Wondrous Europe

Discover five countries on this luxury European river cruise from Lyon to Amsterdam. Highlights include Avignon, the Rhine Gorge, Strasbourg and Basel.

25 Days
Lyon to Amsterdam
From (CAD)
$ 16,895
Dates & Pricing

2020 Lyon > Amsterdam

Tour Map
Tour Code:
ABFC
Duration:
25 days
Departure City:
Lyon
Return City:
Amsterdam

25 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Lyon

    Welcome to Lyon. Upon arrival, transfer to the Scenic Sapphire where your friendly crew await to welcome you on board. Spend the afternoon exploring the many features and amenities of your Scenic Space-Ship. Perhaps relax in the on board Salt Therapy Lounge and soak in the healing properties of the salt or simply take a beverage on to the Sun Deck and admire the magnificent views across the city of Lyon.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - 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, boasting beautiful gardens and 17th century architecture. Or, join the highly trained hounds and their owners in a nearby quaint village to locate and sample French truffles – a gastronomic delicacy. Alternatively visit the three star Michelin Chef, Georges Blanc’s Restaurant for a cooking demonstration.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - 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 and learn the history of photography in the town where it was first invented.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - 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.

    Freechoice

    Enjoy wine tasting at a local vineyard, 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, or choose to join a guided cycling tour along the Rhône to neighbouring villages.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - 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 the Popes’ Palace and the famed St. Benezet Bridge, also known as the Pont d’Avignon. Alternatively, sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a Côtes du Rhône vineyard.

    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 classical concert in one of the grandiose rooms.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - 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 take an excursion to Uzès and Pont du Gard. The Pont du Gard is an engineering masterpiece dating back to the middle of the first century, designed to carry water to the city of Nimes.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Tarascon

    Freechoice

    Explore the artistic heritage of Arles, and visit the striking Arles Arena, or stop in at the pretty hilltop village of Les Baux before touring a charming family-run olive farm. Alternatively, follow in the footsteps  of Vincent Van Gogh during an excursion to Saint-Rémy and Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery, or take an active walk through La Camargue National Park.

    This afternoon stay on board for a Provençal Soap Making workshop or enjoy time at leisure to explore 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

  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 collection of engravings, paintings and drawings found in the nearby Chauvet Cave, or visit the aromatic Lavender Museum and learn how lavender is harvested in this region and how it is used. Alternatively, if you are 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

  9. Day 9 - 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 prowess.

    Enrich

    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

  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 across the city. Or, if you’re feeling more active, you can also explore Lyon on foot and explore the city sights along the waterways. Alternatively, walk the cobblestone paths in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges.

    This afternoon you have time at leisure to further explore this magnificent city. Use your Scenic Tailormade app on your personal device to explore the largest single renaissance quarter in France, Le Vieux Lyon or savour your last opportunity to sample some more of Lyons gastronomic delights.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Lyon > Zurich

    Today board your included flight and transfer to your Scenic Space-Ship for your Rhine & Moselle river cruise.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Breisach

    Freechoice

    Be immersed in a truly magical experience as you step inside the setting of the Hansel and Gretel fairytale during your visit to the Vogtsbauernhof Open Air Museum in the heart of the Black Forest. Alternatively, enjoy a wine tasting in the Kaiserstuhl region, or take a guided bike ride from Breisach to Freiburg stopping along the way for a tasting of delicious Black Forest cake.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Kehl > Strasbourg

    Freechoice

    Visit Strasbourg, the capital city of the Alsace region in northeastern France, where you’ll discover La Petite France, the unique historic quarter, and stroll through the Old Town with its half-timbered houses and distinctive Alsatian winstubs. Alternatively, journey to Mittelbergheim in the Alsace and sample some of the best wines the region has to offer.

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    Enjoy a private concert at the Baroque Palace of Rastatt, one of the most magnificent historic venues in the region. It’ll be an evening of grandeur unlike any other, and a rare chance to collect memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Mannheim

    Freechoice

    Experience the thrill of the Hockenheim Formula 1 race track with a museum visit and an insider tour of the circuit, or join an expert local guide on a historic tour of Heidelberg, where you’ll visit Heidelberg’s Renaissance castle. Alternatively, for a gentler pace, join a local guide for an orientation tour of Heidelberg, followed by some leisure time.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Rüdesheim > Rhine Gorge

    Be charmed by Rüdesheim, where you’ll board the Winzerexpress mini-train for a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Afterwards, enjoy a cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument for a spectacular view of the river. Later, you can look forward to unrivalled views across the spectacular World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Cochem

    A medieval gem resting on the banks of the Moselle River, Cochem will make you feel as if you’re stepping directly off the ship and into a fairytale. Explore this charming city on a guided tour, culminating in a visit to the iconic Reichsburg Castle. This afternoon you have the opportunity to join a guided cycling excursion.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Moselle Valley Cruising

    Appreciate the allure of the Moselle Valley from the opulence of your Scenic Space-Ship as you delight in a full day cruise.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Bernkastel

    Freechoice

    Journey to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for a guided tour, and enjoy some free time to discover the many delights of one of Europe’s smallest countries. Alternatively, take a guided walk through Trier, or take in beautiful Bernkastel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Koblenz

    Freechoice

    On arrival to Koblenz take advantage of a guided tour of this historic city, lapped by the waters of two of Europe’s most beautiful rivers. Or visit a local winery for a guided tour and tasting of its fine wines. You also have the option of a guided cycling tour of this fascinating city.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Düsseldorf

    Düsseldorf is a vibrant city with a thriving art scene, where modern buildings appear in stark contrast to the old world charm of the Altstadt, the Old Town.

    Freechoice

    Discover the charming town of Düsseldorf on a guided walking tour and taste the local Altbier. Or, if you’re feeling more active, join a guided cycling tour. Alternatively, try something a little different with a visit to the Zollverein industrial site, once the largest and most productive coal mine in Europe, today a World Heritage-listed Site.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Maastricht

    Holland’s oldest fortified city, Maastricht is a popular destination with a welcoming multicultural atmosphere.

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a guided tour of its magnificent buildings and historic cobblestone town centre. Or, visit Aachen and learn the tale of the city that borders three countries, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Alternatively, explore Maastricht at your own pace with Scenic Tailormade.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Nijmegen > Arnhem

    Explore the Arnhem Airborne Museum and learn about the Battle of Arnhem. The Airborne Experience allows you to follow in the footsteps of the British parachutists who made their way across dangerous terrain to Arnhem in September 1944. Alternatively, visit the Netherlands Open Air Museum and discover historic houses, farms and windmills. The museum portrays the daily life of the average Dutchman over the past few centuries. Or, if you’re feeling more energetic, take a guided bicycle tour from the neighbouring town of Nijmegen.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Veere

    Freechoice

    Choose a guided tour through the quaint streets of Veere, or cycle through the town with a local guide and admire the surrounding dykes. Alternatively, marvel at the modern wonder that is Holland’s Delta Works, including a visit through the Storm Surge Barrier.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  24. Day 24 - Antwerp

    Freechoice

    Be seduced by beautiful World Heritage-listed Bruges, or learn about the famous Flemish painter, Peter Paul Rubens in Antwerp and visit his former residence as well as the cathedral where a number of his more important works are housed. Alternatively, discover delightful Antwerp on a guided walking tour, followed by leisure time.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  25. Day 25 - Amsterdam

    After a delicious breakfast, prepare to head home. It may be the end of your cruise, but it’s the beginning of a lifetime of fond memories.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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