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Idyllic Rhone

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Between Chalon-sur-Saone and Tarascon
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Few regions conjure such stored nostalgia and romance as southern France, and by far the best way to experience this idyllic corner of Europe is on the languid waters of the great Rhône River. Stretching from the Swiss Alps to the Mediterranean Sea, this iconic French river connects towns, cities and landscapes which are as distinct and fascinating as they are classically beautiful. Traverse the lavender fields of Provence and the vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône as you weave towards the Mediterranean, passing such fabled towns and cities as Lyon, Avignon, Mâcon, Tournon, Tarascon and Viviers. This is your chance to savour the wines of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape, explore the monumental Palais des Papes, and discover why Lyon is so freely dubbed the ‘gourmet capital of the world’

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* From price is for a 20 May 2019 departure. For a full list of pricing and availability, please see below. All prices are per person, twin share in GBP, based on two guests sharing. Terms and conditions apply and we reserve the right to withdraw our offers at any time. Please note, the ship operating a particular cruise is subject to change.
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Day 1

Choose from a selection of ways to travel to Chalon-sur-Saône, all of which are included at no supplement. Pick from one of up to 14 UK regional airports or travel direct from London Heathrow to Lyon. If you’d prefer not to fly, why not take advantage of our Eurostar No Fly option at no extra cost? Travel Standard Premier Class aboard the Eurostar from St. Pancras International to Paris Gare du Nord ‡. Your onward journey will be from Paris Gare de Lyon to Chalon-sur-Saône by First Class rail. Welcome to Chalon-sur-Saône where a warm welcome awaits as you board your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship. Over the next few days, this wonderful luxury cruise ship will be your home. A world of wonder awaits and you can look forward to fascinating new experiences in the days ahead. Arrival transfers included from Lyon airport or Chalon-sur-Saône train station. If flying into Lyon, please book your flights to arrive between 10am and 3pm.

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 en-route.


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 on board, you’ll transfer to Marseille airport for your return journey home. Fly to one of up to 14 UK regional airports or direct to London Heathrow. Alternatively, travel by First Class rail from Avignon to Lille and then Standard Premier aboard the Eurostar to St. Pancras International. Please book your flights to depart between 11am and 4pm if flying out of Marseille.

Please note: Pre-release itinerary subject to change

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All prices are per person, twin share in GBP based on two guests sharing.
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