(Re)Discover France with a feast for the senses

Truffles in Tournus, brandy in Bordeaux, pastries in Paris – your palates are set to come alive.

In 2020, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours is launching a series of eight- to 12-day all-inclusive luxury river cruises and tours through France that will be a feast for the senses and a chance to (re)discover a country brimming with wonders waiting to be explored.

From Lyon to Marseille and Paris to Bordeaux, French cuisine will be a main course that will tantalize your taste buds. In the south of France, sip lavender lemonade in the Lavender Museum in Ardèche, tour a local farm in Les Andelys to sample cider, the region’s speciality, or stop in at the hilltop village of Les Baux before touring a charming family-run olive farm.

You might even want to join a cooking demonstration at the esteemed Paul Bocuse culinary school in Lyon, considered the gastronomic heart of France.

A guided walk of Tain l’Hermitage in Tournon, meanwhile, includes a tasting at the world-famous Valrhona Chocolates. Valrhona has been producing the world’s finest chocolate since 1922. Enjoy the flavor of rare cocoa beans, grown on land masterfully selected for its terroir.

During your journey through the beguiling Bordeaux region, you will have ample opportunity to taste several of Grand Cru Classé wines that trace their linage back to standards set by Emperor Napoleon III in the mid-1800s. Explore the sunlit Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a Côtes du Rhône vineyard, or enjoy a tasting amid the vines at the estate of Château Meursault in Chalon-sur-Saône.

Back on board your Scenic Space-Ship, embrace French cooking through the Scenic Culinaire exclusive cooking school. Available on the South of France and Bordeaux trips, you will have a chance to immerse yourself in the delights of French gastronomy under the tutelage of expert chefs. Each Scenic Culinaire class is tailored to the region and catered to only 10 guests at a time for a truly personalized experience.

In select locations, you can also visit local markets with a Scenic chef to pick out the freshest local produce, and then watch as they prepare it back on board. Visit a local food market in World Heritage-listed Bordeaux and marvel at the gastronomic delights that surround you. Relish the chance to shop with a chef and taste the best produce.

The wines on board, meanwhile, are hand selected by Scenic’s sommelier from the finest regional varieties and are available throughout the day. Relax in L’Amour Restaurant and enjoy a five-course menu paired with wines from the region’s best wineries. A special treat awaits in Rouen where a local pâtissier will come on board with a selection of their finest desserts to sample from.