Tastes of Southern France with Gabriel Gaté

2023 Hosted Cruise

Join us on a special hosted culinary river cruise with Gabriel Gaté in June 2023 

The south of France is a region famous around the globe for its beautiful countryside and delectable cuisine. This spectacular 11-day river cruise will focus on the best culinary highlights the region has to offer, hosted by one of Australia’s most beloved French food experts.  
In Lyon, the food capital of France, you will be warmly welcomed by the Scenic crew on the 5-star Scenic Sapphire. 
Over the coming days, be immersed in the culinary wonders of the south of France. Personalise your days with a range of included Scenic Freechoice activities. In Tournus, choose from meeting a truffle farmer and their specially trained dog and enjoy a tasting of their produce, or visit an organic goat cheese farm and learn about open air farming with tasting. Alternatively, learn about the craftsmanship of barrel making with a local cooper. From Mâcon, visit the famous wine-growing region of Beaujolais and meet a local vintner to sample some of his best vintages, or visit the restaurant of the acclaimed chef, Georges Blanc for a cooking demonstration. Alternatively, Shop with a Chef on a guided visit to a local food market, before enjoying an on board cooking class at Scenic Culinaire (maximum group size applies).  
Enjoy special events with your host, Gabriel Gaté including a cocktail party in the Panorama Lounge & Bar and later in the river cruise, a cooking demonstration. Gabriel will also accompany selected Scenic Freechoice activities (maximum group sizes will apply).  
As Scenic Sapphire sails south towards Tain L’Hermitage join Gabriel in the Panorama Lounge where he will host a fascinating talk on French cuisine. In the evening, once the doors have closed to the public, you’re invited to an exclusive interactive workshop at the Valrhona Cité du Chocolate Museum, while later in the cruise in Avignon, enjoy an unforgettable experience at the prestigious Palais des Papes, where the Grand Tinel Room will be the setting for an exclusive classical concert. Both are Scenic Enrich events – exclusive to Scenic. 

The first 20 bookings receive a free signed Gabriel Gaté cookbook.  

Meet Your Host, Gabriel Gaté   

French-Australian Chef Gabriel Gaté
Gabriel Gaté is a chef with an international reputation as a cookery author, television presenter and cookery teacher. Born in the Loire Valley of France where his father grew all the family’s fruit and vegetables and made wine from the small family vineyard, Gabriel learned the joys of eating and cooking from his mother and grandmother who were excellent cooks. 

As a young man, Gabriel had the chance to learn to cook from some of the finest French chefs (he worked in two three Michelin-star restaurants) before coming to Australia in 1977 with his Melbourne-born wife, Angie. He has since established himself as one of the country’s leading communicators on food and cooking. 

He is the author of 23 cookbooks and has presented cookery shows on television for the past 40 years, most recently he produced and presented ‘Taste Le Tour with Gabriel Gaté’, a series of gourmet segments on French food and wine screened on SBS during the Tour de France bicycle race in July each year, which lasted 15 seasons. 

Explore France with Gabriel Gaté   

Gabriel Gaté Hosted Cruise Offers

Book now with confidence for 2023 with our Preview Super Earlybird and Earlybird Offers. Secure your river cruise in 2023 at 2022 prices. Learn more about these offers below.

Why Book a Hosted Culinary Cruise? 

  • 11 days on board the luxurious 5-star Scenic Sapphire
  • Exclusive special events hosted by Gabriel Gaté such as a cocktail party, selected Scenic Freechoice activities (group limits apply), Q&A about French cuisine, and a live cooking demonstration on board Scenic Sapphire
  • Two Scenic Enrich experiences – Exclusive to Scenic – at Valrhona Cité du Chocolate Museum and Palais des Papes
  • Scenic Culinaire
  • Personalise your trip with 28 included Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Dine at your choice of up to five on board venues, from casual to fine dining with all meals included
  • Complimentary premium beverages all day, every day†
  • Butler service for every suite with complimentary full mini-bar restocked daily
  • Innovative Salt Therapy Lounge and fitness area
  • Scenic Tailormade App for river commentary and independent exploration
  • Scenic Cruise Director to guide and assist & expert local guides Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
  • The freedom of our e-bikes
  • All tipping and gratuities onboard and on shore
  • Return airport transfers

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