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Iconic France on Scenic Diamond 2023

From Bordeaux, France to Lyon, France
Length: 21 Days - Departs: Tue, Jul 18, 2023
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Departure
Jul 18, 2023
Arrival
Aug 07, 2023

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Bordeaux
    Tue, Jul 18, 2023

    Welcome to Bordeaux. Your friendly crew are ready to welcome you on board the luxurious Scenic Diamond.


    Meals: Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Bordeaux > Saint-Émilion
    Wed, Jul 19, 2023

    Enjoy a relaxing morning as you cruise into the beautiful 13th century port of Libourne. While cruising, perhaps drop into Scenic Culinaire for a French cooking class. Or you could choose to relax in the on board Salt Therapy Lounge and soak in the healing properties of the salt, or on the Sundeck with a drink in hand as you take in the stunning scenery along the Dordogne River. Spend the afternoon in the nearby town of Saint-Émilion, a visual feast and the jewel of this ancient wine growing region. Saint-Émilion is a medieval village with world famous wineries, beautiful architecture and fascinating monuments. You’ll get the chance to take in all its beauty, and to explore the underground catacombs of the Monolithic Church – a true highlight.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Libourne > Pauillac
    Thu, Jul 20, 2023

    Freechoice: Enjoy a guided tour of Libourne and view its quaint 16th century town-houses and Gothic church, or visit the eclectic city of Bergerac. Alternatively, explore the estate of Château Siaurac with a wine tasting, or join a cycling tour through the region to the estate.

    During your afternoon at leisure, opt to enhance your culinary prowess in Scenic Culinaire, or simply take in the riverside panoramas while cruising towards Pauillac.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Médoc
    Fri, Jul 21, 2023

    Freechoice: Travel the scenic Médoc wine route and discover why this region is viewed as the world’s leading red wine producer. Afterwards, sample the region’s finest at a local estate. Alternatively, cycle through the region to a grand château and sample delicious wine produced on the estate.

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    Set in spectacular surrounds in the Médoc countryside, Château d’Agassac is truly enchanting. Dating back to the 13th century, the Château is one of the oldest winemaking establishments in the region, and is the venue for your unforgettable evening concert. Soak in the ambience of this magnificent property as live musicians perform classical masterpieces for your exclusive enjoyment.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Pauillac > Cadillac
    Sat, Jul 22, 2023

    Soak in the vistas as you cruise past the picturesque landscapes of the Garonne River into Cadillac, some of the most beautiful scenic cruising in the Bordeaux region. While on board, you may choose to hone your cooking skills with a lesson in Scenic Culinaire. Tonight, this remarkable space comes to life when fabulous local entertainers perform live in the Panorama Lounge for a night of entertainment.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Cadillac
    Sun, Jul 23, 2023

    Freechoice: Venture into the Sauternes region for a delicious wine tasting at the prestigious Château de Rayne Vigneau, or cycle through the rolling vineyards of Sauternes to the Grand Cru Classé estate of Lafaurie Peyraguey for a tasting.

    Freechoice: This afternoon, visit Roquetaillade Castle; it’s one of the region’s most impressive historic sites, and you’ll tour it with the family that now lives within its walls. Alternatively, visit a truffle farm and sample the delicious regional delicacy (please note: not available all dates and will be replaced with Château Cazeneuve, please enquire for details), or perhaps visit Château Malromé, the family home of well known artist, Toulouse Lautrec.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Bordeaux
    Mon, Jul 24, 2023

    Freechoice: Shop with a Chef at a local food market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire (Please note: Most markets in France do not open on a Monday. If your visit falls on a Monday your on board chef will explain local produce in Scenic Culinaire and provide an extended Scenic Culinaire cooking demonstration.). Alternatively, enjoy a guided tour of Bordeaux and her many attractions, or if you’re feeling more active, you may choose to cycle the historic regions of the city.
    Back on board your Cruise Director will organise a treat for you, with a tasting of fresh oysters delivered straight from the waters of Arcachon Bay.

