Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: Rumba along the Rhone with Strictly stars Anton and Erin on a fantastic French cruise
If you’ve been inspired by this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, here is your chance to enjoy a wonderful French river cruise starring Anton du Beke, the only professional to have danced on the show since the very start. Anton and his partner Erin Boag, another former Strictly favourite, will join readers on this fabulous eight- day voyage through the beautiful countryside of the Rhone valley.
Travelling on board an elegant Emerald Waterways Star-Ship, you will set sail from Lyon and sail along both the Rhone and Saone rivers, stopping at the charming towns of Avignon, Arles, Viviers, Tournon and Chalon-sur-Saone.
Anton and Erin always bring something magical to the dance floor and you will see them perform at an historic venue in Avignon, plus take part in a dance masterclass on board. Anton and Erin will also host a fascinating Q&A session, during which you can ask them about their lives and careers and what really goes on behind the scenes at Strictly.
Magical: The famous bridge in the charming town of Avignon
OUR SPECIAL GUESTS
You will be joined by Strictly’s Anton and Erin
Anton du Beke and Erin Boag, above, have danced together for 20 years and are two of the nation’s all-time favourite ballroom stars. Their charisma, chemistry and dazzling choreography have wowed audiences around the world. Anton, who has starred in all 17 series of Strictly to date, has also recently released his first novel, One Enchanted Evening.
Earlier this year, Anton and Erin were the stars of our Strictly-inspired river cruise along the Danube. And as one reader said of that holiday: ‘It’s been such a wonderful experience seeing Anton and Erin perform. I cannot imagine anything better.’
What’s more, if you book your place on next year’s Rhone trip by December 8, you will save £200 per couple*.
REASONS TO BOOK
See Anton and Erin dance
Anton and Erin will give a one-off performance in the unique setting of the Espace Jeanne Laurent in Avignon. These four incredible rooms were once used to store the town’s drinking water. Now they host special events and include a wide balcony with panoramic views of the Pont d’Avignon. You will also join the ballroom stars for a cocktail reception and photo opportunity.
Join a dance masterclass
Perfect your waltz and finesse your foxtrot during a special dance class on board with Anton and Erin. You will also hear them talk about their long-term partnership and love of dance during a Q&A session.
Sail in style
You will travel on the elegant Emerald Liberté Star-Ship with spacious balcony suites, excep-tional cuisine, a sun-deck and an indoor heated pool with a retractable roof which transforms into a cinema at night. All cabins offer an en suite bathroom, hotel-style beds, wi-fi and a TV.
The best of the Rhone
Explore Viviers, home of one of France’s oldest cathedrals, the vineyards of Beaune and Pro-vence, the land of lavender, by foot or on guided bike rides.
Other highlights include the Popes’ Palace in Avignon and historic Tournon and Arles. You’ll also visit France’s gastronomic capital Lyon, discover the wine-making tradition of Chalon-sur-Saone and enjoy a special Provencal on-board dining experience prepared by top chef Fabien Morreale.
- Return flights, taxes and transfers.
- Seven nights’ deluxe accommodation in an Emerald Stateroom.
- All on-board meals and wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner.
- All activities and excursions (as listed online) including performance, masterclass and Q&A with Anton du Beke and Erin Boag.
- Tips, gratuities and free wi-fi on board.
HOW TO BOOK
The dates: April 11-18, 2020. The price: £1,595pp* for eight days. Call us FREE on 01615 164 471 quoting reference Mai Sun Anton Erin. To find out more, visit mailtravel.co.uk/AntonErin.
Terms and conditions: *Prices correct at time of going to press and are per person, based on two people sharing our lowest-priced available cabins and include relevant discounts. Supplements apply for single travellers. Quoted price includes special £200 per couple discount valid on new bookings made by December 8, 2019, and is subject to availability. For full booking conditions, visit emeraldwaterways.co.uk. Our travel partner, Emerald Waterways, is ABTA-bonded and ATOL-protected.
… Or discover Pasha’s passion on the Rhine
You will be joined by Strictly’s Pasha Kovalev
We have another sparkling dance-themed voyage you can join next year, this time with former Strictly champion Pasha Kovalev.
The Latin specialist will dance with his professional partner at Koblenz’s stunning Electoral Palace, give a dance masterclass and share behind-the-scenes Strictly secrets in an exclusive Q&A.
This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy an eight-day cruise along the Rhine from Basel to Amsterdam, plus meet one of Strictly’s most popu-lar dancers and choreographers.
- Return flights, taxes and transfers.
- Seven nights’ deluxe river cruise ship accommodation.
- All on-board meals and drinks with lunch and dinner.
- Exclusive events with Pasha Kovalev, including performance, Q&A and masterclass.
- EmeraldEXCURSION, EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldACTIVE excursions.
- Tips and gratuities.
- Free wi-fi on board and complimentary bikes.
HOW TO BOOK
The dates: April 3-10, 2020. The price: From £1,570pp* for eight days.
Call 0161 516 3906, quoting ref MAI SUN PASHA. To find out more, visit mailtravel.co.uk/strictly.
Terms and conditions: * All our holidays are subject to availability. Prices correct at time of going to press and are per person, based on two people sharing our lowest-priced available cabins, and include relevant discounts. Supplements apply for single travellers. For full booking conditions, visit emeraldwaterways.co.uk. Our travel partner, Emerald Waterways, is ABTA-bonded and ATOL-protected.