You'll be met at Amsterdam
Airport on arrival and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Amsterdam - Lille
Explore the wonderful city of Antwerp after crossing the Holland-Belgian border. Continue then to Ypres, where you'll visit the moving Ypres Museum, as well as the Menin Gate, to witness the Last Post ceremony that commemorates the fallen soldiers of the Great War every evening in the village. You'll arrive in Lille tonight your luxurious accommodation for a two night stay, boasting 500 years of history.
This morning you'll tour Lille, which boasts manicured parklands and a truly cosmopolitan atmosphere. From there it's on to charming Bruges for a guided tour and afternoon at leisure before returning to Lille.
Lille - Rouen
Tour the historic Somme battlefields, and follow the World War I Commemorative Trail, visiting Tyne Cot Cemetery and historic Hill 60 before passing the VC Corner Cemetery and Cobber Memorial enroute to the new Fromelles Museum and cemetery. Pay your respects at the Australian Memorial Park and emotive Bullecourt Digger statue, and visit the Franco-Australian Museum and Victoria School in Villers-Bretonneux. Relax at your majestic hotel in the historic centre of Rouen this evening.
Honfleur - Deauville
The medieval city of Rouen was once the ancient capital of Normandy and fiefdom of William the Conqueror. Enjoy a walking tour of the city, including its Joan of Arc sites this morning. Then, with its pretty inner-harbour abuzz with activity, immerse yourself in the coastal atmosphere of Honfleur. Upon arrival in the glamourous seaside city of Deauville, enjoy an orientation tour before retiring to the magnificence of your hotel, your accommodation for the following two nights.
The Normandy Beaches is a region steeped in wartime history, juxtaposed against a picturesque and serene setting. Visit the Bayeaux Tapestry Museum, showcasing famous tapestries illustrating the region's 11th century William the Conqueror history. Visit the notorious commemorative sites of World War II including the Ranger's memorial at Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach, the moving Normandy American Cemetery, and the D-Day Landings Museum on the Arromanches beaches.
Granville - Saint Malo
France is synonymous with fashion the world over, and with celebrated designers such as Christian Dior is it any wonder? Discover the fashion icon's beautiful seaside birthplace of Granville and explore the museum that is lovingly curated by his family in dedication to Dior's memory. Continue to the coastal town of Saint Malo where you'll enjoy an orientation tour on arrival before checking into your seaside hotel for the following two nights.
Tour Mont Saint-Michel, situated one kilometre off France's north coast, and visit the magnificent hilltop abbey and village. This afternoon enjoy time at leisure in the quaint village of Saint Malo, with its ancient walled Old Town and its beautiful beaches, kissed by the English Channel.
Saint Malo - Loire Valley
Visit the Loire Valley and enter an enchanted land of vineyards and rolling green hills. Visit the last of the great Renaissance châteaux in the Loire Valley, Château Villandry, boasting architectural elegance complemented by the charm of its outstanding gardens. Continue to your beautiful hotel in the Loire Valley, your home for the next two nights and the perfect platform to explore the region.
Visit the stunning Château de Chenonceau today, with its equally arresting history, then travel on to the delightful town of Amboise where you'll get to see the great Leonardo da Vinci's tomb, and Clos Lucé, the manor house where he lived. This evening, celebrate your visit to the Loire Valley with a special dinner amidst the beauty of your surrounds.
Loire Valley - Paris
Continue your journey across the picturesque plain of La Beauce before touring the magnificent Palace of Versailles. Highlights of the tour will include Marie Antoinette's bed-chamber and the exquisite manicured gardens. From there, it's just a short drive to your city central hotel in Paris. Dine in style this evening.
Paris - Chalon-sur-Saône
Today we board the ultra-fast TGV train to Dijon. On arrival, you'll enjoy an orientation tour before transferring to Chalon-sur-Saône to board your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship to begin your cruise through France's beautiful south.
Chalon-sur-Saône - Tournus
Freechoice: This morning explore Beaune, including a visit to Les Hospices de Beaune. Alternatively, visit the estate of Château de Savigny-les-Beaune to see the impressive collection of motorcycles, race cars, and fighter planes.
Tournus - Mâcon
Freechoice: Experience the magnificent Château de Cormatin, boasting beautiful gardens and water features. Alternatively, join the intelligent hounds and their owners in nearby quaint villages to locate and sample French truffles – a gastronomic delicacy. Enjoy leisurely cruising to Mâcon this afternoon, or opt for a class in French cuisine in Scenic Culinaire on board. Alternatively, cycle from Tournus to Mâcon and meet the ship there.
