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Day 1 | August 9th
Welcome to Paris
Our trip begins at the storied Hotel Scribe Paris Opera, a Haussmannian-era landmark. To kick off our trip, enjoy a celebratory welcome reception hosted by David Walmsley, then explore the diverse restaurant scene of Paris, from traditional bistros to landmark restaurants, to rising stars.
Day 2 | August 10th
Experience the comfort of a first-class, high speed train as we travel from Paris to Dijon. When we arrive in the city synonymous with mustard, visit the Maison Maille Dijon, the original shop from 1845, or stop for lunch at one of our suggested restaurants. From Dijon, staggered departures to Chalon sur Sôane will allow the ship’s crew to properly welcome guests aboard in comfort.
Day 3 | August 11th
Chalon-sur-Saône - Tournus
A morning at Château de Meursault, right in the heart of Burgundy, followed by time in the tiny town of Beaune. The hub of region’s wine industry, acquaint yourself with its city square, bustling Saturday market, or the Hospice of Beaune, a former hospital and now museum, a striking example of 15th-century tile work and architecture. Be sure to join the Captain, David Walmsley, and our journalists for on the top deck as we sail out from Chalon sur Sôane, and raise a glass to the trip.
Day 4 | August 12th
Tournus - Mâcon
Château de Cormatin is a gem of 17th-century grandeur. Gilded interiors shine with opulent Louis XIII decor, while outside the extensive gardens beckon and intrigue. Or, join Olivier Devêvre and one of his cunning dogs in the fields and forest of his farm for a truffle hunt, followed by a tasting back at the farmhouse.
Day 5 | August 13th
Visit Cluny, and Romanesque abbey around which it was built. The abbey had a modest beginning as a simple place of worship, but grew to become the largest church in the world, holding the title for 200 years. If cooking is your preference, attend a class at George Blanc, with a focus on regional specialities. Alternatively, savour Beaujolais wines with Beppi Crosariol.
Day 6 | August 14th
For those looking to stretch their legs, discover France’s gastronomic capital, and second-largest city with a walking tour of its hidden passageways and take in the panoramic views from Notre Dame Basilica. In the evening, select one of our carefully-chosen restaurant experiences, and appreciate the city’s culinary charms for yourself. Tonight have the opportunity to dine at one of our recommended Lyon restaurants.
Day 7 | August 15th
An unhurried morning in Lyon; see the city on foot or borrow an e-bike to cover more ground. Once we dock in Tournon, stroll up to the Château de Tournon for our special sundowner reception and enjoy aperitifs and hors d’oeuvres on the terrace of the castle accompanied by musicians, overlooking the steeped vineyards of Tain-l’Hermitage across the river.
Day 8 | August 16th
Tournon - Viviers
A custom program at the Valrhona museum in Tain L’Hermitage; start with a guided chocolate tasting, followed by a demonstration by a master chocolatier. For those interested in wine, join Beppi Crosariol and tour M. Chapoutier, whose vineyards overlook Tournon. Learn about its 200 years of history, and how they respect the past while embracing the future.
Day 9 | August 17th
Viviers – Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Start the day on winding, cobblestone streets of Viviers, from the city’s lower walls to the belvedere at its summit and a private concert at the Cathédrale Saint-Vincent. In the afternoon, choose your adventure between a kayak trip down the Ardèche river; an awe-inspiring viewing of prehistoric cave art at the reconstructed Caverne du Pont D’Arc; or learn about lavender varietals and their uses.
Day 10 | August 18th
Châteauneuf-du-Pape - Avignon
At one of the chosen wineries (an optional excursion at cost), hear all there is to know about the renowned appellation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a region noted for its highly specific AOC requirements, unique climate, and vineyard style. When we arrive in Avignon take to the Top Deck to view Pont Saint-Bénézet (or Pont D’Avignon, for fans of the song), from the closest vantage point. Then step into the Pope’s Palace at Avignon, the seat of Western Christianity in the 14th century, and take in the fortifications and grandeur.
Day 11 | August 19th
Start the day in Gordes, one of the most noted and striking cities in the region. Its maze of calades (slim cobblestone streets) and pale grey walls are truly beguiling. Some may choose to see the ancient Roman aqueduct, Pont du Gard, one of the most visited sites in France and a technical marvel, followed by a visit to the quaint limestone city of Uzès, a decreed ville d’art. Tonight is an event exclusive to Scenic and our tour, as we return the Pope’s dining room to its intended use, the setting of a three-course gala dinner and performance.
Day 12 | August 20th
Visit Aigues-Mortes, a village of ramparts and stone walls, and the site of salt mining since the Neolithic period. Or, see the wild horses, listen to the birds, and marvel at the untamed landscape of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. End the day in Tarascon, an ancient Provençal city and site of the towering, medieval Château de Tarascon.
Day 13 | August 21st
Arles was where Vincent Van Gogh was drawn to the quality of its light, and Pablo PIcasso to its bullfight. Tour the city, including its two-tiered Roman amphitheatre. Or, see Saint-Rémy de Provence, where Van Gogh spent a year at the Asylum of Saint Paul de Mausole, the inspiration for one of his most prolific periods. If olive oil is of interest, attend a seminar and tasting at a local, family-run olive farm.
Day 14 | August 22nd
Tarascon – Nice Airport
All good things end eventually and after enjoying a great breakfast, disembark the ship and transfer to Nice Airport. Please book flights to depart after 1pm.