South of France with Switzerland

See the pristine mountains & lakes of Switzerland and cruise the South of France from Chalon-sur-Saône to Tarascon on a 17 day journey from Zurich to Nice.

17 Days
Zurich to Nice
From (USD)
$ 8,595
Dates & Pricing

2019 Zurich > Nice

From the Swiss Alps to the French Riviera

Combine two of the most scenic locations in Europe from the pristine lakes and mountains of Switzerland to the enchanting rustic villages of southern France.
Switzerland has it all, from cosmopolitan cities to traditional villages; from soaring snow-capped mountains to sparkling lakes. Discover the city of Zurich, picturesque Lucerne, the alpine village of Gstaad and much more. The beauty continues as you commence your cruise through the South of France. Traverse through the beautiful Burgundy region, discover fairytale medieval villages and explore the natural rugged beauty of the Ardèche National Park.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
SWFR
Duration:
17 days
Departure City:
Zurich
Return City:
Nice

17 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Welcome to Zurich

    Start your journey with an overnight stay in Zurich.

  2. Day 2 - Zurich > Lucerne > Bern

    Repeatedly named the city with the best quality of life, Switzerland’s largest city Zurich is full of treasures and you’ll have the chance to discover them first-hand. Travel to Lucerne, overlooked by the magnificent Swiss Alp peaks of Mounts Pilatus and Rigi, before arriving in Bern for your overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  3. Day 3 - Bern > Montreux

    Ascend the Swiss Alps to the charming alpine village of Gstaad. Continue to Montreux for a luxurious two night stay, located on the shores of picturesque Lake Geneva

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Montreux

    Delight in a panoramic train journey to Château-d’Œx. Upon arrival witness traditional cheese-making
    at the Restaurant Le Chalet. The cheesemaker will transform milk into a hard cheese right in front of your eyes. At the end of the demonstration you’ll have an opportunity to taste the freshly made cheese.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  5. Day 5 - Montreux > Chalon-sur-Saône

    Departing Montreux we cross the French border and make our way to Chalon-sur-Saône. Here a warm welcome awaits you from the crew of your luxury Scenic Space-Ship.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Chalon-sur-Saône > Tournus

    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

  7. Day 7 - Tournus > Mâcon

    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

  8. Day 8 - 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.

    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

  9. Day 9 - Lyon

    Awake today in Lyon, the gastronomic heart of France

    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.

    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

  10. Day 10 - 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.

    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

  11. Day 11 - Tournon > Viviers

    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

  12. Day 12 - Viviers > Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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

    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

  13. Day 13 - Châteauneuf-du-Pape > Avignon

    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

  14. Day 14 - Avignon

    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.

    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

  15. Day 15 - La Camargue

    Choices today include the spectacular La Camargue National Park.

    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

  16. Day 16 - Tarascon

    The town of Tarascon exudes a medieval charm.

    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

  17. Day 17 - Avignon > Marseille

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

All-inclusive highlights
  • 5-star Scenic Space-Ship featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
  • 3 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Scenic Culinaire
  • Your choice of 30 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 1 Scenic Sundowners event
  • Up to five on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 41 meals – 16 breakfasts (B), 12 lunches (L) and 13 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary beverages all day throughout your cruise
  • Butler service for all guests throughout your cruise
  • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade available throughout your cruise
  • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
  • Cruise Director to guide and assist
  • Expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
  • All tipping and gratuities

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