Day 1 Avignon > Tarascon
Transfer to Avignon, where you’ll be welcomed aboard your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship. Tonight you can look forward to a rousing welcome reception. Transfers from Nice or Marseille Airports are included. Please schedule flights to arrive by 12 midday. (Dinner)
Day 2 Tarascon > Avignon
Tarascon has a distinctly medieval character and an impressive castle.
Freechoice: Visit Les Baux, and drop into a local olive farm, or follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh during an excursion to Saint-Rémy and Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery. Alternatively, visit the Arles Arena on your tour of this once thriving Roman city.
Back on board, perhaps join a culinary lesson in Scenic Culinaire during your cruise into beautiful 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 Roman aqueduct or sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a Côtes du Rhone vineyard.
This afternoon take some time to explore on your own.
After the doors close to the general public at Avignon’s prestigious Popes’ Palace, you’re invited for an exclusive concert where virtuoso musicians perform Mozart, Bach and Vivaldi. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 Viviers
Freechoice: Enjoy a walking tour of the ancient town of Viviers and visit the imposing Cathedral of Viviers or visit the beautiful provincial town of Grignan.
While cruising to Tournon this afternoon, perhaps join a class in Scenic Culinaire. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Vienne
Freechoice: Take a walking tour of Vienne including a visit to the Roman amphitheatre and uncover the fascinating history of this quaint riverside town, once conquered by Julius Caesar. Alternatively, for the more active, take in the picturesque landscapes of this region during a guided cycling tour.
Back on board, perhaps take a masterclass in French cuisine in Scenic Culinaire, or simply relax and view the beautiful vistas as you cruise to Mâcon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Mâcon
Freechoice: Travel to the ‘Golden Stone’ region of Beaujolais, where you’ll enjoy a tasting of the region’s delicious wines. Alternatively, explore charming Cluny, built around the great Benedictine Abbey or, visit Château de Cormatin, boasting beautiful gardens and 17th century architecture. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Lyon
Set on the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, Lyon is renowned as the gastronomic heart of France.
Freechoice: Walk Lyon’s hidden traboules, then visit Notre Dame Basilica which offers fabulous views across the city. Alternatively, walk the cobblestone paths in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges, or join a guided bike ride to Lyon’s Botanical Gardens and Zoo. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Lyon > Paris
After breakfast, drive through the beautiful Île-de-France region to Paris where you’ll be staying in one of the city’s luxury hotels. (Breakfast)
Day 9 Paris
After breakfast it’s time to bid a fond adieu and 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.