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Treasures of Belgium & France

Discover the best of Belgium and France. Visit the moving Ypres Museum, the battlefields of Somme, the Normandy beaches and the iconic Mont Saint-Michel.

24 Day
From (AUD)
$ 16,390
  • 2018 Amsterdam > Nice

    The best of Belgium and the finest of France

    Natural beauty knows no borders, especially in this exquisite region of Western Europe, as you’ll soon discover for yourself.

    That’s precisely why we created an itinerary that will transport you across beautiful Belgium to the equally fetching fields and waterways of France. From delightful Bruges, where you can watch white swans gliding gracefully along the city’s charming canals, to the Loire Valley, with its great rolling vineyards, there’s an abundance of beauty on this itinerary, which takes in the best of the region, covering both land and water. However, there’s also plenty to fascinate in other ways, not least of all visits to the historical battlefields of the Somme, and the Normandy beaches, as well as the iconic castle of Mont Saint-Michel, perched just off the Brittany coast.

    Tour Code:

    FRNC

    Duration:

    24 Days

    Departure City:

    Amsterdam

    Return City:

    Nice

  • 24 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Amsterdam

      You’ll be met at Amsterdam Airport on arrival and transferred to your hotel.

    • Day 2 - Amsterdam > Lille

      Explore the wonderful city of Antwerp after crossing the Holland-Belgian border. Continue then to Ypres, where you’ll visit the moving Ypres Museum, as well as the Menin Gate, to witness the Last Post ceremony that commemorates the fallen soldiers of the Great War every evening in the village. You’ll arrive in Lille tonight to your luxurious accommodation, boasting 500 years of history.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 3 - Bruges

      This morning you’ll tour Lille, which boasts manicured parklands and a truly cosmopolitan atmosphere. From there it’s on to charming Bruges for a guided tour and afternoon at leisure before returning to Lille.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Lille > Rouen

      Tour the historic Somme battlefields, and follow the World War I Commemorative Trail, visiting Tyne Cot Cemetery and historic Hill 60 before passing the VC Corner Cemetery and Cobber Memorial enroute to the new Fromelles Museum and cemetery. Pay your respects at the Australian Memorial Park and emotive Bullecourt Digger statue, and visit the Franco-Australian Museum and Victoria School in Villers-Bretonneux. Relax at your majestic hotel in the historic centre of Rouen this evening.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 5 - Honfleur > Deauville

      The medieval city of Rouen was once the ancient capital of Normandy and fiefdom of William the Conqueror. Enjoy a walking tour of the city, including its Joan of Arc sites this morning. Then, with its pretty inner-harbour abuzz with activity, immerse yourself in the coastal atmosphere of Honfleur. Upon arrival in the glamourous seaside city of Deauville, enjoy an orientation tour before retiring to the magnificence of your hotel for the following two nights.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Normandy Beaches

      The Normandy Beaches is a region steeped in wartime history, juxtaposed against a picturesque and serene setting. Visit the notorious commemorative sites of World War II including the Ranger’s memorial at Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach, the moving Normandy American Cemetery, and the D-Day Landings Museum on the Arromanches beaches

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 7 - Granville > Saint Malo

      This morning visit the Bayeaux Tapestry Museum, showcasing famous tapestries illustrating the region’s 11th century William the Conqueror history. France is synonymous with fashion the world over, and with celebrated designers such as Christian Dior is it any wonder? This afternoon discover the fashion icon’s beautiful seaside birthplace of Granville and explore the museum that is lovingly curated by his family in dedication to Dior’s memory. Continue to the coastal town of Saint Malo where you’ll enjoy an orientation tour on arrival before checking into your seaside hotel for the following two nights.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Mont Saint-Michel

      Tour Mont Saint-Michel, situated one kilometre off France’s north coast, and visit the magnificent hilltop abbey and village. This afternoon enjoy time at leisure in the quaint village of Saint Malo, with its ancient walled Old Town and its beautiful beaches, kissed by the English Channel.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 9 - Saint Malo > Loire Valley

      Visit the Loire Valley and enter an enchanted land of vineyards and rolling green hills. Visit the last of the great Renaissance châteaux in the Loire Valley, Château Villandry, boasting architectural elegance complemented by the charm of its outstanding gardens. Continue to your beautiful accommodation, your home for the next two nights and the perfect platform to explore the region.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Loire Valley

      Visit the stunning Château de Chenonceau today, with its equally arresting history, then travel on to the delightful town of Amboise where you’ll get to see the great Leonardo da Vinci’s tomb, and Clos Lucé, the manor house where he lived. This evening, celebrate your visit to the Loire Valley with a special dinner amidst the beauty of your surrounds.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Loire Valley > Paris

      Continue your journey across the picturesque plain of La Beauce before touring the magnificent Palace of Versailles. Highlights of the tour will include Marie Antoinette’s bed-chamber and the exquisite manicured gardens. From there, it’s just a short drive to your city central hotel in Paris. Dine in style this evening.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 12 - 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 13 - 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 14 - 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 15 - 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 16 - 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 17 - 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 18 - 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 19 - 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 20 - 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 21 - 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 22 - 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 23 - 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 24 - Tarascon > Marseille Airport
      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