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Tastes of Southern France 2021
(Paris to Lyon)

12 days with Scenic  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Paris
France is often considered the epicentre of fine cuisine and you will start your tour of a lifetime in the nations capital, Paris. This evening join a welcome reception with your fellow travellers before relaxing in one of our centrally located hotels.

Day 2 Paris > Lyon
Travel in style on board the high speed TGV train to Lyon. Upon arrival, transfer to Scenic Sapphire where your friendly crew await to welcome you on board. This evening, raise your glass to the marvellous cruise ahead of you at your welcome reception. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 3 Lyon > Tournus
Freechoice: Meet a local truffle farmer and their specially trained dog to learn the tricks and techniques of truffle farming, before enjoying a tasting of their delicious produce. Alternatively, learn about the traditional craftsmanship of barrel making with a local cooper. 

Tonight, at your welcome dinner, your meal will be created using regionally sourced truffles. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Mâcon
Freechoice: Visit the famous wine-growing region of Beaujolais and meet a local vintner to sample some of his best vintages, or visit the restaurant of the acclaimed chef, Georges Blanc for a cooking demonstration. Alternatively, Shop with a Chef on a guided visit to a local food market, before returning to your Scenic Space-Ship for an interactive Scenic Culinaire cooking demonstration using the ingredients you have just bought at the market.

In the evening, we’ll welcome Chef Didier Goiffon and his team on board to cook a delicious regional meal celebrating Bresse Chicken. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Chalon-sur-Saône
Freechoice: Explore the small town of Beaune in the Burgundy region, including les Hospices de Beaune, a former hospital dating back to the Middle-Ages, or tour the Château Meursault wine estate, before tasting its premium wines. Alternatively, tour Beaune and visit a local mustard producer to learn the history of the condiment, an important staple on the tables of the dukes of Burgundy.   (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Tain L’Hermitage
Freechoice: Surrounded by sloping vineyards, walk through this quaint town along the banks of the Rhône and sample local Côtes du Rhône wines. Alternatively, take part in a two-hour hike to Heritage Hill with a tasting of the region’s delicious varietals among the vines, or join an e-bike excursion along the banks of the Rhône. 

Once the doors have closed to the public, you’re invited to an exclusive interactive workshop at the Valrhona Cite du Chocolate museum.  (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Avignon
Freechoice: Embark on a walking tour of Avignon, including the Palais des Papes and the famous Pont d’Avignon, or sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a Côtes du Rhône vineyard. Alternatively, explore the artistic heritage of Arles, and visit the striking Arles Arena.

Back on board, you’ll be treated to a Cheese of France experience.  (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Avignon
Freechoice: Visit the hilltop village of Gordes, recognised as one of the most beautiful villages of France and home to the stunning Sénanque Abbey, or Shop with a Chef at a local food market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire with your fresh ingredients. Alternatively, take an excursion to the Pont du Gard, an engineering masterpiece dating back to the first century, or drive through olive groves and vineyards for a walking tour of the town of Les Baux, stopping to taste the produce of a local olive farm. 

This afternoon, you’ll be invited to a blind wine tasting, for the opportunity to enjoy the complexities of the different varieties of wine produced in the region.

Enjoy a truly unforgettable experience at the prestigious Palais des Papes, where the Grand Tinel Room will be the setting for an exclusive classical concert.  (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 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 collections of engravings, paintings and drawings found in the nearby Chauvet Cave. Alternatively, take a guided kayak trip along the river to explore the natural beauty of the Ardèche National Park, or visit the beautiful Provincial town of Grignan.    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Lyon
Take in the vistas of the Rhône as you sail towards the gastronomic heart of France, Lyon, and enjoy a Food of France presentation with your cruise director. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 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 of the city. Alternatively, visit the medieval walled village of Pérouges, perched atop a hill overlooking the Ain River, or enjoy a walking and tasting tour along the Rhône and Saône rivers.  (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12 Lyon
Depart after a wonderful farewell breakfast. Lyon is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories. (Breakfast)

Tour Map
All This Included
This cruise will set your senses ablaze with the myriad of flavours, scents and experiences on offer.

The South of France is famous around the globe for its beautiful countryside, amazing architecture and of course its delicious cuisine. This incredible Scenic cruise will focus on the best culinary highlights this region has to offer, from the finest wines of Beaujolais to the gastronomic capital of Lyon.
  • 30 meals including 11 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches and 10 Dinners
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Scenic Sapphire
  • Itineraries are subject to change.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* 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.

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