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Gems of the Seine & South of France

Discover the best that France has to offer on a 23 day journey from Paris to Nice. Cruise the Seine and Rhone rivers past the vineyards, castles & villages.

23 Day
From (AUD)
$ 17,380
  • 2018 Paris > Nice

    You can choose to see it all

    The tragedy of any travel itinerary is that it can’t cover everything. By necessity, you have to choose. However, with this itinerary, you can combine some of the very best that France has to offer.

    Treat yourself to a comprehensive itinerary that takes in two of France’s foremost waterways – the Seine, which flows through the heart of Paris and into northern France, before entering the open waters of the English Channel and the Rhône, which heads in the opposite direction, past rolling vineyards, imposing castles and timeless villages, before spilling into the Mediterranean Sea. If all you want is everything, this is the ideal travel itinerary for you.

    Tour Code:

    SEFR

    Duration:

    23 Days

    Departure City:

    Paris

    Return City:

    Nice

  • 23 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Paris
      Highlights:
      Welcome reception

      Enjoy a welcome reception aboard the luxurious Scenic Gem. Later, cruise out with beautiful Paris as a backdrop.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Les Andelys
      Highlights:
      Cider and beauty

      Enjoy the opulent amenities of your floating hotel as she glides her way peacefully through the Île-de-France region to Les Andelys.

      Freechoice

      Hike to King Richard the Lionheart’s Château Gaillard, or journey to Lyons la Forêt, one of the most beautiful villages of France, and visit Fleury-la-Forêt Castle. Sample cider, the region’s specialty, after touring this exquisite example of 17th century architecture. Alternatively join your local guide for a walking tour of Les Andelys, the quaint village set on the banks of the Seine River.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Rouen
      Highlights:
      Joan of Arc sites

      This morning enjoy a walking tour of Rouen, the capital of the Normandy region. Take in the famous sites of Joan of Arc and the historic Rouen Cathedral. Walk the winding medieval laneways and admire the city’s half-timbered houses. This region is also the gateway to the historic Western Front, and you’re able to gain fascinating insights into the Somme battlefields with an on board lecture from a local expert. It’s a great opportunity as you’ll have the opportunity to visit the sites tomorrow.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Rouen
      Highlights:
      Somme battlefields
      Freechoice

      Get a glimpse of what the Somme battlefields might have been like for those caught up in this terrible World War I battle, which claimed the lives of more than 150,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers. This full-day excursion commemorates the 102 years since, and includes a visit to the Australian National Memorial and Victoria School in Villers-Bretonneux. Alternatively, explore the collection of Impressionistic paintings, including masterpieces by Renoir and Monet, at the Museum of Fine Arts, which was founded by Napoleon Bonaparte.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Rouen > Honfleur
      Highlights:
      Sundowners at Manoir d’Appreval

      You’ll love cruising toward the open waters of the English Channel, so simply sit back and enjoy the trip.

      Freechoice

      Later, take the opportunity to explore Honfleur, with its quaint architecture, its relaxed coastal atmosphere and the many colourful fishing boats bobbing up and down on its waters. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the beautiful la Cote Fleurie region on France’s northern beaches, and discover dashing Deauville, playground of the rich and famous.

      Sundowners

      The estate of Manoir d’Appreval exclusively welcomes Scenic guests for a unique cocktail event showcasing their prestigious apple spirits in a setting you’ll remember fondly for many years to come. Celebrate your visit to the picturesque Calvados region with a beverage of the same name, and let your eyes drink in the surrounding beauty, from the many flowering apple trees to the blue waters of the English Channel in the distance.

      Tonight, back on board, kick up your heels on the dance-floor as a fabulous local swing band performs the best of the 1920s in the Panorama Lounge. What a wonderful day.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Honfleur
      Highlights:
      Normandy D-Day beaches
      Freechoice

      Walk the historic Normandy beaches, the site of the D-Day landings, before visiting the Landing Museum at Arromanches. You’ll be struck by the sombre ambience surrounding the 9,387 graves of the Normandy Cemetery and whilst there, take a moment to reflect on the momentous impact of that day, as you look out from your hilltop position above Omaha Beach. Alternatively, with steep limestone cliffs that plunge dramatically towards the emerald waters of the English Channel below, the beauty of the Alabaster Coast will leave you breathless. Sitting proudly atop this dramatic seascape is the town of Étretat, where you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a guided tour and time at leisure.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Honfleur > Caudebec-en-Caux
      Highlights:
      Benedictine Palace, Fécamp
      Freechoice

      Visit Fécamp and its mighty palace. Situated in spectacular surrounds the city’s natural setting contrasts perfectly with its architectural centrepiece, the Benedictine Palace. Alternatively, travel to the hilltop village of Bolbec and view fabrics at the fascinating Textile Museum before visiting the Normand Traditions Museum nearby. For the more adventurous, join a guided cycling tour to the charming village of Villequier and visit the Victor Hugo Museum.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Vernon
      Highlights:
      Enrich concert at Château de La Roche-Guyon

      In a region rich in visual treasures, enjoy a full morning of relaxation and take in the incredible scenery as you cruise into Vernon. It’s easy to understand why this region of France inspired beautiful paintings by many of history’s most famous artists.

      Freechoice

      Visit Giverny and Monet’s former residence and gardens. If you’re feeling more adventurous you can explore by bike, with a self-guided cycling tour that starts at Vernon. You can also discover Vernon with Scenic Tailormade at your own pace.

