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Create your own story in beautiful Paris Many millions of words have been written about Paris, a city that’s inspired more stories than virtually anywhere else in the world.
It has featured in the works of towering French talents like Hugo, Flaubert and Voltaire as well as émigrés like Hemingway, Dickens, and Orwell. Of course, that’s hardly surprising, for there’s just so much to say about this fascinating place. And Paris, with its grand monuments and boulevards, is just the opening gambit in this wonderful itinerary. From there you’ll be transported down the delightful Rhône River, with stops at numerous quaint villages, and splendid historical cities. You’ll also enjoy passages through the incredible wine regions of Burgundy and Beaujolais, before wrapping up the trip of a lifetime in the famous French Riviera, and glorious Monte Carlo.
SEI (Gems of the Seine) Take a journey down the river of dreams, the splendid Seine cuts through the heart of Paris, before winding its way along some of the most celebrated sites in northern France. This itinerary showcases fine historic settings, and beautiful environs including Giverny, Honfleur and Rouen.
Day 1 | Highlights:
You’ll be met at Paris airport and transferred to our luxurious hotel.
Day 2 | Paris > Chalon-sur-Saône Highlights:
Depart Paris and transfer to Chalon-sur-Saône where you’ll be welcomed warmly aboard your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship.
Day 3 | Mâcon > Lyon Highlights:
Travel to Beaujolais’ ‘Golden Stone’ region for wine tasting, or visit Cluny, built around the great Benedictine Abbey.
Day 4 | Lyon Highlights:
Awake today in Lyon, the gastronomic heart of France.
Day 5 | Vienne > Tournon Highlights:
Enjoy a city tour this morning in Vienne, an old Roman city in a lovely setting. Soak up a leisurely afternoon of cruising to picturesque Tournon. If you like, join a cooking class in Scenic Culinaire enroute.
Day 6 | Viviers > Avignon Highlights:
This morning take advantage of an included walking tour of Viviers. This delightful town, nestled between hill and river, boasts ancient homes and an unusual cathedral. Scenic Culinaire will be hosting a lesson in French cuisine for those wishing to improve their skills whilst cruising this afternoon. Or perhaps, simply soak in the panoramic vistas from the Sun Deck as you cruise into Avignon. Tonight, enjoy a fabulous French chanson vocalist perform for your enjoyment on board.
Day 7 | Avignon Highlights:
Shop with a Chef at a local market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire afterwards. Alternatively, savour an in-depth tour of Avignon’s architectural jewel, the Pope’s Palace, or take an excursion to Uzès and visit Pont du Gard, a magnificent ancient Roman aqueduct.
Day 8 | Tarascon Highlights:
Relax on board as we cruise onto the Provençal town of Tarascon.
Day 9 | Tarascon > Barcelona Highlights:
After breakfast, travel to Spain’s beautiful city of Barcelona. On arrival, enjoy an included orientation tour.
Day 10 | Barcelona Highlights: Poble Espanyol de Montjuic
Enjoy a tour of Barcelona, including Gaudi’s Cathedral of the Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell.
Day 11 | Barcelona Highlights: A day by the sea
Enjoy a full day of leisure in beautiful Barcelona. Your Tour Director will be on hand to assist you with any plans you’d like to make for the day. Enjoy a special Spanish dinner in the city this evening.
Day 12 | Barcelona Highlights: Farewell
All good things end eventually so after enjoying a great breakfast, transfer to Barcelona Airport for your onward or homebound flight.
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France is the world’s top tourist destination and has indelibly imprinted itself into our consciousness. You simply have to experience this beautiful country at least once in your life. Cruise the waterways of the Seine, Saône and Rhône, and Bordeaux regions, visit the châteaux of the Loire, taste the wines of Bordeaux, see the ‘city of light’, smell the lavender-scented air of Provence, and feel the sand of the Riviera between your toes. In France, beauty is everywhere, and its reverence for art, history and gastronomy make every day a unique experience.
Unlike most of our competitors, when we say all-inclusive we mean it. From your transfers and tips, your exclusive Enrich, Freechoice and Tailormade excursions and even your mini-bar, you won’t have to worry about money at all. We won't even ask for your credit card at check in and our exclusive new river cruise guarantee is included too, offering peace of mind. We’ve thought of everything, including bottled water onshore.
There are a vast range of activities and sightseeing experiences for you to choose from, so you only see what you want to see, and do what you want to do, at a tempo that suits you. From history to culture, food to nature, there’s something for everyone.
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Follow the same waterways that shaped the cultural and economic landscapes of one of Europe’s most remarkable nations. This journey will transport you across time and space – through rolling wine lands, timeless villages, and places of great historic import. Discover places of incredible beauty, experience a culture that helped to redefine the world, and do it all in all-inclusive luxury.