Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
8:00 AM 3rd April 2021

Explore Europe On A No-fly Luxury River Cruise

Scenic Sapphire Avignon France
Scenic Sapphire Avignon France
Luxury all-inclusive operator, Scenic, offers a number of European no-fly river cruises for those who prefer not to travel by plane.

Travel in Standard Premier Class with Eurostar at no additional cost as you cut through the countryside en route to meet your ship in the heart of your destination.

Scenic’s 11-day Tastes of Southern France itinerary is the latest departure added to the brand’s no-fly river cruise offering. New for 2021, guests will sail a round-trip from Lyon on a culinary journey through the gastronomic heart of France taking in Tournus, Mâcon, Chalon-sur-Saône, Tain L’Hermitage, Avignon and Viviers.

Highlighting the best foodie experiences in the region, guests will sample the finest wines of Beaujolais, meet with a local truffle farmer and their specially trained dog, attend an educational session with a local vintner and enjoy a cooking demonstration at the restaurant of the acclaimed chef, Georges Blanc. Prices for the 11-day itinerary start from £3,795 per person departing 5 May 2022.

Alternatively, discover one of Europe’s most famous rivers on the eight-day Rhine Highlights itinerary. Sailing from Basel to Amsterdam, guests will enjoy an evening of grandeur at a private concert at a fine Baroque palace in Rastatt, a guided tour of Reichsburg Castle and a ride on the oldest cog railway in Germany. Prices start from £2,345 per person departing 4 April 2022.

Take in enchanting castles and idyllic vistas while sampling some of the area’s world-famous wines on a river cruise through the beautiful Bordeaux region.
Scenic Diamond Bordeaux
Scenic Diamond Bordeaux
Sail through the ancient Saint-Émilion and Médoc wine regions on board the eight-day Bordeaux Affair itinerary. Discover the underground catacombs of the Monolithic Church, indulge in several wine tastings including an exploration at the estate of Château de La Rivière and soak in the ambience of a live classical performance in the ambient Château d’Agassac. Prices start from £2,845 per person departing 28 April 2022.

Scenic is currently offering savings of up to £1,500 per couple with complimentary private door-to-door chauffeur-driven transfers on all new 2022 European river cruise bookings.

Additionally, those booking a Balcony Suite and above, and paying for their cruise in full 12 months prior to departure will save an additional 10 per cent. Guests can book with confidence thanks to Scenic’s Deposit Protection Plan and Flexible Booking Policy that allows changes up to 60 days prior to departure without any fees*.

All prices include return Eurostar and rail travel, transfers, the cruise as stated, all meals across a choice of on board venues, premium branded beverages, a personal on board butler and all shore excursions.

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