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Gems of the Seine & Unforgettable Douro

Embark on a 21 day adventure from Paris to Porto & cruise through of Europe's two most magical rivers on a luxury Scenic Space-Ship, the Seine & the Douro.

21 Day
From (AUD)
$ 16,755
  • 2018 Paris > Porto

    Tour Code:

    SEDO

    Duration:

    21 Days

    Departure City:

    Paris

    Return City:

    Porto

    Selected Itinerary

    A tale of two rivers

    Even with the sheer abundance of beautiful rivers to choose from, the Seine and Douro are two of Europe’s most tempting waterways.

    In many ways, both are like worlds unto themselves, providing spectacular regional beauty and a wealth of historic interest that would be hard to match anywhere. The Seine, which flows languidly towards the English Channel, boasts spectacular cathedrals, impressive limestone cliffs, flowering orchards and, not least, the grand architectural wonder of the ‘city of light’, magnificent Paris. The Douro begins its journey in vibrant Porto, Portugal’s second largest city before entering a land that time seems to have forgotten. Combine the two in one wonderful itinerary and you can look forward to enjoying a truly spectacular experience.

  • 21 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Paris

      Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner aboard the luxurious Scenic Gem. Later, cruise out against the Parisian city backdrop.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Les Andelys

      Enjoy leisurely cruising to Les Andelys this morning.

      Freechoice

      Hike to King Richard the Lionheart’s Château Gaillard, or visit Fleury-la-Forêt Castle for cider tasting, or walk the paths of L’Arboretum de Lyons nature reserve.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Les Andelys > Rouen

      Awake in Rouen today.

      Freechoice

      Enjoy a walking tour of Rouen, taking in the famous sites of Joan of Arc and Rouen Cathedral. Or, enjoy a French baking and patisserie cooking demonstration and tasting.

      Enjoy an on board expert lecture about the Somme battlefields tonight ahead of your chance to visit this region tomorrow.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Rouen
      Freechoice

      Spend a full day touring the WWI Somme battlefields region. Visits include the Australian National Memorial and Victoria School in Villers-Bretonneux. Or, marvel at masterpieces by Renoir and Monet, at the Museum of Fine Arts, founded by Napoleon Bonaparte.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Rouen > Honfleur

      Delightful cruising to coastal Honfleur today.

      Freechoice

      Later, choose to tour Honfleur with its relaxed coastal atmosphere and quaint architecture. Alternatively, immerse yourself in France’s northern beaches, and discover dashing Deauville.

      Sundowners

      The estate of Manoir d’Appreval welcomes Scenic guests exclusively for a unique cocktail event showcasing their prestigious apple spirits in a setting you’ll remember fondly for many years.

      Later, back on board, kick up your heels on the dance-floor as a fabulous local swing band belts out the best of the 1920s.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Honfleur
      Freechoice

      Tour the historic Normandy beaches and allow your imagination to replay the D-Day landings where they took place. Visits include the Landing Museum at Arromanches, and Omaha Beach Cemetery.  Alternatively, explore Normandy’s delightful Calvados Route to sample the region’s namesake.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Honfleur > Caudebec-en-Caux
      Freechoice

      With steep limestone cliffs that plunge dramatically to the emerald waters of the English Channel below, the beauty of the Alabaster Coast will leave you breathless. Explore the tourist and farming town of Étretat which sits proudly atop this dramatic seascape.  Alternatively, travel to the hilltop village of Bolbec to discover the fascinating Textile Museum and a charming estate housing a museum of ancient Normand traditions. Or visit the Seine Museum for an insight into this fascinating river system. For the more adventurous, join a guided cycling tour to the charming village of Villequier and visit the Victor Hugo Museum.

      Enrich

      Be treated to a truly unforgettable experience at Fécamp’s famed Benedictine Palace this evening. Experience the opulence and grandeur of yesteryear when you dine exclusively within Abbots Hall while enjoying a live classical concert.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Caudebec-en-Caux > Vernon

      In a region rich in visual treasures, enjoy a full morning of cruising to Vernon.              

      Freechoice

      Visit Giverny, and gain entry to Monet’s former residence and gardens. If you’re feeling more adventurous, cycle to Giverny for the tour.

      You can also step ashore with Scenic Tailormade and discover Vernon at leisure.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Vernon > Conflans > Paris

      This morning we cruise to the charming medieval town of Conflans, with its distinctive barges.

      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.

