Spectacular South of France14 days & 13 nights, Private Journey
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Paris & Nice
There are no overnight sailings on this itinerary. There's no need, with so many beautiful sites in such marvelous proximity. That gives you the perfect opportunity to step out and explore whatever incredible desitination your 5-star floating hotel happens to be docked in. You'll find yourself right there, in the center of the action, in one of Europe's most beautiful regions, with 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 immersing yourself in the acclaimed Beaujolais wine region, and a visit to the beautiful Camargue, and the temptations of succumbing to the South of France become even more alluring.
Day 1Welcome to Paris
Celebrate the start of your France holiday at this evening's welcome reception and relax at one of our luxurious city central hotels such as the Marriott Opera Ambassador in the heart of Paris's popular Opera District. A world of wonder awaits you.Marriott Opera Ambassador
Traverse the Ile de France countryside aboard the TGV train to Dijon. Known worldwide for its famous mustard exports you'll enjoy an orientation tour and time at leisure before transferring to Chalon-sur-Saone. Your friendly crew awaits to welcome you aboard your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship for your journey through France's iconic south.Scenic Space-Ship - 12 NIghts (B, D)
Day 3Chalon-sur-Saone - Tournus
Freechoice: This morning explore Beaune, including a visit to Les Hospices de Beaune. Alternatively, visit the estate of Chateau de Savigny-les-Beaune to see the impressive collection of motorcycles, race cars, and fighter planes.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Day 4Tournus - Macon
Freechoice: Experience the magnificent Chateau 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 Macon this afternoon, or opt for a class in French cuisine in Scenic Culinaire on board. Alternatively, cycle from Tournus to Macon and meet the ship there.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
You're sure to love Macon. Be fascinated by its history and delighted by the surrounding picturesque farming region acclaimed for its five wine appellations and gastronomy.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
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.
Awake today in Lyon, the gastronomic heart of France.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
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 Perouges. 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.
Lyon's Botanical Gardens and Zoo are perfect for a leisurely bike ride this afternoon.
Experience the French extravaganza that is the can-can amid other performances when you are treated to the exclusive gala spectacular, Scenic Rouge, under the big-top onshore this evening in Lyon.
Cruising from Lyon you'll have the opportunity to soak in the picturesque riverside panoramas as you glide effortlessly toward Tournon. You may choose to visit Scenic Culinaire while cruising and pick up a trick or two to add to your culinary prowess. On arrival in Tournon enjoy a fun lecture on the French paradox and etiquette.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Overlooking the Rhone, 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.
Day 8Tournon - Viviers
Freechoice: Enjoy a different kind of 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 Rhone to neighboring villages, or hike the famed Saint-Joseph vineyard for a tasting of the delicious varietals amid the vines.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Scenic cruising to Viviers this afternoon.
Day 9Viviers - Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Enjoy a walking tour of Viviers including an organ recital in the town's cathedral.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Explore the Ardeche 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 canoe through one of Europe's largest natural canyons, or drop into the beautiful provincial town of Grignan.
Day 10Chateauneuf-du-Pape - Avignon
Freechoice: Join an exclusive cooking class in Scenic Culinaire on board, or sample the celebrated wines of Chateauneuf-du-Pape at a charming Cotes du Rhone vineyard.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
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.
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 Uzes and Pont du Gard. Explore Avignon at leisure this afternoon.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
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.
Day 12La Camargue
Choices today include the spectacular La Camargue National Park.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
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 150 acres Parc Ornithologique while there. You can also choose to visit the 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.
The riverside town of Tarascon exudes a charming medieval character.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
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-Remy and Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery where Van Gogh was held for a year.
Day 14Tarascon - Nice Airport
All good things end eventually and after enjoying a great breakfast, disembark your Scenic Space-Ship and transfer to Nice Airport.(B)