Day 1: Paris
Day 2 - 5: Burgundy - Rhone River - Macon
Day 6 - 8: Lyon - Vienne - Tournon
Day 8 - 12: Provence - Viviers - Chateurneuf-du-Pape - Avignon - Arles
Day 13 - 14: La Camargue - Nice
On arrival into Paris be met and transferred from Charles de Gaulle airport to your centrally located hotel. Overnight Special Stay : The Radisson Blu Ambassador Opera Hotel.
Board the ultra-fast TGV train today for your journey to Dijon. On arrival transfer to Chalon-sur-Saône where a warm welcome awaits you from your crew as you board your luxury Scenic Tours 'Space-Ship'. Meals: FB,D
This morning visit Beaune for an Included guided sightseeing tour including Les Hospices de Beaune. Choose from these Included Scenic FreeChoices: (1) visit Burgundy's renowned Patriarche Cellars; or (2) visit one of the regions famous mustard factories. Meals: FB,L,D
This morning we travel to the magnificent Château de Cormatin before exploring Tournus. Perhaps after dinner this evening take advantage of our ship's overnight docking location and take a stroll through this charming town. Meals: FB,L,D
Sail down the stunning Rhône River to arrive in Mâcon and choose from these Included Scenic FreeChoices: (1) visit Bourg en Bresse; or (2) wine tasting in the Beaujolais region; or (3) visit Cluny a village built around the great Benedictine Abbey. Meals: FB,L,D
The gastronomic heart of France! Enjoy your Included guided tour then choose an Included Scenic FreeChoice: (1) explore Lyon by bike; or (2) visit a traditional silk factory; or (3) visit the medieval village of Pérouges; or (4) tour the exclusive culinary school of France's famous chef at the Paul Bocuse Institute. Meals: FB,L,D
Enjoy your mini-train ride to Vienne's Roman arena on your Included guided tour before setting sail down the Rhône to Tournon. Scenic Enrich: Learn about everyday living on your visit to a typical French Family Homestead for dinner. Meals: FB,L,HD
Choose from these Included Scenic FreeChoices: (1) discover Tournon by foot on your guided tour through the wide tree-lined avenues of this pretty historical town; or (2) visit the spectacular wine cave within the slope of vineyard terraces of Tain L'Hermitage wine cave, ranked in appellation amongst the greatest wines in the world; or (3) visit the picturesque village of Vanosc and its unique Heritage Car Museum; or (4) opt for pedal power and wind your way through Tournon by bike. This evening arrive in Viviers. Meals: FB,L,D
Enjoy an Included walking tour of Viviers including a special recital for Scenic Tours guests. This afternoon venture off the River and into the spectacular playground of the French with your choice of these Included Scenic FreeChoices: (1) travel into the Ardèche Mountains and unveil the natural wonders of the largest natural canyon in Europe by canoe; or (2) take in the magic of the Ardèche National Park on your scenic journey to the gorgeous village of Vallon Pont d'Arc; or (3) enjoy a master class in French cuisine. Meals: FB,L,D
Today explore Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the largest and most important wine region in the southern Rhône. Dating back to the 11th century the papal tradition of planting vines continues today with over 300 hectares of vineyards. Enjoy sampling the local wine at one of the many Côtes du Rhône vineyards on your Included tour. This afternoon relax on board as you sail into Avignon. Scenic Enrich: Be treated to a truly unforgettable experience at the prestigious Palais-des-Papes, among the most visited places in France. Be invited for a guided tour before entering a private room in the palace for an Exclusive Gala Dinner and Classical Concert. Meals: FB,L,HD
Although the papacy was located in Avignon for less than a century they kept very busy during these years as you will see by the impressive architecture of this medieval city. Choose from one of these Included Scenic FreeChoices: (1) visit the villages of the Luberon region including the hilltop village of Gordes and Fontaine de Vaucluse the home of the largest natural spring in France; or (2) take an excursion to Uzès, a town with a skyline that marks the region from afar, including a visit to Pont du Gard. This evening perhaps take advantage of being docked in the centre of town for the night and take a stroll along the river after dinner. Meals: FB,L,D
Relax on board this morning as we sail onto Arles, where you will be charmed by its Provençal traditions and rich historical heritage. Arles is also the site of some impressive Roman ruins, including Les Arènes, an arena that seats 20,000 and is still in use today. Included Scenic FreeChoices: (1) visit the hilltop village of Les Baux one of the 'Most Beautiful Villages of France' including a visit to an Olive farm; or (2) visit the charming Provençal village of Saint-Rémy made famous by Vincent Van Gogh, including a visit to Saint Paul de Mausole Monastery where Van Gogh was held for a year. Meals: FB,L,D
