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Experience the cuisine, art & architecture of France in 2021

For lovers of art, architecture and fine dining, France is a region of endless wonders. The country offers an abundance of sights and experiences to ignite your senses.  

Those interested in the country’s poignant past can discover the many World War memorials, aesthetes can gaze upon world-renowned artworks and artists’ abodes, and gastronomes can delight in some of the finest wines and exquisite haute cuisine in all of Europe. 

A river cruise along France’s famed waterways is an idyllic way to explore the country. Our enhanced 2021 France river cruise itineraries include an array of exciting and new experiences, handcrafted to let you uncover quintessential France at its finest. Soak up the glamour of the country’s enchanting cities and witness the quaint charm of the picturesque countryside, enjoying truly all-inclusive luxury on board your intimate Scenic Space-Ship.

Our 5-star fleet of Space-Ships travelling to the magnificent South of France and Bordeaux regions feature our exclusive cooking school, Scenic Culinaire. Your journey will be one of true luxury, complemented by the spectacular cuisine of each region. You’ll have the chance to ‘Shop with a Chef’ in select locations, as well as learn the art of French cooking through an interactive demonstration on board with our expert chefs.

Learn more about the wonders of this eclectic country and find the perfect Scenic river cruise for you.

The best of art and history

If you are seeking to learn more about France’s rich history, our 11-day Normandy & Gems of the Seine river cruise gives you the opportunity to pay homage to the soldiers who lost their lives in World War I and World War II. Commemorate the war heroes of the Battle of Somme at the Somme battlefields, and walk the historic Normandy beaches (the site of the D-Day landings), followed by a visit to the Landing Museum at Arromanches.

As well as history, our 11-day river cruise lets you embrace the stunning art scene of France. Witness a once-in-a-lifetime classical concert within the opulent surrounds of the 18th-century Château de La Roche-Guyon, as part of our exclusive Scenic Enrich programme. The country’s romantic capital, Paris, is also yours to uncover at your leisure. In charming Giverny, visit the residence of acclaimed Impressionist painter Claude Monet, and wander through his mesmerising gardens – the subject of his best-known works.

Hidden treasures of the French countryside 

Experience a different side of France on our 11-day South of France river cruise. Uncover a more rural route through the country, witnessing the hidden treasures of the French countryside. Journey to one of the most beautiful villages in France, Roussillon. As part of your guided tour, you’ll visit a renowned Lavender museum. The region boasts fiery red cliffs and rich deposits of ochre pigments, which have in turn resulted in the unique ochre coloured houses that have made the village famous. Lined with squares bedecked with flowers, the idyllic beauty of this place has to be seen to be believed.

Gastronomic dining experiences 

France is synonymous with fine dining. The best way to experience the exceptional cuisine and wines of the country is through Scenic’s brand new Culinary Cruises.

Tastes of Southern France

Immerse yourself in the very best culinary highlights of the region on our 11-day Tastes of Southern France river cruise. Taste the finest of Beaujolais wines, embark on a truffle hunting adventure, and learn the history of the tangy and flavourful Burgundy mustard. You’ll also receive an exclusive invite to attend a cooking demonstration in the restaurant of acclaimed chef, Georges Blanc, as well as the chance to savour a delicious regional Bresse chicken dish prepared on board by the Michelin star chef Didier Goiffon and his team. 

As part of our exclusive Scenic Enrich programme, visit the Cité Du Chocolate museum in Tain l'Hermitage for a private tour after the doors have closed to the public. Attend a fun and interactive workshop and then indulge in tasting the premium chocolates crafted here by the master chocolatiers.

Flavours of Bordeaux

Discover the celebrated gastronomy of the Bordeaux region on our 11-day Flavours of Bordeaux river cruise. If you thought Bordeaux was only about fine wines, think again. During your cruise, you will have the chance to explore rolling vineyards from a unique perspective – by our on board e-bikes.

You can also delight in an array of culinary experiences, including the chance to learn about the refreshing French aperitif Lillet, a sensuous blind wine tasting, and a private Cognac tasting at the Rémy Martin estate. You’ll be treated to an indulgent truffle dinner, be able to discover the history of foie gras, and learn how to take delectable food photographs during an on board workshop. Capture the memories of your culinary cruise on camera to cherish forever.

As well as the unforgettable epicurean adventures, you can look forward to exclusive after-hours access to the new Les Bassins de Lumières, a former World War II submarine base that has been converted into an art installation, as part of our exclusive Scenic Enrich programme. Gaze upon the breathtaking artworks amid the atmospheric setting with a glass of Champagne in hand. 

Discover the essence of France in truly all-inclusive luxury with Scenic. From the country’s many glamorous cities and historical landmarks to its famed wine regions and gastronomic dining, our complete collection of France river cruises will ignite all of your senses. Take a look at our itineraries online or request your free brochure