Day 1 Paris
Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner aboard the luxurious Scenic Gem. Later, cruise out against the Parisian city backdrop. (Dinner)
Day 2 Les Andelys
Enjoy leisurely cruising to Les Andelys this morning.
Hike to King Richard the Lionheart’s Château Gaillard, or visit Fleury-la-Forêt Castle for cider tasting, or walk the paths of L’Arboretum de Lyons nature reserve. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3 Les Andelys > Rouen
Awake in Rouen today.
Enjoy a walking tour of Rouen, taking in the famous sites of Joan of Arc and Rouen Cathedral. Or, enjoy a French baking and patisserie cooking demonstration and tasting.
Enjoy an on board expert lecture about the Somme battlefields tonight ahead of your chance to visit this region tomorrow. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 Rouen
Spend a full day touring the WWI Somme battlefields region. Visits include the Australian National Memorial and Victoria School in Villers-Bretonneux. Or, marvel at masterpieces by Renoir and Monet, at the Museum of Fine Arts, founded by Napoleon Bonaparte. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Rouen > Honfleur
Delightful cruising to coastal Honfleur today.
Later, choose to tour Honfleur with its relaxed coastal atmosphere and quaint architecture. Alternatively, immerse yourself in France’s northern beaches, and discover dashing Deauville.
The estate of Manoir d’Appreval welcomes Scenic guests exclusively for a unique cocktail event showcasing their prestigious apple spirits in a setting you’ll remember fondly for many years.
Later, back on board, kick up your heels on the dance-floor as a fabulous local swing band belts out the best of the 1920s. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Honfleur
Tour the historic Normandy beaches and allow your imagination to replay the D-Day landings where they took place. Visits include the Landing Museum at Arromanches, and Omaha Beach Cemetery. Alternatively, explore Normandy’s delightful Calvados Route to sample the region’s namesake. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Honfleur > Caudebec-en-Caux
With steep limestone cliffs that plunge dramatically to the emerald waters of the English Channel below, the beauty of the Alabaster Coast will leave you breathless. Explore the tourist and farming town of Étretat which sits proudly atop this dramatic seascape. Alternatively, travel to the hilltop village of Bolbec to discover the fascinating Textile Museum and a charming estate housing a museum of ancient Normand traditions. Or visit the Seine Museum for an insight into this fascinating river system. For the more adventurous, join a guided cycling tour to the charming village of Villequier and visit the Victor Hugo Museum.
Be treated to a truly unforgettable experience at Fécamp’s famed Benedictine Palace this evening. Experience the opulence and grandeur of yesteryear when you dine exclusively within Abbots Hall while enjoying a live classical concert. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Caudebec-en-Caux > Vernon
In a region rich in visual treasures, enjoy a full morning of cruising to Vernon.
Visit Giverny, and gain entry to Monet’s former residence and gardens. If you’re feeling more adventurous, cycle to Giverny for the tour.
You can also step ashore with Scenic Tailormade and discover Vernon at leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9 Vernon > Conflans > Paris
This morning we cruise to the charming medieval town of Conflans, with its distinctive barges.
Discover the charms of Auvers-sur-Oise and get to see Vincent van Gogh’s room, or step inside the magnificent Chantilly Castle for a guided tour of this remarkable château.
After a leisurely afternoon of cruising, the evening will see us gliding into Paris, ‘the city of light’, and you’ll have the chance to view the beautiful illuminated skyline, and the soaring Eiffel Tower. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10 Paris
Today you have the thrilling choice of either spending time exploring France’s most celebrated city, or a discovery beyond the city limits.
Shop with a Chef when you visit one of Paris’s local food markets, and enjoy exquisite tastings, or walk the city with a resident expert and hear tales that only the locals know. Alternatively, you may wish to explore beyond Paris and tour the 17th century estate of Vicomte Palace, Louis XIV’s inspiration for Versailles Palace. Featured in the James Bond movie Moonraker, the Palace of Vicomte has been leaving visitors in awe of its magnificence for centuries.
