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23 Days | Gems of the Seine and the South of France


Day 1 | Bienvenue. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner aboard the luxurious Scenic Gem. Later, cruise out with the beautiful city of Paris as a backdrop. What a magical start to your cruise. (D)

Day 2 | Les Andelys. Enjoy the opulent amenities of your floating hotel as she glides her way peacefully through the Isle-de-France region to Les Andelys.
Freechoice: Hike to King Richard the Lionheart’s Château Gaillard, or journey to Lyons la Forêt, one of ‘the most beautiful villages of France’, and sample cider, the regions specialty, at the charming Le Pressoir d’Or estate. (B,L,D)

Day 3 | Les Andelys. Rouen. This morning we awake in Rouen.
Freechoice: Enjoy a walking tour of Rouen that takes in the famous sites of Joan of Arc and the historic Rouen Cathedral. Or, if you’d prefer, enjoy a cooking demonstration and tasting and learn exactly why French baking and patisseries are so world renowned. This region is also the gateway to the historic Western Front, and you’re able to gain fascinating insights into the Somme battlefields with on board lectures from a local expert. It’s a great opportunity as you’ll be visiting the sites tomorrow. (B,L,D)

Day 4 | Rouen. Freechoice: Experience what the Somme battlefields might have been like for those caught up in this horrific World War I battle, which claimed the lives of more than 150,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers. This full-day excursion commemorates the 100 years since, and includes a visit to the Australian National Memorial and Victoria School in Villers-Bretonneux. Alternatively, marvel at the superb collection of Impressionistic paintings, including masterpieces by Renoir and Monet, at the Museum of Fine Arts, which was founded by Napoleon Bonaparte. (B,L,D)

Day 5 | Rouen. Honfleur. You’ll love cruising toward the open waters of the English Channel, so simply sit back and enjoy the trip. Freechoice: Later, take the opportunity to explore Honfleur, which will delight you with its quaint architecture, its relaxed coastal atmosphere and the many colourful fishing boats bobbing up and down on its waters. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the beautiful la Cote Fleurie region on France’s northern beaches, and discover dashing Deauville, playground of the rich and famous. Sundowners: 
The estate of Manoir d’Appreval welcomes Scenic guests exclusively for a unique cocktail event showcasing their prestigious apple spirits in a setting you’ll remember fondly for many years to come. Celebrate your visit to the picturesque Calvados region with a beverage of the same name, and let your eyes drink in the surrounding beauty, from the many flowering apple trees to the blue waters of the English Channel in the distance. Later, back on board, kick up your heels on the dance-floor as a fabulous local swing band belts out the best of the 1920’s in the Panorama Lounge. What a wonderful day. (B,L,D)

Day 6 | Honfleur. Freechoice: Walk the historic Normandy beaches and allow your imagination to replay the D-Day landings where they took place. At the Landing Museum at Arromanches, you’ll be struck by the sombre ambience surrounding the 9,387 graves of the Normandy Cemetery. While there, take a moment to visualise the scene, and reflect on the momentous impact of that day, as you look out from your lofty hilltop position above Omaha Beach. Alternatively, explore Normandy’s famous Calvados Route, and delight in the many charming villages that dot the landscape. It’s also a great opportunity to sample the varietals of the region’s famous exports. (B,L,D)

Day 7 | Honfleur. Caudebec-en-Caux. Freechoice: With steep limestone cliffs that plunge dramatically to the emerald waters of the English Channel below, the beauty of the Alabaster Coast will leave you breathless. Sitting proudly atop this dramatic seascape is the town of Etretat, where you’ll have the opportunity to visit a goat farm and taste goat’s milk chocolates. Alternatively, travel to the hilltop village of Bolbec and view the fabrics at the fascinating Textile Museum.
If you wish, explore Caudebec-en-Caux with your Scenic Tailormade GPS device, or to take a leisurely cycle along its picturesque riverbank.
Be treated to a truly unforgettable experience in Fécamp this evening. Situated in spectacular surrounds, the city’s natural setting contrasts perfectly with its architectural centrepiece, the Benedictine Palace. Experience the opulence and grandeur of yesteryear when you dine exclusively within Abbots Hall while enjoying a live classical concert performed by the region’s most reputable musicians. This romantic Renaissance palace is so special that you’re sure to retain fond memories of the experience for a very long time. (B,L,D)

