South of France Indulgence

Indulge in the sights, sounds & refined tastes of the South of France on a 15 day cruise from Lyon. Explore Beaune & enjoy the spectacular Scenic Rouge.

15 Days
Lyon to Lyon
From (USD)
$ 10,440
$ 8,940
Dates & Pricing

2019 Lyon > Lyon

Relax, rejuvenate and explore

Take the time to discover the beauty of the South of France on a leisurely cruise with Scenic. It’s the perfect balance of exploration and relaxation.
Travel through iconic regions and landscapes such as the famed Beaujolais, renowned for its lush vineyards; and the wild, rugged scenery of La Camargue, teeming with birdlife. Return north to Lyon, pausing in the picturesque village of Oingt.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
FRCC
Duration:
15 days
Departure City:
Lyon
Return City:
Lyon

Selected Itinerary

15 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Chalon-sur-Saône

    Welcome to Chalon-sur-Saône where your friendly crew await to welcome you on board your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship. Arrival transfers included from Lyon airport. Please book your flight to arrive between 10am and 3pm in Lyon.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Chalon-sur-Saône > Tournus

    Freechoice

    Explore Beaune, including a visit to Les Hospices de Beaune. Alternatively, visit the estate of Château Meursault and taste some of the acclaimed wines from this premium estate located in the heart of the Burgundy region.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Tournus > Mâcon

    Freechoice

    Experience Château de Cormatin, boasting beautiful gardens and water features. Or join the intelligent hounds and their owners in a nearby quaint village to locate and sample French truffles. 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Mâcon

    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.

    Freechoice

    Retrace the traditional life of the region on your visit to the Bresse Museum, or enjoy wine tasting in the celebrated Beaujolais region. Alternatively, visit Cluny, constructed around the great Benedictine Abbey.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Lyon

    Awake today in Lyon, the gastronomic heart of France

    Freechoice

    Discover Lyon’s historic significance by traversing its hidden traboules, secret passageways dating back to the 4th century, and visit Notre Dame Basilica for views across Lyon. Alternatively, walk the cobblestone paths in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges. Or visit the exclusive culinary school of Paul Bocuse and perfect the art of French cuisine before sampling some of the delicious fare (available on selected dates, will be replaced with In Cuisine Lyon when not available, enquire for details).

    You have the afternoon at leisure. Explore the city further or visit Scenic Culinaire and pick up a trick or two to add to your culinary prowess.

    Enrich

    Experience the French extravaganza that is the can-can among other performances when you are treated to the exclusive gala spectacular, Scenic Rouge, under the big-top onshore this evening in Lyon.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Tournon

    Cruising from Lyon, take in the picturesque riverside panoramas as you glide effortlessly toward Tournon. If you are feeling more active you have the opportunity to cycle around this beautiful region.
    On arrival, enjoy a fun lecture on the French paradox and etiquette.

    Sundowners

    Overlooking the Rhône, Tournon Castle is a must-see, both for its historic interest and breathtaking outlook. You’ll enjoy an afternoon aperitif on the terrace of the castle accompanied by local musicians.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Tournon > Viviers

    Freechoice

    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 region’s delicious varietals among the vines.

    Enjoy scenic cruising to Viviers this afternoon.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Viviers > Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    Enjoy a walking tour of Viviers including an organ recital in the town’s cathedral.

    Freechoice

    Explore the Ardèche National Park and immerse yourself in the Caverne du Pont-d’Arc Museum, or visit the Ardèche National Park and canyon including a visit to the aromatic Lavender Museum. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can canoe through one of Europe’s largest natural canyons (seasonal option, operating on select departures, enquire for details), or drop into the beautiful provincial town of Grignan.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Châteauneuf-du-Pape > Avignon

    Freechoice

    Sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a Côtes du Rhône vineyard or take a guided hike through the vines. Enjoy picturesque cruising to Avignon this afternoon where you’ll take a walking tour including a visit to the city’s architectural jewel, the Popes’ Palace.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Avignon

    Freechoice

    Shop with a Chef at a local food market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire with your fresh ingredients. Alternatively, drop into the villages of the Luberon region including Gordes and l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, or take an excursion to Uzès and Pont du Gard. Explore Avignon at leisure this afternoon.

    Enrich

    Be treated to a truly unforgettable experience at the prestigious Popes’ Palace of Avignon. After the doors close to the general public, you’ll enjoy an exclusive gala dinner and classical concert in one of the grandiose rooms.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - La Camargue

    Choices today include the spectacular La Camargue National Park.

    Freechoice

    Take in the wild beauty of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and visit the Parc Ornithologique. Alternatively, visit the fortified Mediterranean village of Aigues-Mortes, or join a guided cycling tour to the Abbey of Saint-Roman cave monastery. Or for something more relaxed, stay on board for a Provençal soap-making workshop.

    This afternoon, relax on the Sun Deck while cruising roundtrip from Tarascon towards the Mediterranean Sea. Tonight, a Camargue gypsy band performs live on board.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Tarascon

    The town of Tarascon exudes a medieval charm.

    Freechoice

    Explore the artistic heritage of Arles, and see the striking Arles Arena, or stop in at the pretty hilltop village of Les Baux before touring a charming family-run olive farm. Alternatively, pay a visit to Saint-Rémy and Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery where Van Gogh was held for a year.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Tarascon

    Explore the riverside town of Tarascon before an afternoon of cruising. Relax on board or take a cooking lesson at Scenic Culinaire.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Oingt

    Spend a leisurely morning on board. Perhaps take a yoga or meditation class, enjoy the wellness centre or cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire. After an early lunch visit the quaint ‘Golden Stone’ village of Oingt before a guided tour of Château de Fléchère.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Chalon-sur-Saône

    Disembark after breakfast for your transfer to Lyon airport.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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