Scenic Cruises in France

 Spacious, sunny and serene, Southern France is detached from the fast-paced modern world. Here, creativity thrives, producing fine wines and gastronomic delights. This is a journey through ancient towns and sleepy villages, to hilltop hamlets overlooking vast vineyards scenery that seduced the likes of Van Gogh and Gauguin.

DAY 1 | PARIS
On arrival into Paris you will be met and transferred from the airport to your centrally located hotel. Overnight Special Stay: The Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel or similar.

 DAY 2 | CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE
Board the ultrafast TGV train for your journey to Dijon. On arrival transfer to Chalon-sur-Saône where a warm welcome awaits as you board your luxurious Scenic ‘SpaceShip’. Meals: B,D Guests on the 13 Day Paris to Taracon cruise only,Tour Code FRAC, join today at the Paris hotel by 9am.

 DAY 3 | CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE – TOURNUS
This morning visit Beaune for an included sightseeing tour culminating in your visit to Les Hospices de Beaune. Scenic FreeChoice (1) located in the ancient church of the Cordeliers visit Burgundy’s historic Marché aux Vins Cellars for a tasting; or (2) in the region considered the mustard capital of the world, enjoy a tasting at one of the region's mustard factories. Meals: B,L,D

 DAY 4 | TOURNUS
In the heart of southern Burgundy, you will tour the magnificent Château de Cormatin boasting beautiful gardens and water features with the château itself accessible via a drawbridge across its moat. Sample French truf les in nearby villages before our return to Tournus. This af ernoon you will sail the Rhône River onto Mâcon. Meals: B,L,D

DAY 5 | MÂCON
Scenic FreeChoice (1) retrace the characteristics of traditional life of the region on your visit to the fabulous Bresse Museum; or (2) wine tasting in the Beaujolais region; or (3) visit Cluny, a village built around the great Benedictine Abbey, a lovely example of Romanesque architecture. Meals: B,L,D

 DAY 6 | LYON
Enjoy your included tour of Lyon this morning, the gastronomic heart of France! Scenic FreeChoice (1) visit a traditional silk factory today to discover Lyon’s historic significance as an area for the production and weaving of silk; or (2) visit the medieval village of Pérouges; or (3) tour the exclusive culinary school, the Paul Bocuse Institute. Meals: B,L,D

 DAY 7 | TOURNON
Get back to nature and experience the charm of yesteryear aboard an historic steam train journey through picturesque terrain via stone tunnels and forested mountains spilling into valley streams. On your return to Tournon this af ernoon enjoy an included tour. Scenic Sundowners Enjoy an af ernoon cocktail on the terrace of the historic Castle of Tournon overlooking the Rhône!† Meals: B,L,D

 DAY 8 | TOURNON – VIVIERS
Scenic FreeChoice (1) Visit the spectacular wine cave in Tournon Castle for a tasting; or (2) enjoy a walking tour of the renowned wine growing center of Tain-l’Hermitage including a tasting at Valrhona Chocolates. This af ernoon relax on board as you cruise this famous wine growing region to Viviers. Meals: B,L,D
DAY 9 | VIVIERS – CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 
Enjoy a walking tour of Viviers including an organ recital. Scenic FreeChoice (1) tour the world’s nougat capital, Montélimar, including nougat tasting and entry to the Aviation Museum; or (2) a canoeing adventure through one of Europe’s largest natural canyons; or (3) a coach tour of the Ardèche National Park; or (4) a master class in French cuisine. Meals: B,L,D

DAY 10 | CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE – AVIGNONThe largest wine region in the southern Rhône, tour Châteauneuf-du-Pape including a tasting at a vineyard. Af ernoon cruising to Avignon. Scenic Enrich Be treated to an unforgettable experience at the prestigious Palais-des-Papes. Be invited for a guided tour before entering a private room in the palace for an exclusive gala dinner and classical concert. Meals: B,L,D

DAY 11 | AVIGNON
Scenic FreeChoice (1) visit the villages of the Luberon region including Gordes and Fontaine-de-Vaucluse; or (2) take an excursion to Uzès, including a visit to Pont du Gard; or (3) ‘Shop with a Chef’ for a guided visit to a local food market including regional tastings. Enjoy your af ernoon at leisure in Avignon. Meals: B,L,D

  DAY 12 | LA CAMARGUE
Today discover the spectacular La Camargue National Park as the beauty and wonder of this region unfolds. Scenic FreeChoice (1) visit the wild beauty of Saintes-Mariesde-la-Mer, and the Parc Ornithologique; or (2) tour the Salins of the Petite Camargue before visiting the picturesque village of Aigues-Mortes. Relax on the Sun Deck as we enjoy an af ernoon of roundtrip cruising from Tarascon towards the open waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Meals: B,L,D

DAY 13 | TARASCON
Scenic FreeChoice (1) tour Arles, a city that has inspired many artists; or (2) visit an olive farm and the hilltop village of Les Baux; or (3) visit Saint-Rémy including Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery where Van Gogh was held for a year. Meals: B,L,D

  DAY 14 | TARASCON – NICE AIRPORT
After breakfast this morning, disembark your Scenic ‘SpaceShip’ and transfer to Nice Airport for your onward or homebound flight. (Please book flights to depart after 3pm). Meals: B
 

 

Romantic France River Cruising

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