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Day 1

Welcome to Madrid, the capital of Spain. Upon arrival transfer to your centrally located hotel.

Day 2
Madrid

Enjoy a morning tour of Madrid, taking in Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, the ‘Austrian’ Quarter, and the 18th century Royal Palace.

Freechoice

Try a fun Flamenco Dance workshop or, if you love the beautiful game, visit the Bernabeu Football Stadium.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3
Madrid > Salamanca

This morning visit the delightful Prado Museum where your guide will escort you through the collections. Then, continue to Segovia where you’ll enjoy an orientation tour seeing the famous Roman aqueduct along the way. After some free time to explore continue to Salamanca.

Day 4
Salamanca > Porto

This morning let your expert local guide show you the beautiful university city of Salamanca. During your guided tour see the imposing cathedral as well as the 15th century House of Shells. Afterwards cross the border into Portugal and continue to Porto, the city that lays at the beginning of the picturesque Douro Valley. Tour the city seeing the ornately decorated Palacio do Bolsa and Sao Francisco Church before taking a Rabelo boat cruise and seeing the city from a different perspective.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5
Porto > Lisbon

This morning visit the historic district of Vila Nova de Gaia and sample some of the Porto this region is renowned for. Enroute to Lisbon visit the seaside village of Nazaré.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 6
Lisbon

Enjoy a tour of Lisbon this morning before a guided visit of the Hieronymite Monastery and a tasting of the famous Pasteis de Nata. Enjoy lunch in Cascais before a leisurely afternoon in Sintra, visiting the 500-year-old Palacio Nacional.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7
Lisbon > Seville

This morning bid farewell to Portugal and return to Spain. Tonight enjoy a delicious Spanish style dinner with Flamenco show in one of Seville’s finest locations.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8
Seville

Your exploration of Andalucia’s capital city, Seville starts this morning with a guided tour showcasing sites such as the Barrio de Santa Cruz, the cathedral that houses Christopher Columbus’ tomb, and the Alcazar of Seville.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 9
Seville > Ronda

Journey to Jerez and visit the celebrated bodega of Williams & Humbert where you’ll sample some of the world’s finest sherries, with a heritage dating back to 1877.

This afternoon continue to Ronda where you will see the city on a walking tour including the Bullring and the Casa don Bosco, the modern Palace with magnificent views across the El Tajo gorge.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10
Ronda > Córdoba

Transfer from Ronda to Córdoba today. On arrival your local guide will show you all this city has to offer, including the Jewish quarter, the Aljama Mosque and Synagogue.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 11
Córdoba > Granada

From Córdoba, a scenic drive will take you to a Spanish mountain village where you’ll enjoy the warm hospitality of locals over a traditional lunch. This afternoon you’ll arrive at the captivating Hotel Alhambra Palace in Granada. A special treat awaits as you dine within Andalucia’s largest bullring, while enjoying a traditional La Tuna Folk Band performance.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12
Granada > Valencia

The highlight of your time in Granada is a visit to the amazing Alhambra Palace, you will see this and much more during your guided city tour before taking a scenic drive to Guadix, home to the Alcazaba de Guadix and the Cave District of Barrio de Santiago. Our final destination today is the city of Valencia.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 13
Valencia > Barcelona

Your guided tour of Valencia this morning includes the City of Arts and Sciences and a visit of the Silk Exchange. After your tour continue to the Catalonian city of Barcelona. Originally established by the Knights Templar, the fortified seaport of Peniscola makes for a fascinating visit along the way.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 14
Barcelona

Take a guided tour of lively Barcelona, including Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to immerse yourself in the charms of this delightful seaside metropolis. Perhaps wander the famous Las Ramblas pedestrian precinct, or the seaside promenade.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 15
Barcelona > Lyon

Depart Barcelona today after breakfast for your onward journey to Lyon where your friendly crew await to welcome you on board your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 16
Lyon > Tournus

Relax on board as you cruise along the Sâone River towards Tournus, perhaps enjoy a massage in the Wellness area, appreciate the health benefits of the Salt Therapy Lounge or sharpen your skills on French cookery at a lesson in Scenic Culinaire.

Freechoice

Experience Château de Cormatin, boasting beautiful gardens and water features. Or join the intelligent hounds and their owners in a nearby quaint village to locate and sample French truffles.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 17
Chalon-sur-Sâone

Freechoice: Explore Beaune, including a visit to Les Hospices de Beaune. Alternatively, visit the estate of Château Meursault and taste some of the acclaimed wines from this premium estate located in the heart of the Burgundy region or, visit the photography museum and learn about the history of photography in the town it was first invented.

