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Rhône river cruises

As it stretches from the Swiss Alps to the Mediterranean Sea, the Rhône connects towns, cities and fascinating landscapes, before meeting the Saône in Lyon, the 'gastronomic capital of the world'
The Rhône cuts a course from central France to the mouth of the Mediterranean, past fragrant lavender fields and plentiful vineyards, idyllic villages and ancient Roman ruins. Every so often, this pastoral beauty is punctuated by the emergence of an age-old city, from France’s foodie capital, Lyon, to the World Heritage-listed Avignon — lending culture, history and endless cafés to the Rhône’s long list of attributes.
Discover the Rhône at its finest with Scenic and enjoy cultural enrichment on the waters of the Rhône, with unforgettable lifetime events inaccessible to the ordinary traveller. From exclusive cellar door encounters in the iconic Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine region, to a virtuoso private concert of Strauss, Vivaldi and Beethoven within the ancient, storied walls of the Palais des Papes; our Rhône river cruises grant you the opportunity to discover the wonders of southern France like never before.

And of course, all of our Rhône River itineraries are complemented by our exceptional service and all-inclusive offering, so you can explore the wonders of this majestic French waterway in absolute luxury and comfort.
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The Beautiful South

Beaujolais and Burgundy, Vienne and Avignon, Lyon and Tarascon; these are but a few of the iconic destinations you can visit during your time on the waters of the Rhône, each as unique and enchanting as the last. As the Rhône makes steady progress towards the Mediterranean, its banks reveal a land of outstanding contrast, where world-renowned cities are bordered by some of Provence’s most esteemed beauty spots, giving you a wealth of cultural highlights to explore.

Your journey begins in the charming town of Chalon-sur-Saône and on to heart of the ‘Golden Stone’ region of Beaujolais, where you can enjoy an exclusive wine tasting. Lyon is the next stop on your itinerary, and you’ll discover just why the city is heralded as the gourmet capital of the world. 

From there, you’ll journey steadily south, calling at Vienne, Tournon and Viviers before arriving in Avignon, home to the wonderful Palais des Papes. Tarascon is the last call on your itinerary, and the perfect place to soak up the Rhône’s vibrant Roman-age heritage.

La Différence Française - with Scenic

Sail on the Rhône with Scenic and you’ll enjoy a collection of exclusive events which offer authentic encounters not available to the ordinary traveller. Our Scenic Enrich experiences and Scenic Freechoice excursions take you to the very heart of local French culture, and they’re all included in the total price of your luxury Rhône river cruise.

  • Scenic Enrich - Palais-des-Papes
    Be treated to a truly unforgettable experience at the prestigious Palais-des-Papes of Avignon as you enjoy a classical concert and exclusive gala dinner.
  • Scenic Sundowners - Tournon Castle
    Enjoy an afternoon aperitif on the terrace of the castle accomanied by local musicians as you over look the Rhône.
  • Scenic Enrich - Scenic Rouge
    Experience the French extravaganza that is the can-can, among other performance at the exclusive gala spectacular, Scenic Rouge.

Sailing the South of France on board Scenic Sapphire

Our Scenic Sapphire Space-Ships is the most spacious and innovative on the Rhône, elevating the luxury experience to a level not yet seen on these waters.

As part of our design overhaul we’ve opened up public spaces and added new innovative features, including a Salt Therapy Lounge to enhance our exquisite Wellness Area, the first of its type to grace the waters of France. To help you make better use of the Rhône’s warm, semi-Mediterranean climate, we’ve added a Vitality Pool to the Sun Deck, so you can enjoy a soothing dip as the timeless landscapes of Provence pass you by or unwind in the new larger gym.

One of the most exciting new additions to our French Space-Ships is Scenic Culinaire, an innovative cookery experience which lets you try your hand at perfecting classic French flavours with the guidance of our expert chefs. In specific destinations on the Rhône, you’ll have the opportunity to shop for local ingredients, before returning to the private cooking emporium to whip up a regional delicacy.

Another highlight of the updated vessel is the all-new one-bedroom Royal Owner's Suites. A first for the Scenic Space-Ship fleet, these huge 47 square metre suites are the biggest ever offered on European waters.

We're delighted that the Scenic Sapphire and Scenic Diamond Space-Ships have been awarded Editors' Pick 'Best River Cruise Ship Refurbishment' in 2017 by Cruise Critic.

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See more of France at its finest and add a city stay in Paris or Monte Carlo to your itinerary

Monte Carlo

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The playground of the rich and famous, Monte Carlo will charm you with its picturesque seaside vistas and stylish architecture. Enjoy all this glamorous Mediterranean port has to offer during a guided tour and visit to the Palace of Monaco, including the Palace State Apartments.

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the eiffel tower viewed across the Seine

Highly regarded as the global centre for art, fashion and gastronomy, the ‘City of Light’ promises much in the way of exquisite architecture, fine-dining and culture. Allow a local to show you the lesser-known sights, enjoy authentic cuisine at 58 Tour Eiffel or feed your creative side on a visit to the Louvre.

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