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8 Days Vegan Food and Wine Tasting Cruise France

  • Arles - Tarascon - Avignon - Viviers - Tournon - Vienne - Lyon - Macon - Chalon-sur-Seone

Vegan Wine Tasting and Culinary Vacations in France

Theres simply no place on earth more suitable than France for awakening the spirit, and making you feel alive. Youll unpack just once, enjoy luxurious accommodation, take delight in amazing vegan food and let yourself be guided by our full attention - all with the regions breathtaking sights on your doorstep. Every day is a veritable feast for the senses. The south of France is rich in culture and fascinating enough to cover all of your interests!

Highlights

  • Olive oil farm visit
  • Captains welcome dinner
  • Vegan cooking demonstration
  • Complimentary daily vegan wines
  • Vegan gastronomic Southern France specialties
  • Opportunity to take easy paced bicycle rides
  • Sail along the majestic Rhone / Saone rivers
  • 7 nights deluxe accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • German, English
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Accomodation

Scenic Sapphire is a beautiful ship with expansive staterooms and public spaces. Our guests will revel in spacious restaurants, comfortable nighttime lounges, and large cabins with full, step-out balconies. Scenic Sapphire is the perfect river cruise ship for an intimate, memorable, and stress-free vegan river cruise. Over 80 per cent of the staterooms and suites have full, private balconies, perfect for viewing the amazing landscape. Stateroom amenities also include flat-screen televisions, Wi-Fi, spacious bathrooms, and fine vegan bath products.

Scenic Cruises recently upgraded the ship to meet the same peerless standards set by the company's newest ships. The upgrades include luxury suites boasting large private balconies fitted with scenic sun lounges, 32 inch Samsung HD TVs linked to Mac mini computers and complimentary internet access enhanced by an upgraded Wi-Fi system. The two new spectacular dining areas, River Caf and Table la Rive, are welcome additions, and all public areas feature new artwork, carpet, soft furnishings and designer furniture. Even the bar in the new panorama lounge of each ship has been upgraded and is made from sophisticated marble.

Luxurious ship

You will have a hard time to find a more luxurious ship on Europes rivers; from the Port Laurent marble from Morocco in the panorama lounge to the handpicked art lining the walls. And of course, the exemplary personal service. The meticulous attention to detail is visible as soon as you set foot onboard. The ships modern design features contemporary, luxurious finishes, fine woods and soft, high quality fabrics - all carefully selected with your comfort in mind. With at least one member of staff for every three guests, you can be sure of an outstanding level of service throughout your vegan river cruise.

Space to relax, indoors and outdoors

Vegan River Cruises strictly limits its guest and cabin numbers. Not out of pretension or pride, but because in their experience, they know their guests appreciate a real sense of space. In fact, the wonderful scenery gliding by is often the only reminder you have that youre actually on a ship. The panorama lounge is larger than any youll find on ordinary river cruise ships, and there is plenty of space to relax at the bar or River Caf while taking in the breathtaking views. There are also outdoor areas including the sun deck, affording superb views of the ever-changing fairytale landscapes.

Your own haven of luxury

Step into your stateroom or suite and enjoy a spacious and peaceful haven complete with lavish touches throughout; exquisite vegan toiletries and soft, luxurious bathrobes. The superior queen-size Scenic Slumber Beds with fresh, crisp Egyptian cotton linen are a dream, while individual climate control and a pillow menu offer absolute comfort. Your suite or stateroom includes a flat-screen HDTV and Mac mini system, plus complimentary mini-bar and Wi-Fi internet access. Theres also a personal safe for your valuables and a nightly turndown service.

Balconies and scenic sun lounges

Scenic Cruises set out to revolutionise river cruising by commissioning their very own Scenic fleet; briefing specialist architects to design and build ships that exude luxury, style and elegance. All ships are immaculately presented, and the widest and longest on Europes waterways, with two entire decks of suites with balconies (thats at least eighty-three percent of accommodation), all with floor to ceiling windows that open to your private outdoor balcony. And if the weather happens to turn less than favourable, your balcony can be transformed with our signature Scenic Sun Lounge, so you wont miss out on any of the dramatic scenery.

