Iconic France

Discover the beauty of France with a luxury Saône and Rhône river cruise from Bordeaux to Lyon. Visit destinations including the Blaye Region & Avignon.

21 Days
Bordeaux to Lyon
From (AUD)
$ 15,020
Dates & Pricing

2020 Bordeaux > Lyon

Tour Map
Tour Code:
BOFR
Duration:
21 days
Departure City:
Bordeaux
Return City:
Lyon

21 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Bordeaux

    Welcome to Bordeaux. Your friendly crew will welcome you on board the luxurious Scenic Diamond for your cruise through France’s southwestern pocket.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Bordeaux > Saint-Émilion

    Enjoy a relaxing morning on board as you cruise into the beautiful 13th century port of Libourne. While cruising, perhaps drop into Scenic Culinaire for a French cooking class. Spend the afternoon in the nearby town of Saint-Émilion, a visual feast and the jewel of this ancient wine growing region. You’ll also get to explore the underground catacombs of the Monolithic Church – a true trip highlight.

    Celebrate the 2,000-year history of wine by enjoying a glass at the estate of Château de la Rivière. Surrounded by the vines, mingle with newfound friends, explore the spectacular property, or discover the artistic heritage of this region and admire a local artist painting the stunning landscape using paint made from the wine grown on the estate.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Libourne > Pauillac

    Enjoy a guided tour of Libourne and view its quaint 16th century town-houses and Gothic church. Alternatively, explore the exclusive estate of Château Franc Mayne and taste its Grand Cru Class wine, or view the eclectic city of Bergerac and enjoy a foie gras tasting at a charming local farm.

    During your afternoon at leisure, opt to enhance your culinary prowess in Scenic Culinaire or simply take in the riverside panoramas while cruising to Pauillac.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Médoc

    Travel the scenic Médoc wine route and discover why this region is viewed as the world’s leading red wine producer. Afterwards, sample the region’s finest at the Château Gruaud-Larose estate. Alternatively, cycle through the region to a local château and sample delicious wine produced on the estate.

    Set in spectacular surrounds in the Médoc countryside, Château Agassac is truly enchanting. Dating back to the 13th century, the Château is one of the oldest winemaking establishments in the region and is the venue for your unforgettable evening concert. Soak in the ambience of this magnificent property as live musicians perform classical masterpieces for your exclusive enjoyment.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Pauillac > Cadillac

    Soak in the vistas as you cruise on board the luxurious Scenic Diamond past the picturesque landscapes of the Garonne River into Cadillac, some of the most beautiful scenic cruising in the Bordeaux region. While on board, you may choose to further develop your cooking skills with a lesson in Scenic Culinaire. Tonight, this remarkable space comes to life when fabulous local entertainers perform live in the Panorama Lounge for your exclusive enjoyment.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Cadillac

    This morning, venture into the Sauternes region for a tasting of the prestigious Château Guiraud dessert wines. Alternatively, cycle through the rolling vineyards of Sauternes to the Grand Cru Class estate of Château Myrat for a tasting.

    This afternoon visit Roquetaillade Castle; founded by Charlemagne, it’s one of the region’s most impressive historic sites, and you’ll tour it with the family that now lives within its walls. Alternatively, visit a truffle farm and sample the delicious regional delicacy, or perhaps enjoy a 12 kilometre roundtrip hike from Cadillac to the village of Loupiac.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Bordeaux

    Shop with a Chef at a local food market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire afterwards. Or, enjoy a guided tour of Bordeaux and her many attractions. For the more energetic, cycle the historic regions of Bordeaux. Cross beautiful bridges to witness sites such as the Royal Gate and the Palais Rohan, before cycling through public gardens back to the luxury of your floating hotel.

    Spend the afternoon at leisure to immerse yourself in the culture of the Bordelais. Enjoy a special dinner on board showcasing regional delicacies before an illuminations cruise on the Garonne River. A fabulous local soloist will perform live in the Panorama Lounge to round off a magical evening.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Arcachon > Bourg

    Situated on the northern tip of Europe’s longest coastal beach, Arcachon is the jewel of France’s western coastline.

    Journey to Arcachon and join a walking tour including a visit to the local Baltard market. Or climb Europe’s largest sand dune and take in the expansive panoramas. Alternatively, stay in Bordeaux and take a local tram to the Cité du Vin museum and enjoy an interactive journey of wine discovery. This afternoon, if you fancy something sweet, stay on board and enjoy a fabulous Mademoiselle de Margaux chocolate and wine-pairing event.

