Gems of the Seine & South of France

Discover the best that France has to offer on a 21 day journey from Paris to Lyon. Cruise the Seine and Rhone rivers past vineyards, castles & villages.

21 Days
Paris to Lyon
From (NZD)
$ 16,080
Dates & Pricing

2020 Paris > Lyon

You can choose to see it all

The tragedy of any travel itinerary is that it can’t cover everything. By necessity, you have to choose. However, with this itinerary, you can combine some of the very best destinations that France has to offer.
Treat yourself to a comprehensive itinerary that takes in two of France’s foremost waterways – the Seine, which flows through the heart of Paris and into northern France before entering the open waters of the English Channel, and the Rhône, which heads in the opposite direction, past rolling vineyards, imposing castles and timeless villages.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
SEFR
Duration:
21 days
Departure City:
Paris
Return City:
Lyon

21 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Welcome to Paris

    Enjoy a welcome dinner before cruising out of Paris with the beautiful city as a backdrop.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Les Andelys:

    Enjoy the opulent amenities of your floating hotel as you glide peacefully through the Île-de-France region to Les Andelys.

    Join a hike with a difference and visit King Richard the Lionheart’s Château Gaillard, or journey to Lyons la Forêt, one of the most beautiful villages of France, and visit a local farm to sample cider, the region’s specialty. Alternatively, join your local guide for a walking tour of the quaint village of Les Andelys, or take a bicycle tour through this beautiful village, set on the banks of the Seine.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Rouen

    Enjoy a walking tour of Rouen, the capital of the Normandy region. Take in the famous sites relating to Joan of Arc and the historic Rouen Cathedral. Walk the winding medieval laneways and admire the city’s half-timbered houses. This evening, a local patissier will come on board with a selection of their finest desserts for your dining pleasure.  This region is also the gateway to the historic Western Front, and after dinner you’re able to gain fascinating insights into the Somme Battlefields with a fascinating lecture to learn about what life was like for a soldier during WWI.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Rouen

    Get a glimpse of what the Somme battlefields might have been like for those caught up in this terrible World War I battle, which claimed the lives of more than 150,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers. This full-day excursion commemorates the 103 years since. You may choose to visit the Australian National Memorial, containing the newly built Sir John Monash Centre as well as the Caterpillar Valley Memorial, dedicated to the New Zealand citizens who perished during the Battle of the Somme or, opt to visit the Lochnagar Crater, the Newfoundland memorial park and the Thiepval memorial. Alternatively, explore the collection of impressionistic paintings, including masterpieces by Renoir and Monet, at the Museum of Fine Arts, which was founded by Napoleon Bonaparte.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Rouen > Honfleur

    Relax on board as you cruise toward the open waters of the English Channel.

    Explore Honfleur, with its quaint architecture, relaxed coastal atmosphere and colourful fishing boats bobbing up and down on its waters. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the beautiful La Côte Fleurie region on France’s northern beaches and discover dashing Deauville, playground of the rich and famous.

    Back on board, kick up your heels on the dance floor as a fabulous local swing band performs the best of the 1920s in the Panorama Lounge tonight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Honfleur

    Walk the historic Normandy beaches, the site of the D-Day landings, before visiting the Landing Museum at Arromanches. You’ll be struck by the sombre ambience surrounding the 9,387 graves of the Normandy Cemetery. From here you have two options, take a moment to reflect on the momentous impact of that day, as you look out from your hilltop position above Omaha Beach or visit the Juno Beach Centre, a museum that focuses on the Canadian war effort. Alternatively, learn about history of a different era and visit the Bayeux Tapestry, a hand embroidered masterpiece that depicts the tales of the Norman conquest of England and dates back to the 11th century.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Honfleur > Caudebec-en-Caux

    Visit Fécamp and its mighty palace. Situated in spectacular surrounds, the city’s natural setting contrasts perfectly with its architectural centrepiece, the Benedictine Palace. Or, sitting proudly atop dramatic seascape is the town of Étretat, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour and time at leisure. With steep limestone cliffs that plunge dramatically towards the emerald waters of the English Channel below, the beauty of the Alabaster Coast will leave you breathless. Alternatively, travel to the hilltop village of Bolbec and view fabrics at the fascinating Textile Museum before visiting a traditional Normandy farm nearby. For the more adventurous, join a guided cycling tour to the charming village of Villequier and visit the Victor Hugo Museum.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Vernon

    In a region rich in visual treasures, enjoy a full morning of relaxation and take in the incredible scenery as you cruise into Vernon. It’s easy to understand why this region of France inspired beautiful paintings by many of history’s most famous artists.

    Visit Giverny and Monet’s former residence and gardens. Or if you’re feeling more adventurous, you can explore by bike with a self-guided cycling tour that starts in Vernon. You can also discover Vernon with Scenic Tailormade at your own pace.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Conflans > Paris

    Cruise to the charming medieval town of Conflans, with its distinctive barge houses docked within reach of the quaint main square.