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    After the doors have closed to the public, you will be welcomed with a glass of Champagne to Les Bassins des Lumières, Bordeaux’s former submarine base, now an impressive digital art installation. Be treated to an exclusive show, customised and curated just for Scenic guests.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Arcachon > Bourg
    Tue, Jul 25, 2023

    Freechoice: Journey to Arcachon and join a walking tour including a visit to the local markets, or climb Dune du Pilat, Europe’s largest sand dune. Alternatively, stay in Bordeaux and take a tram to the Cité du Vin museum. After a short introduction enjoy a interactive journey around a world of wine and culture on a self-guided tour.

    Tonight enjoy a special dinner on board showcasing regional delicacies before an illuminations cruise on the Garonne River.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Cognac
    Wed, Jul 26, 2023

    Today explore the unique northern shores of the Gironde Estuary.

    Freechoice: Discover the Carriages Museum in the enchanting Bourg Castle and visit the 16th century passageway to the guards rooms and see the immense WWII oil tanks. Alternatively, spend a full day exploring the fortified town of Cognac, renowned for its production of fine brandy and afterwards, enjoy a tasting at the acclaimed property of Rémy Martin.

    This afternoon, unwind on the Sun Deck while cruising into the historic port of Blaye.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Blaye > Bordeaux
    Thu, Jul 27, 2023

    Discover the remarkable Blaye region, established to protect the Bordeaux region from invasion.

    Freechoice: Stroll through the charming town during a guided walking tour, or take a more active walk through the Citadel of Blaye and learn about the defence system which was created by the famous architect Sébastien Vauban. Alternatively, join a 30 kilometre roundtrip cycle along the Captain’s Road, or explore the stunning beauty of the fairytale Château de La Roche Courbon, known as ‘The Castle of Sleeping Beauty’. Explore the castle and its beautiful gardens during a guided tour.

    Later, enjoy a cooking class in Scenic Culinaire, or simply relax on board as we cruise past beautiful uninhabited islands, bound for Bordeaux. Dine at the Captain’s farewell dinner on board this evening.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Bordeaux > Lyon
    Fri, Jul 28, 2023

    Board an included flight from Bordeaux to Lyon where you will be welcomed on board by the friendly crew of the Scenic Sapphire.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Lyon > Tournus
    Sat, Jul 29, 2023

    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, admire the castles gilded rooms, surrounding moat and water features, as well as the perfectly manicured gardens, or join highly trained hounds and their owners in a nearby quaint village locating and sampling French truffles. Alternatively, visit the restaurant of three star Michelin chef, Georges Blanc for a cooking demonstration (available selected departures).


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  13. Day 13
    Chalon-sur-Saône
    Sun, Jul 30, 2023

    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 a local château and taste some of the acclaimed wines from this premium estate located in the heart of the Burgundy region, or visit the photography museum in the town where it was first invented. The museum is home to over three million photographs and objects, which you will have the opportunity to observe with your local guide.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  14. Day 14
    Tain l’Hermitage
    Mon, Jul 31, 2023

    Perhaps start your day with a stretching class on 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 walking tour of the village of Tain l’Hermitage, including a tasting at Valrhona Chocolates. Alternatively, join a guided cycling tour along the Rhône to neighbouring villages.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  15. Day 15
    Avignon
    Tue, Aug 01, 2023

    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 famed St. Benezet Bridge also known as the Pont d’Avignon. Alternatively, join an excursion to Pont du Gard, an engineering masterpiece dating back to the middle of the first century which was designed to carry water to the city of Nîmes, or paddle along the Gardon River underneath the spectacular Pont du Gard by kayak.

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


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  16. Day 16
    Avignon
    Wed, Aug 02, 2023

    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 sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a Côtes du Rhône vineyard. If you’re feeling more active, you may choose to visit one of the most beautiful villages of France, Roussillon for a guided tour and a visit to the Lavender museum.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  17. Day 17
    Arles
    Thu, Aug 03, 2023

    Freechoice: Explore the artistic heritage of Arles, and visit the striking Arles Arena, or stop in at the pretty medieval hilltop village of Les Baux and visit Carrières de Lumières, a former quarry that now houses an impressive art installation. Alternatively, tour a charming family-run olive farm followed by a cooking class where our host will divulge local recipes, or take an active walk through La Camargue National Park. This afternoon you may wish to enjoy 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, or simply stay on board and take a painting class.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  18. Day 18
    Viviers
    Fri, Aug 04, 2023

    Freechoice: This morning enjoy a walking tour of Viviers. Admire the many monuments and architectural treasures of this beautiful town, or learn about the history of the French Resistance. Hear stories of heroism and daring missions as you explore the town.

