Day 1 Tarascon
Welcome to France. Upon arrival at either Nice or Marseille airport, transfer to Tarascon and be welcomed on board by your Friendly crew. (Dinner)
Day 2 Tarascon > Avignon
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.
This afternoon is yours to enjoy at your leisure. Perhaps explore the medieval charm of Tarascon, or hop on an e-bike and cycle through this spectacular region or simply stay on board for a Provencal Soap making workshop.
This evening we set sail to Avignon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3 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 or sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a Côtes du Rhône vineyard.
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 4 Viviers
Freechoice: This morning, enjoy a walking tour of the ancient town of Viviers, nestled between hill and river, and visit its imposing cathedral or visit the beautiful provincial town of Grignan
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 Vienne. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Vienne
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. Or, for the more active cycle the picturesque landscapes of this region. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Mâcon
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. Alternatively, visit Château de Cormatin, boasting beautiful gardens and water features.
A Scenic Culinaire class hosted by our on board Chef is available this afternoon as you sail towards Lyon. Learn some tips and tricks of French cuisine. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Lyon
Set on the confluence of the Rhône and Sâone Rivers, Lyon is renowned as the gastronomic heart of France and you will be spoilt for choice today in the beautiful city.
Freechoice: Walk Lyon’s hidden traboules and then drive to Notre Dame Basilica, which offers fabulous views across the city. Alternatively, or join a guided bike ride to Lyon’s Botanical Gardens and Zoo or, learn about the importance of the silk industry in Lyons history.
You have the afternoon at leisure in this fabulous city. Explore off board or perhaps take a lesson in French cookery in Scenic Culinaire on board the Scenic Sapphire. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Lyon > Paris
Depart Lyon and transfer via coach to Paris where you will enjoy an overnight stay at one of the city’s luxury hotels. (Breakfast)
Day 9 Paris
After breakfast transfer to Paris airport. (Breakfast)
Embark your luxury ship in Tarascon before setting sail on the romantic Rhône River to Paris. Highlights include an exclusive Scenic Culinaire experience.
21 meals including 8 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 7 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.