Spectacular South of France with Top Chef Bryan Voltaggio

11 Days
Lyon to Lyon
From (USD)
$ 5,195
Dates & Pricing

Adventures like this only happen once.

October 20, 2022
Embark on a delightful culinary river cruise with special guest Chef Bryan Voltaggio through the flavors and textures of the land that gave the world modern cuisine. A special welcome reception in honor of Chef Bryan will be held to kick-off a series of events exclusive to this cruise which include an on board cooking demonstration and a collaboration with the ship’s executive chef to create a custom-tailored menu for all the guests. He will also host an intimate dinner at L’Amour and give a lecture on seasonal ingredients and French cuisine followed by a Q&A session. 

Meet Chef Bryan Voltaggio

Chef Bryan Voltaggio is a culinary innovator of Mid Atlantic Cuisine, a restaurateur and television personality. His menus are driven by the region's fresh, seasonal, organic ingredients and he strives to engage diners to support local agriculture through his choice of seasonal dishes to provide guests with new experiences with every visit.

A Maryland native, Bryan Voltaggio is a James Beard Foundation Award finalist and was voted Best Chef Mid-Atlantic in 2010 and Chef of the Year by both the Washington, D.C.- based nonprofit Share Our Strength and the Restaurant Association of Maryland that same year. This past year he starred in his own recently released Food Network series called Battle of the Brothers co-starring his brother Michael Voltaggio. In addition, Tom Sietsema from The Washington Post included his restaurants in his 8 favorite places to eat right now and 2021 Spring Dining Guide along with an acknowledgement of the 22 restaurants that opened despite the pandemic. He has also released two cookbooks; Home: Recipes to Cook with Family and Friends and VOLT.Ink. His first restaurant Volt, which opened in 2008, has since been reinvented due to the pandemic as Thacher & Rye located in his hometown of Frederick Maryland. 

A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Chef Voltaggio is also executive chef for Showroom and chef and partner at STRFSH, Voltaggio Brothers Steakhouse, and Estuary with his brother Michael Voltaggio.

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2022 Lyon > Lyon

Tour Map
Tour Code:
FRAC
Duration:
11 days
Departure City:
Lyon
Return City:
Lyon

Selected Itinerary

11 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Lyon

    Welcome to the spectacular city of Lyon. Upon arrival, transfer to the Scenic Sapphire where your friendly crew await to welcome you on board.

    Spend the afternoon exploring your Scenic Space-Ship. Perhaps relax in the on board Salt Therapy Lounge and soak in the healing properties of the salt, or simply take a beverage on to the Sun Deck and admire the magnificent views across the city of Lyon.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Lyon > Tournus

    Relax on board as you cruise the Saône River towards Tournus. Perhaps sharpen your skills on French cookery at a lesson in Scenic Culinaire.

    Freechoice

    Explore Château de Cormatin, admire the castles gilded rooms, surrounding moat and water features, as well as the perfectly manicured gardens. Or, join highly trained hounds and their owners in a nearby quaint village locating and sampling French truffles. Alternatively, visit the restaurant of three star Michelin chef, Georges Blanc for a cooking demonstration.

    This evening enjoy our welcome reception where our acclaimed guest, Top Chef Bryan Voltaggio, will be introduced.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Chalon-sur-Saône

    Freechoice

    Explore Beaune, including a visit to Les Hospices de Beaune. The former hospital is a prime example of traditional 15th century Burgundian architecture and now houses a fascinating museum. Alternatively, visit a local château and taste some of the acclaimed wines from this premium estate located in the heart of the Burgundy region, or visit the photography museum in the town where it was first invented. The museum is home to over three million photographs and objects, which you will have the opportunity to observe with your local guide.

    Exclusive: Enjoy a very special onboard dinner this evening in Crystal Dining. Tonight’s menu will be customized by Chef Bryan, his sous chef and our Scenic culinary team. Night of special meal is subject to change.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Tain l’Hermitage

    Perhaps start your day with a stretching class on the Sun Deck, or simply enjoy a leisurely morning as you take in the picturesque riverside panoramas.

    Exclusive: This morning Chef Bryan will host a cooking demonstration. Watch closely so you can make on your own once you return home! Timing of special event is subject to change.

    Freechoice

    Enjoy wine tasting at a local vineyard, or join a guided walking tour of the village of Tain l’Hermitage, including a tasting at Valrhona Chocolates. Alternatively, join a guided cycling tour along the Rhône to neighbouring villages.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Avignon

    Freechoice

    Take a walking tour of the magnificent city of Avignon, including entrance to the Popes’ Palace and famed St. Benezet Bridge also known as the Pont d’Avignon. Alternatively, join an excursion to Pont du Gard, an engineering masterpiece dating back to the middle of the first century which was designed to carry water to the city of Nîmes, or paddle along the Gardon River underneath the spectacular Pont du Gard by kayak.

