Iconic France

Discover the beauty of France with a luxury Saône and Rhône river cruise from Bordeaux to Lyon. Visit destinations including the Blaye Region & Avignon.

21 Days
Bordeaux to Lyon
From (CAD)
$ 15,410
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2021 Bordeaux > Lyon

French exploration

France is renowned for its elegance, sense of style and enviable lifestyle. This is your chance to embrace its ethos in all-inclusive luxury.
Cruise the Bordeaux region, where the wine is unlike anywhere else in the world. The cuisine will have you swooning; so too will the beauty of Bordeaux and the Arcachon coast. Following this journey of discovery, relax on the Saône and Rhône rivers. Experience a region famous for its feasts, both visual and culinary. Visit national parks, walk the cobblestone streets of medieval villages and breathe in the scent of the region’s picturesque lavender fields.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
BOFR
Duration:
21 days
Departure City:
Bordeaux
Return City:
Lyon

Selected Itinerary

21 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Bordeaux

    Welcome to Bordeaux. Your friendly crew will welcome you on board the luxurious Scenic Diamond for your cruise through France’s southwestern pocket.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Bordeaux > Saint-Émilion

    Enjoy a relaxing morning on board as you cruise into the beautiful 13th century port of Libourne. While cruising, perhaps drop into Scenic Culinaire for a French cooking class, or relax in the on board

    Salt Therapy Lounge and soak in the healing properties of the salt, or simply relax on the Sundeck with a drink in hand and take in the stunning scenery as you glide along the Dordogne River.

    Spend the afternoon in the nearby town of Saint-Émilion, a visual feast and the jewel of this ancient wine growing region. Saint-Émilion is a medieval village with world famous wineries, beautiful architecture and fascinating monuments. You’ll get the chance to take in all its beauty as well as explore the underground catacombs of the Monolithic Church – a true highlight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Libourne > Pauillac

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a guided tour of Libourne and view its quaint 16th century town-houses and Gothic church, or view the eclectic city of Bergerac and enjoy a foie gras tasting at a charming local farm. Alternatively, explore the estate of Château de La Rivière with a wine tasting, or join a cycling tour through the region to the estate.

    During your afternoon at leisure, opt to enhance your culinary prowess in Scenic Culinaire, or simply take in the riverside panoramas while cruising towards Pauillac.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Médoc

    Freechoice

    Travel the scenic Médoc wine route and discover why this region is viewed as the world’s leading red wine producer. Afterwards, sample the region’s finest at a local estate. Alternatively, cycle through the region to a grand château and sample delicious wine produced on the estate.

    Enrich

    Set in spectacular surrounds in the Médoc countryside, Château d’Agassac is truly enchanting.  Dating back to the 13th century, the Château is one of the oldest winemaking establishments in the region, and is the venue for your unforgettable evening concert. Soak in the ambience of this magnificent property as live musicians perform classical masterpieces for your exclusive enjoyment.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Pauillac > Cadillac

    Soak in the vistas as you cruise past the picturesque landscapes of the Garonne River into Cadillac, some of the most beautiful scenic cruising in the Bordeaux region. While on board, you may choose to hone your cooking skills with a lesson in Scenic Culinaire. Tonight, this remarkable space comes to life when fabulous local entertainers perform live in the Panorama Lounge for a night of entertainment. 

    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 the Grand Cru Classé estate of Lafaurie Peyraguey for a tasting.

    Freechoice

    This afternoon, visit Roquetaillade Castle; it’s one of the region’s most impressive historic sites, and you’ll tour it with the family that now lives within its walls. Alternatively, visit a truffle farm and sample the delicious regional delicacy, or perhaps enjoy a 12 kilometre roundtrip hike from Cadillac to the village of Loupiac.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Bordeaux

    Freechoice

    Shop with a Chef at a local food market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire. Alternatively, enjoy a guided tour of Bordeaux and her many attractions, or if you’re feeling more active, you may choose to cycle the historic regions of the city.

    Back on board your Cruise Director will organise a special treat for you, with a tasting of fresh oysters delivered straight from the waters of Arcachon Bay.

    Tonight enjoy a special dinner on board showcasing regional delicacies before an illuminations cruise on the Garonne River.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Arcachon > Bourg

    Freechoice

    Journey to Arcachon and join a walking tour including a visit to the local markets, or climb Dune du Pilat, Europe’s largest sand dune. Alternatively, stay in Bordeaux and take a tram to the Cité du Vin museum. After a short introduction enjoy a interactive journey around a world of wine and culture on a self-guided tour. Or visit the Bassins de Lumières, a former submarine base now devoted to an immersive art exhibition.

    This afternoon, why not join a masterclass in French cooking in Scenic Culinaire.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Cognac

    Today explore the unique northern shores of the Gironde Estuary.

    Freechoice

    Discover the Carriages Museum in the enchanting Bourg Castle and visit the 16th century passageway to the guards rooms and see the immense WWII oil tanks. Alternatively, spend a full day exploring the fortified town of Cognac, renowned for its production of fine brandy and afterwards, enjoy a tasting at the acclaimed property of Rémy Martin.

    This afternoon, unwind on the Sun Deck while cruising into the historic port of Blaye.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Blaye > Bordeaux

    Discover the remarkable Blaye region, established to protect the Bordeaux region from invasion.

    Freechoice

    Stroll through the charming town during a guided walking tour, or take a more active walk through the Citadel of Blaye and learn about the defence system which was created by the famous architect Sébastien Vauban. Alternatively, join a 30 kilometre roundtrip cycle along the Captain’s Road, or explore the stunning beauty of the fairytale Château de La Roche Courbon, known as ‘The Castle of Sleeping Beauty’. Explore the castle and its beautiful gardens during a guided tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - 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

  12. Day 12 - 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

  13. Day 13 - 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

  14. Day 14 - 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

  15. Day 15 - 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

  16. Day 16 - 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

  17. Day 17 - 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

  18. Day 18 - 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

  19. Day 19 - 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

  20. Day 20 - 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

  21. Day 21 - 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

Tour inclusions

Truly All-inclusive highlights
  • 5-star Scenic Space-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
  • 3 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Scenic Culinaire
  • Your choice of 50 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Up to five on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 58 meals – 20 breakfasts (B), 18 lunches (L) and 20 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary premium beverages all day throughout your cruise
  • Butler service for all guests throughout your cruise
  • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade available throughout your cruise
  • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
  • Cruise Directors to guide and assist
  • Expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
  • All tipping and gratuities

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