      After a leisurely afternoon of cruising, the evening will see us gliding into Paris, ‘the city of light’, and you’ll have the chance to view the beautiful illuminated skyline, and the soaring Eiffel Tower.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Paris

      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 Vicomte Palace, 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 - Paris > Porto

      Take your included flight from Paris to Porto where you’ll cruise the Douro Valley.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Porto > Entre-os-Rios

      Today, discover the historic treasures of Porto, including a visit to Palacio do Bolsa. Then enjoy a relaxing afternoon of cruising as your luxury Scenic Space-Ship meanders its way to Entre-os-Rios.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Entre-os-Rios
      Freechoice

      Guimarães was the seat of the first King of Portugal and is dominated by the impressive Ducal Palace, which dates back to medieval times. It’s a great tour to kickstart your interest in this fascinating region. Alternatively, you could choose a tasting at the fairy tale-like property of Quinta Aveleda, a renowned regional sparkling wine producer. The incredible gardens alone make the excursion worthwhile.

      This afternoon, enjoy a blissful cruise to Regua.

      Sundowners

      After the doors close to the general public, you’ll get to soak in the expansive views of Regua’s surrounding vineyards at an exclusive cocktail event hosted on the beautifully manicured terrace of the Douro Museum. Savour a range of port wine varietals in the most wondrous setting - and be sure to try the Port Tonic.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Regua
      Freechoice

      Tour the elegant town of Lamego, with its many fine Baroque structures, or enjoy a guided visit of Mateus Palace, the historic icon depicted on the labels of Portugal’s famous Mateus
      rosé wine.

      This afternoon, you’ll discover the captivating Varosa Valley and visit the charming village of Tarouca where you’ll get to explore the restored Monastery of Saint John of Tarouca. En route walk the fortified bridge of Ucanha, Portugal’s first toll bridge, spanning the crystal clear waters of the Varosa River.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Regua > Vega de Terron

      Today, enjoy a full day cruising the Douro Valley’s Vinhateiro wine growing region. Classified a World Heritage-listed Site, Vinhateiro has a history of wine production that stretches back for 2,000 years. In fact, its impeccable port wines have been world-famous since at least the 18th century.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Salamanca

      Take your time absorbing the sheer architectural splendour of Salamanca, a city as visually striking as it is historically intriguing. Enjoy an included lunch accompanied by an energetic Flamenco dance performance, followed by  some free time where you can explore Salamanca at will.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Pocinho > Pinhão

      Over breakfast, you’ll enjoy a leisurely cruise to nearby Pocinho for our Côa Valley discovery.

      Freechoice

      Visit the award-winning Côa Valley Museum and enjoy a pre-historic workshop. If you’re more adventurous at heart, take a canoeing excursion on the Sabor River. Alternatively, you could join the ‘Tastes of the Côa Valley’ excursion and visit Casa Painova for a sweet almond workshop and a tasting of their almond, olive and fruit products.

      This afternoon, enjoy your picturesque cruise to Pinhão.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Pinhão

      Today you’ll visit the remarkable village of Provesende, resplendently showcasing the Portugal of yesteryear. Wander the atmospheric streets of this quaint village with the locals as they proudly introduce you to their way of life – including their local bakery, and the bar and its wonderfully eclectic collection of regional wares. This is a specially choreographed experience only open to Scenic guests. You’ll also visit the church for a special recital, and enjoy wine tasting at the restored manor house of Morgadio da Calçada. What better way to immerse yourself into the local culture.

      Freechoice

      Top off a truly unforgettable day with a visit to the estate of Quinta da Roêda for a tasting of their famous export. If you’re feeling energetic, you could also choose a walk through the hillside vineyard for a unique tasting among the vines

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 19 - Pinhão > Porto

      Having spent the previous eight days discovering the treasures of the Douro, Varosa and Côa Valleys, enjoy an exclusive Douro Valley Wine Review, as well as on board activities, including a cork jewelery workshop. Alternatively, simply enjoy the beauty of the region as you cruise back into Porto.

      Enrich

      Enjoy a decadent fine dining experience accompanied by a traditional Fado music performance at the fabulous Burmester Cellars this evening. You can look forward to an evening at what is arguably Porto’s most historic wine cave, situated at the foot of the iconic Dom Luis I pedestrian bridge – a truly unforgettable experience, once again exclusive to Scenic guests.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 20 - Porto

      Acquaint yourself with the local fishing industry by meeting the fishermen of Afurada village as they return to port with the day’s catch. Hear their tales of the sea in a local taberna where they’ll prepare their catch over an open fire, to be enjoyed with a chilled glass of wine. How hospitable.

      Freechoice

      Visit the oldest remaining Canning Factory in Porto for an insight into their 100-year-old family business. Or visit a local corking factory. Alternatively, walk the terraces of Cristal Gardens for views over Porto and the Douro River.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 21 - Porto

      Your leisurely ten night cruise of Portugal’s Douro Valley concludes after breakfast and you’ll be transferred to Porto Airport with all your wonderful memories intact.

      Meals included: Breakfast