    Freechoice: Explore the Ardèche National Park including 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 Bollene Hydroplant and dive into the world of renewable energies. Learn about the hydro power plant, wind farm and the two solar power plants located here. Alternatively, drop into the beautiful provincial town of Grignan for a guided tour and visit to the Château, before enjoying some time at leisure to explore on your own.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  19. Day 19
    Lyon
    Sat, Aug 05, 2023

    Take in the vistas of the Rhône River as you sail towards the gastronomic heart of France, Lyon.

    Enrich
    Tonight 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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  20. Day 20
    Lyon
    Sun, Aug 06, 2023

    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 explore Lyon on foot and view famous sights along the waterways. Alternatively, learn about Lyon’s rich heritage in silk production during a silk painting workshop, or walk the cobblestone paths in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges.

    This evening enjoy one final indulgence when a local pâtissier comes on board with a selection of their finest desserts for your dining pleasure.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  21. Day 21
    Lyon
    Mon, Aug 07, 2023

    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.

    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. Please refer to our terms and conditions.


    Meals: Breakfast

Countries Visited

France

Rivers Visited

Dordogne, Garonne, Gironde, Rhone, Saone

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Health and Safety Protocols for Scenic

Pre-departure
Guests are required to comply with any government requirements to enter countries on their itinerary at the time of travel. It will remain the responsibility of the guests to ensure they meet all necessary requirements including any necessary proof of vaccination, and/or negative COVID-19 test results, or any COVID-19 Travel Insurance policies should this apply at the time. For further information please visit the GOV.UK website and refer to the Government Health Advice.

We recommend that our guests travel with a supply of their own face masks and hand sanitizer, to be available in their hand luggage for connecting travel arrangements, which may include flights, hotels, and transfer arrangements.

Onboard

Every Crew Member will be fully vaccinated prior to joining all our river Space-Ships and they must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test, following 7 days of self-isolation in their home country prior to travel to the vessel.

On arrival, all Crew Members are further isolated for a period of 5 days, following a Rapid Antigen Test. All Crew Members will receive extensive instruction and training in COVID-Security, prior to travel and also prior to starting work on board. Crew Members are empowered to ensure all team members work safely within the strict protocols and a COVID secure way. 

All crew members will follow local government and health advisories, and masks will only be required to be worn if it is mandated or deemed necessary by local authorities or for the health and wellbeing of our guests on board.

We have enhanced our already intensive, frequent, and high standard of cleaning protocols in public areas and suites to ensure all surfaces and spaces are kept clean. Additional care and attention will be paid to high contact zones, such as communal restrooms and dining facilities. Any touchscreens such as iPads will be thoroughly disinfected after each use and hand sanitisation stations will be placed throughout the ship.

We will follow local government and health advisories which Scenic must adhere to.  Your dedicated on board staff will keep you updated on requirements.

Our ships are fitted with an on board medical facility.  The facility is staffed by one doctor and one nurse.  Our medical staff have undergone specific training and awareness in infection control, monitoring and treatment.  The medical facility is fitted with equipment to perform PCR testing.

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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.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.8
Accommodations
5
Itinerary
5
Professional Staff
5
Repeat with Operator
4.5
Value for Money
4.5

Ratings based off 4 reviews - currently showing 2 reviews with comments only

First Scenic River Cruise enjoyed and possibly try Danube River Experience.

From start to finish, everything was excellent. I never once had to open my wallet, and the food, drink, and excursion choices were wide and varied. The room was so nice, and the bed was one of the best beds I have ever slept in. If you want to be pampered, I highly recommend Scenic.

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