Freechoice

Explore Beaune, including a visit to Les Hospices de Beaune. Alternatively, visit the estate of Château Meursault and taste some of the acclaimed wines from this premium estate located in the heart of the Burgundy region or, visit the photography museum and learn about the history of photography in the town it was first invented.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 18
Tournon

Perhaps start your day with a stretching class on board the sun deck or simply enjoy a leisurely morning as you take in the picturesque riverside panoramas as you glide effortlessly toward Tournon. If you are feeling more active you have the opportunity to cycle from Andance to Tournon.

Freechoice

Enjoy wine tasting at a local winery, or join a guided walk of Tain l’Hermitage including a tasting at Valrhona Chocolates. You could also enjoy a hike to Heritage Hill for a tasting of the region’s delicious varietals among the vines. Alternatively, explore the spectacular landscapes of the Doux Valley by Velorail. This is unique and active way to cycle along bridges, through tunnels and alongside stunning National park.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 19
Avignon

A Scenic Culinaire cooking class is on offer this morning as you cruise toward Avignon. Learn to make regional delicacies and French classics with your dedicated chef.

Freechoice

Take a walking tour of this magnificent city, famously dominated by the impressive Palais des Papes (Popes Palace). During your walking tour stroll through the cities ancient ramparts and narrow streets seeing the Popes Palace and St. Benezet Bridge, the famous Pont d’Avignon. Alternatively, sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a Côtes du Rhône vineyard.

Enrich

Be treated to a truly unforgettable experience at the prestigious Popes’ Palace of Avignon. After the doors close to the general public, you’ll enjoy an exclusive gala classical concert in one of the grandiose rooms.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 20
Avignon

This afternoon you have free time to explore this beautiful city at your leisure, your ship will not depart until the next morning so you will have ample opportunity to enjoy Avignon’s night life if you so wish.

Freechoice

Shop with a Chef at a local food market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire with your fresh ingredients. Alternatively, drop into the villages of the Luberon region including Gordes and the nearby Sénanque Abbey, or take an excursion to Uzès and Pont du Gard, the impressive Roman aquaduct.

Sundowners

Sail past the famous Pont d’Avignon with a drink in hand and take in this beautiful location with your fellow guests on board your Scenic Space-Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 21
Tarascon

After lunch you have the afternoon at leisure to explore the medieval charm of Tarascon, perhaps explore the castle that dates back to the 15th century or simply stay on board for a Provencal Soap making workshop.

Freechoice

Explore the artistic heritage of Arles, and see the striking Arles Arena, or stop in at the pretty hilltop village of Les Baux before touring a charming family-run olive farm. Alternatively, pay a visit to Saint-Rémy and Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery where Van Gogh was held for a year or take an active walk and embrace the natural scenery of La Camargue National Park.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 22
Viviers

Enjoy a walking tour of Viviers including an organ recital in the town’s cathedral.

Freechoice

Explore the Ardèche National Park and immerse yourself in the Caverne du Pont-d’Arc Museum, or visit the aromatic Lavender Museum. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can kayak through one of Europe’s largest natural canyons, or drop into the beautiful provincial town of Grignan.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 23
Lyon

Take in the vistas of the Rhône River as you spend a full day relaxing on board your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship towards the gastronomic heart of France, Lyon. Enjoy the passing scenery from the sun deck or panorama lounge and bar. Commentary from your Scenic Tailormade device will describe the captivating view unfolding before you. Or why not visit Scenic Culinaire and pick up a trick or two to add to your culinary prowess.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 24
Lyon

Freechoice: Discover Lyon’s historic significance by traversing its hidden traboules, secret passageways dating back to the 4th century, and visit Notre Dame Basilica for views across Lyon or, traverse Lyon by foot, set on the confluence of the Rhône and Sâone Rivers, explore the city sights by the river stopping along the way to sample some of the regions delicacies. Alternatively, walk the cobblestone paths in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges. Or visit the exclusive culinary school of Paul Bocuse for a demonstration on perfecting the art of French cuisine before sampling some of the delicious fare.

Freechoice

Discover Lyon’s historic significance by traversing its hidden traboules, secret passageways dating back to the 4th century, and visit Notre Dame Basilica for views across Lyon or, traverse Lyon by foot, set on the confluence of the Rhône and Sâone Rivers, explore the city sights by the river stopping along the way to sample some of the regions delicacies. Alternatively, walk the cobblestone paths in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges. Or visit the exclusive culinary school of Paul Bocuse for a demonstration on perfecting the art of French cuisine before sampling some of the delicious fare.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 25
Lyon

All good things must end, and after a delicious breakfast, disembark your Scenic Space-Ship and transfer to Lyon airport, taking with you memories to last a lifetime.

Please note: Pre release itinerary subject to change.

Meals included: Breakfast
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