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Idyllic Rhone

8 Day
Between Chalon-sur-Saone and Tarascon
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Departing 16 September 2017
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Many millions of words have been written about France, a country that's inspired more stories than virtually any in the world. It has featured in the works of towering French talents like Hugo, Flaubert and Voltaire as well as emigres like Hemingway, Dickens, and Orwell. Of course, that's hardly suprising, for there's just so much to say about this fascinating place. Be transported down the delightful Rhone River, with stops at numerous quaint villages and splendid historical cities. You'll also enjoy passages through the incredible wine regions of Burgundy and Beaujolais, before wrapping up the trip of a lifetime in the former Roman town of Tarascon.

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Day 1
UK > Chalon-sur-Saone
Choose from a selection of ways to travel to Chalon-sur-Saone. Pick from one of up to 14 UK regional airports or travel direct from London Heathrow. If you prefer not to fly, travel Standard Premier Class board the Eurostar from St Pancras International to Paris Gare du Nord. Your onward journey will be from Paris to Chalon-sur-Saone , where you’ll board your luxury Scenic Space-Ship.
Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
Mâcon > Lyon

Perhaps join a cooking class in Scenic Culinaire whilst cruising leisurely to Lyon this afternoon.


Travel to Beaujolais’ ‘Golden Stone’ region for wine tasting, or visit Cluny, built around the great Benedictine Abbey.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3

Awake today in Lyon, the gastronomic heart of France.


Discover Lyon’s hidden traboules, secret passageways that date back to the 4th century, and visit the Notre Dame Basilica, which offers fabulous views across Lyon, or walk the cobblestone paths of yesteryear in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges. Alternatively, join a guided cycling tour to Lyon’s charming Botanical Gardens and Zoo.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Vienne > Tournon

Enjoy a city tour this morning in Vienne, an old Roman city in a lovely setting. Soak up a leisurely afternoon of cruising to picturesque Tournon. If you like, join a cooking class in Scenic Culinaire enroute.


Enjoy a delightful afternoon aperitif on the terrace of the Castle of Tournon whilst local guitarists perform an acoustic set for your exclusive benefit. It’s the perfect soundtrack to an awe-inspiring backdrop.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Viviers > Avignon

This morning take advantage of an included walking tour of Viviers. This delightful town, nestled between hill and river, boasts ancient homes and an unusual cathedral. Scenic Culinaire will be hosting a lesson in French cuisine for those wishing to improve their skills whilst cruising this afternoon. Or perhaps, simply soak in the panoramic vistas from the Sun Deck as you cruise into Avignon. Tonight, enjoy a fabulous French chanson vocalist perform for your enjoyment on board.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6

This afternoon enjoy time at leisure in Avignon.


Shop with a Chef at a local market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire afterwards. Alternatively, savour an in-depth tour of Avignon’s architectural jewel, the Pope’s Palace, or take an excursion to Uzès and visit Pont du Gard, a magnificent ancient Roman aqueduct.


Be treated to a truly unforgettable experience at the prestigious Pope’s Palace in Avignon. After the doors close to the general public, virtuoso musicians will showcase their skill by performing Mozart, Bach and Vivaldi within this elegant 14th century palace.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7

Relax on board as we cruise onto the Provençal town of Tarascon.


Visit Les Baux, and drop into a local olive farm, or visit Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery in Saint-Rémy. Alternatively, view the Arles Arena in this thriving former Roman city.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Tarascon > UK
After breakfast, transfer to Marseille airport for your return flight home. Travel direct to London or one of up to 14 UK regional airports. Alternatively, travel from Avignon to Lille and then Standard Premier Class aboard the Eurostar to St Pancras International
Meals included: Breakfast
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