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South of France Indulgence

Discover the South of France on a 15 day river cruise from Chalon-sur-Saône. Enjoy wine tastings, sample French truffles and cycle along the Rhone river.

16 Day
From (AUD)
$ 10,950
  • 2019 Paris > Lyon

    Relax, rejuvenate and explore

    Take the time to discover the beauty of the South of France on a leisurely cruise with Scenic. It’s the perfect balance of exploration and relaxation.

    Travel through iconic regions and landscapes such as the famed Beaujolais, renowned for its lush vineyards; and the wild, rugged scenery of La Camargue, teeming with birdlife. Return north to Lyon, pausing in the picturesque village of Oingt.

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    16 Days

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  • 16 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Welcome to Paris
      City of light

      Celebrate the start of your holiday at this evening’s reception with a welcome drink and relax at one of our luxurious city central hotels.

    • Day 2 - Chalon-sur-Saône
      Welcome reception

      Traverse the Île de France countryside on the TGV train to Dijon, known for its famous mustard exports. Enjoy an orientation tour and time at leisure before transferring to Chalon-sur-Saône where your friendly crew await to welcome you on board your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Chalon-sur-Saône > Tournus
      Burgundy region

      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 4 - Tournus > Mâcon
      Riverside cycling

      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 5 - Mâcon
      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.


      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 6 - Lyon
      Enrich Scenic Rouge cabaret

      Awake today in Lyon, the gastronomic heart of France


      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 (available on selected dates, will be replaced with In Cuisine Lyon when not available, enquire for details).

      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.


      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 7 - Tournon
      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.


      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 8 - Tournon > Viviers
      Chocolates and wine

      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 9 - Viviers > Châteauneuf-du-Pape
      Ardèche National Park

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


      Explore the Ardèche National Park and immerse yourself in the Caverne du Pont-d’Arc Museum, or visit the Ardèche National Park and canyon including a visit to the aromatic Lavender Museum. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can canoe through one of Europe’s largest natural canyons (seasonal option, operating on select departures, enquire for details), or drop into the beautiful provincial town of Grignan.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Châteauneuf-du-Pape > Avignon
      Côtes du Rhône

      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 11 - Avignon
      Enrich dinner at Popes’ Palace

      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.


      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 12 - La Camargue
      La Camargue National Park

      Choices today include the spectacular La Camargue National Park.


      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 13 - Tarascon
      Villages of Provence

      The town of Tarascon exudes a medieval charm.


      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 14 - Tarascon

      Explore the riverside town of Tarascon before an afternoon of cruising. Relax on board or take a cooking lesson at Scenic Culinaire.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Oingt

      Spend a leisurely morning on board. Perhaps take a yoga or meditation class, enjoy the wellness centre or cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire. After an early lunch visit the quaint ‘Golden Stone’ village of Oingt before a guided tour of Château de Fléchère.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Chalon-sur-Saône

      Disembark after breakfast for your transfer to Lyon airport.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    All-inclusive highlights
    • 5-star Scenic Space-Ship featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
    • 2 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
    • Scenic Culinaire
    • Your choice of 30 Scenic Freechoice activities
    • 1 Scenic Sundowners event
    • Up to five on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
    • 42 meals – 15 breakfasts (B), 13 lunches (L) and 14 dinners (D)
    • Complimentary beverages all day throughout your cruise
    • Butler service for all guests throughout your cruise
    • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade available throughout your cruise
    • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
    • Cruise Director to guide and assist
    • Expert local guides
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
    • All tipping and gratuities