Tastes of the Rhône with Raymond Blanc

8 Days
Lyon to Marseille
From (USD)
$ 5,595
Dates & Pricing

2022 Lyon > Marseille

Tour Map
Tour Code:
FCCL
Duration:
8 days
Departure City:
Lyon
Return City:
Marseille

Selected Itinerary

8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Lyon

    Fly to Lyon from one of up to 16 UK regional airports. If you'd prefer not to fly, why not take advantage of our No-Fly option at no extra cost? Travel Standard Premier Class from St. Pancras International to Paris, and onwards to Lyon. This evening, raise your glass to the cruise ahead at your welcome reception.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Lyon

    Set on the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, Lyon is renowned as the gastronomic heart of France.

    Freechoice

    Walk Lyon’s hidden traboules, then continue to Notre Dame Basilica, which offers fabulous views across the city or join a guided bike ride to Lyon’s Botanical Gardens and Zoo. Alternatively, walk the cobblestone paths in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges. Or, partake in a silk painting workshop.

    This afternoon set sail for Mâcon. Watch the scenery float by from the sun deck or Panorama Lounge, relax in the Wellness centre or perhaps take a lesson in French cookery in Scenic Culinaire.

    Exclusive event: Join expert guest and French chef, Raymond Blanc on board where he will hold a Q+A session whilst you sit back and enjoy a cocktail or tipple of your choice. Receive one complimentary copy of one of Raymond’s latest books, which he will exclusively sign.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Mâcon

    Freechoice

    Travel to the ‘Golden Stone’ region of Beaujolais, and enjoy a tasting of the region’s wines. Or, explore charming Cluny, built around the great Benedictine Abbey.

    Exclusive event: Alternatively, meet a local truffle farmer and their specially trained dog to learn the tricks and techniques of truffle farming, before enjoying a tasting of their delicious produce.

    Exclusive event: This afternoon, join chef Raymond Blanc for an on board interactive cooking demonstration including tasters.  

    Exclusive event: Tonight, chef Raymond Blanc will choose the menu for your evening meal based on delicacies of the region.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Vienne

    Freechoice

    Take a walking tour in Vienne including a visit to the Roman amphitheatre and uncover the fascinating history of this quaint riverside town, once conquered by Julius Caesar. Or, for the more active, take in the picturesque landscapes of this region on a bicycle.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Viviers > Avignon

    Freechoice

    This morning, enjoy a walking tour of the ancient town of Viviers, nestled between hill and river, and visit its imposing cathedral. Alternatively, visit the beautiful provincial town of Grignan.

    Scenic Culinaire will be hosting a lesson in French cuisine this afternoon.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Avignon

    Freechoice

    Shop with a Chef at the market then cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire, or explore Avignon’s architechtural wonder, the Pope’s Palace. Alternatively, take an excursion to Pont du Gard, the impressive ancient Roman aqueduct, or sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a Côtes du Rhône vineyard.

    This afternoon enjoy free time to explore on your own.

    Enrich

    After the doors close to the general public at Avignon’s prestigious Palais des Papes, you’ll be invited for an exclusive concert inside this elegant 14th century palace.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Avignon > Tarascon

    Freechoice

    Visit Les Baux, and drop into a local olive farm. Alternatively, visit Arles Arena on your tour of this once thriving Roman city. Or, join a painting class onboard.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Tarascon

    After breakfast, disembark and transfer to Marseille airport for you return journey home. Travel to one of up to 16 UK regional airports or by First Class rail to Avignon train station, before travelling Standard Premier Class aboard the Eurostar to St. Pancras International.

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Truly all-inclusive luxury
  • 5-Star Scenic Space-Ship with up to 149 guests
  • Spacious Balcony Suites with an innovative Scenic Sun Lounge
  • 1 Scenic Enrich experience with a private classical concert at the impressive Popes Palace in Avignon – Exclusive to Scenic
  • Scenic Culinaire – for Exclusive on board cooking lessons
  • Personalise your trip with 18 included Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Dine at your choice of up to five on board venues, from casual to fine dining
  • 20 meals – 7 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L) and 7 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary premium beverages all day, every day – not just at meal times
  • Butler service for every suite
  • Complimentary full mini-bar restocked daily
  • 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
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities on board and on shore

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