Butler service for all guests

A renowned butler service is available to every one of our guests. Youll be welcomed aboard with a refreshing vegan drink before being taken through the luxury amenities of your cabin.

Vegan fine dinning every day

Aboard a Vegan Travel river cruise, you have a range of vegan dining options to choose from; the informal all-day River Caf, the elegance of the Crystal Dining Restaurant, the English tradition of high tea on our Riverview Terrace.

Drinks included all day, every day

While youre onboard, all vegan cocktails, spirits, beer and wine, are available with our compliments at any time. The only exceptions are a very small number of rare, fine and vintage wines, champagnes and spirits. Lunch and dinner are always accompanied by cocktails, a wide choice of wines, beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Even the mini-bar in your cabin is yours to enjoy any time, along with a large bottle of still and sparkling mineral water daily.

No hidden extras

Hidden extras-we simply dont include them. Wi-Fi, port charges, drinks-they're all included in the price of your vegan cruise.

Suite dreams - cabin and suite options

Royal Balcony Suite - Including Scenic 'Sun Lounge' - 29 square meters/315 square feet. These suites on the Diamond deck are the ultimate in luxury with more space, impeccable service, thoughtful touches, an outdoor balcony, lounge area and an oversized bathroom.

Royal Panorama Suite - Including Scenic 'Sun Lounge' - 30 square meters/325 square feet. This suite is the largest on the ship. At the rear of the Diamond deck you can enjoy panoramic views of the breathtaking passing scenery through floor to ceiling windows across two walls of the cabin.

Junior Balcony Suite - Including Scenic 'Sun Lounge' - 23 square meters/250square feet. These spacious suites, located on the Sapphire and Diamond decks, have a private full-length balcony and elegant en-suite bathrooms featuring a large vanity basin, bathtub with shower above.

Private Balcony Suite - Including Scenic 'Sun Lounge' - 19 square meters/205 square feet. Located on the Sapphire and Diamond decks. they feature a full-length outdoor balcony with the exclusive Sun Lounge system and are larger than the standard river cruise cabins on Europes rivers.

Standard Suite - Up to 15 square meters/160 square feet suite. Staterooms are located on the Jewel Deck with large picture windows to ensure a great view. They have a spacious design and clever layout alongside all the usual luxurious amenities and furnishings.

With as much as 20 percent more onboard space than the standard river cruise ship, a vegan tour on the Scenic Sapphire offers ample space to relax while still maintaining an intimate atmosphere. The ship features an elegant interior, deluxe amenities and exquisite onboard services. The splendors of Southern France will be continuously on display from each cabin, most of them having a private balcony. You can enjoy vegan gourmet meals with quality wines, let yourself charmed by the panoramic views on a walk around the outdoor track and tune into the live music entertainment and activities at night.

Day 1 - Arles

Arrive at the airport (Marseille or Nice) and youll be transferred to Arles, where youll be welcomed aboard your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship Sapphire.

Tonight you can look forward to a rousing vegan welcome reception.

Meals included: dinner, midnight snack.

Day 2 - Tarascon and Avignon

The town of Tarascon has a distinctly medieval character and is dominated by its impressive riverside castle.

Visit Les Baux, and drop into a local olive farm, or explore Saint-Rmy and the Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery. Alternatively, visit the wondrous Arles Arena on your tour of this once thriving Roman city.

Back on board, enjoy a Captains Welcome cocktail reception, and your cruise into beautiful Avignon.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, midnight snack.

Day 3 - Avignon

Explore Avignons architectural wonder, the Popes Palace. Alternatively, take an excursion to Uzs, and visit the Pont du Gard, the impressive ancient Roman aqueduct nearby.

You can also shop with a vegan chef at the local vegetarian food market and sample the wonderful regional fare.

This afternoon take some time to explore Avignon at will.

After the doors close to the general public at Avignons prestigious Popes Palace, you might want to attend an exclusive concert where virtuoso musicians perform Mozart, Strauss, Vivaldi and Beethoven in the elegant Grand Tinel room.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, midnight snack.

