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South of France

13 Day
Between Lyon and Marseille
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Departing 09 October 2017
South of France  - 13 day
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There are no overnight sailings on this itinerary - theres no need. With so many beautiful sites in such close proximity, exploring is a leisurely pleasure. This cruise gives you the perfect opportunity to step out and explore whatever incredible destination your 5-star floating hotel happens to be docked in. You'll find yourself right there, in the centre of the action, in one of Europe's most beautiful regions, with the nightly opportunities to stretch your legs and explore  A gourmet splurge in Lyon, the food capital of France, or an evening of fabulous entertainment in Tarascon - the possibilities are endless, and the choice is yours. Combine that with highlights such as a steam train excurtion from Tournon, and a visit to the beautiful Camargue, and the temptations of succumbing to the South of France become even more alluring.  

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Day 1
UK > Chalon-sur-Saône
Choose from a selection of ways to travel to France. 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.
Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
Chalon-sur-Saône > Tournus
Highlights: Burgundy region

Freechoice: This morning explore Beaune, including a visit to Les Hospices de Beaune. Alternatively, visit the estate of Château de Savigny-les-Beaune to see the impressive collection of motorcycles, race cars, and fighter planes.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Tournus > Mâcon
Highlights: Riverside cycling

Freechoice: Experience the magnificent Château de Cormatin, boasting beautiful gardens and water features. Alternatively, join the intelligent hounds and their owners in nearby quaint villages to locate and sample French truffles – a gastronomic delicacy. Enjoy leisurely cruising to Mâcon this afternoon, or opt for a class in French cuisine in Scenic Culinaire on board. Alternatively, cycle from Tournus to Mâcon and meet the ship there.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Mâcon
Highlights: Beaujolais wine region

You’re sure to love Mâcon. Be fascinated by its history and delighted by the surrounding picturesque farming region acclaimed for its five wine appellations and gastronomy.

Freechoice: Retrace the traditional life of the region on your visit to the Bresse Museum, or enjoy wine tasting in the celebrated Beaujolais region. Alternatively, visit Cluny, a village in Burgundy that was constructed around the great Benedictine Abbey, once the world’s largest basilica.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Lyon
Highlights: Enrich Scenic Rouge cabaret

Awake today in Lyon, the gastronomic heart of France.

Freechoice: Discover Lyon’s historic significance by traversing its hidden traboules – secret passageways that date back to the 4th century, and visit Notre Dame Basilica, offering a fabulous vantage point for views across Lyon. Alternatively, walk the cobblestone paths of yesteryear in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges. Or, if you wish, visit the exclusive culinary school of Paul Bocuse and perfect the art of French cuisine before sampling some of the delicious fare (available on selected dates, will be replaced with In Cuisine Lyon when not available, enquire for details).

Lyon’s Botanical Gardens and Zoo are perfect for a leisurely bike ride this afternoon.

Today you may choose to visit Scenic Culinaire and pick up a trick or two to add to your culinary prowess.

Enrich
Experience the French extravaganza that is the can-can amidst other performances when you are treated to the exclusive gala spectacular, Scenic Rouge, under the big-top onshore this evening in Lyon.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Tournon
Highlights: Sundowners at Tournon Castle

Cruising from Lyon you’ll have the opportunity to soak in the picturesque riverside panoramas as you glide effortlessly toward Tournon. On arrival in Tournon enjoy a fun lecture on the French paradox and etiquette.

Sundowners
Overlooking the Rhône, Tournon Castle is a must-see for visitors, both for its historic interest and its breathtaking outlook. Enjoy an afternoon aperitif on the terrace of the castle accompanied by local musicians. You’ll find it a great soundtrack to a truly awe-inspiring backdrop.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Tournon > Viviers
Highlights: Chocolates and wine

Freechoice: Enjoy a unique wine tasting in the wine cave of Tournon Castle, or join a guided walk of Tain l’Hermitage including a tasting at Valrhona Chocolates. You could also enjoy a group bike ride along the Rhône to neighbouring villages, or hike the famed Saint-Joseph vineyard for a tasting of the delicious varietals amidst the vines.

Scenic cruising to Viviers this afternoon.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Viviers > Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Highlights: Ardèche National Park

Enjoy a walking tour of Viviers including an organ recital in the town’s cathedral.

Freechoice: Explore the Ardèche National Park and immerse yourself in the Caverne du Pont-d’Arc Museum, or visit the aromatic Lavender Museum. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can kayak through one of Europe’s largest natural canyons, or drop into the beautiful provincial town of Grignan (seasonal option, operating on select departures, enquire for details).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Châteauneuf-du-Pape > Avignon
Highlights: Côtes du Rhône

Freechoice: Join an exclusive cooking class in Scenic Culinaire on board, or sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a charming Côtes du Rhône vineyard.

Enjoy picturesque cruising to Avignon this afternoon. Then take a walking tour that includes a visit to the city’s architectural jewel, the Pope’s Palace.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10
Avignon
Highlights: Enrich dinner at Pope’s Palace

Freechoice: Shop with a Chef at a local food market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire with your fresh ingredients. Alternatively, drop in to the villages of the Luberon region including Gordes and l’Isle-sur-la-Sourge, or take an excursion to Uzès and Pont du Gard.

Explore Avignon at leisure this afternoon.

Enrich
Be treated to a truly unforgettable experience at the prestigious Pope’s Palace of Avignon, among the most visited sites in France. After the doors close to the general public, you’ll be ushered in for an exclusive gala dinner and classical concert in the grandiose Grand Tinel room.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11
La Camargue
Highlights: La Camargue National Park

Choices today include the spectacular La Camargue National Park.

Freechoice: Enhance your French cooking skills by joining a lesson in Scenic Culinaire. Or take in the wild beauty of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and visit the 60 hectare Parc Ornithologique whilst there. You can also choose to visit the fortified Mediterranean village of Aigues-Mortes.

This afternoon, relax on the Sun Deck while cruising roundtrip from Tarascon towards the Mediterranean Sea. Tonight, a Camargue gypsy band performs live for your listening pleasure on board.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12
Tarascon
Highlights: Villages of Provence

The riverside town of Tarascon exudes a charming medieval character.

Freechoice: Explore the artistic heritage of Arles, and see the striking Arles Arena, or stop in at the pretty hilltop village of Les Baux before touring a charming family-run olive farm to sample their delicious products in a delightful setting. Alternatively, pay a visit to Saint-Rémy and Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery where Van Gogh was held for a year.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13
Tarascon > UK
Highlights: Farewell
After breakfast, transfer to Marseille airport or train station for your return journey home. Fly direct to London Heathrow or one of up to 14 UK regional airports. Alternatively, travel by first class rail from Avignon to Lille and then Standard Premier Class aboard Eurostar to St. Pancras International.
Meals included: Breakfast
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