(Re)Discover France with a pitch-perfect adventure

Luxury river cruising experience strikes a chord for travellers looking to leave the beaten path

With the wisps of Mozart, Vivaldi and Bach reverberating off the walls of Avignon’s exquisite Popes’ Palace, you’re struck with a realization that this might be a high note of your latest adventure.

Welcome to a side of France you’ve likely heard of, but never experienced before.

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

Eight- to 12-day river cruises and tours give travellers access to the rich tapestry of a country that is as diverse as it is beautiful. Unique gems such as Cadillac, Cognac and Bourg are just waiting to be (re)discovered.

Soak up the atmosphere of Avignon’s “Palais des Papes,” the biggest Gothic palace in all of Europe and officially deemed a World Heritage Site in 1995. And once the doors close to the public, stay for a Scenic Enrich-exclusive classical concert in one of the grandiose rooms.

In Lyon, enjoy an exclusive acapella choir performance at the ornately decorated Trinity Chapel. Or in Northern France, take in Château de La Roche-Guyon, built into a steep rock face overlooking the Seine River and the small village bearing the same name. The medieval-era chateau allows visitors to experience the opulence and grandeur of yesteryear as they enjoy a classical concert performed by the region’s finest musicians.

Listen close enough, meanwhile, and travellers will also hear France’s storied history come to life. Tours of the historic Roquetaillade Castle are guided by the current resident whose ancestors have resided in the castle for more than 700 years.

Adventurers looking to march to the beat of their own drum have the option to leverage the new Scenic Tailormade App. Whether exploring on foot or on complimentary e-bikes, embark on a journey of discovery through enlightening river commentary and guided touring.

After a long day of exploring, guests can return to Scenic’s state-of-the-art Space-Ships where the sensory experience continues.

Close your eyes and imagine the sound of a butler knocking on the door with your tea. Or try Scenic’s latest additions: relaxing yoga, invigorating Sun Salutations and the “fountain of youth,” the Five Tibetan Rites.

And when it’s time to add some fuel to the next day’s adventure, choose from up to five on-board dining options. Hear the cork pop on a Grand Cru Class wine from the Cognac region. Listen as chefs shuck fresh oysters from the waters of Arcachon Bay.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours embarks in France in 2020. Travellers have the opportunity to 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.