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13 Days
Availability : April - October, 2023
Tour Details
Discover Europe’s waterways in luxury with Scenic 

Explore the world’s most enchanting waterways on a European river cruise with Scenic. 

In truly all-inclusive 5-star luxury, discover rich historical lands, exquisite cuisine, unique cultures, and exceptional landscapes. Our spectacular collection of award-winning European river cruises offer an abundance of once-in-a-lifetime experiences in unique ports and picture-perfect towns. Every step of your seamless journey will create memories you will cherish for a lifetime. 

Departure dates April – October, 2023

Prices starting from $11,950 CAD per person, in a Balcony Suite, based on double occupancy.

Price includes 2 night Paris pre -cruise package.

International Airfare additional cost.


Departure Location

Paris, France

End Location

Lyon, France

Price Includes

  • 2 nights in a luxurious city central hotel in Paris
  • 11 days aboard the Scenic Sapphire, a 5-Star Scenic Space-Ship
  • 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Balcony suites including a Scenic Sun Lounge
  • Butler service for all guests
  • Laundry concierge
  • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
  • Up to five dining options – from casual to fine dining
  • Complimentary mini-bar, fully restocked daily
  • Authentic local entertainment
  • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles*
  • All shore excursions, including gratuities

Price Excludes

  • International flights & transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Any private expenses
  • Optional excursions
  • Taxes & fees

Tour Specialist

  • Deborah Charles
What to Expect

Welcome Aboard the Scenic Sapphire

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 Diamond & Sapphire afford guests the utmost in luxury, comfort and refinement on these charming and serene passageways. 

These sister vessels boast all of the luxury features you’ve come to expect from Scenic, as well as a handful of new and innovative features. From the all-weather vitality pool and updated wellness area, to the bespoke Scenic Culinaire cooking suite, guests can enjoy a raft of extravagant features when cruising aboard any of these three revolutionary river cruise vessels. 
On top of all-new facilities and amenities, Scenic Diamond & Sapphire  will emerge from dry-dock boasting the very finest luxury suites in France — each perfectly appointed to afford you a truly luxurious stay. One of the highlights of these updated ships is the Royal Owner’s suites, 47 square metres of sheer luxury located at the rear of the ships, affording panoramic views of the water beyond. 
To help you navigate the suite classes available aboard Scenic Diamond & Sapphire, here you’ll find the complete deck plans for these opulent sister vessels. Showcasing the amenities available on each deck of the ships, these detailed ship plans are also colour-coded by cabin class, allowing you to more easily locate the perfect choice of suite for you.
For more information on this tour, or help with booking, please contact your favourite Lloyds Travel Agent!

Day 1Paris

The glittering lights of the Eiffel Tower twinkling in the night sky, romantic couples walking hand in hand along the banks of the Seine and chic locals walking the run way that is the Champs-Élysées are just some of the images conjured when thinking about Paris. Here you have the opportunity to discover this magnificent city whilst staying at one of our luxurious city central hotels.

Day 2Paris

Freechoice: Marvel at some of the city’s most iconic sights including the Eiffel Tower, Champs-Élysées and Arc de Triomphe and learn about the city that is one of the most visited in the world, during a panoramic city tour. Alternatively, explore the Bohemian district of Montmartre where you will visit the vineyard of Montmartre that produces several varieties of wine, you will also have the opportunity to taste some of them.

This afternoon is your chance to immerse yourself into the Parisian way of life with a free afternoon of exploration. (B)

Day 3Paris | Lyon | Start Cruise

After breakfast, transfer by train to your Scenic Space-Ship where you will be welcomed on board by our friendly crew excited to share an unforgettable cruise along the waterways of France.

Welcome to the spectacular city of Lyon. Upon arrival, transfer to the Scenic Sapphire where your friendly crew await to welcome you on board. Spend the afternoon exploring 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. (B) (D)

Day 4Lyon | 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.

Freechoice: Explore Château de Cormatin, admire the castles gilded rooms, surrounding moat and water features, as well as the perfectly manicured gardens, or join highly trained hounds and their owners in a nearby quaint village locating and sampling French truffles. Alternatively, visit the restaurant of three star Michelin chef, Georges Blanc for a cooking demonstration. (B,L,D)

Day 5Chalon-sur-Saône

Freechoice: 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 a local château and taste some of the acclaimed wines from this premium estate located in the heart of the Burgundy region, or visit the photography museum in the town where it was first invented. The museum is home to over three million photographs and objects, which you will have the opportunity to observe with your local guide. (B,L,D)

Day 6Tain l’Hermitage

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

Freechoice: Enjoy wine tasting at a local vineyard, or join a guided walking tour of the village of Tain l’Hermitage, including a tasting at Valrhona Chocolates. Alternatively, join a guided cycling tour along the Rhône to neighbouring villages. (B,L,D)

Day 7Avignon

A Scenic Culinaire cooking class is on offer this morning.

Freechoice: Take a walking tour of the magnificent city of Avignon, including entrance to the Popes’ Palace and famed St. Benezet Bridge also known as the Pont d’Avignon. Alternatively, join an excursion to Pont du Gard, an engineering masterpiece dating back to the middle of the first century which was designed to carry water to the city of Nîmes, or paddle along the Gardon River underneath the spectacular Pont du Gard by kayak.

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

Day 8Avignon

Freechoice: 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 sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a Côtes du Rhône vineyard. If you’re feeling more active, you may choose to visit one of the most beautiful villages of France, Roussillon for a guided tour and a visit to the Lavender museum. (B,L,D)

Day 9Tarascon

Freechoice: Explore the artistic heritage of Arles, and visit the striking Arles Arena, or stop in at the pretty medieval hilltop village of Les Baux and visit Carrières de Lumières, a former quarry that now houses an impressive art installation. Alternatively, tour a charming family-run olive farm followed by a cooking class where our host will divulge local recipes, or take an active walk through La Camargue National Park. This afternoon you may wish to enjoy 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, or simply stay on board and take a painting class. (B,L,D)

Day 10Viviers

Freechoice: This morning enjoy a walking tour of Viviers. Admire the many monuments and architectural treasures of this beautiful town, or learn about the history of the French Resistance. Hear stories of heroism and daring missions as you explore the town.

Freechoice: Explore the Ardèche National Park including 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 Bollene Hydroplant and dive into the world of renewable energies. Learn about the hydro power plant, wind farm and the two solar power plants located here. Alternatively, drop into the beautiful provincial town of Grignan for a guided tour and visit to the Château, before enjoying some time at leisure to explore on your own. (B,L,D)

Day 11Lyon

Take in the vistas of the Rhône River as you sail towards the gastronomic heart of France, Lyon.

Tonight 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. (B,L,D)

Day 12Lyon

Freechoice: 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 explore Lyon on foot and view famous sights along the waterways. Alternatively, learn about Lyon’s rich heritage in silk production during a silk painting workshop, or walk the cobblestone paths in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges.

This evening enjoy one final indulgence when a local pâtissier comes on board with a selection of their finest desserts for your dining pleasure. (B,L,D)

Day 13Lyon

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. (B)