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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 restaurants.

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.

Excursions galore

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.

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Raymond Blanc OBE
Chef & restaurateur
The Michelin-starred chef brought five-star French cuisine to the world - with his best-selling books, television programmes and fabulous restaurants

Raymond Blanc is an iconic French chef. His restaurant, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, remains the only UK country house hotel to have retained two Michelin stars for over 30 years, and is also home to the Raymond Blanc Cookery School.

His TV series include BBC Two's The Very Hungry Frenchman and his books include Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons: The Story of a Modern Classic.

Price includes

  • Return flights from up to 16 UK airports (Eurostar option available), taxes and transfers, plus all tips and gratuities, butler service, E-bikes and Wi-Fi.
  • See Raymond Blanc in action during an exclusive cooking demonstration, with tasters.
  • Receive a free copy of Raymond's latest cookbook, which he'll sign (one per suite).
  • Spend seven nights in luxury in a five-star Scenic Sapphire suite.
  • Sit back and relax with all-inclusive food, premium beverages, a mini bar and more.
  • Meet a truffle farmer and learn the tricks of truffle farming, which is exclusive to this sailing.
  • Go on tours of the Lyon, Avignon, Viviers and Mâcon.
  • Dine on a menu chosen by Raymond for a special dinner.
  • Enjoy the on-board vitality pool and wellness area.
  • Choose from 16 Scenic Freechoice excursions and one exclusive Scenic Enrich event, including a classical concert and Beaujolais wine tasting.

Availability

From
Thu, Thu, Jul 14, 2022
To
Thu, Thu, Jul 21, 2022
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£3,620*

* Please note, this price is per person, includes relevant discounts and is based on two people sharing an entry-level cabin. Single supplement applies. Subject to availability. Timings of Raymond's events are subject to change and there may be slight alterations to the itinerary due to operational restrictions. Drinks included except fine or rare wine and champagne. This trip is ATOL-protected and our travel partner, Scenic, is ABTA-bonded. This trip may be made available to other selected media partners. Always check the FCDO travel advice, as it includes the very latest information on safety, security, travel warnings and health. For more information, visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Fly to Lyon
    Lyon, France

    Fly to Lyon from one of up to 16 UK regional airports. If you'd prefer not to fly, why not take advantage of our No-Fly option at no extra cost? Travel Standard Premier Class from St. Pancras International to Paris, and onwards to Lyon. This evening, raise your glass to the cruise ahead at your welcome reception.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Lyon and a talk and Q&A session with Raymond
    Lyon, France

    Set on the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, Lyon is renowned as the gastronomic heart of France. Walk Lyon's hidden traboules, then continue to Notre Dame Basilica, which offers fabulous views across the city or join a guided bike ride to Lyon's Botanical Gardens and Zoo. Alternatively, walk the cobblestone paths in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges. This afternoon set sail for Mâcon. Watch the scenery float by from the sun deck or Panorama Lounge, relax in the Wellness centre or perhaps take a lesson in French cookery in Scenic Culinaire.

    Exclusive event: Join expert guest and French chef, Raymond Blanc on board where he will hold a Q&A session whilst you sit back and enjoy a cocktail or tipple of your choice. Receive one complimentary copy of one of Raymond's latest books, which he will exclusively sign.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Mâcon, truffle farming and cookery demonstration and dinner with Raymond
    Mâcon, France

    Travel to the 'Golden Stone' region of Beaujolais, and enjoy a tasting of the region's wines. Or, explore charming Cluny, built around the great Benedictine Abbey. Alternatively, 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. This afternoon, join chef Raymond Blanc for an on board interactive cooking demonstration including tasters. Tonight, Raymond will choose the menu for your evening meal based on delicacies of the region.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Vienne
    Vienne, France

    Take a walking tour in Vienne including a visit to the Roman amphitheatre and uncover the fascinating history of this quaint riverside town, once conquered by Julius Caesar. Or, for the more active, take in the picturesque landscapes of this region on a bicycle.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Viviers
    Viviers, France

    This morning, enjoy a walking tour of the ancient town of Viviers, nestled between hill and river, and visit its imposing cathedral. Alternatively, visit the beautiful provincial town of Grignan. Scenic Culinaire will be hosting a lesson in French cuisine this afternoon.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Avignon
    Avignon, France

    Shop with a Chef at the market then cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire, or explore Avignon's architechtural wonder, the Pope's Palace. Alternatively, take an excursion to Pont du Gard, the impressive ancient Roman aqueduct, or sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a Côtes du Rhône vineyard. This afternoon enjoy free time to explore on your own. After the doors close to the general public at Avignon's prestigious Palais des Papes, you'll be invited for an exclusive concert inside this elegant 14th century palace.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    7
    Avignon to Tarascon
    Avignon, France

    Visit Les Baux, and drop into a local olive farm, or follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh during an excursion to Saint-Rémy and Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery. Alternatively, visit Arles Arena on your tour of this once thriving Roman city.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    8
    Tarascon and return to the UK
    Tarascon, France

    After breakfast, disembark and transfer to Marseille airport for you return journey home. Travel to one of up to 16 UK regional airports or by First Class rail to Avignon train station, before travelling Standard Premier Class aboard the Eurostar to St. Pancras International.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

Scenic Sapphire

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Cruise ship

Sailing the beautiful waterways of France with features such as Scenic Culinaire and two new one-bedroom Royal Owner's Suites.

Exclusively reconfigured for cruising the rivers of France, Scenic Sapphire affords guests the utmost in luxury, comfort and refinement. From the all-weather vitality pool and updated wellness area, to the bespoke Scenic Culinaire cooking suite, guests can enjoy a range of extravagant features. On top of all-new facilities and amenities, Scenic Sapphire offers all luxury suites, with upgrades from comfortable Standard Suites, to spacious Balcony Suites and to gorgeous Panorama Suites.

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Availability

From
Thu, Thu, Jul 14, 2022
To
Thu, Thu, Jul 21, 2022
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£3,620*

* Please note, this price is per person, includes relevant discounts and is based on two people sharing an entry-level cabin. Single supplement applies. Subject to availability. Timings of Raymond's events are subject to change and there may be slight alterations to the itinerary due to operational restrictions. Drinks included except fine or rare wine and champagne. This trip is ATOL-protected and our travel partner, Scenic, is ABTA-bonded. This trip may be made available to other selected media partners. Always check the FCDO travel advice, as it includes the very latest information on safety, security, travel warnings and health. For more information, visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Call now to book 01615162277
Quote ref: HEARST RAYMOND