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Spectacular South of France with Iberian Splendours on Scenic Sapphire 2020

Spectacular South of France with Iberian Splendours on Scenic Sapphire 2020

Operator: Scenic
Ship: Scenic Sapphire
Starts: Madrid, Spain on Sat, Aug 29, 2020
Ends: Lyon, France on Tue, Sep 22, 2020

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

France, Portugal, Spain

Rivers Visited

Rhone, Saone

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Sat, Aug 29, 2020): Madrid

Welcome to Madrid. Your journey of wonder begins with a two night stay at your centrally located hotel. Please book flights to arrive by 3pm.


Day 2 (Sun, Aug 30, 2020): Madrid

Today enjoy a guided tour of Madrid, taking in Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, the ‘Austrian’ Quarter, and a visit to the 18th century Royal Palace.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 (Mon, Aug 31, 2020): Madrid > Salamanca

Freechoice: Visit the delightful Prado Museum where your guide will escort you through the collections. Alternatively, try a fun Flamenco Dance workshop.

This afternoon visit Segovia and enjoy an orientation tour, to see the famous Roman aqueduct. Upon arrival in Salamanca, check into Hospes Palacio de San Esteban before your local guide shows you this beautiful city. During your guided tour, see the imposing cathedral as well as the 15th century House of Shells.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 (Tue, Sep 01, 2020): Salamanca > Porto

Today cross the border into Portugal and continue to Porto, the city that lays at the beginning of the picturesque Douro Valley. Check into the Sheraton Porto before touring the city. See the Palacio da Bolsa and São Francisco Church before taking a Rabelo boat cruise and seeing the city from a different perspective.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 (Wed, Sep 02, 2020): Porto > Lisbon

This morning visit the historic district of Vila Nova de Gaia and sample some of the Port this region is renowned for. Enroute to Lisbon, visit the town of Obidos, a delightful walled town with a myriad of cobblestone streets. This afternoon, check into your hotel for your two night stay.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 (Thu, Sep 03, 2020): Lisbon

Enjoy a tour of Lisbon this morning and taste the famous Pasteis de Nata before a guided visit of the Hieronymite Monastery. Enjoy lunch in Cascais before an afternoon in Sintra, visiting the 500-year-old Palacio Nacional.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 (Fri, Sep 04, 2020): Lisbon > Seville

This morning bid farewell to Portugal and return to Spain.

Freechoice: See the highlights of the city via horse-drawn carriage or experience the heart and soul of Spain at an expressive Flamenco show.

Your hotel is the perfect base for your two night stay in Seville.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 (Sat, Sep 05, 2020): Seville

Your exploration of Andalucia’s capital city, Seville starts this morning with a guided tour showcasing sites such as the Barrio de Santa Cruz, the cathedral that houses Christopher Columbus’ tomb, and the Alcazar of Seville.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 (Sun, Sep 06, 2020): Seville > Ronda

Journey to Jerez and visit the celebrated bodega of Williams & Humbert where you’ll sample some of the world’s finest sherries and take in a fabulous Equestrian show. This afternoon continue to Ronda where you will check into your hotel.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10 (Mon, Sep 07, 2020): Ronda > Córdoba

This morning see Ronda during a walking tour including the Bullring and the Casa don Bosco then continue your journey to Córdoba. On arrival, see all this city has to offer, including the Jewish quarter, the Aljama Mosque and Synagogue before arriving at your hotel.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 11 (Tue, Sep 08, 2020): Córdoba > Granada

From Córdoba, a scenic drive will take you to a Spanish mountain village where you’ll enjoy the warm hospitality of locals over a traditional lunch. This afternoon, you’ll arrive at your captivating hotel in Granada. Tonight, enjoy a traditional La Tuna Folk Band performance accompanied by dinner.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 (Wed, Sep 09, 2020): Granada > Valencia

The highlight of your time in Granada is a visit to the amazing Alhambra Palace. You will see this and much more during your guided city tour before taking a scenic drive to Purullena. Our final destination today is the city of Valencia and your overnight stay.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 13 (Thu, Sep 10, 2020): Valencia > Barcelona

On your guided tour of Valencia this morning, see the City of Arts and Sciences and visit the Silk Exchange. Then, continue to the Catalonian city of Barcelona. Originally established by the Knights Templar, the fortified seaport of Peniscola makes for a fascinating visit along the way. Enjoy a two night stay.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 14 (Fri, Sep 11, 2020): Barcelona

Take a guided tour of lively Barcelona, including Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to immerse yourself in the charms of this delightful seaside metropolis.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15 (Sat, Sep 12, 2020): Barcelona > Lyon

Continue your journey via high speed train to Lyon where you will embark your Scenic Space-Ship.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16 (Sun, Sep 13, 2020): Lyon > Tournus

Relax on board as you cruise the Saône River towards Tournus. Perhaps sharpen your skills on French cookery at a lesson in Scenic Culinaire.

