South of France

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Awaken your senses in the South of France and explore gourmet offerings, esteemed vineyards and the quaint villages of the region with a delightful selection of Scenic Freechoice options.
  • Active walk in La Camargue National Park
    Take a guided walk through La Camargue National Park. Founded in 1927 by the National Society for Nature Protection, the vast space spreads Étang de Vaccarès in the north, right down to the sea, but public access is limited to the seawall and the beach. More than 300 bird species have been documented here and the park is one of the main European relay points for migratory birds.
  • Active walking tour between Saone and Rhone
    Explore Lyons' city sights along the waterways as its set on the confluence of the Rhone and Saone rivers.
  • Ardèche National Park with Caverne du Pont-d'Arc Museum
    Explore the Ardeche National Park and immerse yourself in the Caverne du Pont-d'Arc Museum. With your local guide, tour the Museum, the largest decorated cave replica in the world. The original site was deemed too fragile for public access, so this replica cave was built only a few kilometres form the actual cave.
  • Canoe in the Ardèche National Park
    In the Ardèche National Park nature is a playground for all sorts of outdoor activities. Thrill seekers can take a guided canoe trip down the river to explore the natural beauty of this area. To participate in this tour you must have a high degree of fitness and must be a strong swimmer as you will canoe for 2 hours.
  • Château de Meursault visit
    The Château de Meursault is situated in the heart of Burgundy, in Côte de Beaune on the prestigious appellation of Meursault. This Burgundy wine domain is a place full of history an flavors, and where you will be able to taste the wines from Côte de Beaune surrounded by unique architecture.
  • Excursion to Grignan de Provence
    Join your local guide in an exploration of this beautiful town, see the mighty castle that dominates the town as well as the Collegiate Church of the Holy Saviour before enjoying some time at leisure in this beautiful region of France.
  • Excursion to Perouges
    Visit the medieval walled village of Perouges, perched atop a hill overlooking the Ain River. The Village has been well preserved since the 14th century and is one of the most picturesque villages in the region. Due to cobblestone streets and a lot of uphill and downhill walking this tour is not suitable for everyone.
  • Excursion to St Remy
    Join your local guide on a tour of the town of St. Remy. Set amongst the landscape of the Alpilles National Park, it was the inspiration for some of Vincent Van Goghs most famous paintings and is also home to Saint Paul de Mausole Monastery, where Van Gogh was held for a year and where your tour will let you visit
  • Excursion to Uzes and Pont du Gard
    With your local guide drive to Uzes, a town with an exceptional Medieval and Renaissance heritage. The town is a maze of small streets and shaded squares; you’ll also pay a visit to Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct that crosses the River Gard and one of the most well known and most visited sites in France.
  • Guided tour of Arles
    Arles is the site of some impressive Roman ruins, including Las Arenas, an arena that seats 20,000 and is still in use today. Experience the vibrant colors and striking quality of light on your tour of Arles, a city that has inspired many artists.
  • Guided Tour of Beaune
    Travel through the most spectacular countryside, past stone houses and rolling vineyards to the beautiful town of Beaune. Upon arrival, a local guide will take you on the tour of the town with the highlight being the spectacular Les Hospices de Beaune with its decorative tiled roofs. You will have free time afterwards to enjoy the sights of this picture-perfect town.
  • Guided tour of Lyon
    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.
  • Hike to Heritage Hill
    Enjoy a hike to Heritage Hill for a tasting of the regions delicious varietals among the vines.
  • Medieval village of 'Les Baux' and Oliver Mill visit
    Join your guide on a walking tour of the town of Les Baux. Located in “Les Alpilles” range of mountains, with incredible rock formations, the drive passes through olive groves and vineyards. Les Baux means “prominent cliff” but is better known for the “bauxite” which was first discovered here in the early 19th century. The medieval city is dominated by the ruins of the fortified castle of the 11th century, where the “Le Baux” family were the most powerful Lords that ruled for 600 years until the 15th century. Les Baux has been occupied as a defensive site throughout history. The cobblestone old town is very attractive and offers many shops, cafes and restaurants. Visit an Olive Farm and enjoy a tasting of its produce.
  • Paul Bocuse Institute
    Tour the exclusive culinary school owned by the famous French chef, Paul Bocuse. See the students perfecting the art of French cuisine before a cooking demonstration.
  • Photography Museum visit
    Learn the history of photography in the town where it was first invented. The museum aims to explain photography since its invention through to the digital image. Its collection includes almost three million photographs and objects, which guests will observe during their guided tour.
  • See the villages of the Luberon region
    Visit several of the villages that make up the Luberon region including the hilltop village of Gordes and the beautiful village of l'Isle-sur-la-Sourge. Due to uneven surfaces and a lot of walking both up and down hill,this tour is recommended only for guests with a high degree of fitness
  • Shop with a Chef and Scenic Culinare
    Join your on board chef on a guided visit to a local food market, where you will have an opportunity to shop for, and taste the best ingredients this region has to offer. Upon returning to your Scenic Space Ship you’ll meet in the purpose-built Scenic Culinaire cooking school for an interactive cooking demonstration, making some of Frances most popular and delicious dishes using the authentic ingredients you have just bought.
  • Tain l'Hermitage Walking Tour & Cite du Chocolate tasting
    Located across the river from Tournon, the village of Tain l'Hermitage is surrounded by slopes of vineyard terraces and produces some of the most expensive Côtes du Rhône wines. Enjoy a guided walking tour and a tasting at Valrhona Chocolates' Cite du Chocolate – home of the world’s finest artisan chocolate.
  • Truffle Tasting
    Meet a local truffle farmer and learn the tricks and techniques of Truffle farming before enjoying a tasting of the delicious produce. These French delicacies only grow in the wild and can be relatively elusive, so a specially train dog will join you on your hunt for a truly authentic truffle-hunting experience.
  • Visit Château de Cormation
    Transfer by coach from Tournus to the historic Château de Cormatin, a stunning castle boasting a fascinating history which has been lovingly restored back to its original glory. While away the hours in its grounds and admire the opulent gilded rooms, moat, water features and perfectly manicured gardens.
  • Viviers Ardèche National Park and Lavender Museum
    Visit the aromatic Lavender Museum and embark on a discovery of Lavender. Learn how this aromatic plant is grown and cultivated and discover its many uses.
  • Walking tour of Avignon including Popes Palace & Pont d'Avignon
    Enjoy the opportunity to explore Chateauneuf du Pape and surrounding vineyards on a hiking tour providing stunning views across this wine producing area. Learn about specifics of producing wines here, as well as about the village that was built in the 14th century for Pope John XXII, the second of the popes to reside in Avignon.
  • Wine tasting at a local winery
    Taste some of the delicious Côtes du Rhône wines at a local winery and take your taste buds on a journey of this highly-esteemed grape.
  • Wine tasting in Chateauneuf du Pape
    Along the length of its winding waters and gentle banks, you will find the Côte du Rhône vineyards of Chateauneuf du Pape. This village's history and centuries of wine production make fora very charming stop, so take this opportunity to sample some of the regions most celebrated wines.

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