This enchanting showcase of the stunningly beautiful French countryside takes you from Paris to Nice to dazzling Monte Carlo, visiting Lyon, Avignon and Arles on your Scenic luxury river cruise down the majestic Rhône. Begin your wonderful journey with three nights’ luxury hotel accommodation in fabulous central Paris; explore the Arc de Triomphe, Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Champs Elysées, the Louvre, Eiffel Tower or a cruise of the Seine, and dinner at the world-famous Lido cabaret, before embarking on your spectacular Rhône journey.
Along your idyllic cruise, see splendid historical sites and the awe-inspiring architecture of historic cathedrals and palaces; experience quaint village life and genuine French culinary delights; and taste the famous Beaujolais region’s delicious wines, before arriving on the Mediterranean’s shores. Spend three luxurious nights in magnificent Monte Carlo in Monaco, exploring the Prince’s Palace and this sparkling principality’s many highlights; and go on an excursion to the glamorous seaside town of Nice, along the French Riviera.
Day 1 | Highlights: Welcome reception
A world of wonder awaits you. Celebrate the start of your journey at your hotel tonight.
Day 2 | Paris Highlights: Louvre Museum
Treat yourself to a sightseeing tour of Paris, or visit the world-renowned Louvre Museum. Alternatively, take an insightful walking tour with a Parisian.
Day 3 | Paris Highlights: City of light
Enjoy a day of leisure in Paris, the ‘city of light’.
Day 4 | 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 5 | 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 6 | 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 7 | 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 8 | Lyon Highlights: Enrich Scenic Rouge cabaret
Awake today in Lyon, the gastronomic heart of France.
Day 9 | 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 10 | 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 11 | Viviers > Châteauneuf-du-Pape Highlights: Ardèche National Park
Enjoy a walking tour of Viviers including an organ recital in the town’s cathedral.
Day 12 | 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 13 | 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 14 | La Camargue Highlights: La Camargue National Park
Choices today include the spectacular La Camargue National Park.
Day 15 | Tarascon Highlights: Villages of Provence
The riverside town of Tarascon exudes a charming medieval character.
Day 16 | Tarascon > Barcelona Highlights: Two countries in one day
After breakfast, travel to Spain’s beautiful city of Barcelona. On arrival, enjoy an included orientation tour before checking into your hotel.
Day 17 | Barcelona Highlights: Poble Espanyol de Montjuic
Enjoy a tour of Barcelona, including Gaudi’s Cathedral of the Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell.
Day 18 | Barcelona Highlights: A day by the sea
Enjoy a full day of leisure in beautiful Barcelona. Your Tour Director will be on hand to assist you with any plans you’d like to make for the day. Enjoy a special Spanish dinner in the city this evening.
Day 19 | Barcelona Highlights: Farewell
All good things end eventually so after enjoying a great breakfast, transfer to Barcelona Airport for your onward or homebound flight.