Enchanting Rhone & Delightful Douro

Enjoy an enchanting river cruise from Arles to Chalon-sur-Saone before travelling to Paris, the city of lights. Finish with a cruise along the Douro River.

16 Days
Nice to Porto
From (AUD)
$ 12,625
Dates & Pricing

2019 Nice > Porto

From the Mediterranean to the Atlantic

Criss-cross southwestern Europe on this journey along the Rhône, Saône and Douro rivers.
Admire the iconic landscapes of the South of France, from the lavender fields of Provence to the rolling hills dotted with castles and medieval villages. Portugal’s Douro River meanders through a region celebrated for its spectacular beauty, such as lush vineyards close to Porto and the wild, craggy landscapes near the border with Spain.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
FCDS
Duration:
16 days
Departure City:
Nice
Return City:
Porto

Selected Itinerary

16 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Tarascon

    Transfer to the former Roman town of Tarascon, where you’ll be welcomed aboard your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship. Tonight you can look forward to a rousing welcome reception. Transfers from Nice or Marseille Airports are included. (Please schedule flights to arrive by 12.30).

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Tarascon > Avignon

    Tarascon has a distinctly medieval character and an impressive castle.

    Visit Les Baux, and drop into a local olive farm, or explore Saint-Rémy and the Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery. Alternatively, visit the Arles Arena on your tour of this once thriving Roman city.

    Back on board, perhaps join a culinary lesson in Scenic Culinaire during your cruise into beautiful Avignon.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Avignon

    Shop with a chef at the local market before cooking up a storm in Scenic Culinaire, or explore Avignon’s architectural wonder, the Popes’ Palace. Alternatively, take an excursion to Uzès and Pont du Gard, the impressive Roman aqueduct.

    This afternoon take some time to explore on your own.

    After the doors close to the general public at Avignon’s prestigious Popes’ Palace, you’re invited for an exclusive concert where virtuoso musicians perform Mozart, Bach and Vivaldi.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Viviers > Tournon

    Enjoy a walking tour of Viviers and visit the imposing Cathedral of Viviers. While cruising to Tournon this afternoon, perhaps join a class in Scenic Culinaire.

    Relax with a beverage on the terrace of the Castle of Tournon. Local guitarists will perform an acoustic set for your exclusive benefit.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Vienne > Lyon

    Take a walking tour of Vienne including a visit to the Roman amphitheatre and uncover the history of this quaint riverside town, once conquered by Julius Caesar (not available all departures and will be replaced with St Pierre Archaeological/Lapidary Museum). Alternatively, join your local guide for a cycling tour.

    Back on board, perhaps take a masterclass in French cuisine in Scenic Culinaire, or simply relax and view the beautiful vistas as you cruise to Lyon.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Lyon

    Awake today in Lyon, the gastronomic heart of France.

    Walk Lyon’s hidden traboules, and visit Notre Dame Basilica with fabulous views of the city. Alternatively, walk the cobblestone paths in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges, or join a guided bike ride to Lyon’s Botanical Gardens and Zoo.

    Scenic Culinaire is available this afternoon. Learn how to cook a regional delicacy on board with our local experts.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Mâcon > Chalon-sur-Saône

    Travel to the ‘Golden Stone’ region of Beaujolais, where you’ll enjoy a tasting of the region’s delicious wines. Alternatively, explore charming Cluny, built around the great Benedictine Abbey.

    Perhaps join a lesson in Scenic Culinaire or simply soak in the landscapes of the famous Burgundy region, straddling the shores of the Saône River as you spend a leisurely afternoon cruising to Chalon-sur-Saône.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Chalon-sur-Saône > Paris

    After breakfast, drive through the beautiful Île-de-France region to Paris where you’ll be staying in one of the city’s luxury hotels.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  9. Day 9 - Paris > Porto

    This morning it’s time to bid a fond adieu and transfer to Paris Airport for your onward flight to Porto where you’ll board the luxurious Scenic Azure for your cruise of the idyllic Douro Valley.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Porto > Regua

    Today, enjoy on board activities such as traditional tile painting, or simply relax as your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship meanders its way to Regua where you have the chance to explore the Douro Museum at your leisure. Learn about the culture, history and identity of the people living in this wine-growing region of the Douro Valley.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Regua > Vega de Terron

    Tour the elegant town of Lamego, or enjoy a guided visit of the iconic Mateus Palace, which graces the labels of its famous

    Enjoy a full afternoon cruising the World Heritage-listed Vinhateiro wine region as you continue towards Spain.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Salamanca

    Discover Salamanca’s architecture, as visually striking as it is historically intriguing. Later, celebrate Spanish culture with lunch showcasing the local cuisine while you enjoy a Flamenco dance performance.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Pocinho > Pinhão

    Take a leisurely cruise this morning to nearby Pocinho.

    Visit the award winning Côa Valley Museum or, if you’re a little more adventurous at heart, take a canoeing excursion on the Sabor River. Alternatively, join the ‘Tastes of the Côa Valley’ excursion.

    Enjoy a cocktail on the Sun Deck surrounded by newfound friends as you sail this picturesque stretch
    of the river towards Pinhão.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Pinhão > Porto

    Visit the remarkable village of Provesende, 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 – an experience exclusive for Scenic guests.

    The beauty of São Francisco Church is sure to impress. The facade is a mixture of Gothic and Baroque architecture, while the interior glows with intricate wood carvings covered in gold. Witness a spectacular private concert in these wondrous surroundings.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Porto

    Today, discover the historic treasures of Porto, including a visit to Palacio da Bolsa.

    Tour Guimarães and Ducal Palace, or enjoy a tasting in the fairytale environs of Quinta Aveleda.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Porto

    Your leisurely 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

Tour inclusions

All-inclusive highlights
  • 5-star Scenic Space-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
  • 2 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Scenic Culinaire available on board in France
  • Your choice of 20 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 2 Scenic Sundowners events
  • Up to five on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 40 meals – 14 breakfasts (B), 12 lunches (L) and 14 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
  • Butler service for all guests
  • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade available throughout your
  • France cruise
  • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
  • on your France cruise
  • Cruise Directors to guide and assist
  • Expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • All tipping and gratuities

Pricing & Availability