Day 1 | Highlights: City of light
Celebrate the start of your France holiday at this evening’s welcome reception and relax at one of our luxurious city central hotels. A world of wonder awaits you.
Day 2 | Chalon-sur-Saône Highlights: Welcome reception
Traverse the Île de France countryside aboard the TGV train to Dijon. Known worldwide for its famous mustard exports you’ll enjoy an orientation tour and time at leisure before transferring to Chalon-sur-Saône. Your friendly crew await to welcome you on board your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship for your journey through France’s iconic south.
Day 3 | Chalon-sur-Saône > Tournus Highlights: Burgundy region
This morning explore Beaune, including a visit to Les Hospices de Beaune. Alternatively, visit the estate of Château de Savigny-les-Beaune to see the impressive collection of motorcycles, race cars, and fighter planes.
Day 4 | Tournus > Mâcon Highlights: Riverside cycling
Experience the magnificent Château de Cormatin, boasting beautiful gardens and water features. Alternatively, join the intelligent hounds and their owners in a nearby quaint village to locate and sample French truffles – a gastronomic delicacy. Enjoy leisurely cruising to Mâcon this afternoon, or opt for a class in French cuisine in Scenic Culinaire on board. Alternatively, cycle from Tournus to Mâcon and meet the ship there.
Day 5 | Mâcon Highlights: Beaujolais wine region
You’re sure to love Mâcon. Be fascinated by its history and delighted by the surrounding picturesque farming region acclaimed for its five wine appellations and gastronomy.
Day 6 | Lyon Highlights: Enrich Scenic Rouge cabaret
Awake today in Lyon, the gastronomic heart of France.
Day 7 | Tournon Highlights: Sundowners at Tournon Castle
Cruising from Lyon you’ll have the opportunity to soak in the picturesque riverside panoramas as you glide effortlessly toward Tournon. On arrival in Tournon enjoy a fun lecture on the French paradox and etiquette.
Day 8 | Tournon > Viviers Highlights: Chocolates and wine
Enjoy a unique wine tasting in the wine cave of Tournon Castle, or join a guided walk of Tain l’Hermitage including a tasting at Valrhona Chocolates. You could also enjoy a group bike ride along the Rhône to neighbouring villages, or hike Heritage Hill for a tasting of the delicious varietals of the region amidst the vines.
Day 9 | Viviers > Châteauneuf-du-Pape Highlights: Ardèche National Park
Enjoy a walking tour of Viviers including an organ recital in the town’s cathedral.
Day 10 | Châteauneuf-du-Pape > Avignon Highlights: Côtes du Rhône
Join an exclusive cooking class in Scenic Culinaire on board, or sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a charming Côtes du Rhône vineyard.
Day 11 | Avignon Highlights: Enrich dinner at Pope’s Palace
Shop with a Chef at a local food market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire with your fresh ingredients. Alternatively, drop in to the villages of the Luberon region including Gordes and l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, or take an excursion to Uzès and Pont du Gard.
Day 12 | La Camargue Highlights: La Camargue National Park
Choices today include the spectacular La Camargue National Park.
Day 13 | Tarascon Highlights: Villages of Provence
The riverside town of Tarascon exudes a charming medieval character.
Day 14 | Tarascon > Nice Highlights:
After breakfast, disembark your Scenic Space-Ship and travel to Nice, on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, where you’ll spend two relaxing days at a magnificent property, and get to explore the charming Côte d’Azur region.
Day 15 | Monte Carlo Highlights:
With her beautiful old town and picturesque seaside promenade, Nice will delight and surprise you. Enjoy a little free time there before taking a scenic journey to neighbouring Monte Carlo in Monaco. Here you’ll visit the Prince’s Palace of Monaco, which includes entry to the Palace State Apartments with its wonderfully ornate furnishings and elaborate décor.
Day 16 | Nice > Rapallo Highlights:
Bidding adieu to France, you begin your Italian discovery by travelling along the beautiful Mediterranean coast, stopping in historic Genoa, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. A former European Capital of Culture, this Italian Riviera city boasts a multitude of hidden gems in its labyrinth of quaint alleyways. Enjoy an orientation tour followed by time at leisure before your afternoon arrival in Rapallo. You’ll enjoy another orientation tour before checking in for a two night stay at your exquisite hotel on the coast of the beautiful Ligurian Sea.
Day 17 | Cinque Terre Highlights:
The rugged coastline known as the Cinque Terre, or ‘Five Lands’, is a World Heritage-listed Site that comprises the five villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. They’re accessible only via walking paths, train or boat, but this only lends to the already considerable charm of these unique 11th century villages. Today, you’ll enjoy a full day exploring this picturesque coastline and you’ll very quickly come to appreciate why it’s one of Italy’s most visited regions.
Day 18 | Pisa > Florence Highlights:
Travel to Pisa and explore the town on a walking tour before visiting the Square of Miracles for a view of the legendary ‘Leaning Tower’. Although known principally for its leaning tower (the bell tower of the city’s cathedral), Pisa has a wealth of historic churches, palaces and bridges. After spending a little time discovering this historic maritime republic, you’ll travel to San Gimignano to discover the Communal Palace and Duomo, among other wonderful attractions. This afternoon, you’ll arrive at your hotel in Florence, the jewel in the crown of Italy’s alluring Tuscany region.
Day 19 | Florence Highlights:
Florence is often called the ‘capital of arts’, and for good reason. According to UNESCO, sixty percent of the world’s most important works of art are located in Italy and half of those are in beautiful Florence. Enjoy a walking tour of the city, starting at the Academy of Fine Arts, where you’ll get to admire Michelangelo’s David. You’ll also see the Duomo, Giotto’s Belltower, and get to walk on the Ponte Vecchio.
Day 20 | Florence > Rome Highlights:
Traverse the Tuscan countryside this morning to Rome, where you’ll be introduced to many famous sights, including the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona. You’ll stay at your centrally located hotel for two nights.
Day 21 | Rome Highlights:
Begin today’s sightseeing in the world’s smallest country, the Vatican City, where you’ll visit the Vatican Museum, the breathtaking Sistine Chapel, and the world’s largest church, St. Peter’s Basilica, before emerging into St. Peter’s Square. Officially the Vatican City State, it’s one of Europe’s last six remaining absolute monarchies, and consists entirely of one walled enclave within the city of Rome. From there you’ll continue to the Roman Forum, surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings in Rome’s centre, before concluding your tour at the mighty Colosseum. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Rome’s magnificence before a special farewell dinner with new found friends in Italy’s alluring capital city. What a wonderful way to celebrate such a fabulous holiday.
Day 22 | Rome Highlights:
After breakfast, your discovery of the beautiful treasures of France and Italy concludes. You may say farewell to your fellow travellers, but not to the many memories you’ve collected along the way. Transfer to Rome Airport for your onward or homebound flight.