The Seine and Tastes of Southern France

21 Days
Paris to Lyon
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$ 15,240
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2021 Paris > Lyon

Tour Map
Tour Code:
SEFR
Duration:
21 days
Departure City:
Paris
Return City:
Lyon

21 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Welcome to Paris

    Enjoy a welcome dinner before cruising out of Paris with the beautiful city as a backdrop.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Les Andelys

    Enjoy the opulent amenities of your floating hotel as you glide peacefully through the Île-de-France region to Les Andelys.

    Freechoice

    Join a hike with a difference and visit King Richard the Lionheart’s Château Gaillard, or journey to Lyons la Forêt, one of the most beautiful villages of France, and visit a local farm to sample cider, the region’s specialty. Alternatively, join your local guide for a walking tour of the quaint village of Les Andelys, or take a bicycle tour through this beautiful village, set on the banks of the Seine.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Rouen

    Enjoy a walking tour of Rouen, the capital of the Normandy region. Take in the famous sites relating to Joan of Arc and the historic Rouen Cathedral. Walk the winding medieval laneways and admire the city’s half-timbered houses. Alternatively, learn about the Viking Warlord Rollo ‘The walker’ who will host a guided walking tour through the medieval lanes of Rouen.

    This evening, a local patissier will come on board with a selection of their finest desserts for your dining pleasure.  This region is also the gateway to the historic Western Front, and after dinner you’re able to gain fascinating insights into the Somme Battlefields with a fascinating lecture to learn about what life was like for a soldier during WWI.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Rouen

    Freechoice

    Get a glimpse of what the Somme battlefields might have been like for those caught up in this terrible World War I battle, which claimed the lives of more than 150,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers. This full-day excursion commemorates the 103 years since. You may choose to visit the Australian National Memorial, containing the newly built Sir John Monash Centre as well as the Caterpillar Valley Memorial, dedicated to the New Zealand citizens who perished during the Battle of the Somme or, opt to visit the Lochnagar Crater, the Newfoundland memorial park and the Thiepval memorial. Alternatively, explore the collection of impressionistic paintings, including masterpieces by Renoir and Monet, at the Museum of Fine Arts, which was founded by Napoleon Bonaparte.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Rouen > Honfleur

    Relax on board as you cruise toward the open waters of the English Channel.

    Freechoice

    Explore Honfleur, with its quaint architecture, relaxed coastal atmosphere and colourful fishing boats bobbing up and down on its waters. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the beautiful La Côte Fleurie region on France’s northern beaches and discover dashing Deauville, playground of the rich and famous.

    Back on board, kick up your heels on the dance floor as a fabulous local swing band performs the best of the 1920s in the Panorama Lounge tonight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Honfleur

    Freechoice

    Walk the historic Normandy beaches, the site of the D-Day landings, before visiting the Landing Museum at Arromanches. You’ll be struck by the sombre ambience surrounding the 9,387 graves of the Normandy Cemetery. From here you have two options, take a moment to reflect on the momentous impact of that day, as you look out from your hilltop position above Omaha Beach or visit the Juno Beach Centre, a museum that focuses on the Canadian war effort. Alternatively, learn about history of a different era and visit the Bayeux Tapestry, a hand embroidered masterpiece that depicts the tales of the Norman conquest of England and dates back to the 11th century.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Honfleur > Caudebec-en-Caux

    Freechoice

    Visit Fécamp and its mighty palace. Situated in spectacular surrounds, the city’s natural setting contrasts perfectly with its architectural centrepiece, the Benedictine Palace. Or, sitting proudly atop dramatic seascape is the town of Étretat, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour and time at leisure. With steep limestone cliffs that plunge dramatically towards the emerald waters of the English Channel below, the beauty of the Alabaster Coast will leave you breathless. Alternatively, travel to the hilltop village of Bolbec and view fabrics at the fascinating Textile Museum before visiting a traditional Normandy farm nearby. For the more adventurous, join a guided cycling tour to the charming village of Villequier and visit the Victor Hugo Museum.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Vernon

    In a region rich in visual treasures, enjoy a full morning of relaxation and take in the incredible scenery as you cruise into Vernon. It’s easy to understand why this region of France inspired beautiful paintings by many of history’s most famous artists.

    Freechoice

    Visit Giverny and Monet’s former residence and gardens. Or if you’re feeling more adventurous, you can explore by bike with a self-guided cycling tour that starts in Vernon. You can also discover Vernon with Scenic Tailormade at your own pace.

    Enrich

    Built into a steep rock face overlooking the Seine River and the small village bearing the same name, Château de La Roche-Guyon is a sight to behold. Experience the opulence and grandeur of yesteryear as you enjoy a classical concert performed by the region’s most reputable musicians. The Château dates back to medieval times and you’ll be sure to have fond memories of this special experience for a long time.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Conflans > Paris

    Cruise to the charming medieval town of Conflans, with its distinctive barge houses docked within reach of the quaint main square.

    Freechoice

    Discover the charms of Auvers-sur-Oise and see Vincent van Gogh’s room, or step inside the magnificent Chantilly Castle for a guided tour of this remarkable château, set amidst beautiful parklands. Alternatively, visit the great stables on the grounds of Chantilly, essentially a palace for the horses living on the estate. The stables also house a museum dedicated to the relationship between man and horse throughout time. Or you may choose to visit Château de Malmaison for a guided tour. Once owned by Empress Joséphine and her husband Napoleon I of France, the estate has been restored to its former glory and is considered to be of significant historical importance.

    After a leisurely afternoon of cruising, the evening will see us returning to Paris, the ‘city of light’, and you’ll have the chance to view the beautiful illuminated skyline, and the soaring Eiffel Tower.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Paris

    It’s your choice today to either spend time exploring France’s most celebrated city or embark on a discovery beyond the city limits.

    Freechoice

    Shop with a Chef when you visit one of Paris’ local food markets and enjoy exquisite tastings, or walk through the trendy Marais district with a resident expert and hear tales that only the locals know. Or, you may wish to explore beyond Paris and tour the 17th century estate of Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, Louis XIV’s inspiration for Versailles Palace. Alternatively, admire the extravagance and grandeur of the famous Opera Garnier on a guided tour. From the ornately decorated theatre to the opulent chandeliers and the ceiling painted by Chagall, the interior of this building will take your breath away.

    With remarkable attractions at every turn, enjoy time at leisure this afternoon to explore Paris and create your own unique memories.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Paris > Lyon

    Travel in style on board the high speed TGV train 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: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - 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

  13. Day 13 - 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

  14. Day 14 - 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

  15. Day 15 - 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

  16. Day 16 - 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

  17. Day 17 - 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.

    Enrich

    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

  18. Day 18 - 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

  19. Day 19 - 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

  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 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

  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.

    Please note: Pre-release itinerary subject to change.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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