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Spectacular South of France with Monte Carlo

Cruise the spectacular Rhône & Saône rivers on this 17 day luxury river cruise from Paris to Nice. Enjoy a wine tasting in Tournon Castle & explore Beaune.

17 Day
From (AUD)
$ 10,625
  • 2019 Paris > Nice

    Days of discovery, nights of leisure

    There are no overnight sailings on this itinerary. There’s no need, with so many beautiful sites in such marvellous proximity.

    That gives you the perfect opportunity to step out and explore whatever incredible destination your 5-star floating hotel happens to be docked in. You’ll find yourself right there, in the centre of the action, in one of Europe’s most beautiful regions, with nightly opportunities to stretch your legs and explore. A gourmet splurge in Lyon, the food capital of France, or an evening of fabulous entertainment in Tarascon – the possibilities are endless, and the choice is yours. Combine that with highlights such as immersing yourself in the acclaimed Beaujolais wine region, and a visit to the beautiful Camargue, and the temptations of succumbing to the South of France become even more alluring. End with three nights in Monte Carlo.

    Tour Code:

    FRCM

    Duration:

    17 Days

    Departure City:

    Paris

    Return City:

    Nice

  • 17 Day Itinerary

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

      Welcome to Paris relax at one of our luxurious city central hotels.

    • Day 2 - Chalon-sur-Saône
      Highlights:
      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
      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 4 - 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 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, 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 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 7 - 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 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 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
      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 10 - 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 11 - 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 12 - 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 13 - 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 14 - Tarascon > Monte Carlo

      Travel to your hotel before an orientation tour of Monte Carlo.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 15 - Monte Carlo > Nice > Monte Carlo

      Explore Monte Carlo and visit the Prince’s Palace of Monaco. Later, visit the charming city of Nice before enjoying exquisite French cuisine in an unforgettable setting tonight.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Monte Carlo

      Make the most of your free day in this beautiful Mediterranean city.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 17 - Monte Carlo > Nice

      After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Nice airport.

      Meals included: Breakfast