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Iconic France

See the icons of France on a 23 day journey. Cruise the waterways of Bordeaux and enjoy the wine region before a relaxing cruise on the Saône & Rhône Rivers.

23 Day
From (AUD)
$ 23,020
  • 2019 Bordeaux > Nice

    French exploration

    France is renowned for its elegance, sense of style and enviable lifestyle. This is your chance to embrace its ethos in all-inclusive luxury.

    Begin your journey cruising the Bordeaux region, where the wine is unlike anywhere else in the world. The cuisine will have you swooning; so too will the natural beauty of Bordeaux and the Arcachon coast. Following this journey of discovery, relax on the Saône and Rhône Rivers. Wind your way south to experience a region famous for its feasts, both visual and culinary. Visit beautiful national parks, walk the cobblestone streets of medieval villages and breathe in the scent of the region’s picturesque lavender fields.

    Tour Code:

    BOFR

    Duration:

    23 Days

    Departure City:

    Bordeaux

    Return City:

    Nice

  • 23 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Bordeaux
      Highlights:
      Welcome reception

      Welcome to Bordeaux. Your friendly crew will welcome you on board the luxurious Scenic Diamond for your cruise through France’s southwestern pocket.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Bordeaux > Saint-Émilion
      Highlights:
      Sundowners at Château de la Rivière

      Enjoy a relaxing morning on board as you cruise into the beautiful 13th century port of Libourne. While cruising, perhaps drop into Scenic Culinaire for a French cooking class. Spend the afternoon in the nearby town of Saint-Émilion, a visual feast and the jewel of this ancient wine growing region. You’ll also get to explore the underground catacombs of the Monolithic Church – a true trip highlight.

      Sundowners

      Celebrate the 2,000-year history of wine by enjoying a glass at the estate of Château de la Rivière. Surrounded by the vines, mingle with newfound friends, explore the spectacular property, or discover the artistic heritage of this region and admire a local artist painting the stunning landscape using paint made from the wine grown on the estate.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Libourne > Pauillac
      Highlights:
      Foie Gras in Bergerac
      Freechoice

      Enjoy a guided tour of Libourne and view its quaint 16th century town-houses and Gothic church. Alternatively, explore the exclusive estate of Château Franc Mayne and taste its Grand Cru Class wine, or view the eclectic city of Bergerac and enjoy a foie gras tasting at a charming local farm.

      During your afternoon at leisure, opt to enhance your culinary prowess in Scenic Culinaire or simply take in the riverside panoramas while cruising to Pauillac.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Médoc
      Highlights:
      Enrich concert at Château Agassac
      Freechoice

      Travel the scenic Médoc wine route and discover why this region is viewed as the world’s leading red wine producer. Afterwards, sample the region’s finest at the Château Gruaud-Larose estate. Alternatively, cycle through the region to a local château and sample delicious wine produced on the estate.

      Enrich

      Set in spectacular surrounds in the Médoc countryside, Château Agassac is truly enchanting. Dating back to the 13th century, the Château is one of the oldest winemaking establishments in the region and is the venue for your unforgettable evening concert. Soak in the ambience of this magnificent property as live musicians perform classical masterpieces for your exclusive enjoyment.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Pauillac > Cadillac
      Highlights:
      Leisurely cruising

      Soak in the vistas as you cruise on board the luxurious Scenic Diamond past the picturesque landscapes of the Garonne River into Cadillac, some of the most beautiful scenic cruising in the Bordeaux region. While on board, you may choose to further develop your cooking skills with a lesson in Scenic Culinaire. Tonight, this remarkable space comes to life when fabulous local entertainers perform live in the Panorama Lounge for your exclusive enjoyment.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Cadillac
      Highlights:
      Roquetaillade Castle
      Freechoice

      This morning, venture into the Sauternes region for a tasting of the prestigious Château Guiraud dessert wines. Alternatively, cycle through the rolling vineyards of Sauternes to the Grand Cru Class estate of Château Myrat for a tasting.

      Freechoice

      This afternoon visit Roquetaillade Castle; founded by Charlemagne, it’s one of the region’s most impressive historic sites, and you’ll tour it with the family that now lives within its walls. Alternatively, visit a truffle farm and sample the delicious regional delicacy, or perhaps enjoy a 12 kilometre roundtrip hike from Cadillac to the village of Loupiac.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Bordeaux
      Highlights:
      Shop with a Chef
      Freechoice

      Shop with a Chef at a local food market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire afterwards. Or, enjoy a guided tour of Bordeaux and her many attractions. For the more energetic, cycle the historic regions of Bordeaux. Cross beautiful bridges to witness sites such as the Royal Gate and the Palais Rohan, before cycling through public gardens back to the luxury of your floating hotel.

      Spend the afternoon at leisure to immerse yourself in the culture of the Bordelais. Enjoy a special dinner on board showcasing regional delicacies before an illuminations cruise on the Garonne River. A fabulous local soloist will perform live in the Panorama Lounge to round off a magical evening.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Arcachon > Bourg
      Highlights:
      Arcachon Bay and surrounds

      Situated on the northern tip of Europe’s longest coastal beach, Arcachon is the jewel of France’s western coastline.

