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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
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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 trip for your group and enjoy free or reduced air, along with an additional group savings of up to $200 per guest.

For 2023 sailings, Travel with your group, and 1 in every 10 guests will travel for free. On Douro cruises, 1 in every 12 guests in your group will travel for free.

Applicable to selected 2022 and 2023 travel dates. Restrictions may apply. Call for more details.
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$5,595
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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-inclusive highlights:
  • 5-Star Scenic Space-Ship with up to 149 guests
  • Spacious Balcony Suites 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 onboard cooking lessons
  • Personalize your trip with 18 included Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Dine at your choice of up to five onboard 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 mealtimes
  • 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 – electronically 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 onboard and onshore
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Port Fees
  • Gratuities to Onboard Crew
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi Access
  • All standard beverages whilst on board the Scenic Eclipse. This includes champagne, beer, wine, soft drinks, fruit juices, specialty teas and coffee and standard spirits. It also includes daily replenishment of the suite minibars
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • 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

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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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