 25 years. She says, ‘I can’t wait to join Good

House­keep­ing read­ers on this voy­age through the culi­nary heart of France. I will share the tips and tricks I have learnt dur­ing my ca­reer, join you on a spe­cial wine-tast­ing and be on hand to an­swer your ques­tions on all sorts of sub­jects, from start­ing a culi­nary school to be­com­ing an au­thor and my TV ca­reer.’


This eight-day cruise sees you ex­pe­ri­ence the best of Bur­gundy and the Rhône Val­ley in style. As well as vis­it­ing Lyon, one of the world’s great gourmet des­ti­na­tions, you will ex­plore the Ro­man city of Vi­enne, the vine­yards of Beaune, ex­tra­or­di­nary lime­stone cliffs of Ardèche, and Provence, the land of laven­der and rosé. His­tor­i­cal high­lights in­clude the Popes’ Palace in Avi­gnon, the Ro­man town of Ar­les – once home to Vin­cent van Gogh – and the awein­spir­ing an­cient aqueduct of Pont du Gard.


Your jour­ney through France will take place on one of the world’s finest river cruise ships, the MS Wil­liam Shake­speare – a sleek and stylish ves­sel in Riviera’s lux­ury fleet. Fur­nished with sus­tain­ably sourced trop­i­cal hard­woods, it has pol­ished brass and wrought-iron fit­tings, thick-pile car­pets, deep arm­chairs and fa­cil­i­ties that will de­light you, in­clud­ing a sun­deck, lounge bar with panoramic views, first-class din­ing op­tions, splash pool, putting green, well­ness area with sauna and a hair sa­lon. The ship’s lay­out, sub­tle light­ing, el­e­gant decor and op­u­lent cab­ins are among the best you will find on a river cruise. Car­ry­ing just 140 pas­sen­gers, it has an ex­cel­lent crew-toguest ra­tio, en­sur­ing high lev­els of ser­vice.


◆ Lis­ten­ing to a pri­vate Q&A ses­sion with Prue Leith, dis­cussing her life and ca­reer. ◆ Watch­ing a demon­stra­tion by Prue as she shares her favourite tips, fol­lowed by a sign­ing of her lat­est cook­book, Prue: My All-time Favourite Recipes. ◆ Vis­it­ing beau­ti­ful spots around the Rhône, such as the Ardèche Gorges, the cliffs around Con­drieu, Saint-ram­bertd’al­bon and Saint Val­lier, as well as the Ro­man city of Ar­les and his­tor­i­cal Avi­gnon. ◆ Sam­pling the re­gion’s famed food and wines, with trips to Beaune, the wine cap­i­tal of Bur­gundy, Vi­enne and Tournon. ◆ Trav­el­ling on the MS Wil­liam Shake­speare, en­joy­ing the el­e­gance, style and lux­ury of this five-star ship.

Hol­i­day with cover star Prue Leith

You will sail past the fa­mous Pont d’avi­gnon

Your ship, the MS Wil­liam Shake­speare En­joy the flavours of France

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