Spectacular South of France with Iberian Splendours

Take the trip of a lifetime through the South of France, Spain & Portugal on a 28 day tour. Take in the unique cultures, delicacies & sights of the region.

28 Day
From (AUD)
$ 19,185
  • 2018 Paris > Madrid

    Cultures unique and unforgettable

    Geographically France, Spain and Portugal are so close, and yet in temperament each is utterly unique. There’s a shared style and a love of beauty that makes them fascinating neighbours, but it’s their differences that define them, and make each so unforgettable.

    France is an aesthetic paradise, with a Gallic refinement few countries can match. Spain, on the other hand, is a fiesta of the senses – a bright and delightful celebration of sights, sounds and tastes that will leave you happily breathless. Portugal, again, has its own unique persona – friendly and fiercely proud. This 28 day journey will transport you through the heart of all these ancient lands, where you’ll encounter beautiful vineyards, dramatic landscapes, cultural wealth beyond measure, and endless architectural wonders.

    Tour Code:

    FCSP

    Duration:

    28 Days

    Departure City:

    Paris

    Return City:

    Madrid

  • 28 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Welcome to Paris
      Highlights:
      City of light

      Celebrate the start of your France holiday at this evening’s welcome reception and relax at one of our luxurious city central hotels. A world of wonder awaits you.

    • Day 2 - 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 3 - 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 4 - 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 5 - 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 6 - 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 7 - 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 8 - 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 9 - 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 10 - 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 11 - 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 12 - 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 13 - 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 14 - Tarascon > Barcelona

      After breakfast disembark your cruise and travel to Figueres to visit the Salvador Dali Museum, a tapestry of surreal delights, before arriving at your hotel in Barcelona.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 15 - Barcelona

      Take full advantage of a guided tour through lively Barcelona, including the zany architecture of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. Then, enjoy a full afternoon at leisure, immersing yourself in the atmospheric charms of this delightful seaside metropolis. Perhaps you’ll choose to wander the famous La Rambla pedestrian precinct, or take in the Mediterranean vistas from the seaside promenade.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 16 - Barcelona > Valencia

      Originally established by the Knights Templar, the fortified seaport of Peniscola always makes for a fascinating visit. Afterwards, travel to Valencia where you’ll check into your hotel before enjoying a city tour.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 17 - Valencia > Granada

      Take a scenic drive to Guadix, home to the Alcazaba de Guadix and the Cave District of Barrio de Santiago. This afternoon you’ll arrive in Granada, and this evening you’ll dine within Andalucia’s largest bullring, whilst enjoying a traditional La Tuna Folk Band performance.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Granada > Córdoba

      The highlight of your time in Granada is a visit to the amazing Alhambra Palace, which dates back to the Middle Ages. From there, a scenic drive will take you to a Spanish mountain village where you’ll enjoy the warm hospitality of locals over a traditional lunch. This afternoon arrive at your luxury hotel in Córdoba.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 19 - Córdoba > Ronda

      Discover all that Córdoba has to offer, including the Aljama Mosque, before travelling to Ronda, which stands atop the magnificent El Tajo Canyon. You’ll tour this magnificent location including its bullring and Casa Don Bosco before dinner at your splendid hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 20 - Ronda > Seville

      Today you’ll journey to Andalucia’s capital city of Seville. Your guided tour will showcase the city’s beautiful sites such as the Barrio de Santa Cruz, the cathedral that houses Christopher Columbus’ tomb, and the Alcazar of Seville. Relax for two nights at your hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 21 - Seville

      Today, journey to Jerez and visit the celebrated bodega of Williams & Humbert where you’ll sample some of the world’s finest sherries, with a heritage dating back to 1877. Back in Seville, take advantage of a free afternoon before enjoying a horse-drawn carriage ride. Savour traditional tapas for dinner this evening, to be enjoyed whilst being entertained by fiery Flamenco dancers.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 22 - Seville > Lisbon

      This morning you bid adios to Spain to embark on your discovery of Portugal. This afternoon you’ll arrive at your hotel in Lisbon’s city centre.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 23 - Lisbon

      Enjoy a tour of Lisbon this morning before a guided visit of the Hieronymite Monastery and a tasting of the famous Pasteis de Nata. Enjoy lunch at Visconde da Luz in Cascais before a leisurely afternoon in Sintra, visiting the 500-year-old Palacio Nacional, with stops in charming Guincho and Estoril en route.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 24 - Lisbon > Porto

      This morning you’ll visit the seaside village of Nazaré before a picturesque journey to Porto where you’ll tour the city’s atmospheric streets. Following a scenic cruise on the Douro river, dinner showcases incredible local foods. Afterwards, retire to your hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 25 - Porto > Salamanca

      Today you return to Spain where on arrival in Salamanca, you’ll check into your hotel before a guided walking tour of the delights of Salamanca.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 26 - Salamanca > Madrid

      Today, you’ll get to see Segovia en route to Madrid. On arrival in Spain’s bustling capital, you’ll check into your hotel before walking to the delightful Prado Museum where your guide will escort you through the collections. This evening, there’ll be a wonderful farewell dinner with the friends you’ve made over the last couple of weeks.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 27 - Madrid

      Enjoy a morning tour of Madrid, taking in Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, the ‘Austrian’ Quarter, and the 18th century Royal Palace.

      Freechoice

      Try a fun Flamenco Dance workshop or, if you love the beautiful game, visit the Bernabeu Football Stadium.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 28 - Madrid

      After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Madrid airport for your onward or homebound flight.

      Meals included: Breakfast