South of France River Cruise

11 days in Truly All-Inclusive Luxury Lyon > Lyon

from $6,995* pp

*Based on 12/10/2021 departure with $300pp Early Payment Discount applied.

Take the time to discover the beauty of the South of France on a luxury cruise with Scenic.

Over ten awe-inspiring nights, the tastes, sights and smells of Southern France unravel as you cruise the magical Saône and Rhône Rivers. Taste the gourmet offerings in Lyon, the food capital of France, and immerse yourself in the acclaimed Burgundy wine region, sampling many of its products. Marvel at iconic sights such as the Palais des Papes in Avignon, visit Arles and see the sights Vincent Van Gogh so famously painted during his time here.

Plan your 2021 river cruise with confidence. Book now to secure Earlybird Offers with Economy Flights Included up to the value of $1,900 per person* on many of our most popular cruises. For extra peace of mind take advantage of our reduced deposit payment amount and complimentary Deposit Protection Plan^.

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Truly All-Inclusive Luxury

  • 5-Star Scenic Space-Ships with up to 149 guests
  • Spacious Balcony Suites with an innovative Scenic Sun Lounge
  • Butler service for every suite
  • Dine at your choice of up to five venues
  • Premium beverages all day, every day - not just at mealtimes
  • Complimentary full mini-bar restocked daily
  • Enjoy two exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Personalise your trip with 26 included Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Scenic Culinaire
  • E-bikes to explore independently
  • Vitality Pool
  • Salt Therapy Lounge and fitness area
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Scenic Tailormade App for river commentary and independent exploration
  • Experienced Scenic Cruise Director to guide and assist
  • Expert local guides in each town
  • Return airport transfers
  • Tipping and gratuities included

Your senses will be awakened in the South of France

Discover why the South of France is famous for its beautiful countryside, delicacies and amazing architecture. As you cruise along the Saône and Rhône, sample truffles, wines, cheese and chocolate; or learn new cooking skills in Scenic Culinaire.


Day 01 Lyon
Welcome to the spectacular city of Lyon. Upon arrival, transfer to the Scenic Sapphire where your friendly crew await to welcome you on board. Spend the afternoon exploring your Scenic Space-Ship. Perhaps relax in the on board Salt Therapy Lounge and soak in the healing properties of the salt, or simply take a beverage on to the Sun Deck. Meals: D

Day 02 Lyon > Tournus
Relax on board as you cruise the Saône River towards Tournus. Perhaps sharpen your skills on French cookery at a lesson in Scenic Culinaire.
Freechoice: Explore Château de Cormatin, admire the castles gilded rooms, surrounding moat and water features, as well as the perfectly manicured gardens. Or, join highly trained hounds and their owners in a nearby quaint village locating and sampling French truffles. Alternatively, visit the restaurant of three star Michelin chef, Georges Blanc for a cooking demonstration. Meals: B.L.D

Day 03 Chalon-sur-Saône
Freechoice: Explore Beaune, including a visit to Les Hospices de Beaune. The former hospital is a prime example of traditional 15th century Burgundian architecture and now houses a fascinating museum. Alternatively, visit the estate of Château Meursault and taste some of the acclaimed wines, or visit the photography museum in the town where it was first invented. The museum is home to over three million photographs and objects. Meals: B.L.D

Day 04 Tain l’Hermitage
Perhaps start your day with a stretching class on the Sun Deck, or simply enjoy a leisurely morning as you take in the picturesque riverside panoramas.
Freechoice: Enjoy wine tasting at a local vineyard, or join a guided walking tour of Tain l’Hermitage, including a tasting at Valrhona Chocolates. Alternatively, join a guided cycling tour along the Rhône to neighbouring villages. Meals: B.L.D

Day 05 Avignon
A Scenic Culinaire cooking class is on offer this morning.
Freechoice: Take a walking tour of the magnificent city of Avignon, including entrance to Popes’ Palace and the St. Benezet Bridge also known as the Pont d’Avignon. Alternatively, join an excursion to Pont du Gard, an engineering masterpiece dating back to the middle of the first century.
Enrich Enjoy a truly unforgettable experience at the prestigious Palais des Papes. After the doors close to the general public, be treated to an exclusive dinner and classical concert in one of the grandiose rooms. Meals: B.L.D