Day 8 | Caudebec-en-Caux. Vernon. In a region rich in visual treasures, enjoy a full morning of relaxation and the opportunity to take in the incredible scenery as you cruise into Vernon. It’s easy to understand why this region of France is famous for inspiring so many beautiful paintings by many of history’s most famous artists.
Freechoice: Visit Giverny, and gain entry to Monet’s former residence and gardens. If you’re feeling more adventurous you can do it by bike, with a self-guided cycle tour that starts at Vernon.
You can also step ashore with Scenic Tailormade and discover Vernon at your own pace and pleasure. (B,L,D)

Day 9 | Vernon. Conflans. Paris. This morning we cruise to the charming medieval town of Conflans, with its distinctive barge houses docked within easy reach of the quaint main square.
Freechoice: Discover the charms of Auvers-sur-Oise and get to see Vincent van Gogh’s room, or step inside the magnificent Chantilly Castle for a guided tour of this remarkable château, set amidst beautiful parklands.
After a leisurely afternoon of cruising, the evening will see us gliding into Paris, the city of love itself, and you’ll have the chance to view the beautiful illuminated skyline, and the soaring Eiffel Tower. Make sure you have your cameras ready. (B,L,D)

Day 10 | Paris. Today you have the thrilling choice of either spending your time exploring France’s most celebrated city, or discovering the neighbouring town of Versailles.
Freechoice: ‘Shop with a Chef’ when you visit one of Paris’s local food markets, and enjoy exquisite tastings, or walk the city with a resident expert and hear tales that only the locals know. Alternatively, you may wish to explore beyond Paris and tour Marie Antoinette’s sumptuous and historically poignant Versailles Palace.
Of course, this is a city with remarkable attractions at every turn, and you’ll have a chance to explore it at your own leisure and create your own unique memories this afternoon. (B,L,D)

Day 11 | Paris. Chalon-sur-Saône. Traverse the Île de France countryside aboard the TGV  train to Dijon. Known worldwide for its famous mustard exports you’ll enjoy an orientation tour and time at leisure before transferring to Chalon-sur-Saône. Your friendly crew await to welcome you aboard your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship for your journey through France’s iconic south. (B,D)

Day 12 | Chalon-sur-Saône. Tournus. This morning explore Beaune, including a visit to Les Hospices de Beaune.
Freechoice: Burgundy’s historic Marché aux Vins Cellars is a great choice for wine tasting, or choose to sample the delicious offerings at one of the region’s renowned mustard factories. Alternatively, visit the estate of Château de Savigny-les-Beaune to see the impressive collection of motorcycles, race cars, and fighter planes. (B,L,D)

Day 13 | Tournus. Mâcon. Experience the magnificent Château de Cormatin, boasting beautiful gardens and water features. Savour French truffles in nearby villages before returning to Tournus, where you’ll enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Saône River to Mâcon. And if you’re more adventurous at heart, enjoy a guided cycle from Tournus to Mâcon. (B,L,D)

Day 14 | Mâcon. You’re sure to love Mâcon. Be fascinated by its history and delighted by the surrounding picturesque farming region renowned for its five wine appellations and gastronomy. Take the opportunity to treat your tastebuds to the renowned Bresse Chicken at the regional corner of Crystal Dining.
Freechoice: Retrace the traditional life of the region on your visit to the Bresse Museum, or treat yourself to a wine tasting in the Beaujolais region. Alternatively, visit Cluny, a village built around the great Benedictine Abbey. (B,L,D)

