Enchanting Rhone9 days & 8 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
Paris, Chalon-sur-Saone, Lyon, Vienne, Tournon, Viviers, Avignon, Tarascon & Marseille
Paris is a city that exudes romantic charm but on this fabulous journey it's just the entree to a smorgasbord of delectable treasures to whet the most discerning appetite. Traverse the idyllic Ile de France region from the grandeur of Paris, to the lush vineyard-clad landscapes of the famed Burgundy region. Immerse yourself in the hospitable atmosphere of the pretty villages that dot the shores of the Saone River. Cruise along the romantic Rhone River decorated along its banks with iconic cities such as Lyon and Avignon, which boast resplendent castles and awe-inspiring cathedrals. And drop into the quaint towns and historic villages that link each wonder to the next on your journey through some of Europe's most spectacular scenery. One thing's for sure, your cruise will deliver memories of an unforgettable week that will leave you longing to discover more of the world's most visited country.
Day 1Welcome to Paris
Celebrate at this evening's welcome reception and relax at your luxurious city central hotel, the Marriott Opera Ambassador in the heart of Paris's popular Opera District. A world of wonder awaits you.Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel
Day 2Paris - Chalon-sur-Saone
Travel across the Ile-de-France countryside to arrive in Chalon-sur-Saone where a warm welcome awaits you from your crew on board you luxury Scenic Space-Ship. Your butler will assist you to settle into your suite. Join your Cruise Director in the Panorama Lounge for a pre-dinner toast to the beginning of your cruise before dining in the opulent Crustal Dining restaurant this evening.Scenic Space-Ship - 7 Nights (B, D)
Day 3Macon - Lyon
You're sure to love Macon. Be fascinated by its picturesque farming region renowned for its five wine appellations and gastronomy.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Travel to the village of Oignt in the 'Golden Stone' region of Beaujolais, where you'll enjoy a tasting of the region's delicious wines. Alternatively, explore charming Cluny, built around the great Benedictine Abbey.
Spend the afternoon at leisure in charming Macon before soaking in the landscapes of the famous Burgundy region, as you cruise to the lively city of Lyon. For those wishing to test their culinary prowess, Scenic Culinaire will be hosting a masterclass in French cuisine for your enjoyment while cruising to Lyon.
Awake today in Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Discover Lyon's historic significance by traversing its hidden traboules, secret passageways used in the local silk industry dating back to the 4th century, and visit Notre Dame Basilica for a fabulous vantage point for view across Lyon. Alternatively, walk the cobblestone paths of yesteryear in the medieval hilltop town of Perouges. For the more energetic at heart, join a guided cycling tour along the paths of Lyon to the city's charming Botanical Gardens and Zoo.
Day 5Vienne - Tournon
Enjoy a city tour this morning of Vienne, an old Roman city in an absolutely lovely setting on the shores of the Rhone River. Afterwards, unwind aboard your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship as you cruise effortlessly past picturesque riverside panoramas bound for the charming town of Tournon. Enjoy a cooking class, at Scenic Culinaire, with your on board culinary team.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Enjoy a delightful afternoon aperitif on the terrace of the Castle of Tournon. Overlooking the Rhone, the castle is a must-see for visitors to this beautiful region, both for its historic interest and its stunning outlook across the wine-laden slopes of Tain l'Hermitage on the opposing shore. Local guitarists will perform an acoustic set for your exclusive benefit. It's a great soundtrack to an awe-inspiring backdrop.
Day 6Viviers - Avignon
This morning take advantage of an included walking tour of Viviers. This delightful town, boasts ancient homes and an unusual cathedral. Enjoy the panoramic vistas from the Sun Deck as you cruise into Avignon, or visit Scenic Culinaire for a lesson in French cuisine. Then in the evening, settle back and enjoy one of the region's most entertaining French chanson vocalists performing live for your enjoyment in the Panorama Lounge. What a truly wondrous day.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Explore Avignon's architectural wonder, the Pope's Palace. Alternatively, take an excursion to Uzes, and visit the Pont du Gard, the impressive ancient Roman aqueduct nearby. You can also Shop with a Chef at the local farmers market in Avignon and use your freshly bought ingredients to create a delectable dish in Scenic Culinaire on board. This afternoon take some time to explore atmospheric Avignon on your own.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
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 skills by performing Mozart, Bach and Vivaldi exclusively for your listening pleasure within this elegant 14th century palace.
Enjoy a leisurely start to the day as you cruise this morning onto the Provencal town of Tarascon.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Visit the pretty village of Les Baux before dropping into a charming local olive farm for an introduction to their family estate and a tasting of their delicious products. Alternatively, visit Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery in Saint-Remy where Vincent van Gogh spent a year of his life, or step inside Arles Arena, the historic Roman amphitheatre, during your guided tour of Arles.
Day 9Tarascon - Marseille Airport
All good things end eventually and after enjoying a great breakfast, disembark your Scenic Space-Ship and transfer to Marseille Airport for your flight home. Please book flights to depart after 1 pm.(B)