The Scenic Tours all-inclusive luxury river cruising experience is flourishing in France. Scenic Emerald took her inaugural French voyage along the Saône and Rhône rivers in 2013, and our latest Scenic ‘Space-Ship’, Scenic Gem launches in 2014 to showcase the Seine. They are the newest river cruisers in France and the only ones with full-size private outdoor balcony suites.
Promising exceptional service and amenities, from private butler service to unlimited beverages, this is the ultimate in luxury French cruising.
Built specifically to sail the historic waters of the Seine, our newest Scenic ‘Space-Ship’, Scenic Gem will take her inaugural cruise in 2014 on the 11 Day Gems of the Seine River Cruise.
With the same space ratio as our ‘Space-Ships’ but built for the intimate number of 126 guests at 110 metres long, Scenic Gem will be the most spacious river cruiser on the Seine. Scenic Gem boasts all the luxury inclusions synonymous with Scenic ‘Space-Ships’; Scenic ‘Sun Lounges’, unlimited complimentary beverages and private butler service. As well as all-day grazing at the River Cafe and a dégustation extravaganza at Table La Rive.
The Seine is France’s second longest waterway, most celebrated on its World Heritage-listed Parisian banks, however its hidden depths also reveal impressionist inspirations, medieval masterpieces, picturesque ports and post-war architectural genius all unveiled on our new 11 Day Gems of the Seine River Cruise.
Learn to paint watercolour on board, bake macarons in Rouen, and spend a full day at the Somme Battlefields. The Seine is also gateway to the beaches of Normandy, Monet’s gardens in Giverny, and the home of the Château-Gaillard, King Richard the Lionheart’s castle.
Both our North and South of France river cruises can be combined as well as extended to other French and European destinations.
A feast for all from gourmands to art connoisseurs and history buffs to nature lovers, experience the joie de vivre of all-inclusive luxury along the River Seine, where artistry and history combine.
Paris: The ‘city of light’ needs no introduction but the Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Saint Germain quarter, Montmartre, and the city’s signature icon, the Eiffel Tower are proof of the powerful allure of Paris.
Conflans: Conflans is considered the capital of French inland waterways and boasts many centuries-old aristocratic châteaux.
Vernon: The beautiful ancient town of Vernon has an extraordinary history to be discovered on its streets, whilst gracing the opposite bank of the Seine is Giverny, made famous by Claude Monet in the paintings of his gardens.
Caudebec-en-Caux: This beautiful riverside commune boasts one of the finest churches in Normandy and Maison des Templiers, a rare Templars house from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.
Les Andelys: Lying in a valley and flanked by white cliffs, Les Andelys was the home of classical French Baroque painter, Nicolas Poussin, and is famed for the ruined castle Château-Gaillard, built by Richard the Lionheart.
Rouen: The historical capital of Normandy and home of Impressionism is where Joan of Arc was famously executed in 1431 and gateway to the Somme and its WWI legacy.
Honfleur: Honfleur is known for its beautiful old port, houses with slate-covered frontages and Sainte-Catherine Church. It is also perfectly positioned to explore the windswept sands of Normandy beaches famous for the WWII landings by the Allied troops in 1944, the largest amphibious operation in history.
The Seine is a 776 km long river within the Paris Basin in the north of France. It begins at Source-Seine near Dijon, flows through Paris and ends at the English Channel at Le Havre. The Seine is spanned by 37 bridges in Paris and is slow-flowing, making it easily navigable.
The Saône river is located in eastern France and joins the River Rhône in Lyon. Its name is derived from the Gallic river goddess Souconna who was considered the deity of the river. The River Saône is an idyllic river, which passes through the beautiful French countryside, including Charlon-Sur-Saône, Tournus and Macon.
Featured Saône River tours
The Rhône River is one of the major rivers of Europe beginning in Switzerland and running through southeastern France, it is the only major river flowing directly to the Mediterranean Sea. A tour along the Rhône River offers stunning views of lavender fields, rolling hills, castles and vineyards and travels through Lyon, Vienne and Viviers.
Featured Rhône River Cruise
One of the longest and most important rivers in Europe, the Rhine flows from the eastern Swiss Alps to the North Sea coast of The Netherlands and its many medieval buildings and prehistoric fortifications testify to its importance as a waterway. In particular, the Middle Rhine flowing through the World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge is known as the ‘Romantic Rhine’ and also famed for its castles, vineyards and quaint villages.
Featured Rhine River Cruise
A France river cruise is not only about the luxury inclusions on board your Scenic 'Space-Ship', what makes your tour truly unforgettable are the exceptional highlights and unique experiences you will enjoy off board, we call these our Scenic Enrich and Scenic FreeChoice options.
As you dock in the beautiful cities and villages along urope’s grand waterways, you have the choice to take a self-guided walk or cycling tour. Scenic Tailormade is our independent touring system with over 100 sightseeing touring options enhanced by GPS-activated directions and commentary giving you the freedom to plan your experience your way. Your pre-loaded GPS device will be in your suite upon your arrival.
Here is a selection of some of the new Scenic Tailormade tours:
Scenic FreeChoice provides an abundant selection of activities in the key cities and regions of Europe allowing you to choose the activities that interest you the most, including visiting Vienna’s Spanish Riding School and our sponsored stallion; witnessing the peasant villages of Skanzen, the largest outdoor museum in Hungary; and enjoying a guided cycling tour through the suburbs of Belgrade. Regardless of what you choose to see, you can do so in the knowledge that there’s no extra to pay!
We have added 37 new Scenic FreeChoice activities for 2014 giving you the freedom to choose the guided activities you enjoy the most at no extra cost. Here are a sample of some the new highlights.
Walking tour or Bruges - Discover Antwerp’s Old Town and catherdral on a walking tour or travel to the charming city of Bruges
Village of Mittelbergheim - Visit Mittelbergheim in Alsace, one of the most beautiful villages of France
Town of Znojmo - Discover the nearby Czech town of Znojmo for a lunch in local wine cellar
Neanderthal Museum - Tour the city’s Neanderthal Museum and archaeological park
Museum choice - Visit the Chernobyl Museum or Mamayeva Sloboda, a unique open-air museum
City of Cochem - Journey through the most romantic part of the Moselle Valley to historic Cochem to discover this beautiful German city on a guided walking tour
Museum choice - Visit the State Tretyakov Gallery, a museum housing a unique collection of Russian art or visit the Museum of the
Architecture choice - Enjoy a guided visit to St. Isaac’s Cathedral or tour the 19th century Yusupov Palace
Vienna Woods - Discover the Vienna Woods, Baden and the Seegrotte underground cave system
Train ride or walking tour - Take a mini train ride through the city or a guided walking or hiking tour
Walking tour or wine - Enjoy a guided tour of this medieval city, hike to the 12th century Wertheim Castle, or visit a local winery for a
This 14 day river cruise from Chalon-sur-Saône to Arles includes Lyon, France’s gastronomic heart, papal Avignon, the Roman city of Vienne, and the city of love, Paris.
Find out more about this tour or call us on 1300 723 642
Spend 7 nights on board the Scenic Emerald as you sail from Chalon-sur-Saône to Arles along the romantic Rhône River.
Find out more about this tour or call us on 1300 723 642.