    Enrich

    Enjoy a truly unforgettable experience at the prestigious Palais des Papes. After the doors close to the general public, be treated to an exclusive dinner and classical concert in one of the grandiose rooms.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - 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 Sénanque Abbey, or sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a Côtes du Rhône vineyard. If you’re feeling more active, you may choose to visit one of the most beautiful villages of France, Roussillon for a guided tour and a visit to the Lavender museum.

    Exclusive: Enjoy a talk and Q&A session with Chef Bryan about seasonal ingredients and the delights of French cuisine. Day of event is subject to change.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Tarascon

    Freechoice

    Explore the artistic heritage of Arles, and visit the striking Arles Arena, or stop in at the pretty medieval hilltop village of Les Baux and visit Carrières de Lumières, a former quarry that now houses an impressive art installation. Alternatively, tour a charming family-run olive farm followed by a cooking class where our host will divulge local recipes, or take an active walk through La Camargue National Park. This afternoon you may wish to enjoy the medieval charm of Tarascon. It is the perfect city to cycle around so why not jump on an e-bike and cycle the riverside paths along the Rhône, or simply stay on board and take a painting class.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Viviers

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a walking tour of Viviers. Admire the many monuments and architectural treasures of this beautiful town before you are treated to an organ recital, or learn about the history of the French Resistance. Hear stories of heroism and daring missions as you explore the town.

    Freechoice

    Explore the Ardèche National Park including the Caverne du Pont-d’Arc Museum, a replica museum depicting the collection of engravings, paintings and drawings found in the nearby Chauvet Cave, or visit Bollene Hydroplant and dive into the world of renewable energies. Learn about the hydro power plant, wind farm and the two solar power plants located here. Alternatively, drop into the beautiful provincial town of Grignan for a guided tour and a visit to the Château, before enjoying some time at leisure to explore on your own.

    Exclusive: Chef Bryan hosts guests this evening in L’Amour specialty dining. Reservations are made once onboard the ship on a first come, first serve basis. Evening of event is subject to change.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Lyon

    Take in the vistas of the Rhône River as you sail towards the gastronomic heart of France, Lyon.

    Enrich

    Tonight admire the beauty of one of the city’s greatest baroque buildings, Trinity Chapel. Built in the 17th century, the interior is decadently covered in Carrera marble. As an exclusive experience with Scenic, join your fellow guests for a breathtaking acapella choir performance in this wonderful setting.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Lyon

    Freechoice

    Discover Lyon’s historic significance by traversing its hidden secret passageways dating back to the 4th century, and visit Notre Dame Basilica for magnificent views across the city. Or explore Lyon on foot and view famous sights along the waterways. Alternatively, learn about Lyon’s rich heritage in silk production during a silk painting workshop, or walk the cobblestone paths in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges.

    This evening enjoy one final indulgence when a local pâtissier comes on board with a selection of their finest desserts for your dining pleasure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Lyon

    Depart after a wonderful farewell breakfast. Lyon is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour Inclusions

Chef Bryan Voltaggio will:

  • Host a welcome reception at the start of the cruise
  • Hold an onboard cooking demonstration
  • Customize a dinner menu one evening in the main dining room
  • Host dinner at L’Amour, the 30-person specialty dining venue onboard. Reservations are made once onboard the ship on a first come, first serve basis
  • Give a talk on seasonal ingredients and French cuisine, followed by Q&A

Truly All-inclusive highlights:

  • 5-Star Scenic Sapphire Space-Ship with up to 149 guests
  • Spacious Balcony Suites with an innovative Scenic Sun Lounge
  • 2 Scenic Enrich experiences including an extraordinary classical concert and dinner in the magnificent Popes Palace in Avignon and an Acapella Choir performance at the Baroque Trinity Chapel in Lyon – all Exclusive to Scenic
  • Scenic Culinaire – for Exclusive on board cooking lessons
  • Personalize your trip with Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Dine at your choice of up to five on board venues, from casual to fine dining
  • 29 meals – 10 breakfasts (B), 9 lunches (L) and 10 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary premium beverages all day, every day – not just at meal times
  • Butler service for all guests throughout your cruise
  • Innovative Salt Therapy Lounge and fitness area
  • Scenic Tailormade App for river commentary and independent exploration
  • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
  • Scenic Cruise Director to guide and assist & expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
  • All tipping and gratuities

Pricing & Availability

Terms and Conditions

Offers are available for new bookings made December 15, 2021 through March 31, 2022. A non-refundable initial deposit of $500 per person is required at the time of booking, with full payment required 90 days prior to departure.

Free premium economy air is available and for guests who decide to book their own air, a $1500pp savings is available in lieu of premium economy air. Premium economy air max ticket value is $2,200 per ticket including taxes and fees.

Early Payment Savings: Save $250pp when you pay in full at time of booking. If full payment is not received, these additional savings will be removed from your booking. These savings are applicable on the cruise + upgrade element only, excludes air fares, port charges, hotel stays and other additional items.

All offers are inventory controlled and may be extended, cancelled, or withdrawn at any time without notice. Scenic reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares and promotions at any time. For the most up-to-date pricing, availability and offers, please call us or contact your Professional Travel Advisor. Offers applicable for legal residents of the 50 United States of America & Washington D.C.