France Culinary Cruises

Join us for a culinary cruise experience like never before

Experience the flavours of France on a Scenic Culinary Cruise 

The allure of France has fascinated discerning travellers for centuries, with its rich combination of art, architecture, history and world-renowned gastronomy. Join Scenic on a truly all-inclusive luxury cruise along France's waterways as we take you to the heart of its captivating cities and provinces. 
To the French, food is more than just nourishment, it is a way of life. The philosophy is that if you haven’t enjoyed a feat of succulent and flavourful dishes made from carefully selected ingredients, set on a beautiful table, paired with fine wine, in warm company of near and dear ones, it is as if you haven’t dined at all. Discover the elegant art of French cooking through Scenic’s Culinary Cruises and be a part of France’s love affair with food. 

You’ll find that a Scenic river cruise is more than a five-star cruise, it’s a personalised journey you can tailor to your own interests including culinary-themed cruises.  

Four reasons to book a France Culinary Cruise

  • Sample fresh, regional produce
    France is renowned for its exceptional produce; full of all the flavours of a country that prides itself on using only the best ingredients.
  • The art of French winemaking
    From learning to construct a barrel from a professional cooper, to blind tastings of local wines, you can sip your way in style along France’s waterways.
  • Cooking Classes
    Shop with a Chef to learn to pick the freshest ingredients for your Scenic Culinaire on board cooking class. Visit the 3 Michelin Star Restaurant Georges Blanc for an enlightening cooking demonstration.
  • Complementary condiments
    The piquant mustard, fresh olive oil from an olive farm, ‘black diamonds’ in the dirt of a truffle farm plus the most divine Valrhona chocolates await.

Highlights of Tastes of Southern France

On this cruise, you will sample the finest Beaujolais wines, join a truffle hunt and learn all about the quintessential French condiment, mustard. You will attend a cooking demonstration in Chef Georges Blanc’s restaurant, and savour a delectable, regional Bresse Chicken prepared on board by Michelin star chef Didier Goiffon and his team. Your exclusive Scenic Enrich experience will put you inside the Cité du Chocolate museum in Tain-l'Hermitage, after the doors have closed to the public. 

Highlights of Tastes of Southern France

  • Learning the art of barrel making at a cooperage
  • A visit to an organic goat cheese farm with tasting
  • An on board dinner prepared by Michelin star chef Didier Goiffon
  • Explore Beaune and visit a local mustard producer
  • After-hours access to Cité Du Chocolate
  • Lunch at a Bouchon restaurant in Lyon

Flavours of Bordeaux 

Explore the vineyards of Sauternes on your e-bike and taste the Grand Cru Classe wines of Château Lafaurie-Peyrague. Discover Lillet, the classic aperitif and delight in a truffle dinner. Fancy your Cognac? Where better to indulge than the legendary Rémy Martin estate. Take in the Saint- Émilion wine region and learn the art of food photography. As a digestif to these surpassing gourmet adventures, you will have exclusive after-hours access to Les Bassins de Lumières art installation. 

Highlights of Flavours of Bordeaux

  • A visit to a Lillet producer
  • Markets experience at Château de La Rivière
  • Explore the Pomerol wine region
  • Learn the art of barrel making at a cooperage
  • Master the art of food photography during an on board class
  • Exclusive after-hours access to Les Bassins de Lumières

France Culinary Cruises 

Scenic Culinaire

One of the most exciting elements on board Scenic Sapphire and Scenic Diamond is our exclusive Scenic Culinaire cooking experience. Guests will now be able to immerse themselves in the culinary wonders of the Rhône and Bordeaux regions onshore and on board.
France is the epicentre of cuisine and fine dining and Scenic Culinaire will allow our guests to participate in an onboard cooking class, taught by experts, featuring the finest local ingredients.
We've even included a live camera and screen so that you won't miss a thing as its being cooked. And of course, the best bit will be the tastings at the conclusion of each class.

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