Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
9:00 AM 26th February 2020

Culinary & Taster Cruises From Scenic

As the interest in culinary travel grows, Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours has launched two new culinary cruises sailing in France from April 2021.

In addition, for those ‘new-to-cruising’, the brand has introduced a five-day mini-cruise along the Danube. Sailing between Vienna and Budapest, the new itinerary will allow guests to sample one of Europe’s most iconic rivers.

Tastes of Southern France:
This 11-day round-trip river cruise from the gastronomic capital, Lyon, takes in the famous wine-growing region of Beaujolais, Avignon and Viviers. In addition to on-board cooking lessons, tastings and presentations. Itinerary highlights include:

Learn the tricks and techniques of truffle farming on a guided tour with a local farmer before enjoying a tasting of their delicious produce
Visit the restaurant of acclaimed chef, Georges Blanc, for a cooking demonstration
Taste the premium wines and tour the Château Meursault wine estate
Attend an exclusive interactive workshop at the Valrhona Cite du Chocolate museum
Prices start from £3,745 per person based on 27 April 2021 departure.

Flavours of Bordeaux
Sail through the Médoc region on this 11-day cruise while embracing the stunning landscapes, delicious fare and refined winemaking. Highlights include:
Learn about the traditional craftsmanship of barrel making with a local cooper
Attend a blind wine tasting to enjoy the complexities of the different varieties
A local tasting of cheese, bread charcuterie and cocktails at the estate of Château de La Rivière
A tasting of fresh oysters with champagne and dinner of fresh seafood, sourced from Arcachon Bay
Prices start from £3,745 per person based on 20 April 2021 departure.

Tastes of Imperial Europe
This new five-day mini-cruise is the perfect opportunity to enjoy Europe’s medieval towns, Baroque palaces and fairy-tale castles whilst enjoying life on-board the company’s 5-star Scenic Space Ship featuring a personal butler service.

Starting in Vienna and travelling through Bratislava towards Budapest, highlights from this new itinerary include:

A guided tour behind the iron curtain to discover Bratislava’s communist-era history
Visit the underground labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock, set underneath the city’s castle district and built in secret during World War II
A hike up the World Heritage-listed Buda Hill for a rejuvenating experience
Attend and exclusive private classical music concert in the second-largest Baroque Palace in the world

Prices start from £1,635 per person based on 25 April 2021 departure.

All prices include return flights, transfers, gratuities, exceptional wining and dining experiences, a personal on-board butler, a selection of exclusive once-in-a-lifetime Scenic Enrich experiences and daily Scenic Freechoice excursions, in which guests can choose from to tailor their trip for a truly personal experience.

For more information or to book, call 0808 271 5355 or visit