Gems of the Seine & Tastes of Southern France

21 Days
Paris to Lyon
From (AUD)
$ 14,695
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2021 Paris > Lyon

Tour Map
Tour Code:
SEFR
Duration:
21 days
Departure City:
Paris
Return City:
Lyon

21 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Paris

    Enjoy a welcome dinner before cruising out of Paris with the beautiful city as a backdrop.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Les Andelys

    Enjoy the opulent amenities of your floating hotel as you glide peacefully through the Île-de-France region to Les Andelys.

    Freechoice

    Join a hike with a difference and visit King Richard the Lionheart’s Château Gaillard, or journey to Lyons la Forêt, one of the most beautiful villages of France, and visit a local farm to sample cider, the region’s specialty. Alternatively, join your local guide for a walking tour of the quaint village of Les Andelys, or take a bicycle tour through this beautiful village, set on the banks of
    the Seine.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Rouen

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a walking tour of Rouen, the capital of the Normandy region. Take in the famous sites relating to Joan of Arc, and admire the city’s half-timbered houses and the historic Rouen Cathedral. Or learn about the Viking Warlord Rollo ‘the Walker’, who will host a guided walking tour through the medieval laneways of Rouen.

    This region is also the gateway to the historic Western Front, and this afternoon you’ll have the opportunity to gain fascinating insights into the Somme battlefields and learn about what life was like for a soldier during WWI with a fascinating lecture.

    After dinner, a local patissier will come on board with a selection of their finest desserts for your dining pleasure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Rouen

    Freechoice

    Get a glimpse of what the Somme battlefields might have been like for those caught up in this terrible World War I battle, which claimed the lives of more than 150,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers. You may choose to visit the Australian National Memorial, containing the Sir John Monash Centre as well as the Caterpillar Valley Memorial, dedicated to the New Zealand citizens who perished during the Battle of the Somme. Or, you may choose to visit the Lochnagar Crater, the Newfoundland memorial park and the Thiepval memorial. Alternatively, stay in Rouen and explore the collection of impressionist paintings, including masterpieces by Renoir and Monet, at the Museum of Fine Arts which was founded by Napoleon Bonaparte.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Rouen > Honfleur

    Relax on board this morning as you cruise toward the open waters of the English Channel.

    Freechoice

    Explore Honfleur on a guided walking tour,  with its quaint architecture, relaxed coastal atmosphere and colourful fishing boats bobbing on the water. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the beautiful La Côte Fleurie region on France’s northern beaches and discover dashing Deauville, playground of the rich and famous.

    Back on board, kick up your heels on the dance floor as a fabulous local swing band performs the best of the 1920’s in the Panorama Lounge tonight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Honfleur

    Freechoice

    Walk the historic Normandy beaches, the site of the D-Day landings, before visiting the Landing Museum at Arromanches. From here you have two options; take a moment to reflect on the momentous impact of that day, as you look out from your hilltop position above Omaha Beach you’ll be struck by the sombre ambience surrounding the 9,387 graves of the Normandy Cemetery, or visit the Juno Beach Centre, a museum that focuses on the Canadian war effort. Alternatively, learn about history of a different era and visit Bayeux including its famous Tapestry, a hand embroidered masterpiece that depicts the tales of the Norman conquest of England and dates back to the 11th century.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Honfleur > Caudebec-en-Caux

    Freechoice

    Visit Fécamp and its mighty palace. Situated in spectacular surrounds, the city’s natural setting contrasts perfectly with its architectural centrepiece, the Benedictine Palace. Afterwards visit the beautiful seaside town of Étretat, sitting proudly between dramatic rock faces. With steep limestone cliffs that plunge dramatically towards the emerald waters of the English Channel below, the beauty of the Alabaster Coast will leave you breathless. Or, travel to the hilltop village of Bolbec and view fabrics at the fascinating Textile Museum before visiting a traditional Normandy farm nearby.

    For the more adventurous, join a guided cycling tour to the charming village of Villequier and visit the Victor Hugo Museum to learn more about the famous French writer.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Vernon

    In a location rich in visual treasures, it’s easy to understand why this region of France inspired beautiful paintings by many of history’s most famous artists.

    Freechoice

    Visit Giverny and Monet’s former residence and gardens. Many of the artists most famous art works were inspired by this impressive location, or get your heart pumping on a self-guided cycle through Vernon to Giverny where you have the opportunity to visit Monet’s garden.

    After exploring these spectacular gardens you may feel inspired to join a painting class on board this afternoon.

    Enrich

    Built into a steep rock face overlooking the Seine River and the small village bearing the same name, Château de La Roche-Guyon is a sight to behold. Experience the opulence and grandeur of yesteryear as you enjoy a classical concert performed by the region’s most reputable musicians. The Château dates back to medieval times and you’ll be sure to have fond memories of this experience for many years to come.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Conflans > Paris

    Cruise to the charming medieval town of Conflans, with it’s distinctive barge houses docked within reach of the quaint main square.

