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14 Day Tastes of Southern France

14 days with Scenic  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Welcome to Paris
Celebrate the start of your France holiday at this evening’s welcome reception and relax at one of our luxurious city central hotels for an overnight stay in Paris. A world of wonder awaits you.
Day 2 Chalon-sur-Saône
Traverse the Île de France countryside aboard the TGV train to Dijon. Known worldwide for its famous mustard exports you’ll enjoy an orientation tour and time at leisure before transferring to Chalon-sur-Saône. Your friendly crew await to welcome you on board your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship for your journey through France’s iconic south. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 3 Chalon-sur-Saône > Tournus
This morning explore Beaune, including a visit to Les Hospices de Beaune. Alternatively, visit the estate of Château de Savigny-les-Beaune to see the impressive collection of motorcycles, race cars, and fighter planes. Or for the culinary lovers, opt for a tasting of one of France’s most famous exports when you visit an historic mustard producer.
As the ship leaves port in Chalon-sur-Saône bound for Tournus along the Saône river, enjoy an on board sail out party before the Captain’s welcome dinner to celebrate the commencement of your cruising journey through the acclaimed south of France. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 Tournus > Mâcon
Experience the magnificent Château de Cormatin, boasting beautiful gardens and water features. Alternatively, join the intelligent hounds and their owners in nearby quaint villages to locate and sample French truffles – a gastronomic delicacy.
Enjoy leisurely cruising to Mâcon this afternoon, or opt for a masterclass in French cuisine in Scenic Culinaire on board to enhance your culinary prowess. 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.
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, a village in Burgundy that was constructed around the great Benedictine Abbey, once the world’s largest basilica. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Lyon
Awake today in Lyon, a grand historic city perched on the banks of the confluence of the Saône and Rhône rivers.
Discover Lyon’s historic significance by traversing its hidden traboules – secret passageways that date back to the 4th century, and visit Notre Dame Basilica, offering a fabulous vantage point for views across Lyon. Alternatively, walk the cobblestone paths of yesteryear in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges. Or, if you wish, visit the exclusive culinary school of Paul Bocuse and perfect the art of French cuisine before sampling some of the delicious fare
After a morning of discovery in France’s gastronomic capital, you’ll be treated to a traditional culinary treat when you dine within a typical Lyonnaise bouchon for lunch today. Bouchons are found only in Lyon and illustrate the heart of the city’s traditional gastronomy with a panache only the Lyonnaise can deliver. After lunch, why not take a stroll along the river and through the city, or for the more adventurous, Lyon’s Botanical Gardens and Zoo are perfect for a leisurely bike ride.
Experience the French extravaganza that is the can-can amidst other performances when you are treated to the exclusive stage spectacular, Scenic Rouge, under the big-top onshore this evening in Lyon. After enjoying your entrée and main course onboard your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship, you’ll be swept ashore to your exclusive stage spectacular where your intimate dining experience continues as you enjoy the very best French dessert canapés served with digestifs whilst the wonder of the Scenic Rouge performance unfolds before your eyes. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Tournon
Cruising from Lyon you’ll have the opportunity to soak in the picturesque riverside panoramas as you glide effortlessly toward Tournon. You may choose to visit Scenic Culinaire whilst cruising and pick up a trick or two to add to your culinary prowess. On arrival in Tournon enjoy a fun lecture on the French paradox and etiquette.
Overlooking the Rhône, Tournon Castle is a must-see for visitors, both for its historic interest and its breathtaking outlook. Enjoy an afternoon aperitif served with delectable canapés on the terrace of the castle accompanied by local musicians. You’ll find it a great soundtrack to a truly awe-inspiring backdrop. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Tournon > Viviers
Enjoy a unique wine tasting in the wine cave of Tournon Castle, or join a guided walk of Tain l’Hermitage including a Valrhona Chocolates artisan chocolate workshop which of course concludes with a tasting of their world famous chocolate. You could also enjoy a group bike ride along the Rhône to neighbouring villages, or hike the famed Saint-Joseph vineyard for a tasting of the delicious varietals amidst the vines.
After your morning of discovery in the Cotes-du-Rhône region of beautiful southern France, you’ll be transported to the bistro at Maison Pic in the neighbouring village of Valence where you’re taste-buds will be treated to an off board lunch prepared in the establishment led by the only three star rated female Michelin Chef. What a wonderful gastronomic highlight of your journey. Once back on board you’ll 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.
Explore the Ardèche National Park and immerse yourself in the Caverne du Pont-d’Arc Museum, or visit the aromatic Lavender Museum including a tasting of the local favourites, the mouth-watering lavender cookies of Provence. 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
Join an exclusive cooking class in Scenic Culinaire on board, or sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a charming Côtes du Rhône vineyard.
Enjoy picturesque cruising to Avignon this afternoon. Then take a walking tour that includes a visit to the city’s architectural jewel, the Pope’s Palace.  On board this evening you’re treated to a gastronomic experience like no other when the celebrity chef Fabien Morreale of Top Chef France stardom will showcase his culinary excellence when he hosts a specialty menu for your exclusive enjoyment in Crystal Dining this evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11 Avignon
Shop with a Chef at a local food market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire with your fresh ingredients. Alternatively, drop in to the villages of the Luberon region including Gordes and l’Isle-sur-la-Sourge, 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 Pope’s Palace of Avignon, among the most visited sites in France. After the doors close to the general public, you’ll be ushered in for an exclusive gala dinner and classical concert in the grandiose Grand Tinel room. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 12 La Camargue
Choices today include the spectacular La Camargue National Park.
Enhance your French cooking skills by joining a lesson in Scenic Culinaire. Or take in the wild beauty of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and visit the 60 hectare Parc Ornithologique whilst there. You can also choose to visit the fortified Mediterranean village of Aigues-Mortes.
This afternoon, relax on the Sun Deck while cruising roundtrip from Tarascon towards the Mediterranean Sea. Tonight, a Camargue gypsy band performs live for your listening pleasure on board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 13 Tarascon
The riverside town of Tarascon exudes a charming medieval character.
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 to sample their delicious products in a delightful setting. 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 Airport
All good things end eventually and after enjoying a great breakfast, disembark your Scenic Space-Ship and transfer to Nice Airport. Please book flights to depart after 1pm. (Breakfast)
Tour Map
All This Included
Gastronomical and cultural delight combine on this perfect itinerary through southern France. Travel from exciting Paris to sparkling Nice in 14 days.
  • 5-star Scenic Space-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
  • 1 exclusive Enrich experience
  • Your choice of 9 Freechoice activities
  • Exclusive Scenic Culinaire
  • 1 Sundowners event
  • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade
  • 36 meals – 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 12 dinners
Accommodations on this Tour
Paris: To be determined
Cruising: Cabin onboard Scenic Sapphire
  • 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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