Day 1 Welcome to Paris
Celebrate the start of your holiday at this evening’s welcome reception 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.
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 from Andance to Tournon. 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 aromatic Lavender Museum. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can canoe through one of Europe’s largest natural canyons, 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 > Nice
After breakfast, disembark your Scenic Space-Ship and travel to Nice, on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Spend two relaxing days at your magnificent hotel and explore the Côte d’Azur region. (Breakfast)
Day 15 Monte Carlo
With a beautiful old town and picturesque seaside promenade, Nice will delight and surprise. Enjoy some free time before taking a scenic journey to neighbouring Monte Carlo in Monaco. Here you’ll visit the Prince’s Palace of Monaco, including the Palace State Apartments with ornate furnishings and elaborate décor. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 16 Nice > Rapallo
Bidding adieu to France, you begin your Italian discovery by travelling along the beautiful Mediterranean coast, stopping in historic Genoa, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. A former European Capital of Culture, this Italian Riviera city boasts a multitude of hidden gems in its labyrinth of quaint alleyways. Enjoy an orientation tour followed by time at leisure before your afternoon arrival in Rapallo. You’ll enjoy another orientation tour before checking in for a two night stay at your exquisite hotel on the coast of the beautiful Ligurian Sea. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 17 Cinque Terre
The rugged coastline known as the Cinque Terre, or ‘Five Lands’, is a World Heritage-listed Site that comprises the five villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. They’re accessible only via walking paths, train or boat, but this only lends to the already considerable charm of these unique 11th century villages. Today, you’ll enjoy a full day exploring this picturesque coastline and you’ll very quickly come to appreciate why it’s one of Italy’s most visited regions. (Breakfast)
Day 18 Pisa > Florence
Travel to Pisa and explore the town on a walking tour before visiting the Square of Miracles for a view of the legendary ‘Leaning Tower’. It may be famous for its leaning tower, but Pisa has a wealth of historic churches, palaces and bridges. After spending a little time discovering this historic maritime republic, you’ll travel to San Gimignano to discover the Communal Palace and Duomo, among other wonderful attractions. This afternoon, you’ll arrive at your hotel in Florence, the jewel in the crown of Italy’s alluring Tuscany region. (Breakfast)
Day 19 Florence
Florence is often called the ‘capital of arts’, and for good reason. According to UNESCO, sixty percent of the world’s most important works of art are located in Italy and half of those are in beautiful Florence. Enjoy a walking tour of the city, starting at the Academy of Fine Arts, where you’ll get to admire Michelangelo’s David. You’ll also see the Duomo, Giotto’s Belltower, and get to walk on the Ponte Vecchio.
Freechoice Dining: Tonight, feast on fine Italian cuisine at one of Florence’s renowned restaurants. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 20 Florence > Rome
Traverse the Tuscan countryside this morning to Rome, where you’ll be introduced to many famous sights, including the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona. You’ll stay at a centrally located hotel. (Breakfast)
Day 21 Rome
Begin today’s sightseeing in the world’s smallest country, the Vatican City, where you’ll visit the Vatican Museum, the breathtaking Sistine Chapel, and the world’s largest church, St. Peter’s Basilica, before emerging into St. Peter’s Square. Officially the Vatican City State, it’s one of Europe’s last six remaining absolute monarchies, and consists entirely of one walled enclave within the city of Rome.
From there you’ll continue to the Roman Forum, surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings in Rome’s centre, before concluding your tour at the mighty Colosseum. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Rome’s magnificence before a special farewell dinner with newfound friends in Italy’s alluring capital city. What a wonderful way to celebrate such a fabulous holiday. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 22 Rome
After breakfast, your discovery of the beautiful treasures of France and Italy concludes. Transfer to Rome airport for your onward or homebound flight. (Breakfast)