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Tarascon - Lyon - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Scenic Sapphire
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Explore the lovely French city of Lyon, which is renowned for its gastronomy and artistic culture. Aboard the luxurious Scenic Sapphire, sail from Tarascon to Lyon through the Rhône and Saone rivers, and indulge in an exclusive Scenic dining experience. Relax with a wine tasting in the "Golden Stone" area of Beaujolais and see the Benedictine Abbey at Cluny, ancient Roman ruins strewn across the countryside, and the enormous Palais des Papes in Avignon. At the conclusion of each day, return to the ship for comfort and leisure.
Stop in Avignon on your cruise of the Rhône river.City of Macon in Burgundy region of FranceWarm lights glow through the blue hour in LyonExplore Roman ruins in Southern FranceThe Palais des Papes dominates the Avignon skylineVisit colorful Lyon
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
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Tarascon | Embark

Transfer to the former Roman town of Tarascon, where you’ll board your Scenic Space-Ship. Tonight you can look forward to a rousing welcome reception.
 

Day 2: Tarascon | Avignon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Set on the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, Tarascon has a distinctly medieval character and impressive castles in France. 

Freechoice: Visit the town of Les Baux, surrounded by incredible rock formations, picturesque olive groves, and vineyards, and drop into a local olive farm and enjoy a tasting of its produce. Or visit the city of Arles, home to many impressive Roman ruins including the Arena which you will visit on your 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.

Day 3: Avignon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Freechoice: Shop with a chef at the local market before cooking up a storm in Scenic Culinaire, or explore Avignon’s architectural wonder, the Popes’ Palace where you will see the impressive architecture and grand halls that were once home to several popes. 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 sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a Côtes du Rhone vineyard.

This afternoon take some time to explore on your own.

Enrich: 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.

Day 4: Viviers | Vienne

  • 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 the imposing Cathedral. Alternatively, drop into 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. While cruising to Vienne this afternoon, perhaps join a class in Scenic Culinaire and allow your onboard chef to sharpen your skills in French cookery. Learn how to make a delicious regional dish and of course enjoy a mouth-watering taste afterward.

Day 5: Vienne

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Freechoice: Take a walking tour of Vienne including a visit to the Roman amphitheater and uncover the fascinating history of this quaint riverside town, once conquered by Julius Caesar. Alternatively, for the more active, take in the picturesque landscapes of this region during a guided cycling tour of Vienne and neighboring villages where you will see an abundance of evidence of the city’s glory days as a Roman city.

Back on board, perhaps take a masterclass in French cuisine in Scenic Culinaire, or simply relax and view the beautiful vistas as you cruise to Mâcon.

Day 6: Mâcon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Freechoice: Travel to the ‘Golden Stone’ region of Beaujolais, where you’ll enjoy a tasting of the region’s delicious wines. Alternatively, explore charming Cluny, built around the great Benedictine Abbey, or explore Château de Cormatin where you can admire the castle's gilded rooms, surrounding moat and water features, as well as the perfectly manicured gardens.

Day 7: 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 visit Notre Dame Basilica which offers fabulous views across the city. Or perhaps learn about Lyon’s rich heritage in silk production, which dates back almost five centuries, during a silk painting workshop. Alternatively, walk the cobblestone paths in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges, or join a guided bike ride to Lyon’s Botanical Gardens and Zoo.

 

Day 8: Lyon | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark and depart after breakfast. 

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Book a new group and enjoy Mega Group Savings of $350 per person when you book your 2025 Scenic River cruise. Additional restrictions may apply. Please contact us for details.
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Book your Scenic Europe River and South East Asia cruise for select 2024-2025 departures by February 25, 2024, and enjoy $500 per suite savings, plus 2-for-1 on your cruise fare.

Additional bonus savings of up to $1250 per suite on select departures. Savings vary by departure.

You can save up to $3000 per suite for cabin categories RP, RR, RO, R, RA, RD, RS or R and $2000 per suite for other cabin categories when you pay in full within 30 days of booking for sailings 6+ months from departure, within 2
weeks of booking for departures within six months of departure or 90 days before departure, whichever is soonest. Free air offers are also available in lieu of pay-in-full savings.

Single Supplement: A free single supplement is available on select 2024 departures. Full payment is required. Other departure dates may have a 45% single supplement. Single supplement offers do not apply to RP, RR, RO, R, RA, RD, RS, or RJ cabin categories.

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$11,590
Rates are dynamic and fluctuate based on capacity. Contact us for a specific quote.
Rates are subject to change without notice. Book early to get the best rate.
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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.

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All rates are quoted in USD and represent cost per person, based on double occupancy. Please contact us for the Single Supplement Rate.
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Wifi
  • Porterage
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Complimentary beverages
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Select drinks including a very small number of rare, fine and vintage wines, champagnes and spirits are not included in the package and may be available at an additional charge
  • Passport or Visa fees
  • All travel invoice risks. We strongly recommend you to take out comprehensive travel insurance with a reputable insurance company to cover you against risks associated with your tour. Including cover for loss of luggage, medical expense, and cost and expenses incurred due to cancellations, delays, or other disruptions

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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