Spectacular South of France


Over 11 days, cruise along the Saône and Rhône through the South of France in 5-star all-inclusive luxury. Highlights include Lyon, Avignon, Viviers & Beaune.

Members from: $6,395 P.P Twin ShareNon-members from: $6,495 P.P Twin ShareSolo traveller from: $14,490

  • Type

    River Cruising

  • Destination

    United Kingdom & Europe

  • Supplier

    Scenic

  • Booking Code

    Over 11 days, cruise along the Saône and Rhône through the South of France in 5-star all-inclusive luxury. Highlights include Lyon, Avignon, Viviers & Beaune.

  • Departs

    17 August 2022

    20 September 2022

    30 September 2022

    10 October 2022

    11 April 2023

    5 May 2023

    4 June 2023

    28 July 2023

    17 August 2023

    30 September 2023

    20 October 2023


Includes


  • 5-Star Scenic Space-Ship with up to 149 guests

  • Spacious Balcony Suites with an innovative Scenic Sun Lounge

  • 2 Scenic Enrich experiences including an extraordinary classical concert and dinner in the magnificent Popes Palace in Avignon and an Acapella Choir performance at the Baroque Trinity Chapel in Lyon – all Exclusive to Scenic

  • Scenic Culinaire – for Exclusive on board cooking lessons

  • Personalise your trip with 29 included Scenic Freechoice activities

  • Dine at your choice of up to five on board venues, from casual to fine dining
    29 meals – 10 breakfasts (B), 9 lunches (L) and 10 dinners (D)

  • Complimentary premium beverages all day, every day – not just at meal times

  • Butler service for every suite

  • Complimentary full mini-bar restocked daily

  • Innovative Salt Therapy Lounge and fitness area

  • Scenic Tailormade App for river commentary and independent exploration

  • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles


Your senses will be awakened in the South of France


Take the time to discover the beauty of the South of France on a luxury cruise with Scenic.

Over ten awe-inspiring nights, the tastes, sights and smells of Southern France unravel as you cruise the magical Saône and Rhône Rivers. Taste the gourmet offerings in Lyon, the food capital of France, and immerse yourself in the acclaimed Burgundy wine region, sampling many of its products. Marvel at iconic sights such as the Palais des Papes in Avignon, visit Arles and see the sights Vincent Van Gogh so famously painted during his time here. The possibilities are endless and the temptations of succumbing to the South of France become even more alluring.

Itinerary


Day 1 - Lyon

Welcome to the spectacular city of Lyon. Upon arrival, transfer to the Scenic Sapphire where your friendly crew await to welcome you on board.



Spend the afternoon exploring your Scenic Space-Ship. Perhaps relax in the on board Salt Therapy Lounge and soak in the healing properties of the salt, or simply take a beverage on to the Sun Deck and admire the magnificent views across the city of Lyon.



Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 - Lyon > Tournus

Relax on board as you cruise the Saône River towards Tournus. Perhaps sharpen your skills on French cookery at a lesson in Scenic Culinaire.



Freechoice

Explore Château de Cormatin, admire the castles gilded rooms, surrounding moat and water features, as well as the perfectly manicured gardens. Or, join highly trained hounds and their owners in a nearby quaint village locating and sampling French truffles. Alternatively, visit the restaurant of three star Michelin chef, Georges Blanc for a cooking demonstration.



Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Chalon-sur-Saône



Freechoice

Explore Beaune, including a visit to Les Hospices de Beaune. The former hospital is a prime example of traditional 15th century Burgundian architecture and now houses a fascinating museum. Alternatively, visit a local château and taste some of the acclaimed wines from this premium estate located in the heart of the Burgundy region, or visit the photography museum in the town where it was first invented. The museum is home to over three million photographs and objects, which you will have the opportunity to observe with your local guide.



Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Tain l’Hermitage

Day 4 - Tain l’Hermitage:

Perhaps start your day with a stretching class on the Sun Deck, or simply enjoy a leisurely morning as you take in the picturesque riverside panoramas.



Freechoice

Enjoy wine tasting at a local vineyard, or join a guided walking tour of the village of Tain l’Hermitage, including a tasting at Valrhona Chocolates. Alternatively, join a guided cycling tour along the Rhône to neighbouring villages.



Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Avignon



Freechoice

Take a walking tour of the magnificent city of Avignon, including entrance to the Popes’ Palace and famed St. Benezet Bridge also known as the Pont d’Avignon. Alternatively, join an excursion to Pont du Gard, an engineering masterpiece dating back to the middle of the first century which was designed to carry water to the city of Nîmes, or paddle along the Gardon River underneath the spectacular Pont du Gard by kayak.



Enrich

Enjoy a truly unforgettable experience at the prestigious Palais des Papes. After the doors close to the general public, be treated to an exclusive dinner and classical concert in one of the grandiose rooms.



Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Avignon



Freechoice

Shop with a Chef at a local food market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire with your fresh ingredients. Alternatively, drop into the villages of the Luberon region, including Gordes and Sénanque Abbey, or sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a Côtes du Rhône vineyard. If you’re feeling more active, you may choose to visit one of the most beautiful villages of France, Roussillon for a guided tour and a visit to the Lavender museum.



Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Tarascon



Freechoice

Explore the artistic heritage of Arles, and visit the striking Arles Arena, or stop in at the pretty medieval hilltop village of Les Baux and visit Carrières de Lumières, a former quarry that now houses an impressive art installation. Alternatively, tour a charming family-run olive farm followed by a cooking class where our host will divulge local recipes, or take an active walk through La Camargue National Park. This afternoon you may wish to enjoy the medieval charm of Tarascon. It is the perfect city to cycle around so why not jump on an e-bike and cycle the riverside paths along the Rhône, or simply stay on board and take a painting class.



Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Viviers



Freechoice

Enjoy a walking tour of Viviers. Admire the many monuments and architectural treasures of this beautiful town, or learn about the history of the French Resistance. Hear stories of heroism and daring missions as you explore the town.



Freechoice

Explore the Ardèche National Park including the Caverne du Pont-d’Arc Museum, a replica museum depicting the collection of engravings, paintings and drawings found in the nearby Chauvet Cave, or visit Bollene Hydroplant and dive into the world of renewable energies. Learn about the hydro power plant, wind farm and the two solar power plants located here. Alternatively, drop into the beautiful provincial town of Grignan for a guided tour and a visit to the Château, before enjoying some time at leisure to explore on your own.



Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - Lyon

Take in the vistas of the Rhône River as you sail towards the gastronomic heart of France, Lyon.



Enrich

Tonight admire the beauty of one of the city’s greatest baroque buildings, Trinity Chapel. Built in the 17th century, the interior is decadently covered in Carrera marble. As an exclusive experience with Scenic, join your fellow guests for a breathtaking acapella

choir performance in this wonderful setting.



Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 - Lyon



Freechoice

Discover Lyon’s historic significance by traversing its hidden secret passageways dating back to the 4th century, and visit Notre Dame Basilica for magnificent views across the city. Or explore Lyon on foot and view famous sights along the waterways. Alternatively, learn about Lyon’s rich heritage in silk production during a silk painting workshop, or walk the cobblestone paths in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges.



This evening enjoy one final indulgence when a local pâtissier comes on board with a selection of their finest desserts for your dining pleasure.



Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 - Lyon

Depart after a wonderful farewell breakfast. Lyon is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.



This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions.



Meals Included: Breakfast


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