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Spectacular South of France & Unforgettable Douro

Discover the regional sights & delights as you cruise through the South of France and Portugal's Douro Valley on a 24 day journey from Paris to Porto.

24 Day
From (AUD)
$ 17,470
  • 2018 Paris > Porto

    Tour Code:

    FRDO

    Duration:

    24 Days

    Departure City:

    Paris

    Return City:

    Porto

  • 24 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Welcome to Paris

      Celebrate the start of your France holiday at one of our luxurious city central hotels.

    • Day 2 - Paris > Chalon-sur-Saône

      Transfer from Paris to Dijon on the TGV, then via coach onto Chalon-sur-Saône. There, you’ll board the Scenic Sapphire for a journey through France’s beautiful south.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Chalon-sur-Saône > Tournus
      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 4 - Tournus
      Freechoice

      Experience the magnificent Château de Cormatin, or savour French truffles in nearby villages.

      Upon your return to Tournus you’ll enjoy a relaxing cruise to Mâcon. Alternatively, join a guided cycle to Mâcon and meet the ship there, or join a class in Scenic Culinaire on board whilst cruising.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Mâcon
      Freechoice

      Visit the fabulous Bresse Museum, or taste wine in the Mâconnais-Beaujolais region. Alternatively, visit Cluny, the village surrounding the great Benedictine Abbey.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Lyon
      Freechoice

      Enjoy a tour of Lyon, or an excursion to the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges. Alternatively, visit the exclusive Paul Bocuse culinary school.

      Lyon has a Botanical Gardens and Zoo within cycling distance if you’re up for the challenge on your free afternoon.

      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 7 - Tournon

      Cruising from Lyon you’ll have the opportunity to join a master class in French cuisine in Scenic Culinaire, or simply relax on board and soak in the expansive panoramas of this picturesque region as you glide into Tournon. On arrival, meet a spirited local for a fun and informative lecture on the French paradox and etiquette.

      Sundowners

      Overlooking the Rhône, Tournon Castle is a must-see for visitors. 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 8 - Tournon > Viviers
      Freechoice

      Visit the spectacular wine cave within Tournon Castle for a tasting, or enjoy a walking tour of Tain l’Hermitage, which includes a tasting at Valrhona Chocolates. You could also take a guided cycle to delightful neighbouring villages, or hike the famed Saint-Joseph vineyard for a tasting of the delicious varietals amidst the vines.

      In the afternoon relax on board as we cruise to Viviers.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Viviers > Châteauneuf-du-Pape

      Enjoy a walking tour of Viviers, including an organ recital at Viviers Cathedral.

      Freechoice

      Tour the Ardèche National Park and immerse yourself in the Caverne du Pont-d’Arc Museum, or visit the aromatic Lavender Museum. Alternatively, choose to canoe through one of Europe’s largest natural canyons, or tour Grignan in Provence.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Châteauneuf-du-Pape > Avignon
      Freechoice

      Enhance your culinary prowess with a lesson in Scenic Culinaire, or sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a charming Côtes du Rhône vineyard.

      Afternoon cruising to Avignon where you’ll tour the iconic Pope’s Palace.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Avignon
      Freechoice

      Shop with a Chef at a local market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire. Alternatively, tour Gordes and l’Isle-sur-la-Sourge, or take an excursion to Uzès and Pont du Gard.

      Enjoy a leisurely afternoon in Avignon.

      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 partake in an exclusive gala dinner and classical concert in the opulent Grand Tinel room.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 12 - La Camargue
      Freechoice

      Fine tune your cooking skills in Scenic Culinaire, or take in the wild beauty of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and visit the Parc Ornithologique. You could also visit the fortified Mediterranean village of Aigues-Mortes.

      Enjoy leisurely cruising this afternoon. And tonight on board, enjoy a live music performance by a Camargue gypsy band.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Tarascon
      Freechoice

      Tour the artistic heritage of Arles, and explore the Arles Arena, or visit the hilltop village of Les Baux before tasting the local products at a charming family-run olive farm. Alternatively, visit Saint-Rémy including Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Tarascon > Porto

      Transfer to Marseille Airport for your included flight to Porto. Board the Scenic Azure for your Douro Valley cruise.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 15 - 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 16 - 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 17 - 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 18 - 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 19 - 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 20 - 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 21 - 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 22 - 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 23 - 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 24 - 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