    Freechoice

    Discover the charms of Auvers-sur-Oise and see Vincent van Gogh’s room, or step inside the magnificent Chantilly Castle for a guided tour of this remarkable château, set amidst beautiful parklands. Alternatively, visit the great stables on the grounds of Chantilly, essentially a palace for the horses living on the estate. The stables also house a museum dedicated to the relationship between man and horse throughout time.

    After a leisurely afternoon of cruising, the evening will see us returning to Paris, the ‘City of Light’, and you’ll have the chance to view the beautiful illuminated skyline, and the soaring Eiffel Tower.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Paris

    Today it’s your choice to either spend time exploring France’s most celebrated city, or embark on a discovery beyond the city limits.

    Freechoice

    Walk through the trendy Marais district with a resident expert and hear tales that only the locals know, or admire the extravagance and grandeur of the famous Opera Garnier on a guided tour. From the ornately decorated theatre to the opulent chandeliers and the ceiling painted by Chagall, the interior of this building will take your breath away. Alternatively, you may wish to explore beyond Paris and tour the 17th century estate of Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, Louis XIV’s inspiration for Versailles Palace.

    With remarkable attractions at every turn, enjoy time at leisure this afternoon to explore Paris and create your own unique memories.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Paris > Lyon

    Today take an included flight to Lyon where you will transfer to the Scenic Sapphire where your crew await to welcome you.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Lyon > Tournus

    Freechoice

    Meet a local truffle farmer and their specially trained dog to learn the tricks and techniques of truffle farming, before enjoying a tasting of their delicious produce. Or, visit an organic goat cheese farm and learn about open air farming whilst enjoying a tasting. Alternatively, learn about the traditional craftsmanship of barrel making with a local cooper.

    Tonight, your welcome dinner will be created using regionally sourced truffles.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Mâcon

    Freechoice

    Visit the famous wine-growing region of Beaujolais and meet a local vintner to sample some of his best vintages, or visit the restaurant of the acclaimed chef, Georges Blanc for a cooking demonstration. Alternatively, Shop with a Chef on a guided visit to a local food market, before returning to your Scenic Space-Ship for an interactive Scenic Culinaire cooking demonstration.

    In the evening, we’ll welcome Chef Didier Goiffon and his team on board to cook a delicious regional meal celebrating Bresse Chicken.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Chalon-sur-Saône

    Freechoice

    Explore the small town of Beaune in the Burgundy region and visit a local mustard producer to learn the history of this flavourful condiment. Alternatively, take a tour of Beaune, including les Hospices de Beaune, a former hospital dating back to the Middle-Ages, or tour the Château Meursault wine estate, before tasting its premium wines.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Tain L’Hermitage

    Freechoice

    Surrounded by sloping vineyards, walk through this quaint town and sample local Côtes du Rhône wines. Or perhaps take a guided walking tour of Tournon, with the opportunity to see the village’s grand château up close. Alternatively, join an e-bike excursion along the banks of the Rhône past charming neighbouring villages.

    Enrich

    Once the doors have closed to the public, you’re invited to an exclusive interactive workshop at the Valrhona Cité du Chocolate museum.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Avignon

    Freechoice

    Embark on a walking tour of Avignon, including the Palais des Papes and the famous Pont d’Avignon, or sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a Côtes du Rhône vineyard. Alternatively, explore the artistic heritage of Arles, and visit the striking Arles Arena.

    Back on board, you’ll be treated to a Cheese of France experience.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Avignon

    Freechoice

    Visit the hilltop village of Gordes, recognised as one of the most beautiful villages of France and home to the stunning Sénanque Abbey, or Shop with a Chef at a local food market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire. Alternatively, take an excursion to the Pont du Gard, an engineering masterpiece dating back to the first century, or drive through olive groves and vineyards for a walking tour of the town of Les Baux, stopping to taste the produce of a local olive farm.

    This afternoon, your Cruise Director will host an enjoyable game of blind wine tasting, featuring wines produced in the region.

    Enrich

    Enjoy a truly unforgettable experience at the prestigious Palais des Papes, where the Grand Tinel Room will be the setting for an exclusive classical concert. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Viviers

    Enjoy a walking tour of Viviers. Admire the many significant monuments and architectural treasures such as the town’s cathedral where you will be treated to an organ recital.

    Freechoice

    Explore the Ardèche National Park and immerse yourself in the caverne du Pont-d’Arc Museum. Alternatively, take a guided kayak trip and explore the natural beauty of the Ardèche National Park, or visit the beautiful Provincial town of Grignan de Provence.  

  19. Day 19 - Lyon

    Take in the vistas of the Rhône as you sail towards the gastronomic heart of France, Lyon, and enjoy a Food of France presentation. This evening you are in for a treat as a local Patissier comes on board to share his delicious creations with you.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Lyon

    Freechoice

    Discover Lyon’s historic significance by traversing its hidden secret passageways dating back to the 4th century, and visit Notre Dame Basilica. Alternatively, visit the village of Pérouges, perched atop a hill overlooking the Ain River. Or, enjoy a walking and tasting tour along the Rhône and Saône rivers.

    Delicious and hearty Lyonnaise food is famous the world over and today you will understand why as you enjoy lunch at a traditional Bouchon restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Lyon

    Depart Lyon today after a wonderful farewell breakfast.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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