Day 15 | Lyon. Awake today in Lyon, the gastronomic heart of France!
Freechoice: Discover Lyon’s historic significance by traversing its hidden traboules, secret passageways that date back to the 4th century, and visit Notre Dame Basilica, offering a fabulous vantage point for views across Lyon. Alternatively, walk the cobblestone paths of yesteryear in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges. Or, if you wish, visit the exclusive culinary school of Paul Bocuse and perfect the art of French cuisine before sampling some of the delicious fare.
Lyon’s Botanical Gardens and Zoo are perfect for a leisurely bike ride this afternoon. As an option, consider an after-dinner stroll into town. As there are no overnight sailings your Scenic Space-Ship will be docked right in the heart of town, which means you’ll be free to explore to your heart’s content. (B,L,D)

Day 16 | Tournon. Experience the charm of yesteryear aboard an historic steam train. Cross picturesque terrain, travel through stone tunnels and over forested mountains perched high above valley streams. On your return to Tournon you can end the perfect day with a tour of the town.
Overlooking the Rhône, Tournon Castle is a must-see for visitors, both for its historic interest and its breathtaking outlook. Enjoy an afternoon cocktail on the terrace of the castle accompanied by local musicians. You’ll find it a great soundtrack to a truly awe-inspiring backdrop. (B,L,D)

Day 17 | Tournon. Viviers. Freechoice: Enjoy a different kind of wine tasting in the spectacular wine cave within Tournon Castle, or take advantage of a guided walk of Tain l’Hermitage, which includes an organised tasting at Valrhona Chocolates. You could also enjoy a group bike ride along the Rhône and delight in the neighbouring villages.
In the afternoon simply relax on board and enjoy your cruise to Viviers. (B,L,D)

Day 18 | Viviers. Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Enjoy a walking tour of Viviers, and experience 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, or visit the aromatic Lavender Museum. If you’re in an adventurous mood, you can canoe through one of Europe’s largest natural canyons, or drop into the beautiful provincial town of Grignan. (B,L,D)

Day 19 | Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Avignon. Today explore Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Enjoy sampling the local wine at a charming Côtes du Rhône vineyard on your included tour. Take in the impressive panorama as you cruise by the Pont d’Avignon for your arrival to the famous city of Avignon. Then enjoy a walking tour that includes a visit to the city’s architectural jewel, the Pope’s Palace. (B,L,D)

Day 20 | Avignon. Freechoice: Drop in to the villages of the Luberon region including Gordes and l’Isle-sur-la-Sourge, or take an excursion to Uzès and Pont du Gard. Alternatively, ‘Shop with a Chef’ at a local food market and treat yourself to some of the unique tastes of the region.
Explore Avignon at leisure this afternoon.
Be treated to a truly unforgettable experience at the prestigious Pope’s Palace of Avignon, among the most visited sites in France. After the doors close to the general public, you’ll be invited for an exclusive gala dinner and classical concert in the grandiose Grand Tinel room. (B,L,D)

Day 21 | La Camargue. Today discover the spectacular La Camargue National Park.
Freechoice: Take in the wild beauty of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, or if you’re an avid bird watcher visit the 60 hectare Parc Ornithologique. You can also enjoy a visit to the Salins of the Petite Camargue and the village of Aigues-Mortes.
If you wish, relax on the Sun Deck, or take in a live music performance by a gypsy band from the Camargue region while cruising roundtrip from Tarascon towards the Mediterranean Sea. (B,L,D)

Day 22 | Tarascon. The town of Tarascon exudes a distinctly medieval character and is dominated by its impressive riverside castle.
Freechoice: Explore the artistic heritage of Arles, and see the striking Arles Arena, or stop in at the hilltop village of Les Baux. Alternatively, pay a visit to Saint-Rémy and Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery where Van Gogh was held, or delight in the Tastes of Provence on your visit to an olive and lavender farm. (B,L,D)

Day 23 | Tarascon. All good things end eventually so after enjoying a great breakfast, disembark your Scenic Space-Ship and transfer to your departing airport. (Please book flights to depart after 1pm). (B)

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change without notice. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the itinerary schedule you receive with your final documents.

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