Tastes of Southern France with Gabriel Gaté

Save up to $3,000* per couple

The south of France is famous around the globe for its beautiful countryside, amazing architecture and of course its delicious cuisine. Join celebrity French chef, Gabriel Gate for this incredible Scenic cruise that will focus on the best culinary highlights this region has to offer, from the finest wines of Beaujolais to the gastronomic capital of Lyon.

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11 Days from $7,495* per person, twin share


  • 5-Star Scenic Space-Ship with up to 149 guests
  • Spacious Balcony Suites with an innovative Scenic Sun Lounge
  • Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Scenic Culinaire – for Exclusive on board cooking lessons
  • Personalise your trip with included Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Dine at your choice of up to five on board venues, from casual to fine dining
  • 29 meals – 10 breakfasts (B), 9 lunches (L) and 10 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary premium beverages all day, every day – not just at meal times
  • 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 on board and on shore

Departure Date: 14 June 2023

Tour Code: FRGG


Day 1: Lyon

Welcome to Lyon. Upon arrival, transfer to the Scenic Sapphire where your crew await to welcome you on board.
Settle into your luxurious suite and get acquainted with your Scenic Space-Ship as you embark on a 10 night cruise through the glorious south of France accompanied by acclaimed chef and cook book author Gabriel Gate.

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Lyon > Tournus

Freechoice: Meet a local truffle farmer and their specially trained dog to learn the tricks and techniques of truffle farming, before enjoying a tasting of their delicious produce, or visit an organic goat cheese farm and learn about open air farming whilst enjoying a tasting. Alternatively, learn about the traditional craftsmanship of barrel making with a local cooper.

Tonight, your welcome dinner will be created using regionally sourced truffles

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Mâcon

Freechoice: Visit the famous wine-growing region of Beaujolais and meet a local vintner to sample some of his best vintages, or visit the restaurant of the acclaimed chef, Georges Blanc for a cooking demonstration. Alternatively, Shop with a Chef on a guided visit to a local food market, before visiting Scenic Culinaire.

This evening join Gabriel for a cocktail party in the Panorama Lounge and Bar before enjoying a highlight dinner on board.  

Tonight, we’ll welcome Chef Didier Goiffon and his team on board to cook a delicious regional meal celebrating Bresse Chicken. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Chalon-sur-Saône

Freechoice: Explore the small town of Beaune in the Burgundy region and visit a local mustard producer to learn the history of this flavourful condiment, or take a tour of Beaune, including les Hospices de Beaune, a former hospital dating back to the Middle-Ages. Alternatively join Gabriel Gate on an exploration of the local produce markets. Walk the cobbled town square and take in the sights and tastes of the Burgundy region, or tour a prestigious wine estate, before tasting its premium wines.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Tain L’Hermitage

As the Scenic Sapphire sails south towards Tain L’Hermitage join Gabriel in the Panorama lounge where he will host a fascinating talk on French cuisine. 

Freechoice: Surrounded by sloping vineyards, walk through this quaint town and sample Côtes du Rhône wines at the prestigious Chapoutier cellar, or perhaps take a guided walking tour of Tournon, with the opportunity to see the village’s grand château up close. Alternatively, join an e-bike excursion along the banks of the Rhône.

Enrich: Once the doors have closed to the public, you’re invited to an exclusive interactive workshop at the Valrhona Cité du Chocolate museum. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Avignon

Freechoice: Embark on a walking tour of Avignon, including the Palais des Papes, or sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a Côtes du Rhône vineyard. Alternatively, explore the artistic heritage of Arles, and visit the striking Arena. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Avignon

Freechoice: Visit the hilltop village of Gordes, home to the stunning Sénanque Abbey, or Shop with a Chef at a local food market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire (maximum group size applies). Alternatively, take an excursion to Pont du Gard, or visit a local olive farm where you will meet the owners for a cooking class featuring local Provencal recipes. Alternatively, you may choose to visit the medieval village of Les Baux for a guided tour of the castle ruins.

Enrich: Enjoy a truly unforgettable experience at the prestigious Palais des Papes, where the Grand Tinel Room will be the setting for an exclusive classical concert. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Viviers

Enjoy a walking tour of Viviers, a small town with a big history. 

Freechoice: Explore the Ardèche National Park and immerse yourself in the caverne du Pont-d’Arc Museum, or witness the natural beauty of the Ardèche National Park by kayak. Alternatively, discover the beautiful Provencal town of Grignan and its incredible château, or visit a nearby Truffle nursery. 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Lyon

Today why not join, Gabriel Gate as he hosts a cooking demonstration in the Panorama Lounge. Learn how to make delicious a French dish from an expert chef. 

Take in the vistas of the Rhône as you sail towards Lyon. This evening you are in for a treat as a local Pâtissier comes on board to share his delicious creations with you. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Lyon

Freechoice: Discover Lyon’s historic significance by traversing its hidden secret passageways and visit Notre Dame Basilica, or enjoy a walking and tasting tour along the Rhône and Saône rivers. Alternatively, visit the village of Pérouges, or stay on board for a culinary photography class and learn the tricks and techniques of taking incredible pictures of food. 

Delicious and hearty Lyonnaise food is famous the world over and today you will understand why as you enjoy lunch at a traditional Bouchon restaurant. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Lyon

Depart Lyon today after a wonderful farewell breakfast.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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.

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*Terms and Conditions: All Super Earlybird offers are based on departures from Australia. Offers are available until sold out or withdrawn. Strictly limited availability on selected departures and suites only. Offers may be withdrawn at any time. Super Earlybird offers are for new bookings only and not available for bookings using a Future Travel Credit (FTC) voucher. Excludes all cruises up to 10 days. Save an extra $1,000pp is applicable to Diamond and Sapphire suites, excluding the Single Balcony Suite (Category BS) on selected Rhine, Main, Danube, France and Portugal cruises of 11 days or longer and is strictly limited until sold out. Offer is combinable with the Earlybird offers. Full payment is due 12 months prior to departure in order to receive the offer. If offer is still available on cruises within 12 months of departure, full payment is due within 7 days of booking. Once sold out or if full payment is not received the standard Earlybird offer or best available offer will apply. Offer is strictly limited, available until sold out or withdrawn, and combinable with Earlybird offers. Save an extra $500 per person is applicable to Jewel Deck suites (no balcony) on selected Rhine, Main, Danube, France and Portugal cruises of 11 days or longer and is strictly limited until sold out. For more information, contact your travel agent. SUPPLIER: Scenic