Day 06 Avignon
Freechoice: Shop with a Chef at a local food market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire with your fresh ingredients. Alternatively, drop into the villages of the Luberon region, including Gordes and Sénanque Abbey, or sample the wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a Côtes du Rhône vineyard. If you’re feeling more active, you may choose to visit Roussillon for a guided tour and a visit to the Lavender museum. Meals: B.L.D

Day 07 Tarascon
Freechoice: Explore the artistic heritage of Arles, and visit the striking Arles Arena, or stop in at the medieval hilltop village of Les Baux, before touring a family-run olive farm. Alternatively, pay a visit to Saint-Rémy and Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery where Van Gogh was held for a year, or take an active walk through La Camargue National Park. This afternoon you may wish to enjoy the medieval charm of Tarascon. It is the perfect city to cycle around so why not jump on an e-bike and cycle the riverside paths along the Rhône. Meals: B.L.D

Day 08 Viviers
Enjoy a walking tour of Viviers, a town with an important heritage and a rich past. Admire the many significant monuments and architectural treasures such as the Cathedral of St. Vincent, with its 18th Century gothic style and its Renaissance façade, admire the cathedrals beauty as you are treated to an organ recital.
Freechoice: Explore the Ardèche National Park including the Caverne du Pont-d’Arc Museum, a replica museum depicting the collection of engravings, paintings and drawings found in the nearby Chauvet Cave, or visit Bollene Hydroplant and dive into the world of renewable energies. Learn about the hydropower plant, wind farm and the two solar power plants located here. Alternatively, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can kayak through one of Europe’s largest natural canyons, or 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. Meals: B.L.D

Day 09 Lyon
Take in the vistas of the Rhône River as you sail towards the gastronomic heart of France, Lyon. Why not visit Scenic Culinaire and pick up a trick or two to add to your culinary repertoire.
Enrich Tonight admire the beauty of Trinity Chapel. Built in the 17th century, the interior is decadently covered in Carrera marble. As an exclusive experience with Scenic, join your fellow guests for a breathtaking acapella choir performance in this wonderful setting. Meals: B.L.D

Day 10 Lyon
Freechoice: Discover Lyon’s historic significance by traversing its hidden secret passageways dating back to the 4th century, and visit Notre Dame Basilica for magnificent views across the city, or explore Lyon on foot. Alternatively, walk the cobblestone paths in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges. This evening enjoy one final indulgence on board Scenic Sapphire when a local patissier comes on board with a selection of their finest desserts for your dining pleasure. Meals: B.L.D

Day 11 Lyon
Depart after a wonderful farewell breakfast. Lyon is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories. Meals: B

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Terms & Conditions: *Conditions apply. Prices and offers are based on per person, twin share in AUD, strictly limited, not combinable with other offers, and subject to availability. Valid for new bookings only until 30 September 2020. Flights Included offers is up to the value of $1,900 per person based on Economy Class with an airline of Scenic’s choosing. If the required airfare is greater than $1,900 per person for Economy Class, air surcharges will apply. #Fly Business Class from $4,195 per person is available on selected departures on cruises of 11 days or longer and is strictly limited and not combinable with other offers. All flights offers are based on wholesale airfares in Business Class with Singapore Airlines in U class and are subject to availability of airline and booking class. Airline/Airport taxes up to $260 per person are included. Flights are subject to availability of appropriate airline class and once sold out surcharges will apply. Flights must be booked with Scenic. A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is due within 7 days of booking. In addition, payment for the full Business Class airfare is due by 30 September 2020 or 11 months prior to departure, whatever comes first. Offer does not apply in Portugal. All airfare deals are scheduled for travel to best suit the tour departure and conclusion dates on available scheduled flights. Any requests outside of the tour dates may incur seasonal surcharges as enforced by the airline. From price includes $300pp Early Payment Discount where full payment is due by 30 November 2020. Prices and offers based on FRAC121021.1 in a category E suite (no balcony). Balcony suite price based on a category C suite other upgrades available on request at an additional cost. A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is due within 7 days of booking. A second non-refundable deposit of $2,000pp is due by 30 September 2020. We reserve the right to ticket any flights upon receipt of the second deposit and any subsequent changes will incur change and/or cancellation fees. ^Receive complimentary Deposit Protection Plan on all cruises, excluding Russia. Valid for new bookings made before 30 September 2020. Valued at $125pp. Flyer version 2: prices and offers correct as of 25/06/20. For full terms and conditions visit ABN 85 002 715 602. SNFY1915