Bordeaux Affair & South of France

18 Days
Bordeaux to Lyon
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$ 13,930
Dates & Pricing

2021 Bordeaux > Lyon

Tour Map
Tour Code:
BRFR
Duration:
18 days
Departure City:
Bordeaux
Return City:
Lyon

Selected Itinerary

18 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Bordeaux

    Welcome to Bordeaux, a city of wine, history and spectacular architecture. On arrival, your friendly crew will welcome you aboard the luxurious Scenic Diamond for your seven night cruise.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Bordeaux > Saint-Émilion

    Enjoy a pleasant morning cruise on the Dordogne River to Libourne. While cruising, perhaps try your hand at a masterclass in French cuisine in Scenic Culinaire.

    Spend the afternoon in the nearby town of Saint-Émilion, an absolute visual feast and the jewel of this ancient wine growing region. You’ll also get to explore the underground catacombs of the Monolithic Church – a true highlight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Libourne

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a guided tour of Libourne and view its quaint 16th century town-houses and Gothic church. Alternatively, explore the estate of Château de La Rivière for a wine tasting, or view the eclectic city of Bergerac and enjoy foiegras tasting at a local farm.

    Perhaps join your on board culinary team for a cooking lesson in Scenic Culinaire this afternoon.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Blaye

    Discover the remarkable Blaye region today.

    Freechoice

    Stroll through the town on a guided tour, or take an active walk through the Citadel of Blaye. Alternatively, join a 30 kilometre roundtrip cycle along the Captain’s Road.

    Perhaps join your on board culinary team for a cooking lesson in Scenic Culinaire this afternoon.

    Enrich

    Set in spectacular surrounds in the Médoc countryside, Château d’Agassac is truly enchanting. Soak in the ambience while live musicians perform classical masterpieces for your exclusive enjoyment.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Médoc

    Freechoice

    This morning, immerse yourself in the scenic Médoc wine region and discover why it is regarded as the world’s leading red wine producer, then sample the region’s finest at one of its spectacular estates. Or, cycle throughout this beautiful region stopping along the way for a wine tasting.

    Freechoice

    This afternoon, discover the Carriages Museum in the enchanting Bourg Castle, including a walk through the 16th century passageway to the guards rooms and see the immense WWII oil tanks. Alternatively, visit Château Eyquem and learn its fascinating history while sampling some of the extraordinary wines produced on site.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Cadillac

    Freechoice

    Venture into the Sauternes region for a delicious wine tasting at the prestigious Château de Rayne Vigneau, or cycle through the rolling vineyards of Sauternes to taste the exquisite Grand Cru Classé wines of Château Lafaurie Peyraguey. Alternatively, take a walking tour of Cadillac including a visit to Château de Cadillac, a truly beautiful château that dates back to the 15th century.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Bordeaux

    Discover the World Heritage-listed city of Bordeaux with its idyllic boulevards and architecture.

    Freechoice

    Shop with a Chef at a local food market before cooking up a storm during your exclusive cooking lesson in Scenic Culinaire, or enjoy a guided tour of Bordeaux. Alternatively, for the more energetic, cycle the historic regions of Bordeaux.

    Back on board, enjoy a tasting of fresh oysters delivered straight from the waters of Arcachon Bay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Bordeaux > Lyon

    Today take an included flight to Lyon where you will transfer to the Scenic Sapphire where your crew await to welcome you.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Lyon > Tournus

    Relax on board as you cruise the Saône River towards Tournus. Perhaps sharpen your skills on French cookery at a lesson in Scenic Culinaire.

    Freechoice

    Explore Château de Cormatin, admire the castles gilded rooms, surrounding moat and water features, as well as the perfectly manicured gardens. Or, join highly trained hounds and their owners in a nearby quaint village locating and sampling French truffles. Alternatively, visit the restaurant of three star Michelin chef, Georges Blanc for a cooking demonstration.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Chalon-sur-Saône

    Freechoice

    Explore Beaune, including a visit to Les Hospices de Beaune. The former hospital is a prime example of traditional 15th century Burgundian architecture and now houses a fascinating museum. 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 in the town where it was first invented. The museum is home to over three million photographs and objects, which you will have the opportunity to observe with your knowledgeable local guide.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Tain l’Hermitage

    Perhaps start your day with a stretching class on the Sun Deck, or simply enjoy a leisurely morning as you take in the picturesque riverside panoramas.

    Freechoice

    Enjoy wine tasting at a local vineyard, or join a guided walking tour of the village of Tain l’Hermitage, including a tasting at Valrhona Chocolates. Alternatively, join a guided cycling tour along the Rhône to neighbouring villages.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Avignon

    A Scenic Culinaire cooking class is on offer this morning.

    Freechoice

    Take a walking tour of the magnificent city of Avignon, including entrance to Popes’ Palace and the famed St. Benezet Bridge also known as the Pont d’Avignon. Alternatively, join an excursion to Pont du Gard, an engineering masterpiece dating back to the middle of the first century which was designed to carry water to the city of Nimes.

    Enrich

    Enjoy a truly unforgettable experience at the prestigious Palais des Papes. After the doors close to the general public, be treated to an exclusive dinner and classical concert in one of the grandiose rooms.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Avignon

    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 Sénanque Abbey, or sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a Côtes du Rhône vineyard. If you’re feeling more active, you may choose to visit one of the most beautiful villages of France, Roussillon for a guided tour and a visit to the Lavender museum.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Tarascon

    Freechoice

    Explore the artistic heritage of Arles, and visit the striking Arles Arena, or stop in at the pretty medieval 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 through La Camargue National Park. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, this sanctuary for flora and fauna is the largest wetlands in France and is home to almost 400 species of birds.

    This afternoon you may wish to enjoy the medieval charm of Tarascon. It is the perfect city to cycle around so why not jump on an e-bike and cycle the riverside paths along the Rhône.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Viviers

    Enjoy a walking tour of Viviers, a town with an important heritage and a rich past.  Admire the many significant monuments and architectural treasures such as the Cathedral of St. Vincent, with its 18th Century gothic style and its Renaissance façade, admire the cathedrals beauty as you are treated to an organ recital.

    Freechoice

    Explore the Ardèche National Park including the Caverne du Pont-d’Arc Museum, a replica museum depicting the collection of engravings, paintings and drawings found in the nearby Chauvet Cave, or visit Bollene Hydroplant and dive into the world of renewable energies. Learn about the hydropower plant, wind farm and the two solar power plants located here. Alternatively, 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 for a guided tour and a visit to the Château, before enjoying some time at leisure to explore on your own.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Lyon

    Take in the vistas of the Rhône River as you sail towards the gastronomic heart of France, Lyon. Why not visit Scenic Culinaire and pick up a trick or two to add to your culinary repertoire.

    Enrich

    Tonight admire the beauty of one of the city’s greatest baroque buildings, Trinity Chapel. Built in the 17th century, the interior is decadently covered in Carrera marble. As an exclusive experience with Scenic, join your fellow guests for a breathtaking acapella choir performance in this wonderful setting.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Lyon

    Freechoice

    Discover Lyon’s historic significance by traversing its hidden secret passageways dating back to the 4th century, and visit Notre Dame Basilica for magnificent views across the city, or explore Lyon on foot and view famous sights along the waterways. Alternatively, walk the cobblestone paths in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges.

    This evening enjoy one final indulgence on board Scenic Sapphire when a local patissier comes on board with a selection of their finest desserts for your dining pleasure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Lyon

    Depart after a wonderful farewell breakfast. Lyon is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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