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 > Chalon-sur-Saône
Transfer from Paris to Dijon on the TGV, then via coach onto Chalon-sur-Saône. There, you’ll board the Scenic Sapphire for a journey through France’s beautiful south. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 12 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 13 Tournus
Experience the magnificent Château de Cormatin, or savour French truffles in nearby villages.
Upon your return to Tournus you’ll enjoy a relaxing cruise to Mâcon. Alternatively, join a guided cycle to Mâcon and meet the ship there, or join a class in Scenic Culinaire on board whilst cruising. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 14 Mâcon
Visit the fabulous Bresse Museum, or taste wine in the Mâconnais-Beaujolais region. Alternatively, visit Cluny, the village surrounding the great Benedictine Abbey. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 15 Lyon
Enjoy a tour of Lyon, or an excursion to the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges. Alternatively, visit the exclusive Paul Bocuse culinary school.
Lyon has a Botanical Gardens and Zoo within cycling distance if you’re up for the challenge on your free afternoon.
Experience the French extravaganza that is the can-can amidst other performances when you are treated to the exclusive gala spectacular, Scenic Rouge, under the big-top onshore this evening in Lyon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 16 Tournon
Cruising from Lyon you’ll have the opportunity to join a master class in French cuisine in Scenic Culinaire, or simply relax on board and soak in the expansive panoramas of this picturesque region as you glide into Tournon. On arrival, meet a spirited local for a fun and informative lecture on the French paradox and etiquette.
Overlooking the Rhône, Tournon Castle is a must-see for visitors. Enjoy an afternoon aperitif 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 17 Tournon > Viviers
Visit the spectacular wine cave within Tournon Castle for a tasting, or enjoy a walking tour of Tain l’Hermitage, which includes a tasting at Valrhona Chocolates. You could also take a guided cycle to delightful neighbouring villages, or hike the famed Saint-Joseph vineyard for a tasting of the delicious varietals amidst the vines.
In the afternoon relax on board as we cruise to Viviers. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 18 Viviers > Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Enjoy a walking tour of Viviers, including an organ recital at Viviers Cathedral.
Tour the Ardèche National Park and immerse yourself in the Caverne du Pont-d’Arc Museum, or visit the aromatic Lavender Museum. Alternatively, choose to canoe through one of Europe’s largest natural canyons, or tour Grignan in Provence. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 19 Châteauneuf-du-Pape > Avignon
Enhance your culinary prowess with a lesson in Scenic Culinaire, or sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a charming Côtes du Rhône vineyard.
Afternoon cruising to Avignon where you’ll tour the iconic Pope’s Palace. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 20 Avignon
Shop with a Chef at a local market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire. Alternatively, tour Gordes and l’Isle-sur-la-Sourge, or take an excursion to Uzès and Pont du Gard.
Enjoy a leisurely afternoon in Avignon.
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 partake in an exclusive gala dinner and classical concert in the opulent Grand Tinel room. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 21 La Camargue
Fine tune your cooking skills in Scenic Culinaire, or take in the wild beauty of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and visit the Parc Ornithologique. You could also visit the fortified Mediterranean village of Aigues-Mortes.
Enjoy leisurely cruising this afternoon. And tonight on board, enjoy a live music performance by a Camargue gypsy band. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 22 Tarascon
Tour the artistic heritage of Arles, and explore the Arles Arena, or visit the hilltop village of Les Baux before tasting the local products at a charming family-run olive farm. Alternatively, visit Saint-Rémy including Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 23 Tarascon > Nice Airport
Disembark after breakfast for your transfer to Nice Airport. Marseille Airport transfers are available on request. Please book flights to depart after 1pm. (Breakfast)