When you cruise the Rhône river or through Bordeaux on our rebuilt Space-Ships, you’ll experience our exclusive Scenic Culinaire experience. France is the epicentre of cuisine and fine dining and Scenic Culinaire will allow our guests to participate in a series of on board cooking classes, taught by experts, featuring the finest in local ingredients and designed to immerse guests even further into the delights of French gastronomy.
The South of France is famous around the globe for its beautiful countryside, amazing architecture and of course its delicious cuisine. A Scenic French river cruise offers these specialized cruise departures, focusing on the best culinary highlights in the region that you'll love. Taste the finest wines in the Beaujolais region or soak up the atmosphere of the exquisite Palais des Papes, at an exclusive Enrich dinner and concert.
The Culinary Wonders of Lyon
In 1935, famed French food critic Curnonsky, dubbed the Prince of Gastronmy, described the city of Lyon as the 'world capital of gastronomy'. With more than 1,500 eateries, Lyon city has one of the highest concentrations of restaurants in France and is the ideal place to discover authentic French cuisine.
Scenic river cruise guests will have the opportunity to get to know both the cuisine and the owner of one of Lyon’s best bouchons, Le Vivarais during a special onshore lunch during your time in Lyon.
Alternatively, enjoy an exclusive on board chef-hosted dinner with Fabien Morreales, one of France’s Top Chef alumni. The equivalent of MasterChef Australia, Top Chef made Fabien a household name across France and his restaurant Le Garage in the South of France is renowned for its fresh produce and innovative flavors.
Which Delight Will You Choose?
Taste local mustard in Dijon, take part in a Valrhona artisan chocolate workshop and tasting in Tournon or sample lavender cookies in the Lavender Museum in Ardèche. You can even embrace French cooking with a visit to a local market on our Shop with a Chef tour before returning to your ship for an on board Scenic Culinaire cooking class.
Enjoy dinner on board your Space-Ship before heading on shore for dessert canapés served with a digestif at Scenic Rouge. This stage spectacular, a tribute to the very best in French cabaret including the famous can-can, is held under the Scenic big top situated on the banks of the Rhône River in Lyon. Prepare for an evening of thrilling performances and plenty of joie de vivre.