February is a magical time of year to visit Paris, and those on river cruises in France can make the most of the events taking place this month.
This year’s Rétromobile Fair is set to be the biggest yet and is taking place in the largest hall of the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre from 4th-8th February. Perfect for vintage car enthusiasts, visitors can discover more than 500 vehicles on display, with the same number of exhibitors also attending the show.
The Paris Carnival is an age-old tradition that has been occurring since the 16th century, and one that should be witnessed if the opportunity arises. Each year a procession takes to the streets, accompanied by musicians, and this year the theme will be the world of toys.
Celebrate Chinese New Year on the streets of Paris and witness a colourful parade inclusive of music, dancing and firecrackers. Head to the heart of Chinatown on February 19th and take part in the Spring Festival, where you can welcome in the year of the goat.
With Scenic Tours, there’s no limit on how many times you can top up your glass. Throughout your entire French river cruise, our complimentary selection of international and regional wines, beers, spirits, cocktails, soft drinks, mineral water, coffee and tea is available to enjoy whenever you like. Even the drinks in your mini-bar are complimentary.†
Right from the start of your river cruise in France, we’ve got everything covered. From a choice of flights across 15 UK airports, flexible tours and spectacular experiences throughout France, to delicious on-board meals and drinks in several distinct venues, we’ve included it all in the price of your holiday. And you needn’t worry about tipping, port charges or Wi-Fi because we’ve taken care of all that too.
We promise the ultimate luxury French river cruise experience no matter which ship you sail on. With the unique feel of a contemporary five-star boutique hotel and an impressive sense of space to match, sail aboard our impressive Scenic ‘Space-Ships’ and relax on the most stylish and luxurious ships to be found on the Rhône and the Seine.
Here at Scenic Tours, the highest standards of service and unsurpassed attention to detail are what we pride ourselves on. And they’re just two reasons why we were named ‘Favourite River Cruise Line’ at The Telegraph Travel Awards in 2011 and 2012. Whether it’s our attentive crew or expert local guides, we stop at nothing to provide the best service possible.
From visiting the wine cave at Tournon Castle to seeing the village that inspired Van Gogh's most famous masterpieces, our Scenic FreeChoice programme lets you personalise your experience throughout your French river cruise. And with Scenic Tailormade -our GPS guided tour system - you can be as independent as you like too.
Whether you opt for the relaxed atmosphere of the River Café*, the elegant Portobellos Italian Restaurant or al fresco dining on the Riverview Terrace, our all-inclusive dining options will leave you spoilt for choice. And a great dining experience isn’t confined to the ship; we’ve also handpicked an array of spectacular and historic settings for you to enjoy delicious dishes onshore, such as the magnificent Palais-des-Papes.
We've found the perfect balance between space and intimacy on our France river cruises, with your own five-star suite and private full-sized balcony. Plus, on Scenic Gem, with the touch of a button you can transform your balcony into a Scenic ‘Sun Lounge’ – creating the perfect setting for you to enjoy the beauty of the Eiffel Tower, the Rhône Valley and more, whatever the weather.*
At Scenic Tours, we believe that it’s the finer details that really make a difference. Each and every one of our guests can take advantage of their own personal butler on our river cruises in France who will be delighted to take care of everything from delivering complimentary refreshments to providing an expert shoeshine and valet service. It’s that something special that you won’t find anywhere else.**
† All onboard drinks are included except for a very small number of rare, fine and vintage wines, champagnes and spirits. * Scenic Emerald on the Rhône - The River Café will be added in 2014 and Scenic ‘Sun Lounge’ does not feature on this ship’s balconies. ** Butler services vary by cabin type.
TONY LEIGHTON 'CRUISING SOUTHERN FRANCE ON SCENIC EMERALD' SEPTEMBER, 2013
After seven cruises over the past four years, Tony Leigton has developed a fair understanding of why you can finish one highly satisfied, and others feeling anywhere from half-full to fleeced. Did his river cruise through southern France with Scenic Tours in July 2013 leave him 'highly satisifed'?