Day 1 | Highlights: City of light
Celebrate the start of your France holiday at this evening’s welcome reception and relax at one of our luxurious city central hotels. A world of wonder awaits you.
Day 2 | Chalon-sur-Saône Highlights: Welcome reception
Traverse the Île de France countryside aboard the TGV train to Dijon. Known worldwide for its famous mustard exports you’ll enjoy an orientation tour and time at leisure before transferring to Chalon-sur-Saône. Your friendly crew await to welcome you on board your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship for your journey through France’s iconic south.
Day 3 | Chalon-sur-Saône > Tournus Highlights: Burgundy region
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.
Day 4 | Tournus > Mâcon Highlights: Riverside cycling
Experience the magnificent Château de Cormatin, boasting beautiful gardens and water features. Alternatively, join the intelligent hounds and their owners in a nearby quaint village to locate and sample French truffles – a gastronomic delicacy. Enjoy leisurely cruising to Mâcon this afternoon, or opt for a class in French cuisine in Scenic Culinaire on board. Alternatively, cycle from Tournus to Mâcon and meet the ship there.
Day 5 | Mâcon Highlights: Beaujolais wine region
You’re sure to love Mâcon. Be fascinated by its history and delighted by the surrounding picturesque farming region acclaimed for its five wine appellations and gastronomy.
Day 6 | Lyon Highlights: Enrich Scenic Rouge cabaret
Awake today in Lyon, the gastronomic heart of France.
Day 7 | Tournon Highlights: Sundowners at Tournon Castle
Cruising from Lyon you’ll have the opportunity to soak in the picturesque riverside panoramas as you glide effortlessly toward Tournon. On arrival in Tournon enjoy a fun lecture on the French paradox and etiquette.
Day 8 | Tournon > Viviers Highlights: Chocolates and wine
Enjoy a unique wine tasting in the wine cave of Tournon Castle, or join a guided walk of Tain l’Hermitage including a tasting at Valrhona Chocolates. You could also enjoy a group bike ride along the Rhône to neighbouring villages, or hike Heritage Hill for a tasting of the delicious varietals of the region amidst the vines.
Day 9 | Viviers > Châteauneuf-du-Pape Highlights: Ardèche National Park
Enjoy a walking tour of Viviers including an organ recital in the town’s cathedral.
Day 10 | Châteauneuf-du-Pape > Avignon Highlights: Côtes du Rhône
Join an exclusive cooking class in Scenic Culinaire on board, or sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a charming Côtes du Rhône vineyard.
Day 11 | Avignon Highlights: Enrich dinner at Pope’s Palace
Shop with a Chef at a local food market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire with your fresh ingredients. Alternatively, drop in to the villages of the Luberon region including Gordes and l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, or take an excursion to Uzès and Pont du Gard.
Day 12 | La Camargue Highlights: La Camargue National Park
Choices today include the spectacular La Camargue National Park.
Day 13 | Tarascon Highlights: Villages of Provence
The riverside town of Tarascon exudes a charming medieval character.
Day 14 | Tarascon > Marseille Airport Highlights: Farewell
All good things end eventually and after enjoying a great breakfast, disembark your Scenic Space-Ship and transfer to Marseille or Nice Airport. Please book your flights to depart between 11am and 4pm if flying out of Marseille and after 1pm if flying out of Nice.