Day 1 Paris
Arrive today in Paris and have an evening at leisure.
Day 2 Paris > Chalon-sur-Saône
Depart Paris and transfer via coach to Chalon-sur-Saône where you’ll be warmly welcomed on board your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 3 Mâcon > Lyon
Freechoice: Travel to the ‘Golden Stone’ region of Beaujolais, and enjoy a tasting of the region’s wines. Or, explore charming Cluny, built around the great Benedictine Abbey.
While cruising this afternoon, join a lesson in French cookery in Scenic Culinaire. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 Lyon
Awake today in Lyon, the gastronomic heart of France.
Freechoice: Walk Lyon’s hidden traboules, and visit the Notre Dame Basilica, which offers fabulous views across the city. Alternatively, walk the cobblestone paths of yesteryear in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges, or join a guided bike ride to Lyon’s Botanical Gardens and Zoo. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Vienne > Tournon
Freechoice: Take a walking tour in Vienne including a visit to the Roman amphitheatre and uncover the fascinating history of this quaint riverside town, once conquered by Julius Caesar. Alternatively, join your local guide for a cycling tour.
Relax with a beverage on the terrace of the Castle of Tournon. Local guitarists will perform an acoustic set for your exclusive benefit. It’s a great soundtrack to an awe-inspiring backdrop. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Viviers > Avignon
This morning, enjoy a walking tour of the ancient town of Viviers, nestled between hill and river, and visit its imposing cathedral. Scenic Culinaire will be hosting a lesson in French cuisine for those wishing to improve their skills while cruising this afternoon. Or simply soak in the panoramic vistas from the Sun Deck as you cruise to Avignon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Avignon
Freechoice: Shop with a Chef at the local market before cooking up a storm in Scenic Culinaire, or explore Avignon’s architectural wonder, the Popes’ Palace. Alternatively, take an excursion to Uzès and Pont du Gard, the impressive ancient Roman aqueduct.
This afternoon enjoy free time to explore on your own.
After the doors close to the general public at Avignon’s prestigious Popes’ Palace, you’ll be invited in for an exclusive concert where virtuoso musicians perform Mozart, Bach and Vivaldi within this elegant 14th century palace. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Tarascon
Relax on board as we cruise into the Provençal town of Tarascon.
Freechoice: Visit Les Baux, and drop into a local olive farm, or explore Saint-Rémy and the Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery. Alternatively, visit the wondrous Arles Arena on your tour of this once thriving Roman city. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9 Tarascon > Barcelona
After breakfast, travel to Barcelona. On arrival, enjoy an orientation tour before checking into your hotel. (Breakfast)
Day 10 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 11 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 12 Barcelona
Transfer to Barcelona airport after breakfast. (Breakfast)
Start in Paris & transfer to Chalon-sur-Saône to start your luxury river cruise through France. Stop at Lyon, Tournon, Avignon & Tarascon before Barcelona.
Travel through iconic regions and landscapes of the South of France. Relax and rejuvenate on board as you make the most of this exquisite part of the world..
Starting in Paris, the 'city of light', travel to Chalon-sur-Saône and cruise towards the Roman town of Tarascon on board your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship. Cruise along the Rhône and Saône rivers through a land of resplendent châteaux and awe-inspiring cathedrals. End your journey with a three night stay in the wonderful city of Barcelona.
25 meals including 11 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 8 Dinners
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.