ABOVE:: Scenic Emerald cruises past the Papal Palace in Avignon, France.
Scenic Cruises, a subsidiary of Scenic Tours, has added a seven-night itinerary on France's Rhône and Saône Rivers to its European program for 2013. The voyage from Chalon-sur-Saône to Arles is being combined with Scenic's existing seven-night itinerary from Amsterdam to Basel, with a coach connection between the two. During the transfer from Basel to Chalon-sur-Saône , passengers will visit Beaune, the historic wine capital of Burgundy.
Highlights of the cruise and its shore excursions include dinner in the home of a French family near Tournon, a visit to a winery in the Beaujolais village of Oignt, riding on electrical-assist bicycles along the Rhine River near Koblenz, and an insider tour of the Hockenheim Formula 1 track.
Fares include unlimited beverages, all meals, private butler service, Wi-Fi, airport transfers, shore excursions, private concerts and performances, and all tips on board or on shore.
The 14-night cruise package is priced from US $6,290 to $10,240 per person for American guests, with free flights for U.S. residents who book standard staterooms by September 30, 2012. (Departures are in March, April, and September.)
For more information, including details on extended tours, visit www.scenictours.com. (You can download an illustrated brochure in PDF format from the Web site.) Australians should visit www.scenictours.com.au, and residents of the United Kingdom should go to www.scenictours.co.uk.
BELOW: A balcony on Scenic Emerald, and dinner with a French family.