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Scenic Culinaire

Scenic has transformed our Crystal Dining venue into a private cooking emporium. The dedicated space will feature cooking stations, a cheese and wine cellar, fresh ingredients sourced from local markets and our cooking instructors will introduce you to regional recipes you’ll adore. We’ve even included a live camera and screen so that you won’t miss a thing as you cook.
Our exclusive cooking classes will be a major highlight during a French River Cruise with Scenic. Along with a dedicated cooking space and the most appetizing recipes from the region, we will also be bringing on board a local chef to host a class. This renowned chef will bring to life the food of the region, share stories about his time in restaurants and help you whip up delectable French creations. And the best part of all will be the delicious tasting at the end of class.

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French Gastronomy

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.

Bordeaux Cuisine

As part of our culinary cruises guests will visit the Médoc, widely considered to produce the world’s greatest red wines. During your visit you can sample some of the region’s finest examples at a wine and food pairing event on the spectacular Château Phélan Ségur estate. Visit Château Guiraud to discover the best dessert wine served with complementary petit fours at an exclusive food and wine pairing event.

As the sun sets on a day of discovery, join us in celebrating the 2,000 year history of winemaking in this stunning part of the world. The imposing Château Siaurac estate is simply incredible. You’ll have exclusive access to this magnificent property, and have the chance to taste its vintages for yourself as the last rays of sun inch their way below the horizon. As you sip the estate’s wines amidst a landscape of amber and red vines, you'll know there’s no better way to celebrate your visit to France’s oldest wine region.

A toast to the history of wine

Château de Candale is found in the Pomeral region of Bordeaux and is renowned for its Merlot and Cabernet Franc varietals along with smaller quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon. Scenic guests will have the chance to enjoy a visit of their cellar, before enjoying lunch paired with the delicious varietals of the Château de Candale estate. The setting amidst a landscape of picturesque vineyards is the perfect complement to a delicious gastronomic experience.

The grand old Château Giscours has records of its vineyards that date back to the 16th century, and enjoys a long tradition of superior winemaking in the famed Médoc region. A sweeping neoclassical palace that today is an architectural marvel thanks to centuries of successive owners, is yours to discover. Flanked by generous manicured gardens and sweeping lawns, the magical Farm Suzanne on the Giscours estate is the setting of an exceptional four-course dining event paired with Grand Cru Class wines from the estate’s vineyard and accompanied by musicians performing classical masterpieces for your listening pleasure. An unforgettable evening arranged exclusively for Scenic European river cruise guests.

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