Tastes of Southern France & Bordeaux

21 Days
Lyon to Bordeaux
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$ 14,330
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2021 Lyon > Bordeaux

21 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Lyon

    Welcome to Lyon. Upon arrival, transfer to Scenic Sapphire where your friendly crew await to welcome you on board. This evening, raise your glass to the marvellous cruise ahead of you at your welcome reception.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Lyon > Tournus

    Freechoice

    Meet a local truffle farmer and their specially trained dog to learn the tricks and techniques of truffle farming, before enjoying a tasting of their delicious produce. Alternatively, learn about the traditional craftsmanship of barrel making with a local cooper. 

    Tonight, at your welcome dinner, your meal will be created using regionally sourced truffles.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Mâcon

    Freechoice

    Visit the famous wine-growing region of Beaujolais and meet a local vintner to sample some of his best vintages, or visit the restaurant of the acclaimed chef, Georges Blanc for a cooking demonstration. Alternatively, Shop with a Chef on a guided visit to a local food market, before returning to your Scenic Space-Ship for an interactive Scenic Culinaire cooking demonstration using the ingredients you have just bought at the market.

    In the evening, we’ll welcome Chef Didier Goiffon and his team on board to cook a delicious regional meal celebrating Bresse Chicken.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Chalon-sur-Saône

    Freechoice

    Explore the small town of Beaune in the Burgundy region, including les Hospices de Beaune, a former hospital dating back to the Middle-Ages, or tour the Château Meursault wine estate, before tasting its premium wines. Alternatively, tour Beaune and visit a local mustard producer to learn the history of the condiment, an important staple on the tables of the dukes of Burgundy.  

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Tain L’Hermitage

    Freechoice

    Surrounded by sloping vineyards, walk through this quaint town along the banks of the Rhône and sample local Côtes du Rhône wines. Alternatively, take part in a two-hour hike to Heritage Hill with a tasting of the region’s delicious varietals among the vines, or join an e-bike excursion along the banks of the Rhône. 

    Enrich

    Once the doors have closed to the public, you’re invited to an exclusive interactive workshop at the Valrhona Cite du Chocolate museum. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Avignon

    Freechoice

    Embark on a walking tour of Avignon, including the Palais des Papes and the famous Pont d’Avignon, or sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a Côtes du Rhône vineyard. Alternatively, explore the artistic heritage of Arles, and visit the striking Arles Arena.

    Back on board, you’ll be treated to a Cheese of France experience. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Avignon

    Freechoice

    Visit the hilltop village of Gordes, recognised as one of the most beautiful villages of France and home to the stunning Sénanque Abbey, or Shop with a Chef at a local food market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire with your fresh ingredients. Alternatively, take an excursion to the Pont du Gard, an engineering masterpiece dating back to the first century, or drive through olive groves and vineyards for a walking tour of the town of Les Baux, stopping to taste the produce of a local olive farm. 

    This afternoon, you’ll be invited to a blind wine tasting, for the opportunity to enjoy the complexities of the different varieties of wine produced in the region.

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    Enjoy a truly unforgettable experience at the prestigious Palais des Papes, where the Grand Tinel Room will be the setting for an exclusive classical concert.  

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - 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, a replica museum depicting the collections of engravings, paintings and drawings found in the nearby Chauvet Cave. Alternatively, take a guided kayak trip along the river to explore the natural beauty of the Ardèche National Park, or visit the beautiful Provincial town of Grignan.   

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Lyon

    Take in the vistas of the Rhône as you sail towards the gastronomic heart of France, Lyon, and enjoy a Food of France presentation with your cruise director.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - 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 of the city. Alternatively, visit the medieval walled village of Pérouges, perched atop a hill overlooking the Ain River, or enjoy a walking and tasting tour along the Rhône and Saône rivers. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Lyon > Bordeaux

    Fly from Lyon to Bordeaux . Upon arrival transfer to the Scenic Diamond where your friendly crew await to welcome you on board.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Cadillac

    Soak in the vistas as you cruise on board the luxurious Scenic Diamond into Cadillac. While cruising, perhaps drop into Scenic Culinaire.

    Freechoice

    This afternoon, learn about the refreshing French aperitif, Lillet during a visit to a renowned local producer. Alternatively, visit a truffle farm and sample this delicious regional delicacy, or visit Roquetaillade Castle, one of the regions most impressive historic sites.

    Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous welcome dinner created using regionally sourced truffles. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Cadillac > Pauillac

    Freechoice

    Venture into the Sauternes region for a tasting of the prestigious Château Guiraud dessert wines. Or cycle through the rolling vineyards of Sauternes to taste the exquisite Grand Cru Class wines of Château Lafaurie Peyraguey. Alternatively, enjoy a 12-kilometre roundtrip hike to the village of Loupiac.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Pauillac

    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, or learn about the traditional craftsmanship of barrel making with a local cooper.

    Enrich

    Set in the spectacular surrounds of 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 dinner and evening classical concert.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Pauillac > Libourne

    As you cruise to Libourne you’ll be invited to a blind wine tasting game. Take the opportunity to enjoy the complexities of a selection of regional varieties.
    Spend the afternoon in the nearby town of Saint-Émilion, a visual feast and the jewel of this ancient wine-growing region. You’ll explore the underground catacombs of the Monolithic Church – a true trip highlight, before visiting the estate of Château de La Rivière for a cocktail and tasting experience. Sample regional delicacies such as soft creamy cheeses served with crunchy bread and fresh local charcuterie. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Libourne >Bordeaux

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a guided tour of Libourne, or travel by coach through the Pomerol region, famed for its delicious red wines, with the opportunity to visit one of its acclaimed estates for a wine tasting. Alternatively, take one of our on board e-bikes out for a cycle through the region, including a wine tasting, or discover the history of foie gras during a farm visit in Bergerac and gain an understanding of why this product is renowned as a delicacy as you delight in a tasting of this sweet and silky speciality.

    This afternoon your mouth will water as your Cruise Director regales you with a presentation on French food.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Bordeaux

    Freechoice

    Shop with a Chef at a local food market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire afterwards. Or, enjoy a guided tour of Bordeaux and her many attractions. For the more energetic, see the sights by e-bike. Back on board this afternoon, we’ve organised a Cheese of France experience, as you taste the country’s celebrated cheeses, which we’ve matched with wines

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Bordeaux

    Freechoice

    Journey to Arcachon and join a walking tour including a visit to the local Baltard market, or stay in Bordeaux and take a tram to the Cité du Vin museum and enjoy an interactive journey of wine discovery. Alternatively, if whisky is more to your taste, you can visit a local producer at Moon Harbour Whisky. 

    Later, indulge in a tasting of fresh oysters with champagne, before your highlight dinner of seafood, sourced from Arcachon Bay. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Bourg

    Freechoice

    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. Alternatively, visit the Carriages Museum inside Bourg Castle and discover the unique collection of horse-drawn vehicles on display.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Bourg > Blaye

    Freechoice

    Stroll through the charming Citadel of Blaye, or take a more active walk through the town. 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. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Bordeaux

    Disembark and transfer to Bordeaux airport with memories of a truly unforgettable journey.

    Please note: Pre-release itinerary subject to change.

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