Idyllic Rhône

Sail the Rhône and Sâone rivers from Lyon to Tarascon in luxury. Visit Lyon’s Notre Dame Basilica and enjoy an exclusive Scenic Culinaire experience.

From the gastronomic heart of France to the Mediterranean

The wonderful Rhône Valley will set your senses alight with the multitude of experiences on offer during your cruise. Discover why this region is famous for its beauty, cuisine and architecture.
Commence your journey in Lyon and board your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship for your cruise along the Rhône and Saône rivers, before ending your journey in Tarascon. Cruise past picturesque villages and beautiful towns and drift through a land of resplendent castles and awe-inspiring cathedrals.
  • Date

    8 Day
    14 – 21 July 2023
    27 August – 03 September 2023

  • Price

    Prices are on request

  • Visiting

    Lyon, Mâcon, Viviers, Avignon, Tarascon

8 Day Itinerary

Day 1 – Lyon

Arrive in Lyon where you’ll be warmly welcomed on board your Scenic Space-Ship.

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 – Lyon

Set on the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, Lyon is renowned as the gastronomic heart of France.


Walk Lyon’s hidden traboules, then continue to Notre Dame Basilica, which offers fabulous views across the city or join a guided bike ride to Lyon’s Botanical Gardens and Zoo. Alternatively, learn about Lyon’s rich heritage in silk production, that dates back almost five centuries, during a silk painting workshop, or walk the cobblestone paths in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges.

This afternoon set sail for Mâcon. Watch the scenery float by from the sun deck or Panorama Lounge, relax in the Wellness centre or perhaps take a lesson in French cookery in Scenic Culinaire.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 – Mâcon


Travel to the ‘Golden Stone’ region of Beaujolais and enjoy a tasting of the region’s wines. Or, explore charming Cluny, built around the great Benedictine Abbey. Alternatively, visit Château de Cormatin, where you can admire the castles gilded rooms, surrounding moat and water features, as well as the perfectly manicured gardens.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – Vienne


Take a walking tour in Vienne including a visit to the Roman amphitheatre and uncover the fascinating history of this quaint riverside town, once conquered by Julius Caesar. Or, for the more active, take in the picturesque landscapes of this region on a guided cycling tour of Vienne and neighbouring villages where you will see an abundance of evidence of the city’s glory days as a Roman city.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 – Viviers > Avignon


This morning, enjoy a walking tour of the ancient town of Viviers, nestled between hill and river, and visit its imposing cathedral. Alternatively, visit the beautiful provincial town of Grignan for a guided tour and a visit to the Château, before enjoying some time at leisure to explore on your own or you may choose to visit a Truffle Nursery and learn how Truffles are produced as well as their many uses.

Scenic Culinaire will be hosting a lesson in French cuisine this afternoon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 – Avignon


Shop with a Chef at the market then cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire, or explore Avignon’s architectural wonder, the Pope’s Palace, where you will see the impressive architecture and grand halls that we once home to several popes. Alternatively, take an excursion to Pont du Gard, the impressive ancient Roman aqueduct, or sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a Côtes du Rhône vineyard.

This afternoon enjoy free time to explore on your own.


After the doors close to the general public at Avignon’s prestigious Palais des Papes, you’ll be invited for an exclusive concert inside this elegant 14th century palace.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 – Avignon > Tarascon


Visit Les Baux, surrounded by incredible rock formations, picturesque olive groves and vineyards, and drop into a local olive farm to enjoy a tasting of its produce or visit the city of Arles, home to many impressive Roman ruins including the Arles Arena, which you will visit on your guided tour. Here you will also see why Arles has inspired many of the world’s greatest artists with its glorious landscapes. Alternatively, stay on board for a painting class and learn about the region’s artistic heritage.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 – Tarsacon

Journey inclusions

Truly all-inclusive luxury

  • 5-Star Scenic Space-Ship with up to 149 guests
  • Your choice of spacious Standard Suite, or a Balcony Suite with an innovative Scenic Sun Lounge
  • 1 Scenic Enrich experience with a private classical concert at the impressive Popes Palace in Avignon – Exclusive to Scenic
  • Scenic Culinaire – for Exclusive on board cooking lessons
  • Personalise your trip with 19 included Scenic Freechoice activitiesDine at your choice of up to five on board venues, from casual to fine dining
  • 20 meals – 7 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L) and 7 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary premium beverages all day, every day – not just at meal times
  • Butler service for every suite
  • Complimentary full mini-bar restocked daily
  • Innovative Salt Therapy Lounge and fitness area
  • Scenic Tailormade App for river commentary and independent exploration
  • The freedom of our e-bikes – electrically assisted bicycles
  • Scenic Cruise Director to guide and assist & expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities on board and on shore

Prices on request

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