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Lyon-Tarascon - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Scenic Sapphire
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Explore the beautiful region of Provence, France, world-renowned for its distinctive cuisine and artistic culture. Cruise from Lyon to Avignon along the Rhône and Sâone rivers aboard the luxurious Scenic Sapphire and enjoy an exclusive Scenic culinaire experience. Relax with a wine tasting in the "Golden Stone" region of Beaujolais and explore the Benedictine Abbey at Cluny; wander ancient Roman ruins scattered throughout the countryside and marvel at the vast Palais des Papes in Avignon. At the end of each day, return to comfort and relaxation on the ship. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Lyon | Embark
Day 2 : Lyon
Day 3 : Mâcon
Day 4 : Vienne
Day 5 : Viviers | Avignon
Day 6 : Avignon
Day 7 : Tarascon
Day 8 : Tarascon | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore beautiful Lyon, renowned as the gastronomic heart of France
  • Travel to the "Golden Stone" region of Beaujolais in Mâcon
  • Take a walking tour in Vienne including a visit to the Roman amphitheatre
  • Enjoy a walking tour of the ancient town of Viviers

Ship

Scenic Sapphire

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Warm lights glow through the blue hour in Lyon Explore Roman ruins in Southern France Stop in Avignon on your cruise of the Rhône river. Visit colorful Lyon City of Macon in Burgundy region of France The Palais des Papes dominates the Avignon skyline

Day 1 Lyon | Embark

Arrive in Lyon and be warmly welcomed on board the ship. Settle in for the delightful journey ahead.

Day 2 Lyon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Set on the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, Lyon is renowned as the gastronomic heart of France.

Freechoice: 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, 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 Center or perhaps take a lesson in French cookery in Scenic Culinaire.

Day 3 Mâcon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Freechoice: 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, boasting beautiful gardens and 17th century architecture.

Day 4 Vienne

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Freechoice: Take a walking tour in Vienne including a visit to the Roman amphitheater 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 bicycle. 

Day 5 Viviers | Avignon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Freechoice: This morning, enjoy a walking tour of the ancient town of Viviers, nestled between hill and river, and visit its imposing cathedral or visit the beautiful provincial town of Grignan.

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

Day 6 Avignon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Freechoice: Shop with a Chef at the market then cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire, or explore Avignon’s Palais des Papes. Alternatively, take an excursion to Uzès and 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. 

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

Day 7 Tarascon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Freechoice: Visit Les Baux and drop into a local olive farm, or follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh during an excursion to Saint-Rémy and Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery. Alternatively, visit Arles Arena on the tour of this once-thriving Roman city.

This afternoon is to be at leisure. Perhaps explore the medieval charm of Tarascon on an e-bike or stay on board for a Provençal soap-making workshop. 

Day 8 Tarascon | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, disembark and transfer to Marseille airport.

Scenic Sapphire

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Standard Suite E
160ft2. Standard Suites are located on the Jewel Deck with large picture windows to ensure a great view. They have a spacious design and clever layout alongside all the usual luxurious amenities and furnishings.
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Standard Suite D
160ft2. Standard Suites are located on the Jewel Deck with large picture windows to ensure a great view. They have a spacious design and clever layout alongside all the usual luxurious amenities and furnishings.
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Single Balcony Suite BS
160ft2. Single Balcony Suites are located on the Jewel Deck with large picture windows to ensure a great view. They have a spacious design and clever layout alongside all the usual luxurious amenities and furnishings.
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Balcony Suite C
205ft2. Located on the Sapphire and Diamond Decks they feature a full-length outdoor balcony with the exclusive Sun Lounge system and are larger than the standard river cruise cabins on Europe’s rivers.
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Balcony Suite BA
205ft2. Located on the Sapphire and Diamond Decks they feature a full-length outdoor balcony with the exclusive Sun Lounge system and are larger than the standard river cruise cabins on Europe’s rivers.
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Balcony Suite BB
205ft2. Located on the Sapphire and Diamond Decks they feature a full-length outdoor balcony with the exclusive Sun Lounge system and are larger than the standard river cruise cabins on Europe’s rivers.
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Balcony Suite B
205ft2. Located on the Sapphire and Diamond Decks they feature a full-length outdoor balcony with the exclusive Sun Lounge system and are larger than the standard river cruise cabins on Europe’s rivers.
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Junior Balcony Suite BJ
250ft2. These spacious Suites are located on the Sapphire and Diamond Decks, have a private full-length balcony and elegant en-suite bathrooms featuring a large vanity basin, bathtub with shower above.
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Balcony Suite A
205ft2. Located on the Sapphire and Diamond Decks, these suites feature a full-length outdoor balcony with the exclusive Sun Lounge system and are larger than the standard river cruise cabins on Europe’s rivers.
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Balcony Suite PA
205ft2. Located on the Sapphire and Diamond Decks, these suites feature a full-length outdoor balcony with the exclusive Sun Lounge system and are larger than the standard river cruise cabins on Europe’s rivers.
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Balcony Suite PP
205ft2. Located on the Sapphire and Diamond Decks, these suites feature a full-length outdoor balcony with the exclusive Sun Lounge system and are larger than the standard river cruise cabins on Europe’s rivers.
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Balcony Suite P
205ft2. Located on the Sapphire and Diamond Decks, these suites feature a full-length outdoor balcony with the exclusive Sun Lounge system and are larger than the standard river cruise cabins on Europe’s rivers.
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Junior Balcony Suite RJ
250ft2. These spacious Suites, located on the Sapphire and Diamond Decks, have a private full-length balcony and elegant en-suite bathrooms featuring a large vanity basin, bathtub with shower above.
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Royal Balcony Suite RA
315ft2. These Suites on the Diamond Deck are the ultimate in luxury with more space, impeccable service, thoughtful touches, an outdoor balcony, lounge area, and an oversized bathroom.
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Royal Panorama Suite RS
At 325ft², and at the rear of the Diamond Deck, enjoy panoramic views of the breathtaking passing scenery through floor to ceiling windows across two walls of the cabin.
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Royal Owner's Suite RO
510ft2. including outdoor balcony. These Suites on the Diamond Deck are the ultimate in luxury with more space (315ft²), impeccable service, thoughtful touches, an outdoor balcony, lounge area, and an oversized bathroom.

Notes

All rates are quoted in USD and represent cost per person, based on double occupancy. Please contact us for the Single Supplement Rate.

All-inclusive highlights:

- 5-star Scenic Space-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
- 1 exclusive Scenic Enrich experience
- Your choice of 11 Scenic Freechoice activities
- Up to five onboard dining options, from casual to fine dining
- 20 meals – 7 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L) and 7 dinners (D)
- Complimentary beverages all day, every day
- Butler service for all guests
- Exclusive Scenic Tailormade available throughout your cruise
- The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
- Cruise Directors to guide and assist
- Expert local guides
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- All tipping and gratuities
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