(Re)Discover France through a different lens

It was love at first sight – from the decadent Carrera marble gleaning in the 17th-century Trinity Chapel to the towering Dune du Pilat in Arcachon on the tip of Europe’s longest coastal beach.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours is giving travellers the opportunity to (re)discover France through an all-inclusive luxury river cruising experience that will excite the senses and create lasting vivid memories – ones that need to be seen to be believed.

This is a side of France you’ve never seen before, and you’ll likely never see again.

In the enchanting Bordeaux region, guests with Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours have a chance to visit a network of postcard-like freshwater lakes, expansive national parks and pristine beaches. Or they can explore the network of colourful villages that dot the countryside – including the small town of Saint-Émilion, the jewel of this ancient wine-growing region

In Northern France, the Seine River is the lifeblood of Paris, however the “city of light” is just one of the highlights on a cruise along this splendid waterway that is a land of resplendent castles and awe-inspiring cathedrals.

Let history come to life on a hike to King Richard the Lionheart’s Château Gaillard. Or enjoy a walking tour in Rouen, home to famous sites relating to Joan of Arc and the historic Rouen Cathedral.

Guests can also tour Claude Monet’s residence and gardens in Giverny, with colours and light that are instantly recognizable as the focus of his legendary Water Lilies series. The architecture of Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, meanwhile, is a work of art in itself. Wander the magnificent halls and gardens of this national treasure, the inspiration for Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles.

In the Chalon-sur-Saône region, 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.

Tarascon, meanwhile, provides a glimpse into the artistic heritage of Arles. Visit the striking Arles Arena, or stop in at the hilltop village of Les Baux before touring a charming family-run olive farm.

From France’s stunning landscape back to the five-star floating hotel, guests on board Scenic’s Space-Ships will see luxury cruising through a new lens. This experience provides guests with an all-inclusive luxury cruise where they can put their wallet somewhere safe and still have the time of their lives.

A highlight is the Scenic Sun Lounge in the balcony suites, which gives travellers a private oasis to take in the breathtaking France landscapes. At the gentle press of a button, the glass smoothly glides open and the balcony seamlessly converts into an exclusive lounge that allows travellers to enjoy the luxury of extra space as well as unparalleled views.

Scenic’s luxurious suites are among the largest on the French waters – including the 510-square-foot one-bedroom Royal Owner’s Suites available on the Southern France and Bordeaux region cruises.

In 2020, Scenic is offering a range of eight- to 12-day river cruises and tours. Travellers can enhance their experiences with various city stays and extensions.

For an ultimate getaway, combine two river cruises or a river cruise with an escorted land tour in Spain, Portugal or Italy.