Freechoice: Explore Château de Cormatin, boasting beautiful gardens and 17th century architecture. Or, join the highly trained hounds and their owners in a nearby quaint village to locate and sample French truffles – a gastronomic delicacy. Alternatively visit the three star Michelin Chef, Georges Blanc’s Restaurant for a cooking demonstration.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 (Mon, Sep 14, 2020): Chalon-sur-Saône

Freechoice: Explore Beaune, including a visit to Les Hospices de Beaune. The former hospital is a prime example of traditional 15th century Burgundian architecture and now houses a fascinating museum. 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 (note Château Meursault not available on all departures and will be replace with Château De Rully or Château De Saint Aubin) or, visit the photography museum and learn the history of photography in the town where it was first invented.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18 (Tue, Sep 15, 2020): 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.

Freechoice: Enjoy wine tasting at a local vineyard, 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, or choose to join a guided cycling tour along the Rhône to neighbouring villages.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19 (Wed, Sep 16, 2020): Avignon

A Scenic Culinaire cooking class is on offer this morning

Freechoice: Take a walking tour of the magnificent city of Avignon including entrance to the Popes’ Palace and the famed St. Benezet Bridge, also known as the Pont d’Avignon. Alternatively, sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a Côtes du Rhône vineyard.

Enrich
Enjoy a truly unforgettable experience at the prestigious Palais des Papes. After the doors close to the general public, be treated to an exclusive classical concert in one of the grandiose rooms.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20 (Thu, Sep 17, 2020): Avignon

Freechoice: 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 Sénanque Abbey, or take an excursion to Uzès and Pont du Gard. The Pont du Gard is an engineering masterpiece dating back to the middle of the first century, designed to carry water to the city of Nimes.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21 (Fri, Sep 18, 2020): Tarascon

Freechoice: Explore the artistic heritage of Arles, and visit the striking Arles Arena, or stop in at the pretty hilltop village of Les Baux before touring a charming family-run olive farm. Alternatively, follow in the footsteps  of Vincent Van Gogh during an excursion to Saint-Rémy and Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery, or take an active walk through La Camargue National Park.

This afternoon stay on board for a Provençal Soap Making workshop or enjoy time at leisure to explore the medieval charm of Tarascon. It is the perfect city to cycle around so why not jump on an e-bike and cycle the riverside paths along the Rhône.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22 (Sat, Sep 19, 2020): Viviers

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

Freechoice: Explore the Ardèche National Park and immerse yourself in the Caverne du Pont-d’Arc Museum, a replica museum depicting the collection of engravings, paintings and drawings found in the nearby Chauvet Cave, or visit the aromatic Lavender Museum and learn how lavender is harvested in this region and how it is used. Alternatively, if you are 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

Day 23 (Sun, Sep 20, 2020): Lyon

Take in the vistas of the Rhône River as you sail towards the gastronomic heart of France, Lyon. Why not visit Scenic Culinaire and pick up a trick or two to add to your culinary prowess.

Enrich
Admire the beauty of one of the city’s greatest baroque buildings, Trinity Chapel. Built in the 17th century, the interior is decadently covered in Carrera marble.  As an exclusive experience with Scenic, join your fellow guests for a breathtaking acapella choir performance in this wonderful setting.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24 (Mon, Sep 21, 2020): Lyon

Freechoice: Discover Lyon’s historic significance by traversing its hidden secret passageways dating back to the 4th century, and visit Notre Dame Basilica for magnificent views across the city. Or, if you’re feeling more active, you can also explore Lyon on foot and explore the city sights along the waterways. Alternatively, walk the cobblestone paths in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges.

This afternoon you have time at leisure to further explore this magnificent city. Use your Scenic Tailormade app on your personal device to explore the largest single renaissance quarter in France, Le Vieux Lyon or savour your last opportunity to sample some more of Lyons gastronomic delights.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 25 (Tue, Sep 22, 2020): Lyon

Depart after a wonderful farewell breakfast. Lyon is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.


Meals Included: Breakfast

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.


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