You're sure to love Mâcon. Be fascinated by its history and delighted by the surrounding picturesque farming region acclaimed for its five wine appellations and gastronomy. Freechoice: Retrace the traditional life of the region on your visit to the Bresse Museum, or enjoy wine tasting in the celebrated Beaujolais region. Alternatively, visit Cluny, a village in Burgundy that was constructed around the great Benedictine Abbey, once the world's largest basilica.
Awake today in Lyon, the gastronomic heart of France. Freechoice: Discover Lyon's historic significance by traversing its hidden traboules – secret passageways that date back to the 4th century, and visit Notre Dame Basilica, offering a fabulous vantage point for views across Lyon. Alternatively, walk the cobblestone paths of yesteryear in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges. Or, if you wish, visit the exclusive culinary school of Paul Bocuse and perfect the art of French cuisine before sampling some of the delicious fare. Lyon's Botanical Gardens and Zoo are perfect for a leisurely bike ride this afternoon. Enrich: Experience the French extravaganza that is the can-can amidst other performances when you are treated to the exclusive gala spectacular, Scenic Rouge, under the big-top onshore this evening in Lyon.
Cruising from Lyon you'll have the opportunity to soak in the picturesque riverside panoramas as you glide effortlessly toward Tournon. You may choose to visit Scenic Culinaire whilst cruising and pick up a trick or two to add to your culinary prowess. On arrival in Tournon enjoy a fun lecture on the French paradox and etiquette. Sundowners: Overlooking the Rhône, Tournon Castle is a must-see for visitors, both for its historic interest and its breathtaking outlook. Enjoy an afternoon aperitif on the terrace of the castle accompanied by local musicians. You'll find it a great soundtrack to a truly awe-inspiring backdrop.
Tournon - Viviers
Freechoice: Enjoy a unique wine tasting in the wine cave of Tournon Castle, or join a guided walk of Tain l'Hermitage including a tasting at Valrhona Chocolates. You could also enjoy a group bike ride along the Rhône to neighbouring villages, or hike the famed Saint-Joseph vineyard for a tasting of the delicious varietals amidst the vines. Scenic cruising to Viviers this afternoon.
Viviers - Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Enjoy a walking tour of Viviers including an organ recital in the town's cathedral. Freechoice: Explore the Ardèche National Park and immerse yourself in the Caverne du Pont-d'Arc Museum, or visit the aromatic Lavender Museum. If you're feeling adventurous, you can canoe through one of Europe's largest natural canyons, or drop into the beautiful provincial town of Grignan.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape - Avignon
Freechoice: Join an exclusive cooking class in Scenic Culinaire on board, or sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a charming Côtes du Rhône vineyard. Enjoy picturesque cruising to Avignon this afternoon. Then take a walking tour that includes a visit to the city's architectural jewel, the Pope's Palace.
Freechoice: Shop with a Chef at a local food market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire with your fresh ingredients. Alternatively, drop in to the villages of the Luberon region including Gordes and l'Isle-sur-la-Sourge, or take an excursion to Uzès and Pont du Gard. Explore Avignon at leisure this afternoon. Enrich: Be treated to a truly unforgettable experience at the prestigious Pope's Palace of Avignon, among the most visited sites in France. After the doors close to the general public, you'll be ushered in for an exclusive gala dinner and classical concert in the grandiose Grand Tinel room.
Choices today include the spectacular La Camargue National Park. Freechoice: Enhance your French cooking skills by joining a lesson in Scenic Culinaire. Or take in the wild beauty of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and visit the 60 hectare Parc Ornithologique whilst there. You can also choose to visit the fortified Mediterranean village of Aigues-Mortes. This afternoon, relax on the Sun Deck while cruising roundtrip from Tarascon towards the Mediterranean Sea. Tonight, a Camargue gypsy band performs live for your listening pleasure on board.
The riverside town of Tarascon exudes a charming medieval character. Freechoice: Explore the artistic heritage of Arles, and see the striking Arles Arena, or stop in at the pretty hilltop village of Les Baux before touring a charming family-run olive farm to sample their delicious products in a delightful setting. Alternatively, pay a visit to Saint-Rémy and Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery where Van Gogh was held for a year.
Tarascon - Nice Airport
All good things end eventually and after enjoying a great breakfast, disembark your Scenic Space-Ship and transfer to Nice Airport. Please book flights to depart after 1pm.