    Later, take a leisurely cruise into Bourg, perhaps join a masterclass in French cooking in Scenic Culinaire. Tonight enjoy a lively jazz performance on board.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Cognac

    Today explore the unique northern shores of the Gironde Estuary.

    Discover the Carriages Museum in the enchanting Bourg Castle including a visit to the 16th century passageway to the guards rooms and immense WWII oil tanks. Alternatively, spend a full day exploring the fortified town of Cognac, renowned for its production of fine brandy. Afterwards, enjoy a tasting at the acclaimed property of Rémy Martin.

    This afternoon, unwind on the Sun Deck cruising on the Gironde River into the historic port of Blaye.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Blaye > Bordeaux

    Discover the remarkable Blaye region, established to protect the Bordeaux region from invasion.

    Stroll through the charming Citadel of Blaye, or take a more active walk throughout the town. Alternatively, join a 30 kilometre roundtrip cycle along the Captain’s Road which is named in honour of the WWI Captains who chose to purchase their homes along this beautiful stretch of waterway in the early 20th century.

    Enjoy a cooking class in Scenic Culinaire or simply relax on board as we cruise past beautiful uninhabited islands, bound for Bordeaux. Dine at the Captain’s farewell dinner on board this evening.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Bordeaux > Lyon

    Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lyon. Upon arrival transfer to the Scenic Sapphire where your friendly crew await to welcome you on board.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Lyon > Tournus

    Relax on board as you cruise along the Sâone River towards Tournus, perhaps enjoy a massage in the Wellness area, appreciate the health benefits of the Salt Therapy Lounge or sharpen your skills on French cookery at a lesson in Scenic Culinaire.

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Chalon-sur-Sâone

    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 or, visit the photography museum and learn about the history of photography in the town it was first invented.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Tournon

    Perhaps start your day with a stretching class on board the sun deck or simply enjoy a leisurely morning as you 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.

    Enjoy wine tasting at a local winery, or join a guided walk of Tain l’Hermitage including a tasting at Valrhona Chocolates. You could also enjoy a hike to Heritage Hill for a tasting of the region’s delicious varietals among the vines. Alternatively, explore the spectacular landscapes of the Doux Valley by Velorail. This is unique and active way to cycle along bridges, through tunnels and alongside stunning National park.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Avignon

    A Scenic Culinaire cooking class is on offer this morning as you cruise toward Avignon. Learn to make regional delicacies and French classics with your dedicated chef.

    Take a walking tour of this magnificent city, famously dominated by the impressive Palais des Papes (Popes Palace). During your walking tour stroll through the cities ancient ramparts and narrow streets seeing the Popes Palace and St. Benezet Bridge, the famous Pont d’Avignon. Alternatively, sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a Côtes du Rhône vineyard.

    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 classical concert in one of the grandiose rooms.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Avignon

    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 the nearby Sénanque Abbey, or take an excursion to Uzès and Pont du Gard, the impressive Roman aquaduct.

    Sail past the famous Pont d’Avignon with a drink in hand and take in this beautiful location with your fellow guests on board your Scenic Space-Ship.

    This afternoon you have free time to explore this beautiful city at your leisure, your ship will not depart until the next morning so you will have ample opportunity to enjoy Avignon’s night life if you so wish.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Tarascon

    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 or take an active walk and embrace the natural scenery of La Camargue National Park.

    After lunch you have the afternoon at leisure to explore the medieval charm of Tarascon, perhaps explore the castle that dates back to the 15th century or simply stay on board for a Provencal Soap making workshop.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Viviers

    Enjoy a walking tour of Viviers including an organ recital in the town’s cathedral.

    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 kayak through one of Europe’s largest natural canyons, or drop into the beautiful provincial town of Grignan.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Lyon

    Take in the vistas of the Rhône River as you spend a full day relaxing on board your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship towards the gastronomic heart of France, Lyon. Enjoy the passing scenery from the sun deck or panorama lounge and bar. Commentary from your Scenic Tailormade device will describe the captivating view unfolding before you. Or why not visit Scenic Culinaire and pick up a trick or two to add to your culinary prowess.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Lyon

    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 or, traverse Lyon by foot, set on the confluence of the Rhône and Sâone Rivers, explore the city sights by the river stopping along the way to sample some of the regions delicacies. Alternatively, walk the cobblestone paths in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges. Or visit the exclusive culinary school of Paul Bocuse for a demonstration on perfecting the art of French cuisine before sampling some of the delicious fare.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Lyon

    All good things must end, and after a delicious breakfast, disembark your Scenic Space-Ship and transfer to Lyon airport, taking with you memories to last a lifetime.

    Please note: Pre release itinerary subject to change.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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