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Tastes of Southern France on Scenic Sapphire 2021

Tastes of Southern France on Scenic Sapphire 2021

Operator: Scenic
Ship: Scenic Sapphire
Starts: Lyon, France on Fri, Jul 30, 2021
Ends: Lyon, France on Mon, Aug 09, 2021

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

France

Rivers Visited

Rhone, Saone

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Fri, Jul 30, 2021): Lyon

Welcome to Lyon. Upon arrival, transfer to the Scenic Sapphire where your friendly crew await to welcome you on board.


Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 (Sat, Jul 31, 2021): Lyon > Tournus

Freechoice: Meet a local truffle farmer and their specially trained dog to learn the tricks and techniques of truffle farming, before enjoying a tasting of their delicious produce. Or, visit an organic goat cheese farm and learn about open air farming whilst enjoying a tasting. Alternatively, learn about the traditional craftsmanship of barrel making with a local cooper.

Tonight, your welcome dinner will be created using regionally sourced truffles.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 (Sun, Aug 01, 2021): Mâcon

Freechoice: Visit the famous wine-growing region of Beaujolais and meet a local vintner to sample some of his best vintages, or visit the restaurant of the acclaimed chef, Georges Blanc for a cooking demonstration. Alternatively, Shop with a Chef on a guided visit to a local food market, before returning to your Scenic Space-Ship for an interactive Scenic Culinaire cooking demonstration.

In the evening, we’ll welcome Chef Didier Goiffon and his team on board to cook a delicious regional meal celebrating Bresse Chicken.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 (Mon, Aug 02, 2021): Chalon-sur-Saône

Freechoice: Explore the small town of Beaune in the Burgundy region and visit a local mustard producer to learn the history of this flavourful condiment. Alternatively, take a tour of Beaune, including les Hospices de Beaune, a former hospital dating back to the Middle-Ages, or tour the Château Meursault wine estate, before tasting its premium wines.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (Tue, Aug 03, 2021): Tain L’Hermitage

Freechoice: Surrounded by sloping vineyards, walk through this quaint town and sample local Côtes du Rhône wines. Or perhaps take a guided walking tour of Tournon, with the opportunity to see the village’s grand château up close. Alternatively, join an e-bike excursion along the banks of the Rhône past charming neighbouring villages.

Enrich
Once the doors have closed to the public, you’re invited to an exclusive interactive workshop at the Valrhona Cité du Chocolate museum.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Wed, Aug 04, 2021): Avignon

Freechoice: Embark on a walking tour of Avignon, including the Palais des Papes and the famous Pont d’Avignon, or sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a Côtes du Rhône vineyard. Alternatively, explore the artistic heritage of Arles, and visit the striking Arles Arena.

Back on board, you’ll be treated to a Cheese of France experience.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Thu, Aug 05, 2021): Avignon

Freechoice: Visit the hilltop village of Gordes, recognised as one of the most beautiful villages of France and home to the stunning Sénanque Abbey, or Shop with a Chef at a local food market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire. Alternatively, take an excursion to the Pont du Gard, an engineering masterpiece dating back to the first century, or drive through olive groves and vineyards for a walking tour of the town of Les Baux, stopping to taste the produce of a local olive farm.

This afternoon, your Cruise Director will host an enjoyable game of blind wine tasting, featuring wines produced in the region.

Enrich
Enjoy a truly unforgettable experience at the prestigious Palais des Papes, where the Grand Tinel Room will be the setting for an exclusive classical concert. 


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 (Fri, Aug 06, 2021): Viviers

Enjoy a walking tour of Viviers. Admire the many significant monuments and architectural treasures such as the town’s cathedral where you will be treated to an organ recital.

Freechoice: Explore the Ardèche National Park and immerse yourself in the caverne du Pont-d’Arc Museum. Alternatively, take a guided kayak trip and explore the natural beauty of the Ardèche National Park, or visit the beautiful Provincial town of Grignan de Provence.  


