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Idyllic Rhone

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Between Tarascon and Chalon-sur-Saone
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Travel from historic Tarascon to the heart of Beaujolais, through fragrant lavender fields, ancient cities, and vineyards laden with old world vines. The Rhône cuts through a string of unforgettable destinations, from Avignon and Les Baux, to the culinary capital of Lyon – introducing the flavours of the South of France.

Begin in the Provençal town of Tarascon, where you can visit a Les Baux olive farm, tour Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery, or explore the beautifully-preserved Romanesque architecture of Arles. In Avignon, attend a classical virtuoso music concert within the ancient walls of the Palais des Papes – an exclusive Scenic Enrich experience that will live long in the memory.

Soak up an afternoon in picturesque Tournon, complete with a visit to Tournon Castle, where you’ll enjoy an aperitif accompanied by a performance from local guitarists – the perfect soundtrack to this delightful Scenic Sundowners event. From here, cruise to Lyon, where you can take a cycling tour of the city’s charming Botanical Gardens, or go shopping with a chef, who will introduce the city’s fabled culinary heritage.

Finally, cruise through the ‘Golden Stone’ region of Beaujolais to Macon and Chalon-sur-Saône, where you’re invited to raise a glass of fine French wine and toast the end of this unforgettable journey.

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Day 1

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. Transfer from Marseille Airport is included. If flying into Marseille, please book your flights to arrive prior to 12:30pm.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
Tarascon > Avignon

The town of Tarascon has a distinctly medieval character and an impressive castle.

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.


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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3

This afternoon take some time to explore Avignon on your own.


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.


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.

Meals included: 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.

Meals included: 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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6

Awake today in Lyon, the gastronomic heart of France.

This afternoon perhaps visit Scenic Culinaire and pick up a trick or two to add to your culinary prowess.


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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Mâcon > Chalon-sur-Saône

Whilst cruising this afternoon join your chef in Scenic Culinaire for a lesson in French cookery.


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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8

After breakfast disembark your Scenic Space-Ship for your transfer to Chalon-sur-Saône train station or Lyon airport for your onward or homebound journey. If flying out of Lyon, please book your flights to depart between 2pm and 8pm.

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