A guide to dining in Europe

A guide to dining in Europe with Scenic

Each dining experience on board our Scenic Space-Ships in Europe has been carefully designed to take you on a culinary adventure, from a multi-course fine dining degustation to a casual café lunch. It’s more than fine dining… it’s a full epicurean experience. Your river cruise is blended with exquisitely crafted, regionally based gastronomic adventures, as varied, enticing and spectacular as the passing countryside. 

Dining on your Scenic Space-Ship 

Expect fresh and beautifully presented cuisine on board your Scenic river cruise. From casual to fine dining, every meal has been carefully crafted to take your taste buds on a culinary journey. There is a venue and a menu to suit every occasion. Choose from luxurious multi-course dining, a relaxed café and even in-suite dining depending on your mood. Our chefs incorporate the flavours of the areas you pass through, creating a truly authentic experience each meal. 

Most on board meals are inspired by the regions you 
cruise through, which adds an authentic gastronomic element to every river cruise. More than fine dining and distinctive wines, Scenic’s chefs and sommeliers bring you a genuine taste of Europe, and with Scenic’s truly all-inclusive dining, you can start the day with a Champagne breakfast, have a local wine with lunch and a cocktail or mocktail for your pre-dinner drinks.

Remember that farmers’ market or winery you cruised by earlier today? Well, tonight that local produce may be on your plate, because the fresh ingredients used to create seasonal, delicious gourmet meals are sourced locally. The chefs also cater for dietary preferences, such as gluten free, vegetarian and vegan.

Learn more about our on board experience.  

Inspired Chefs

Scenic’s creative chefs curate exceptional food and wine experiences that will elevate the sense of luxury on your river cruise. Each meal is prepared as a tribute to the spectacular regions you are passing through. Many guests share that the culinary experience on board was a highlight of their Scenic river cruise. Make sure you pair your meal with one of the premium regional wines which our friendly staff will recommend.

Scenic dining meal served

Scenic Culinaire

France is the epicentre of cuisine and fine dining in Europe. Soon the waterways of Bordeaux and the South of France, guests will find our exclusive on board cooking school, Scenic Culinaire. Guests can take part in special small group cooking classes, focusing on regional recipes and using the finest local seasonal ingredients.

The private cooking station has a cheese and wine cellar to complement your hand-crafted creations. We have even included a live camera and screen so that you won't miss a moment of the cooking demonstration. And of course, the best bit will be the tastings at the end of each class.
Scenic Culinaire

Shop with a Chef in France

The opportunity to Shop with a Chef in the markets of Paris, Avignon or Bordeaux is Scenic Freechoice highlight, for many of our France river cruise guests. Join your chef on a guided visit to a local food market to shop and taste the seasonal ingredients popularly used in cooking in these regions. Shopping for fresh produce from the many vibrant food markets is one of the top things to do in France so these are Scenic Freechoice options not to miss and are included for all guests who wish to join.
Shop with a Chef - Bordeaux Markets

Culinary Cruises in France

If you would like to take your foodie experience a little further in France, consider Tastes of Southern France and Flavours of Bordeaux. These are a foodie’s delight and feature additional food, wine, and produce-related experiences along with the ever-loved included sightseeing in these regions.
In Tastes of Southern France, added activities include:
  • Learning the art of barrel making at a cooperage
  • A visit to an organic goat cheese farm with tasting
  • An on board dinner prepared by Michelin star chef Didier Goiffon
  • Explore Beaune and visit a local mustard producer
  • Exclusive after-hours access to Cite Du Chocolate
  • Lunch at a Bouchon restaurant in Lyon
Scenic Freechoice - Valrhona Chocolate
During Flavours of Bordeaux, guests will also enjoy:
  • Visiting a Lillet producer
  • A markets experience at Château de La Rivière
  • Exploring the Pomerol wine region
  • Learning the art of barrel making at a cooperage
  • Mastering the art of food photography during an on board class
  • Exclusive after-hours access to Les Bassins de Lumières
Fromagerie Deruelle, Bordeaux

If you would like to indulge your inner foodie and  learn more about the range of Scenic Freechoice activities in the towns of Europe’s waterways, please read our blog: A movable feast: Taste your way along Europe’s rivers with Scenic.

Truly all-inclusive dining & beverages