Day 9 (Sat, Aug 07, 2021): Lyon

Take in the vistas of the Rhône as you sail towards the gastronomic heart of France, Lyon, and enjoy a Food of France presentation. This evening you are in for a treat as a local Patissier comes on board to share his delicious creations with you.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 (Sun, Aug 08, 2021): Lyon

Freechoice: Discover Lyon’s historic significance by traversing its hidden secret passageways dating back to the 4th century, and visit Notre Dame Basilica. Alternatively, visit the village of Pérouges, perched atop a hill overlooking the Ain River. Or, enjoy a walking and tasting tour along the Rhône and Saône rivers.

Delicious and hearty Lyonnaise food is famous the world over and today you will understand why as you enjoy lunch at a traditional Bouchon restaurant.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 (Mon, Aug 09, 2021): Lyon

Depart Lyon today after a wonderful farewell breakfast.

This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above.


Meals Included: Breakfast

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Ship Information

Scenic Sapphire


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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.

Cruises Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.4
Accommodations
4.3
Itinerary
4.5
Professional Staff
4.8
Repeat with Operator
4.3
Value for Money
4.1

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Ratings based off 58 reviews about Scenic Tours - currently showing 13 reviews with comments only

Scenic provided an exceptional trip via staff, meals, and experiences. Our tour guide was extraordinary and handled even the slight setback of low water with ease and grace. I would recommend them to anyone interested in river travel.

People didn't really dress for dinner. Men in jeans were allowed in the dining room at night for dinner. That did not happen at another Scenic Cruise we were on. Very disappointed about this. We belong to a private Country Club and men will be turned away at the entrance for this dressing in jeans. Scenic is lowering their standards by doing this. We won't travel Scenic again because of the lower dress codes. Not a top of the line company if this is allowed.

Scenic delivered an Above & Beyond Experience that we will cherish forever. The ENTIRE ship personnel was the epitome of what customer service should be!

Scenic River Cruise was fantastic. Service and food were both absolutely wonderful. Exceeded our expectations and will travel again with Scenic.

The ship was luxurious. The staff were professional and attentive. We would definitely travel with Scenic again.

Scenic River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest was a wonderful experience. The ship's staff and amenities afforded us a very comfortable experience. The food sometimes challenged us to try new and regional dishes, which we really enjoyed. But alternate choices were always available, as well. The other passengers were friendly and we made many new acquaintances on our trip. Best part...? All inclusive! We may have made a small tip here and there, but nothing was expected during excursions, tours, dining, bar or hospitality services. Great entertainment on various occasions.

Scenic were exceptional.They have to be the best operators of river cruises.Every aspect of the trip with them was of a very high standard.The cabins (suites) were large and very comfortable (we had the lowest level,so I can imagine what the higher levels would have been like!). All the meals served were excellent with plenty of variety and imagination.Every member of staff we encountered was helpful and smiley.The excursions were excellent with high level guiding .Overall a very good experience.and I would highly recommend them.

The tour description matched the tour exactly.

Wonderful Trip at the right price

Scenic Tours delivers a flawless river cruise experience. They truly take care of everything - all at one price. The ships are beautiful and the staff is cheerful and accommodating. The cabins are incredible feats of design that make use of every inch of space. We were gone for two weeks and never felt cramped. The food is diverse and wonderful and the excursions are very interesting and well-planned.

Scenic did a great job. It was all inclusive so we had no bill at the end, including tips. The trip was 14 days down the Danube, Main, and Rhine. The food, service, and excursions were all very good and included. The only note I would make is that you stopped at so many towns that you did not have enough time to really explore them. But overall, it was a very good trip!

The Scenic Jewel Amsterdam to Budapest cruise certainly exceeded our expectations. The Scenic Jewel staff could not have been better. We were certainly pampered the entire cruise and the staff could not do enough to insure the trip was a success. We did not have one staff person who was only average--everyone was exceptional. Our cruise director kept everything humming right along and he and the captian went above and beyond to solve a water level issue.

Scenic was more expensive than our other trips But quality was outstanding!


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