Scenic Cruises - South of France

Scenic Cruises | South of France - 13 Days

 
This leisurely cruise will take you through the South of France, giving you plenty of time to explore the region's many delights. From ancient castles to wine tastings in caves, from secret passageways to olive farms, you'll find a wealth of unforgettable discoveries en route.

Cruise Information: South of France

Crusing past castle in Avignon

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Cruise Itinerary: South of France

Cruise Day Cruise Port Description
Day 1: Chalon-sur-Saône Welcome to Chalon-sur-Saône where you’ll board your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship. Arrival transfers included from Lyon airport.
Day 2: Tournus Highlights: Burgundy region. Explore Beaune or visit the estate of Château Meursault and taste acclaimed wines from the Burgundy region.
Day 3: Mâcon Highlights: Riverside cycling. Experience Château de Cormatin. Or visit a nearby village and join intelligent hounds and their owners to locate and sample French truffles. Enjoy leisurely cruising to Mâcon, or take a class in French cuisine on board. Alternatively, cycle from Tournus to Mâcon and meet the ship there.
Day 4: Mâcon Highlights: Beaujolais wine region. Discover the history of this picturesque farming region acclaimed for its five wine appellations and gastronomy. Alternatively, visit Cluny, constructed around the great Benedictine Abbey.
Day 5: Lyon Highlights: Scenic Rouge cabaret. Traversing Lyon's hidden traboules, secret passageways dating back to the 4th century, and visit Notre Dame Basilica for stunning views. Alternatively, visit the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges. Or sharpen your skills in the art of French cuisine at the Paul Bocuse culinary school.
Day 6: Tournon Highlights: Sundowners at Tournon Castle. Take in the picturesque riverside panoramas as you cruise toward Tournon. You will have the opportunity to cycle around this beautiful region. On arrival, enjoy a fun lecture on the French paradox and etiquette.
Day 7: Viviers Highlights: Chocolates and wine. 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. Alternatively, join a group bike ride along the Rhône or hike Heritage Hill for a tasting of the region’s delicious varietals.
Day 8: Châteauneuf-du-Pape Highlights: Ardèche National Park. Enjoy a walking tour of Viviers including an organ recital in the town’s cathedral. Discover the Ardèche National Park and either tour the Caverne du Pont-d’Arc Museum, or explore the canyon including a trip to the Lavender Museum. Opt to canoe through one of Europe’s largest natural canyons (seasonal), or visit the beautiful provincial town of Grignan.
Day 9: Avignon Highlights: Côtes du Rhône. Sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a Côtes du Rhône vineyard or take a guided hike through the vines before cruising to Avignon, where you’ll take a walking tour including a visit to the magnificent Popes’ Palace.
Day 10: Avignon Highlights: Dinner at Popes' Palace. Shop with a Chef at a local food market and then cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire. Alternatively, drop into 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.
Day 11: La Camargue Highlights: La Camargue National Park. Take in the wild beauty of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and visit the Parc Ornithologique. Alternatively, visit the fortified Mediterranean village of Aigues-Mortes, or join a guided cycling tour to the Abbey of Saint-Roman cave monastery. Or, stay on board for a Provençal soap-making workshop. At night, a Camargue gypsy band performs live on board.
Day 12: Tarascon Highlights: Villages of Provence. Explore the artistic heritage of Arles, or stop in at the pretty hilltop village of Les Baux before touring a 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.
Day 13: Marseille Disembark your scenic space-ship after a farewell breakfast.
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