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Explore these all-new wonders of France

For the lovers of art, history and fine dining, France is a region of endless wonders. The country has something for everyone – World War memorials for those interested in its poignant past, world-renowned artworks and artist abodes for the aesthetes, and the finest wines and exquisite haute cuisine for the gastronomes. A river cruise through France’s famed waterways encapsulates the essence of European travel. 

Scenic’s enhanced France itineraries include a host of new and exciting handcrafted experiences. Soak up the glamour of France’s culturally rich cities along with the quaint charm of its picturesque countryside, wrapped in the truly all-inclusive luxury on board your spacious Scenic Space-Ship

Our 5-star luxury Scenic Space-Ships in the magnificent South of France and Bordeaux regions also feature an exclusive cooking school, Scenic Culinaire. This gives you the chance to Shop with a Chef in select locations and learn the art of French cooking through an interactive demonstration, as our chef prepares delectable French cuisine using the fresh ingredients on board your Scenic Space-Ship.  

The best of art and history

On the 11 day Normandy & Gems of the Seine itinerary, you will have the opportunity to pay homage to the soldiers who lost their lives in World War I and World War II. Commemorate the war heroes of the Battle of Somme at the Somme battlefields, and walk the historic Normandy beaches, the site of the D-Day landings, followed by a visit to the Landing Museum at Arromanches. 

Enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of witnessing a mesmerising classical concert within the opulent surrounds of 18th century Château de La Roche-Guyon. Explore the rich history and glamorous present of the country’s capital city, Paris. And meander through charming Giverny where you will have the chance to visit impressionist painter Claude Monet’s residence and explore his famous gardens that have been the subject of his best-known works.

Hidden treasures of the French countryside 

During the South of France itinerary, you will have the chance to visit one of the most beautiful villages in France, Roussillon. The region boasts fiery red cliffs and rich deposits of ochre pigments, which have in turn resulted in the unique ochre coloured houses that has made the village famous. Lined with squares bedecked with flowers, the idyllic beauty of this hamlet has to be seen to be believed. You will also visit a local lavender producer and wander through the Lavender Museum.

All new Culinary Cruises 

France is synonymous with fine dining, and the best way to experience it is through Scenic’s all new Culinary Cruises.

Tastes of Southern France

Discover the celebrated gastronomy of the Bordeaux region over this 11-day itinerary. If you thought Bordeaux is only about fine wines, think again. During your cruise, you will have the chance to explore rolling vineyards on an e-bike, learn about Lillet – the refreshing French aperitif, delight in a delicious truffle dinner, discover the history of foie gras, taste Cognac at the Rémy Martin estate, and even indulge in some blind wine tasting. You’ll also learn how to click the best food pictures during a food photography workshop on board, so you can perfectly capture the memories of your culinary cruise. 

As well as the unforgettable epicurean adventures, you can look forward to exclusive after-hours access to the new Les Bassins de Lumières, a former World War II submarine base that has been converted into an art installation, in an exclusive Scenic Enrich experience. Explore the breathtaking artworks with a glass of Champagne, and drink in the fascinating history of the venue. 

Flavours of Bordeaux

During your 11-day cruise through South of France, you will the chance to immerse yourself into all the best culinary highlights of the region. Taste the finest of Beaujolais wines, embark on a truffle hunting adventure, learn the history of the tangy and flavourful Burgundy mustard, attend a cooking demonstration in Chef Georges Blanc’s restaurant, and enjoy a delicious regional Bresse Chicken meal prepared on board by Michelin star Chef Didier Goiffon and his team. 

As an exclusive Scenic Enrich experience, you will have the chance to visit Cité Du Chocolate museum in Tain l'Hermitage, after the doors have closed to the public. Attend a fun and interactive workshop and then indulge in tasting the premium chocolates on offer.