Scenic Enrich: Today discover the spectacular La Camargue National Park. Keep your camera at the ready as the beauty and wonder of this region unfolds, encounter wild flamingos in their natural environment at the 60 hectare Parc Ornithologique wetlands. Be bewitched by the wild beauty of the gypsy pilgrimage town of Saintes Marie de la Mer, whose sandy beaches and reed marshlands are abound with wild horses and bulls. Traverse through the desolate landscape of the Camargue wetlands to arrive at the Manage Jacques Bon, where we will enjoy lunch before a demonstration of the skills of bull fighting. Meals: FB,L,D
After breakfast this morning, disembark your Scenic 'Space-Ship' and transfer to Nice Airport for your onward or homeward flight. (Please book flights to depart after 3pm). Meals: FB
When you arrive at the beautiful cities and villages along France's grand waterways, you have the choice of taking a self-guided walk or cycling tour. Scenic Tailormade provides you an independent free choice tour option, enhanced by GPS-activated directions and commentary. Once onboard, a free Scenic Tailormade app can be downloaded to your Apple iPhone or iPad, or you can choose to take one of our pre-loaded devices. Whether it's sampling your way through the gastronomic delights of Lyon or traveling back through history, exploring Roman and medieval sites, discover France your way. These exclusive bespoke tours allow you to explore:
Certain Scenic FreeChoices must be pre-selected at the time of booking.
Independent sightseeing available with GPS in the following locations:
Enjoy exceptional service and understated luxury in every suite on board a Scenic 'Space-Ship'. Our private balcony suites are the largest of their kind, and in 2013 you will be able to enjoy the views of the exceptional European countryside at any time of the day, no matter the weather with our revolutionary 'Sun-Lounges'. At the press of a button, state-of-the-art technology converts your already private, full-size balcony to a weatherproof Scenic 'Sun-Lounge'. This indoor lounge allows you to always enjoy the advantage of extra balcony space on your cruise.
Most meals are included: full breakfast and lunch buffets and a four-course dinner. Beverages are complimentary, including most beer, wine and spirits. Premium spirits, French champagne, and some wines are not included.
Dining: There is open seating with maitre d' seating service for your convenience and comfort at the Crystal Dining Room for all meals. Having a free choice of seating allows you to join friends for dinner as you wish. Breakfast and lunch are a full buffet service offering a wonderful selection of hot and cold dishes. Dinner will be à la carte and will be served personally. Beer and wine is included during the lunch and dinner service.
Dietary Requests: If you have special dietary requests, please advise Orvis Travel when you book your cruise and note it on your Reservation form. Please note that facilities to accommodate special dietary requests on board are limited and, while the chefs will try to accommodate requests, no guarantees can be made.
Refreshments: Specialised tea and coffee service for your enjoyment at no additional charge. This self-service, state-of-the-art facility is located in the lounge and available at your convenience.
May 18 - 31, 2014 | October 5 - 18, 2014 | All prices are per person, double occupancy.
We encourage you to book early and take advantage of the current pricing. Certain early bird incentives may be available if you book before October 31, 2013. Please call for current incentives and rates as rates are subject to change at any time. Rates are guaranteed when you place your deposit.
|Category E Stateroom: $6,895|
|Upgrade your cabin (per person):|
|D||Moselle Deck - Std Stateroom||$310|
|C||Rhine Deck - Balcony Suite||$1,300|
|BA||Rhine Deck - Balcony Suite||$1,545|
|BB||Rhine Deck - Balcony Suite||$1,625|
|B||Rhine Deck - Balcony Suite||$1,725|
|BJ||Rhine Deck - Junior Suite||$2,095|
|A||Danube Deck - Balcony Suite||$1,575|
|PA||Danube Deck - Balcony Suite||$1,675|
|PP||Danube Deck - Balcony Suite||$1,770|
|P||Danube Deck - Balcony Suite||$1,865|
|S||Danube Deck - Panorama Suite||$2,270|
|RJ||Danube Deck - Junior Suite||$2,560|
|RA||Danube Deck - Royal Suite||$3,125|
|R||Danube Deck - Royal Suite||$3,295|
|Port and Sundry Charges: $350|