Day 1 Tarascon
Transfer to the former Roman town of Tarascon, where you’ll be welcomed aboard your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship. Tonight you can look forward to a rousing welcome reception. Transfers from Nice or Marseille Airports are included. (Please schedule flights to arrive by midday). (Dinner)
Day 2 Tarascon > Avignon
The town of Tarascon has a distinctly medieval character and an impressive castle.
Freechoice: Visit Les Baux, and drop into a local olive farm, or explore Saint-Rémy and the Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery. Alternatively, visit the wondrous Arles Arena on your tour of this once thriving Roman city.
Back on board, perhaps join a culinary lesson in Scenic Culinaire during your cruise into beautiful Avignon. On arrival enjoy entertainment on board from one of the region’s best French chanson singers. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3 Avignon
Freechoice: Shop with a chef at the local market before cooking up a storm in Scenic Culinaire, or explore Avignon’s architectural wonder, the Pope’s Palace. Alternatively, take an excursion to Uzès and Pont du Gard, the impressive ancient Roman aqueduct.
This afternoon take some time to explore Avignon on your own.
After the doors close to the general public at Avignon’s prestigious Pope’s Palace, you’ll be invited in for an exclusive concert where virtuoso musicians perform Mozart, Bach and Vivaldi within this elegant 14th century palace.. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 Viviers > Tournon
Enjoy a walking tour of Viviers and visit the imposing Cathedral of Viviers. Then, afternoon cruising to Tournon. Perhaps join a cooking class in Scenic Culinaire en route.
Relax with a beverage on the terrace of the Castle of Tournon. Local guitarists will perform an acoustic set for your exclusive benefit. It’s a great soundtrack to an awe-inspiring backdrop. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Vienne > Lyon
Take a walking tour in Vienne and uncover the fascinating history of this quaint riverside town, once conquered by Julius Caesar. This afternoon join an on board masterclass in French cuisine in Scenic Culinaire, or simply relax and view the beautiful Rhône River vistas as you cruise to Lyon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Lyon
Awake today in Lyon, the gastronomic heart of France.
Freechoice: Walk Lyon’s hidden traboules, and visit the Notre Dame Basilica, which offers fabulous views across the city. Alternatively, walk the cobblestone paths of yesteryear in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges, or join a guided bike ride to Lyon’s Botanical Gardens and Zoo.
This afternoon perhaps visit Scenic Culinaire and pick up a trick or two to add to your culinary prowess.. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Mâcon > Chalon-sur-Saône
Freechoice: Travel to the village of Oingt in 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.
Whilst cruising this afternoon join your chef in Scenic Culinaire for a lesson in French cookery.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Chalon-sur-Saône > Paris
After breakfast, drive through the beautiful Île-de-France region to Paris where you’ll be staying in one of the city’s luxury hotels. (Breakfast)
Day 9 Paris
After breakfast it’s time to bid a fond adieu and transfer to Paris Airport for your onward or homebound flight. (Breakfast)