Day 1 Welcome to Paris
Celebrate the start of your holiday at this evening’s reception with a welcome drink and relax at one of our luxurious city central hotels.
Day 2 Chalon-sur-Saône
Traverse the Île de France countryside on the TGV train to Dijon, known for its famous mustard exports. Enjoy an orientation tour and time at leisure before transferring to Chalon-sur-Saône where your friendly crew await to welcome you on board your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 3 Chalon-sur-Saône > Tournus
Freechoice: Explore Beaune, including a visit to Les Hospices de Beaune. 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 Tournus > Mâcon
Freechoice: Experience Château de Cormatin, boasting beautiful gardens and water features. Or join the intelligent hounds and their owners in a nearby quaint village to locate and sample French truffles. Enjoy leisurely cruising to Mâcon this afternoon, or opt for a class in French cuisine in Scenic Culinaire on board. Alternatively, cycle from Tournus to Mâcon and meet the ship there. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Mâcon
You’re sure to love Mâcon. Be fascinated by its history and delighted by the surrounding picturesque farming region acclaimed for its five wine appellations and gastronomy.
Freechoice: Retrace the traditional life of the region on your visit to the Bresse Museum, or enjoy wine tasting in the celebrated Beaujolais region. Alternatively, visit Cluny, constructed around the great Benedictine Abbey. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Lyon
Awake today in Lyon, the gastronomic heart of France
Freechoice: Discover Lyon’s historic significance by traversing its hidden traboules, secret passageways dating back to the 4th century, and visit Notre Dame Basilica for views across Lyon. Alternatively, walk the cobblestone paths in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges. Or visit the exclusive culinary school of Paul Bocuse and perfect the art of French cuisine before sampling some of the delicious fare (available on selected dates, will be replaced with In Cuisine Lyon when not available, enquire for details).
You have the afternoon at leisure. Explore the city further or visit Scenic Culinaire and pick up a trick or two to add to your culinary prowess.
Experience the French extravaganza that is the can-can among other performances when you are treated to the exclusive gala spectacular, Scenic Rouge, under the big-top onshore this evening in Lyon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Tournon
Cruising from Lyon, take in the picturesque riverside panoramas as you glide effortlessly toward Tournon. If you are feeling more active you have the opportunity to cycle around this beautiful region.
On arrival, enjoy a fun lecture on the French paradox and etiquette.
Overlooking the Rhône, Tournon Castle is a must-see, both for its historic interest and breathtaking outlook. You’ll enjoy an afternoon aperitif on the terrace of the castle accompanied by local musicians. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Tournon > Viviers
Freechoice: Enjoy a unique wine tasting in the wine cave of Tournon Castle, or join a guided walk of Tain l’Hermitage including a tasting at Valrhona Chocolates. You could also enjoy a group bike ride along the Rhône to neighbouring villages, or hike Heritage Hill for a tasting of the region’s delicious varietals among the vines.
Enjoy scenic cruising to Viviers this afternoon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9 Viviers > Châteauneuf-du-Pape
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, or visit the Ardèche National Park and canyon including a visit to the aromatic Lavender Museum. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can canoe through one of Europe’s largest natural canyons (seasonal option, operating on select departures, enquire for details), or drop into the beautiful provincial town of Grignan. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10 Châteauneuf-du-Pape > Avignon
Freechoice: Sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a Côtes du Rhône vineyard or take a guided hike through the vines. Enjoy picturesque cruising to Avignon this afternoon where you’ll take a walking tour including a visit to the city’s architectural jewel, the Popes’ Palace. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11 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 l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, or take an excursion to Uzès and Pont du Gard. Explore Avignon at leisure this afternoon.
Be treated to a truly unforgettable experience at the prestigious Popes’ Palace of Avignon. After the doors close to the general public, you’ll enjoy an exclusive gala dinner and classical concert in one of the grandiose rooms. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 12 La Camargue
Choices today include the spectacular La Camargue National Park.
Freechoice: Take in the wild beauty of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and visit the Parc Ornithologique. Alternatively, visit the fortified Mediterranean village of Aigues-Mortes, or join a guided cycling tour to the Abbey of Saint-Roman cave monastery. Or for something more relaxed, stay on board for a Provençal soap-making workshop.
This afternoon, relax on the Sun Deck while cruising roundtrip from Tarascon towards the Mediterranean Sea. Tonight, a Camargue gypsy band performs live on board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 13 Tarascon
The town of Tarascon exudes a medieval charm.
Freechoice: Explore the artistic heritage of Arles, and see the striking Arles Arena, or stop in at the pretty 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 14 Tarascon > Barcelona
After breakfast, travel to Barcelona. On arrival, enjoy an orientation tour before checking into your hotel. (Breakfast)
Day 15 Barcelona
Tour Barcelona, including Gaudí’s Cathedral Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell.
Freechoice: Visit Casa Batlló, or tour the Barcelona Football Stadium and Museum. Alternatively, discover Poble Espanyol de Montjuic. (Breakfast)
Day 16 Barcelona
Enjoy a full day of leisure. Perhaps wander the seaside promenade or explore the city’s historic centre.
Tonight the sparkling city will serve up a special dining experience to tantalise your tastebuds. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 17 Barcelona
Transfer to Barcelona airport after breakfast. (Breakfast)
From Paris to Barcelona, explore the quaint French countryside and beautiful Barcelona on a luxurious 17 day cruise and tour. Visit Lyon, Tournon & Viviers
Explore the quaint French countryside and beautiful Barcelona on a luxurious 17 day journey from Paris to Barcelona that will leave you wonder-struck.
From Chalon-sur-Saône to Tarascon, the South of France is a place of rare enchantment. You’ll get to sample one of the world’s most celebrated cuisines, delve into the many local histories and appreciate the world’s most refined wine culture. Conclude your journey in beautiful and bold Barcelona.
City of light
Beaujolais wine region
Enrich Scenic Rouge cabaret
Sundowners at Tournon Castle
Chocolates and wine
Ardèche National Park
Côtes du Rhône
Enrich dinner at Popes’ Palace
La Camargue National Park
Villages of Provence
40 meals including 16 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches and 13 Dinners