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South of France & Iberian Discovery on Scenic Sapphire 2020

South of France & Iberian Discovery on Scenic Sapphire 2020

Operator: Scenic
Ship: Scenic Sapphire
Starts: Lyon, France on Thu, May 07, 2020
Ends: Madrid, Spain on Wed, May 27, 2020

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

France, Portugal, Spain

Rivers Visited

Rhone, Saone

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Thu, May 07, 2020): Lyon

Welcome to Lyon. Upon arrival, transfer to the Scenic Sapphire where your friendly crew await to welcome you on board. Spend the afternoon exploring the many features and amenities of your Scenic Space-Ship. Perhaps relax in the on board Salt Therapy Lounge and soak in the healing properties of the salt or simply take a beverage on to the Sun Deck and admire the magnificent views across the city of Lyon.


Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 (Fri, May 08, 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 3 (Sat, May 09, 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 4 (Sun, May 10, 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 5 (Mon, May 11, 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 6 (Tue, May 12, 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 7 (Wed, May 13, 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 8 (Thu, May 14, 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 9 (Fri, May 15, 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 10 (Sat, May 16, 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 11 (Sun, May 17, 2020): Lyon > Lisbon

Today fly to Lisbon, where you can relax before a fabulous dinner, accompanied by a Fado music performance.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 (Mon, May 18, 2020): Lisbon

Take a morning tour of Lisbon including Jeronimos Monastery before enjoying a taste of the Portuguese favourite Pasteis de Nata. Enjoy lunch in the seaside village of Cascais before an afternoon tour of Sintra and the national monument, Palacio Nacional.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13 (Tue, May 19, 2020): Lisbon > Évora

Depart for Setúbal, one of Portugal’s most history rich regions. Enjoy an orientation tour and time at leisure before continuing to Évora with its overarching cathedral. Protected by an impressive outer wall, Évora’s historic centre is a World Heritage-listed cultural treasure. Continue to your hotel, your base for the next two nights.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 14 (Wed, May 20, 2020): Évora

In Esporão today, you’ll tour the exclusive estate of Herdade do Esporão and enjoy a World of Wines workshop. Learn about the wines produced in this region and delight in a tasting along the way. The session ends with a fabulous long lunch in the Galeria de Esporão Restaurant.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15 (Thu, May 21, 2020): Évora > Seville

The Aracena mountain region straddles the Portuguese and Spanish borders and is famous for its production of Iberian pork. You’ll visit the little village of Jabugo, famous for its cured jamon, before visiting a renowned local producer for a tasting of their delicious fare. Enjoy a lunch of fine Spanish delicacies before heading to your hotel in Seville.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 16 (Fri, May 22, 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.

Freechoice: Explore further and see the city’s highlights from a different angle via horse-drawn carriage, or experience the heart and soul of Spain at an expressive Flamenco show.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 17 (Sat, May 23, 2020): Seville > Ronda > Granada

This morning, enjoy a scenic drive to Ronda, situated in spectacular mountain scenery atop the El Tajo Canyon. Take advantage of a guided tour and a little free time, before your departure for Granada. This evening, dine at a popular local restaurant while enjoying live Tuna folk music before you retire to the comfort of your luxurious hotel.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 18 (Sun, May 24, 2020): Granada > Córdoba

Explore Granada, including the Alhambra and the Generalife Gardens, before heading for the mountain village of Alfarnatejo where you’ll enjoy a home-hosted lunch with hospitable locals. Arrive at Córdoba in the afternoon, where you’ll be escorted around the most seminal sites, including the Aljama Mosque. Finally, retire to your hotel.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 19 (Mon, May 25, 2020): Córdoba > Madrid

Enjoy an insightful orientation tour of Toledo, with time to explore, before heading to magnificent Madrid, where you’ll be introduced to the magnificent sights of the city during a guided city tour. From there, you’ll settle in for a luxurious stay at your hotel in Madrid.

Tonight, celebrate with your fellow guests at a fabulous farewell dinner at a local restaurant.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 20 (Tue, May 26, 2020): Madrid

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


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 21 (Wed, May 27, 2020): Madrid

After breakfast, transfer to Madrid airport for your homebound flight, taking many wonderful memories with you.


Meals Included: Breakfast

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Ship Information

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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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