Idyllic Rhône 2020 Scenic River Cruise

Begin your journey down the delightful Rhône River with a visit to France’s gastronomic heart, Lyon, with its hidden passageways and cobblestone pavements. Taste the delicious wines of Beaujolais on a Scenic Freechoice excursion in Mâcon, visit the riverside town of Vienne, conquered by Julius Caesar, learn some priceless cooking skills in Scenic Culinaire and shop with your chef in Avignon, before a Scenic Enrich classical concert in the Palais des Papes

Scenic 2020 River Cruises
Beaujolais France

Itinerary

Fly to Lyon from one of up to 16 UK 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 Bordeaux. This evening, raise your glass to the marvellous cruise ahead of you at your welcome reception.

Set on the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, Lyon is renowned for being the gastronomic heart of France.
This afternoon, set sail for Mâcon. Watch the scenery sail by from the Sun Deck or Panorama Lounge, relax in the Wellness centre or perhaps take a lesson in French cookery in Scenic Culinaire.

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 of the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges.

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. Alternatively, visit Château de Cormatin, boasting beautiful gardens and 17th century architecture.

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 the region by bicycle.

Freechoice: This morning, enjoy a walking tour of the ancient town of Viviers, nestled between hill and river, and visit its imposing cathedral or visit the beautiful provincial town of Grignan.
Scenic Culinaire will be hosting a lesson in French cuisine on board this afternoon.

Shop with a Chef at the market then cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire, or explore Avignon’s Palais des Papes. Alternatively, take an excursion to Uzès and 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.

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.

Freechoice: Visit Les Baux, and drop into a local olive farm, or explore Saint-Rémyand Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery. Alternatively, visit Arles Arena on your tour of this once thriving Roman city. This afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure. Perhaps explore the medieval charm of Tarascon on board an e-bike or stay on board for a Provençal soap-making workshop.

After breakfast, disembark and transfer to Marseille airport for your return journey home.

Price Guide

Date Price (pp)
5 September 2020^ £2,395
Scenic Extend Your Stay

What's Included

  • Savings of up to £3,000 per couple plus FREE private door-to-door chauffeur transfers
  • Return flights from a selection of up to 14 UK airports with a choice of airlines or travel via Eurostar
  • 7 nights on Europe’s most luxurious 5-star ships
  • 1 Exclusive Scenic Enrich event & 17 Scenic Freechoice excursions to choose from
  • 20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Complimentary premium branded beverages
  • Butler service for all guests
  • Authentic local entertainment
  • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade available throughout your cruise
  • The freedom of on board e-bikes
  • Cruise Director to guide and assist
  • Expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • All tipping, port charges and airport taxes worth up to £465 per couple