River cruises in France offer the perfect opportunity to visit some of the best Christmas markets, as well as a number of festive events happening throughout the country in December.
Throughout December, Avignon will be hosting the "Chemin des Crèches", which is a beautiful walk through animated nativity scenes, and allows those participating to discover the traditional ‘santons’ figures.
Taking place from the 5th-8th December, Lyon Lumière will see the buildings of the city illuminated with more than 70 light installations. Previous events have attracted millions and are renowned for creating a magic atmosphere throughout the streets of Lyon.
As the largest in the capital, the Christmas Market on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées is a must when in the city during December. With twinkling fairy-tale lights and German-style stalls, this festive extravaganza is a truly beautiful sight.
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'?