    Discover the charms of Auvers-sur-Oise and see Vincent van Gogh’s room, or step inside the magnificent Chantilly Castle for a guided tour of this remarkable château, set amidst beautiful parklands. Alternatively, visit the great stables on the grounds of Chantilly, essentially a palace for the horses living on the estate. The stables also house a museum dedicated to the relationship between man and horse throughout time. Or you may choose to visit Château de Malmaison for a guided tour. Once owned by Empress Joséphine and her husband Napoleon I of France, the estate has been restored to its former glory and is considered to be of significant historical importance.

    After a leisurely afternoon of cruising, the evening will see us returning to Paris, the ‘city of light’, and you’ll have the chance to view the beautiful illuminated skyline, and the soaring Eiffel Tower.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Paris

    It’s your choice today to either spend time exploring France’s most celebrated city or embark on a discovery beyond the city limits.

    Shop with a Chef when you visit one of Paris’ local food markets and enjoy exquisite tastings, or walk through the trendy Marais district with a resident expert and hear tales that only the locals know. Or, you may wish to explore beyond Paris and tour the 17th century estate of Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, Louis XIV’s inspiration for Versailles Palace. Alternatively, admire the extravagance and grandeur of the famous Opera Garnier on a guided tour. From the ornately decorated theatre to the opulent chandeliers and the ceiling painted by Chagall, the interior of this building will take your breath away.

    With remarkable attractions at every turn, enjoy time at leisure this afternoon to explore Paris and create your own unique memories.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Paris > Lyon

    Travel in style on board the high speed TGV train to Lyon. Upon arrival, transfer to the Scenic Sapphire where your friendly crew await to welcome you on board. Spend the afternoon exploring the many features and amenities of 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 and admire the magnificent views across the city of Lyon.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - 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.

    Explore Château de Cormatin, boasting beautiful gardens and 17th century architecture. Or, join the highly trained hounds and their owners in a nearby quaint village to locate and sample French truffles – a gastronomic delicacy.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Chalon-sur-Saône

    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 from this premium estate located in the heart of the Burgundy region or, visit the photography museum and learn the history of photography in the town where it was first invented.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Tournon

    Perhaps start your day with a stretching class on board the Sun Deck or simply enjoy a leisurely morning as you take in the picturesque riverside panoramas.

    Enjoy wine tasting at a local vineyard, or join a guided walk of Tain l’Hermitage, including a tasting at Valrhona Chocolates. You could also enjoy a hike to Heritage Hill for a tasting of the region’s delicious varietals among the vines, or choose to join a guided cycling tour along the Rhône to neighbouring villages.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Avignon

    A Scenic Culinaire cooking class is on offer this morning

    Take a walking tour of the magnificent city of Avignon including entrance to the Popes’ Palace and the famed St. Benezet Bridge, also known as the Pont d’Avignon. Alternatively, sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a Côtes du Rhône vineyard.

    Enjoy a truly unforgettable experience at the prestigious Palais des Papes. After the doors close to the general public, be treated to an exclusive classical concert in one of the grandiose rooms.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Avignon

    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 take an excursion to Uzès and Pont du Gard. The Pont du Gard is an engineering masterpiece dating back to the middle of the first century, designed to carry water to the city of Nimes.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Tarascon

    Explore the artistic heritage of Arles, and visit the striking Arles Arena, or stop in at the pretty hilltop village of Les Baux before touring a charming 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 stay on board for a Provençal Soap Making workshop or enjoy time at leisure to explore 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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Viviers

    Enjoy a walking tour of Viviers including an organ recital in the town’s cathedral.

    Explore the Ardèche National Park and immerse yourself in 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 the aromatic Lavender Museum and learn how lavender is harvested in this region and how it is used. Alternatively, if you are feeling adventurous, you can kayak through one of Europe’s largest natural canyons, or drop into the beautiful provincial town of Grignan.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - 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 prowess.

    Admire the beauty of one of the city’s greatest baroque buildings, 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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Lyon

    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, if you’re feeling more active, you can also explore Lyon on foot and explore the city sights along the waterways. Alternatively, walk the cobblestone paths in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges. Or visit the exclusive culinary school of Paul Bocuse for a cooking demonstration.

    This afternoon you have time at leisure to further explore this magnificent city. Use your Scenic Tailormade app on your personal device to explore the largest single renaissance quarter in France, Le Vieux Lyon or savour your last opportunity to sample some more of Lyons gastronomic delights.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - 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 Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

All-inclusive highlights
  • 5-star Scenic Space-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
  • 3 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Scenic Culinaire available on board in the South of France
  • Your choice of 50 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Up to five on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 58 meals – 20 breakfasts (B), 18 lunches (L) and 20 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary beverages all day, every day throughout your cruise
  • Butler service for all guests
  • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade available throughout your cruise
  • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
  • Cruise Directors to guide and assist
  • Expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • All tipping and gratuities

Pricing & Availability