      Freechoice

      Journey to Arcachon and join a walking tour including a visit to the local Baltard market. Or climb Europe’s largest sand dune and take in the expansive panoramas. Alternatively, stay in Bordeaux and take a local tram to the Cité du Vin museum and enjoy an interactive journey of wine discovery. This afternoon, if you fancy something sweet, stay on board and enjoy a fabulous Mademoiselle de Margaux chocolate and wine-pairing event.

      Later, take a leisurely cruise into Bourg, perhaps join a masterclass in French cooking in Scenic Culinaire. Tonight enjoy a lively jazz performance on board.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Cognac
      Highlights:
      Tasting at Rémy-Martin property

      Today explore the unique northern shores of the Gironde Estuary.

      Freechoice

      Discover the Carriages Museum in the enchanting Bourg Castle including a visit to the 16th century passageway to the guards rooms and immense WWII oil tanks. Alternatively, spend a full day exploring the fortified town of Cognac, renowned for its production of fine brandy. Afterwards, enjoy a tasting at the acclaimed property of Rémy Martin.

      This afternoon, unwind on the Sun Deck cruising on the Gironde River into the historic port of Blaye.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Blaye > Bordeaux
      Highlights:
      Cycle the Captain’s Road

      Discover the remarkable Blaye region, established to protect the Bordeaux region from invasion.

      Freechoice

      Stroll through the charming Citadel of Blaye, or take a more active walk throughout the town. Alternatively, join a 30 kilometre roundtrip cycle along the Captain’s Road which is named in honour of the WWI Captains who chose to purchase their homes along this beautiful stretch of waterway in the early 20th century.

      Enjoy a cooking class in Scenic Culinaire or simply relax on board as we cruise past beautiful uninhabited islands, bound for Bordeaux. Dine at the Captain’s farewell dinner on board this evening.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Bordeaux >Chalon-sur-Saône

      Today farewell the beautiful Bordeaux region and fly to Lyon, from here transfer to Chalon-sur-Saône and embark the Scenic Sapphire.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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

      Explore Beaune, including a visit to Les Hospices de Beaune. Alternatively, visit the estate of Château Meursault and taste some of the acclaimed wines from this premium estate located in the heart of the Burgundy region.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

      Experience Château de Cormatin, boasting beautiful gardens and water features. Or join the intelligent hounds and their owners in a nearby quaint village to locate and sample French truffles. 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, 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 dating back to the 4th century, and visit Notre Dame Basilica for views across Lyon. Alternatively, walk the cobblestone paths in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges. Or visit the exclusive culinary school of Paul Bocuse and perfect the art of French cuisine before sampling some of the delicious fare.

      You have the afternoon at leisure. Explore the city further or 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 among 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, take in the picturesque riverside panoramas as you glide effortlessly toward Tournon. If you are feeling more active you have the opportunity to cycle from Andance to Tournon. On arrival, enjoy a fun lecture on the French paradox and etiquette.

      Sundowners

      Overlooking the Rhône, Tournon Castle is a must-see, both for its historic interest and breathtaking outlook. You’ll enjoy an afternoon aperitif on the terrace of the castle accompanied by local musicians.

      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 region’s delicious varietals among the vines.

      Enjoy 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 immerse yourself in the Caverne du Pont-d’Arc Museum, or visit the aromatic Lavender Museum. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can canoe 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

      Sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a Côtes du Rhône vineyard or take a guided hike through the vines. Enjoy picturesque cruising to Avignon this afternoon where you’ll take a walking tour including a visit to the city’s architectural jewel, the Popes’ Palace.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 20 - Avignon
      Highlights:
      Enrich dinner at Popes’ 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 into 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 Popes’ Palace of Avignon. After the doors close to the general public, you’ll enjoy 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

      Take in the wild beauty of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and visit the Parc Ornithologique. Alternatively, visit the fortified Mediterranean village of Aigues-Mortes, or join a guided cycling tour to the Abbey of Saint-Roman cave monastery. Or for something more relaxed, stay on board for a Provençal soap-making workshop.

      This afternoon, relax on the Sun Deck while cruising roundtrip from Tarascon towards the Mediterranean Sea. Tonight, a Camargue gypsy band performs live on board.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 22 - Tarascon
      Highlights:
      Villages of Provence

      The town of Tarascon exudes a medieval charm.

      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. 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
      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

  • Tour inclusions

    All-inclusive highlights
    • 5-star Scenic Space-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
    • 3 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
    • Scenic Culinaire
    • Your choice of 51 Scenic Freechoice activities
    • 2 Scenic Sundowners events
    • Up to five on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
    • 64 meals – 22 breakfasts (B), 20 lunches (L) and 22 dinners (D)
    • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
    • Butler service for all guests
    • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade available throughout your cruise
    • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
    • Cruise Directors to guide and assist
    • Expert local guides
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi
    • All tipping and gratuities