Join one of the world’s finest chefs on an idyllic foodie river cruise through southern France
With sunflowers and lavender in full bloom, July is the one of
the best times to visit southern France. From rich Burgundy wines
and fine cheeses to zesty rosé from Provence, the region is one of
Europe's ultimate destinations for food and wine lovers.
On this all-inclusive Rhône cruise, you'll be joined by
Frenchman Raymond Blanc. His Le Manoir restaurant
has spawned talented chefs, including Marco Pierre White, Heston
Blumenthal and Michael Caines.
'French life revolves around mealtimes and my family was no
exception,' says Raymond. 'For my mother, cooking was an act of
love. At an early age, I was taught to love and respect food.'
You'll see that love on display as you take part in an
interactive cookery demonstration with Raymond, ask him your
questions during a Q&A session and book signing, and enjoy a
dinner with a menu that he will choose himself.
You'll set sail from Lyon and travel on the Rhône, stopping at
Mâcon, Vienne, Avignon, Viviers and Tarascon to explore and feast
on the region's best bites. You'll tour Roman monuments, visit
vineyards and enjoy all-inclusive food and wine in the ship's
Meet Raymond Blanc
You'll meet the chef and take part in exclusive events with him.
Join Raymond for a book signing and Q&A session while you enjoy
a cocktail, before seeing him on board the next day during an
interactive cooking demonstration, which will include the chance to
taste his creations. That evening, you'll feast on a menu of
regional delicacies, as chosen by Raymond.
Ultimate foodie adventure
The Rhône valley is the jewel in France's culinary crown, and
you'll get the chance to sample its produce. One highlight will be
meeting a trained truffle-snuffling dog and tasting what it finds,
which is exclusive to this bespoke itinerary.
Cruise in style
Scenic Sapphire is an all-suite Space-Ship, with
all-inclusive food and drink included in the price you pay. It
boasts fine restaurants, an elegant bar, salt therapy lounge,
fitness facilities, and a sundeck with a vitality pool. You can
learn how to make local recipes from expert chefs at the on-board
cooking school, Scenic Culinaire.
Choose from a range of Scenic Freechoice excursions, such as
visiting vineyards and an olive farm, shopping with a chef then
cooking your purchases, and after the doors close to the public at
Avignon's Palais des Papes, you'll be invited for an exclusive
Scenic Enrich concert inside the palace.