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Sample the Rhône's gastronomic heritage with Rick Stein
Winding its way through the beautiful wine-growing regions of Burgundy and Provence, the Rhône passes through some of France's finest gastronomic territory, where the soil itself is steeped in a rich culinary heritage.
That's why we've teamed up with luxury river cruise experts Scenic to bring you a delightful eight-day break exploring the area's glorious flavours and tasting its incredible produce. On-board, you'll be joined by beloved celebrity chef and restaurateur Rick Stein, whose lasted six-part BBC Two series, Secret France, has captivated audiences and tempted tastebuds across the nation.
You'll enjoy a series of foodie events from Macon to Viviers, and taste rich Burgundy wines, including the celebrated Châteauneuf-du-Pape, as well as delicious rosé from Provence, along with the region's most mouth-watering olives and cheeses.
Rick will discuss his lifelong love of French food in a special Q&A session and reveal some of his favourite French recipes. He will also host a cooking demonstration, where you will get to sample some of the recipes inspired by his new book, Secret France, and he will join you for a cocktail reception and gala dinner.
I can't wait to join you on the Rhône to enjoy fabulous food and fine wine on this wonderful river cruise, which will take you off the beaten track to some of the places I visited for my recent TV series."
- Rick Stein
Travelling aboard the luxurious Scenic Sapphire, you'll set sail from Lyon and travel along the Rhône river through unspoilt countryside to Tarascon, stopping at the charming towns of Avignon, Viviers and Vienne.
Plus you'll enjoy all-inclusive food and wine in the ship's five dining options and even your minibar is included! You will also have the opportunity to enjoy complimentary cooking lessons in the ship's Culinaire kitchen†, or explore the region on your own by foot or on guided bike rides en route.
Don't miss your chance to take part in this foodie voyage on one of France's great rivers with one of the UK's favourite chefs.
Book by December 31, 2019 and save up to £625pp (including £125pp early payment discount if the balance is paid in full by December 31, 2019).*
Reasons to book
Meet Rick Stein
Discover Burgundy and the Rhone
Cultural and culinary excursions
Exclusive cooking demonstration
On- and off-shore activities
Sail in all-inclusive luxury
- Return flights, taxes and transfers - 'no-fly' option available
- Seven nights' all-inclusive cruise** on Scenic Sapphire with butler service
- Exclusive talk and Q&A by Rick Stein
- Onboard cooking demonstration by Rick Stein with tasters
- All other activities, tastings and excursions as detailed in the itinerary
- All tips and gratuities
**All drinks included except for some rare and fine wines,
champagnes and spirits.
†Scenic Culinaire subject to availability.
Day1UK to LyonLyon, France
Arrive in Lyon where you'll be warmly welcomed on board your Scenic Space-Ship.
Set on the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, Lyon is renowned as the gastronomic heart of France. 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.
Freechoice: 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.
Freechoice: 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, visit Château de Cormatin, boasting beautiful gardens and 17th-century architecture.
Exclusive event: Today esteemed chef, author and TV Presenter Rick Stein will join you on board for a gastronomic treat. With him he will bring some local delicacies from the region for a food presentation and tasting session. He will also hold an informal talk about his life, career and passion for French food.
Day4Vienne - cooking demo and drinks reception with Rick SteinVienne, France
Freechoice: 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.
Exclusive event: The Rhône region is the epicentre of Gallic gastronomy and, as such, is one of Europe's ultimate destinations for foodies. Rich Burgundy wines, fine cheeses, zesty rosé from Provence... and what better way to experience this than alongside Rick Stein? This afternoon, Rick will host a fun and interactive cooking demo inspired by French cuisine and his latest book Rick Stein's Secret France. What's more, you will get to sample his cooking yourself.
Tonight, join Rick in our Panorama Lounge for a special drinks reception and raise a toast together with a glass of champagne. Afterwards, head down to our Crystal Dining Restaurant for an exclusive gala dinner in which Rick will offer his meal choices and recommendations.
Day5Viviers - AvignonViviers, France
Freechoice: This morning, enjoy a walking tour of the ancient town of Viviers, nestled between hill and river, and visit its imposing cathedral, or explore the beautiful provincial town of Grignan.
Scenic Culinaire will be hosting a lesson in French cuisine this afternoon.
Freechoice: Shop with Rick Stein at the market then cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire, or explore Avignon's Palais des Papes. Alternatively, take an excursion to Uzès and 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.
Enrich: 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.
Freechoice: 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.
This afternoon is at your leisure. Perhaps explore the medieval charm of Tarascon on board an e-bike or stay on board for a Provençal Soap Making workshop.
Day8Disembark and return homeLyon, France
After breakfast, disembark and transfer to Marseille airport.
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.