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Idyllic Rhône with Scenic

8-day luxury river cruise from £2,140 pp incl. flights

Save up to £1,990 pp off selected departure dates in 2024

Summary

Short description

Chart the Rhône and Saône rivers from France's gastronomic heartlands to the Mediterranean Sea

Highlights

  • Explore two great French rivers in consummate style
  • Discover the region in depth with a choice of expert-led tours
  • Take in the region's gastronomy, with cooking classes and wine tastings
  • Let walking tours and bike rides introduce you to the region's ancient wonders
  • Sail in style aboard one of Scenic's luxurious 'space ships'

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Lyon
  • 1 Night Mâcon
  • 1 Night Vienne
  • 2 Nights Avignon
  • 1 Night Tarascon

About

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River cruise

Starting amid the French gastronomic heartlands, you’ll sail the Rhône and Saône rivers to where they flow into the Mediterranean Sea. Your journey begins in Lyon, where secret traboule passageways lead between the 19th-century basilicas and five centuries of artisanal silk production. Then, sailing into the Beaujolais region, you’ll have a choice of castle visits and wine tastings. Next, it’s Vienne, whose grand Roman amphitheatre hints at the region’s ancient past, also showcased on a village cycling tour. You’ll then have a choice between the great cathedral town of Viviers and the more provincial charms of Grignan, with its Renaissance castle. In Avignon, you’ll even enjoy an after-hours concert in a 14th-century palace, while the Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct, Châteauneuf-du-Pape tastings and Scenic Culinaire classes all compete for your attention during the day. And, as you close in on your final port, Tarascon, there’s everything from painting lessons onboard to olive-oil tastings and tours of the Roman ruins of Arles Arena.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK to Lyon

Start your holiday in relaxed style with included UK airport lounge access before your flight to Lyon. If you'd prefer not to fly, speak to our specialists about our no-fly option, travelling on the Eurostar in Standard Premier Class from St. Pancras International to Paris, and onwards to Lyon. On arrival, you’ll be welcomed on board your Scenic river ship. If you’re unfamiliar with Scenic’s small-ship cruises, they position themselves as “beyond” 5-star luxury. That means an all-included spread of fine-dining meals, exceptional service and curated excursions. Their European river offerings are even billed – rather futuristically – as “Space-Ships” for their surprisingly expansive interiors.

Stay: Scenic river ship

Meals: D

Day 2
Lyon

Set on the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, the city of Lyon is known as the gastronomic heart of France. Take the chance to explore its esteemed culinary scene under your own steam, or join a walking tour to explore the city in more detail. Alternatively, a guided bike ride will see you to Lyon's acclaimed Botanical Gardens and Zoo or, for something a little different, enjoy a silk painting workshop for the chance to learn about the region's rich history of silk production, which dates back some five centuries. Lastly, you might choose to explore the cobblestone paths medieval Pérouges. This afternoon, relax onboard, with on deck, at the wellness centre or with a cookery class, as you sail towards Mâcon.

Stay: Scenic river ship

Meals: B L D

Day 3
Mâcon

Today's choice of excursions sees you pick between the world-renowned wine region of Beaujolais, for a tasting of those acclaimed reds, or the charming town of Cluny, built around a great Benedictine Abbey. There's also the chance to visit Château de Cormatin, where you'll have the chance to admire the castle's magnificent gilded rooms, grand moat, spectacular water features and perfectly manicured gardens.

Stay: Scenic river ship

Meals: B L D

Day 4
Vienne

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, take in the picturesque landscapes of this region on a guided cycling tour of Vienne and neighbouring villages where you will see an abundance of evidence of the city’s glory days as a Roman city.

Stay: Scenic river ship

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Viviers to Avignon

After breakfast this morning, head out on a walking tour of the ancient town of Viviers, picturesquely located between river and rolling hills – its imposing cathedral is a highlight. Otherwise, there's the chance to visit the pretty provincial town of Grignan for a tour and Château visit, before spending some time exploring at your own pace. The last of today's touring options is a trip to a truffle nursery where you'll learn how truffles are produced as well as their many uses. End your day with a lesson in French cuisine, hosted at Scenic Culinaire.

Stay: Scenic river ship

Meals: B L D

Day 6
Avignon

A morning of culinary delights awaits in Avignon. Enjoy a unique chance to shop with a chef at the local market, then head back to the ship to cook up a storm at Scenic Culinaire. If that doesn't fit the bill, you might choose to explore Avignon’s architectural wonder – the Pope’s Palace. Alternatively, there's an excursion to Pont du Gard, the city's famous Roman aqueduct, or sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a Côtes du Rhône vineyard.

Stay: Scenic river ship

Meals: B L D

Day 7
Avignon to Tarascon

For your last full day in France, you'll have a further superb range of tours to choose from. Perhaps you'll visit Les Baux, with its impressive rock formations, pretty olive groves and rolling vineyards, then drop into a local olive farm for a tasting. Or, visit the city of Arles on a guided tour, taking in its grand Roman ruins including the magnificent Arles Arena. Here you'll also see why Arles has inspired many of the world’s greatest artists with its glorious landscapes. Alternatively, relax onboard with a painting class and the chance to learn about the region’s artistic heritage.

Stay: Scenic river ship

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Depart for UK

After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight home, or to the station for a first class rail trip to Paris before travelling by Eurostar to St. Pancras International in London.

Meals: B

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Pricing

Any element of this cruise can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Prices

Accommodation rating: Deluxe

8-day luxury river cruise
from £2,140 pp incl. flights

Save up to £1,990 pp off selected departure dates in 2024
Book by: 30 June 2024

Includes:

  • Return Scheduled flights from the UK (or if you'd prefer not to fly, take advantage of our no-fly option at no extra cost)
  • Return airport transfers
  • 7-night cruise aboard a Scenic 'Space-Ship'
  • Spacious Balcony Suites with an innovative Scenic Sun Lounge
  • 1 Scenic Enrich experience with a private classical concert at the impressive Popes Palace in Avignon – Exclusive to Scenic
  • Scenic Culinaire – for Exclusive on board cooking lessons
  • Personalise your trip with 19 included Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Dine at your choice of up to five on board venues, from casual to fine dining
  • 20 meals – 7 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L) and 7 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary premium beverages all day, every day – not just at meal times
  • Butler service for every suite
  • Complimentary full mini-bar restocked daily
  • Innovative Salt Therapy Lounge and fitness area
  • Scenic Tailormade App for river commentary and independent exploration
  • The freedom of our e-bikes – electrically assisted bicycles
  • Scenic Cruise Director to guide and assist & expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
  • All tipping and gratuities on board and on shore

Selected departure dates from April to September 2024 and April to October 2025.  Alternate departures operate the itinerary in reverse.

Price varies by departure date and stateroom availability, please call for details. 

Terms & Conditions: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply. Supplements apply for certain travel dates such as Easter and selected school holiday dates.


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