      Enrich

      Built into a steep rock face, overlooking the mighty Seine River and the small village bearing the same name, Château de La Roche Guyon is a sight to behold. Experience the opulence and grandeur of yesteryear as you enjoy a live classical concert performed by the region’s most reputable musicians. The château dates back to medieval times and is so special that you’ll be sure to have fond memories of the experience for a very long time.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Conflans > Paris
      Highlights:
      Chantilly Castle

      This morning we cruise to the charming medieval town of Conflans, with its distinctive barge houses docked within easy reach of the quaint main square.

      Freechoice

      Discover the charms of Auvers-sur-Oise and get to see Vincent van Gogh’s room, or step inside the magnificent Chantilly Castle for a guided tour of this remarkable château, set amidst beautiful parklands.

      After a leisurely afternoon of cruising, the evening will see us returning to Paris, the ‘city of light’, and you’ll have the chance to view the beautiful illuminated skyline, and the soaring Eiffel Tower. Make sure you have your cameras ready.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Paris
      Highlights:
      Château Vaux-le-Vicomte

      Today you have the thrilling choice of either spending time exploring France’s most celebrated city, or a discovery beyond the city limits

      Freechoice

      Shop with a Chef when you visit one of Paris’s local food markets, and enjoy exquisite tastings, or walk the city with a resident expert and hear tales that only the locals know. Alternatively, you may wish to explore beyond Paris and tour the 17th century estate of Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, Louis XIV’s inspiration for Versailles Palace. Featured in the James Bond movie Moonraker, the Palace of Vicomte has been leaving visitors in awe of its magnificence for centuries.

      With remarkable attractions at every turn, you’ll have a chance to explore Paris at leisure this afternoon and create your own unique memories.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Chalon-sur-Saône
      Highlights:
      Welcome reception

      Traverse the Île 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-Saône. Your friendly crew await to welcome you on board your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship for your journey through France’s iconic south.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Chalon-sur-Saône > Tournus
      Highlights:
      Burgundy region
      Freechoice

      This morning explore Beaune, including a visit to Les Hospices de Beaune. Alternatively, visit the estate of Château de Savigny-les-Beaune to see the impressive collection of motorcycles, race cars, and fighter planes.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Tournus > Mâcon
      Highlights:
      Riverside cycling
      Freechoice

      Experience the magnificent Château de Cormatin, boasting beautiful gardens and water features. Alternatively, join the intelligent hounds and their owners in a nearby quaint village to locate and sample French truffles – a gastronomic delicacy. Enjoy leisurely cruising to Mâcon this afternoon, or opt for a class in French cuisine in Scenic Culinaire on board. Alternatively, cycle from Tournus to Mâcon and meet the ship there.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Mâcon
      Highlights:
      Beaujolais wine region

      You’re sure to love Mâcon. Be fascinated by its history and delighted by the surrounding picturesque farming region acclaimed for its five wine appellations and gastronomy.

      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Lyon
      Highlights:
      Enrich Scenic Rouge cabaret

      Awake today in Lyon, the gastronomic heart of France.

      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 Pérouges. 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.  Or you may choose to visit Scenic Culinaire and pick up a trick or two to add to your culinary prowess.

      Enrich

      Experience the French extravaganza that is the can-can amidst other performances when you are treated to the exclusive gala spectacular, Scenic Rouge, under the big-top onshore this evening in Lyon.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Tournon
      Highlights:
      Sundowners at Tournon Castle

      Cruising from Lyon you’ll have the opportunity to soak in the picturesque riverside panoramas as you glide effortlessly toward Tournon. On arrival in Tournon enjoy a fun lecture on the French paradox and etiquette.

      Sundowners

      Overlooking the Rhône, 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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Tournon > Viviers
      Highlights:
      Chocolates and wine
      Freechoice

      Enjoy a unique 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 Rhône to neighbouring villages, or hike Heritage Hill for a tasting of the delicious varietals of the region amidst the vines.

      Scenic cruising to Viviers this afternoon.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Viviers > Châteauneuf-du-Pape
      Highlights:
      Ardèche National Park

      Enjoy a walking tour of Viviers including an organ recital in the town’s cathedral.

      Freechoice

      Explore the Ardèche National Park and visit the aromatic Lavender Museum. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can kayak through one of Europe’s largest natural canyons, or drop into the beautiful provincial town of Grignan.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 19 - Châteauneuf-du-Pape > Avignon
      Highlights:
      Côtes du Rhône
      Freechoice

      Join an exclusive cooking class in Scenic Culinaire on board, or sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a charming Côtes du Rhône vineyard.

      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 20 - Avignon
      Highlights:
      Enrich dinner at 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-Sorgue, or take an excursion to Uzès and Pont du Gard.

      Explore Avignon at leisure this afternoon.

      Enrich

      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 one of the grandiose rooms.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 21 - La Camargue
      Highlights:
      La Camargue National Park

      Choices today include the spectacular La Camargue National Park.

      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 60 hectare Parc Ornithologique whilst there. You can also choose to visit the fortified 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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 22 - Tarascon
      Highlights:
      Villages of Provence

      The riverside town of Tarascon exudes a charming medieval character.

      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-Rémy and Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery where Van Gogh was held for a year.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 23 - Tarascon > Marseille Airport
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      All good things end eventually and after enjoying a great breakfast, disembark your Scenic Space-Ship and transfer to Marseille or Nice Airport. Please book your flights to depart between 11am and 4pm if flying out of Marseille and after 1pm if flying out of Nice.

      Meals included: Breakfast