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Spectacular South of France

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You’re invited to discover the culinary epicentre of the world on our exclusive “Spectacular South of France Luxury River Cruise”.

Experience the tastes, sights and smells as you sail the magical Saone and Rhone Rivers. Marvel at iconic sceneries such as the Palais des Papes in Avignon and visit Arles to see the sights Vincent Van Gogh.

Departing 22May24, including airfares, onboard meals and premium beverages, butler service, 28 Scenic Freechoice plus 2 Scenic enrich events, tipping, gratuities and more. All from $9,570* per person twin share.

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Travel details

  • Return Sydney to Paris Economy Class Flights Included* or enquire or business class upgrades
  • 28 Scenic Freechoice plus 2 Scenic Enrich events
  • Spacious Suites with butler service and Wi-Fi
  • All onboard meals in world-class dining venues
  • Premium beverages^ all day with mini-bar restoked daily
  • All tipping and gratuities onboard and on shore
  • Return airport transfers
Day 1 – Lyon In Lyon embark on the Scenic Sapphire. Scenic’s friendly crew will be excited to welcome you on board ready for your 10 night cruise along the Saône and Rhône rivers. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Day 2 – Lyon > Chalon-sur-Saône Relax on board as you cruise the Saône River towards Chalon-sur-Saône. Freechoice: Explore Beaune, including a visit to Les Hospices de Beaune. The former hospital is a prime example of traditional 15th century Burgundian architecture. Alternatively, visit Château Garnerot and taste some of the acclaimed wines from this premium estate, or visit the photography museum in the town where it was first invented. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 3 – Tournus Freechoice: Tour Château de Cormatin and admire the castle’s gilded rooms or join highly trained hounds and their owners in a nearby quaint village locating and sampling French truffles. Alternatively, visit the restaurant of Michelin starred chef Georges Blanc for a cooking demonstration. Tonight, your highlight dinner will be created using regionally sourced truffles. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 4 – Tournon Freechoice: Explore the riverside town of Tournon by foot or hike through the vineyards and enjoy wine tasting at a local vineyard. Alternatively, join a guided cycling tour along the Rhône. This afternoon make a toast to the beautiful scenery as you enjoy a beverage on the terrace of Tournon Castle, overlooking the Rhône River Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 5 – Avignon A Scenic Culinaire cooking class is on offer this morning. Freechoice:Take a walking tour of the magnificent city of  Avignon, including entrance to the Popes’ Palace and famed St. Benezet Bridge also known as the Pont d’Avignon. Alternatively, join an excursion to Pont du Gard, an engineering masterpiece dating back to the middle of the first century which was designed to carry water to the city of Nîmes, or paddle along the Gardon River underneath the spectacular Pont du Gard by kayak. Enrich: Enjoy a truly unforgettable experience at the prestigious Palais des Papes. After the doors close to the general public, be treated to an exclusive dinner and classical concert in one of the grandiose rooms. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 6 – Avignon Freechoice: Shop with a Chef at a local food market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire with your fresh ingredients. Alternatively, drop into the villages of the Luberon region, including Gordes and Sénanque Abbey, or sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a Côtes du Rhône vineyard. If you’re feeling more active, you may choose to visit one of the most beautiful villages of France, Roussillon for a guided tour and a visit to the Lavender museum. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 7 – Arles Freechoice: Explore the artistic heritage of Arles, and visit Arles Arena, or tour the pretty medieval hilltop village of Les Baux and visit Carrières de Lumières, a former quarry that now houses an impressive art installation. Alternatively, tour a charming family-run olive farm followed by a cooking class where your host will divulge local recipes or join a Cosmetics Workshop at a local Lavender farm. This afternoon stay on board and relax or take a painting class accompanied by a glass of local wine. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 8 – Viviers Freechoice: This morning enjoy a walking tour of Viviers. Admire the many monuments and architectural treasures of this beautiful town, or learn about the history of the French Resistance. Hear stories of heroism and daring missions as you explore the town. Freechoice: Explore the Ardèche National Park including the Caverne du Pont-d’Arc Museum, a replica museum depicting the collection of engravings, paintings and drawings found in the nearby Chauvet Cave, or visit Bollene Hydroplant and dive into the world of renewable energies. Learn about the hydro power plant, wind farm and the two solar power plants located here. Alternatively, drop into the beautiful provincial town of Grignan for a guided tour and visit to the Château, before enjoying some time at leisure to explore on your own. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 9 – Lyon Take in the vistas of the Rhône River as you sail towards the gastronomic heart of France, Lyon. Enrich: Tonight admire the beauty of one of the city’s greatest baroque buildings, Trinity Chapel. Built in the 17th century, the interior is decadently covered in Carrera marble. As an exclusive experience with Scenic, join your fellow guests for a breathtaking acapella choir performance in this wonderful setting. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 10 – Lyon Freechoice: Discover Lyon’s historic significance by traversing its hidden secret passageways dating back to the 4th century, and visit Notre Dame Basilica for magnificent views across the city. Or explore Lyon on foot and view famous sights along the waterways. Alternatively, learn about Lyon’s rich heritage in silk production during a silk painting workshop, or walk the cobblestone paths in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges. This evening enjoy one final indulgence when a local pâtissier comes on board with a selection of their finest desserts for your dining pleasure. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 11 – Lyon Depart after a wonderful farewell breakfast. Lyon is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories. This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions. Meals: Breakfast Note: Preview itinerary subject to change.
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22 May 2024 $9,570*
*Travel restrictions & conditions apply. Prices are in AUD$ and are correct as at February 7, 2024. Subject to availability and change without notice. Prices quoted are on sale until unless sold out prior. Prices are per person twin share inclusive of any listed discounts. Holiday package is valid with Exclusives by Cruise Travel Centre. To be read in conjunction with any supplier conditions and [Cruise Travel Centre’s full terms of trade. Agents may charge services fees. For further information, contact your local Cruise Specialist. Scenic Terms & Conditions *Economy Flights Included offer is up to the flight value of $2,200pp. Alternate Air Credit options are available. A non-refundable deposit per person of $1,500pp is required within 7 days of booking. Offers are subject to availability & are available on all suites unless noted otherwise. All prices are per person, twin share in AUD and include taxes and charges & are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change with or without notice. For all terms and conditions please refer to Scenic’s website. By payment of your deposit you are bound by and accepting these terms. Pricing is truly all-inclusive ultra-luxury cruising in a class of its own with 28 Scenic Freechoice inclusions plus 2 Scenic Enrich events, spacious suites with butler service and Wi-Fi, all on board meals in world-class dining venues, premium beverages all day with mini-bar restocked daily, all tipping and gratuities on board and onshore plus return airport transfers in Europe (France). Note, Premium Beverages excludes a very small number of fine and vintage wines, champagne, and spirits. Scenic Culinaire capacity is limited. Travel insurance is highly recommended. Service fees not included and are chargeable by the travel advisor. 

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