Apr 9, 2016

Scenic – the French specialists


Since launching our South of France cruises on the Saône and Rhône rivers in 2012, we’ve grown exponentially and in 2014 we introduced our beautiful Seine river cruises. Our passion for the French waterways continued into 2015 when the gorgeous Bordeaux region was added. 

We have two all-inclusive luxury Space- Ships in the south of France and one each on the Seine and Bordeaux rivers. We are the only cruise operator to offer longer cruises on every major river. 

France offers so much in terms of incredible scenery, gourmet cuisine and inimitable style and hospitality, we thought it only fair that we offered our guests even more time to immerse themselves in the unique regions of a truly fascinating country and as a result many of our itineraries include extra days for more exploration. 

Our Journey Designers have worked tirelessly to source a range of once-in-a lifetime Enrich and Sundowner events that are completely exclusive to Scenic. 

Guests can also make the most of our tech-smart Scenic Tailormade GPS which offers self-guided walking and cycling tours throughout the region, as well as expert on board commentary of key highlights along the cruise route. Our e-bikes are electronically operated and available for guests to use if they wish to get out on their own and explore further. 

Perhaps the thing that sets us apart more than any other is our attention to detail and diversity when it comes to our itineraries. Bordeaux, for example, is renowned as the world’s leading wine producing region, however we also explore the fabulous great outdoors, showcasing the active lifestyle of the locals in each region peppered with walking tracks and guided cycling tours. 

Across France we showcase the history both centuries old and of the more recent times and the flora and fauna of each region is brought to life via our many included touring options such as visits to local bird conservation areas, local farms, markets and iconic landmarks. 

Scenic truly is the specialist when it comes to all things France River Cruising.

Top 5 Scenic France Experiences


Enjoy a walking tour of this pretty little port town. A favourite place for artists such as Monet, it is filled with maritime charm, beautiful architecture and rosefilled gardens.

Alabaster Coast

The only cruise company to take you all the way to the Alabaster Coast, you’ll have the chance to explore the gorgeous coastal towns of Fécamp and Etretat as well as Bolbec in the hills.

Ardéche National Park

The Ardéche National Park is a great natural region in the South of France. Visit the brand new Caverne du Pont-d’Arc Museum, and lavender museum, or canoe through one of Europe’s largest natural canyons in the Ardéche.

Bourg, Bordeaux

On the northern shores of the Gironde estuary, this region was occupied in the war before being liberated by the Allied forces. Guests can enjoy a beautiful cycle ride along the ‘Captain’s Road’ in this region, named after Captain Pat Fitzgerald of the British Forces who led the troops that freed the village of Bourg from the Germans.


We also visit the Rémy Martin property in Cognac. The brand specialises in Cognac Fine Champagne. With every other distillery only distilling wine, this is an exclusive experience our guests as they are renowned for the quality of their reputable Cognac.