With remarkable attractions at every turn, you’ll have a chance to explore Paris at leisure this afternoon and create your own unique memories. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11 Paris > Bordeaux
Travel in style aboard the TGV rail to Bordeaux where your friendly crew will welcome you aboard the luxurious Scenic Diamond for your ten night cruise. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 12 Bordeaux > Saint-Émilion
Enjoy a pleasant morning cruise along the Dordogne River to Libourne. Whilst cruising, perhaps join a masterclass in French cuisine in Scenic Culinaire. Spend the afternoon in Saint-Émilion, the jewel of this ancient wine growing region. You’ll also get to explore the underground catacombs of the Monolithic Church – a true trip highlight.
Celebrate the two thousand-year history of wine with a glass at the exclusive estate of Château Siaurac. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 13 Libourne > Pauillac
Awake to charming vistas over historic Libourne.
Enjoy a guided tour of Libourne and view its quaint 16th century town-house and Gothic church. Alternatively, sample the exquisite Grand Cru Class wines at the estate of Château Franc Mayne, or visit the city of Bergerac and enjoy foie gras tasting at a local farm.
Leisurely cruising to Pauillac this afternoon with opportunities to join a cooking class in Scenic Culinaire along the way. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 14 Médoc
Discover why the Médoc region is highly regarded as the world’s leading red wine producer. Afterwards, sample the region’s finest at the Château Gruaud-Larose estate, or take a bike to explore Château Lagrange, featured on Napoleon III’s 1855 Classification.
The spectacular Médoc countryside boasts many fine aristocratic châteaux but none more opulent than Château Giscours. You’ll be escorted to the 18th century Farm Suzanne on the Giscours estate to enjoy an unforgettable four-course dinner with Grand Cru Class wines and live musicians performing classical masterpieces for your enjoyment. Truly wondrous. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 15 Pauillac > Cadillac
Soak in the Garonne River vistas as we spend a full day cruising the pretty Garonne River landscape into Cadillac. Scenic Culinaire will offer cooking classes en route. Enjoy fabulous entertainment on board this evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 16 Cadillac
Venture into the Sauternes region for a tasting of the prestigious Château Guiraud dessert wines. Alternatively, cycle through the rolling vineyards of Sauternes to taste the Grand Cru Class wines of Château Myrat.
Join an exclusive cooking class in Scenic Culinaire, or tour the impressive Roquetaillade Castle. Alternatively, discover the medieval village of Saint Macaire. Or perhaps enjoy a 12 kilometre roundtrip hike from Cadillac to Loupiac. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 17 Bordeaux
Shop with a Chef at a local food market before an exclusive cooking class in Scenic Culinaire, or enjoy a guided tour of Bordeaux and her many attractions. For the more energetic, cycle the historic regions of Bordeaux.
Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Bordeaux. And tonight, enjoy a fabulous local soloist performing for your listening pleasure on board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 18 Arcachon > Bourg
Discover the delightful beachside area of Arcachon this morning, the jewel of France’s western coastline.
Why not stay on board and enjoy a chocolate and wine pairing event. Or choose to explore Le Teich Bird Reserve, home to over 250 bird species. Alternatively, climb Europe’s largest sand dune, or join a walking tour of Arcachon including Baltard Market. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 19 Cognac
Today explore the unique northern shores of the Gironde Estuary.
Discover the Carriages Museum in Bourg Castle. Alternatively, spend a full day exploring the fortified town of Cognac, and enjoy a tasting at the property of Rémy Martin.
Late afternoon cruising on the Gironde River to Blaye. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 20 Blaye > Bordeaux
Discover the remarkable Blaye region, established to protect the Bordeaux region from invasion.
Stroll through the charming Citadel of Blaye, or join a 30 kilometre roundtrip cycle along the Captain’s Road, named in honour of the WWI Captains who chose to purchase their homes along this beautiful stretch of waterway in the early 20th century.
Perhaps relax on the Sun Deck as we cruise past beautiful uninhabited islands, or choose to enjoy an on board cooking class in Scenic Culinaire, as we cruise towards Bordeaux. Celebrate your cruise through the Bordeaux region at the Captain’s farewell dinner on board this evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 21 Bordeaux
Disembark after breakfast, with memories of a truly unforgettable journey. Then transfer to Bordeaux Airport or Bordeaux Train Station. (Breakfast)