Day 4 - Viviers and Tournon

Enjoy a walking tour of Viviers and visit the imposing Cathedral of Viviers.

Then, in the afternoon, enjoy the scenery from the sun deck as you cruise into Tournon.

Relax with a beverage on the terrace of the Castle of Tournon. Local guitarists will perform an acoustic set. Its a great soundtrack to an awe-inspiring backdrop.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, midnight snack.

Day 5 - Vienne to Lyon

Take a walking tour in Vienne and uncover the fascinating history of this picturesque riverside town, once conquered by Julius Caesar.

This afternoon join an on board masterclass in French vegan cuisine, or simply relax and breathe on the beautiful Rhne River as you cruise to Lyon.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, midnight snack.

Day 6 - Lyon

Awake today in Lyon, the gastronomic heart of France!

Walk through Lyons hidden traboules and visit the Notre Dame Basilica which offers fabulous views across the city. Alternatively, walk the cobblestone paths of yesteryear in the medieval hilltop town of Prouges, or join a guided bike ride to Lyons Botanical Gardens and Zoo.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, midnight snack.

Day 7 - Macon and Chalon-sur-Seone

Travel to the village of Oignt in the Golden Stone region of Beaujolais, where youll enjoy a tasting of the regions delicious vegan wines. Alternatively, explore charming Cluny, built around the great Benedictine Abbey.

Soak in the landscapes of the famous Burgundy region, straddling the shores of the Sane River, as you spend a leisurely afternoon cruising to Chalon-sur-Sane.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, midnight snack.

Day 8 - Chalon-sur-Seone

After breakfast, transfer to Lyon airport or train station for your return journey home.

Your vegan cruise ends - but you memories will last forever.

Meals included: breakfast.

On the second day of the cruise you will visit Tarascon, a town renowned for its distinct medieval architecture. You can then choose between visiting Les Baux, where you can discover a local olive farm, or exploring Saint-Rmy and the Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery. Alternatively, visit the wondrous Arles Arena on your tour of this once thriving Roman city. Explore Avignons architectural wonder, the Popes Palace on the 3rd day of the tour. Alternatively, take an excursion to Uzs, and visit the Pont du Gard, the impressive ancient Roman aqueduct nearby.

On the next day, enjoy a walking tour of Viviers and visit its imposing cathedral. Take a walking tour in Vienne and uncover its fascinating history on day 5. On day 6, relax and walk Lyons hidden traboules and visit the Notre Dame Basilica. Alternatively, walk the cobblestone paths of yesteryear in the medieval hilltop town of Prouges, or join a guided bike ride to Lyons Botanical Gardens and Zoo. Before finishing our journey together, travel to the village of Oignt in the Golden Stone region of Beaujolais, where youll enjoy a tasting of the regions delicious vegan wines. Alternatively, explore charming Cluny, built around the great Benedictine Abbey.

This retreat will take place in Southern France, along the Rhone river from Arles to Chalon-sur-Saone.

Activities
  • Bicycle
  • Boating
  • Cooking classes
General
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Bar nearby
  • Caf
  • Caf nearby
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Hair salon
  • Laundry
  • Mini bar
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurant nearby
Services
  • Free bottled water
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free Wi-Fi / computer
  • Internet access
  • Wireless internet

In the evening of your arrival, look forward to the exciting vegan welcome reception. Back on board after visiting Tarascon, you will enjoy a Captains welcome cocktail reception. On board the cost of the tour includes all breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack.

While youre onboard, all vegan cocktails, spirits, beer and wine, are available with our compliments at any time. Lunch and dinner are always accompanied by cocktails, a wide choice of wines, beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Even the mini-bar in your cabin is yours to enjoy any time, along with a large bottle of still and sparkling mineral water daily.

Exclusions

Breakfast and lunch on the day of your arrival, as well as lunch and dinner for the last day are excluded from tours price. A very small number of rare, fine and vintage wines, champagnes and spirits can be purchased at your cost. Any other extra drink and snack are available at your own expenses.

Plenty of bicycles and binoculars are available for our guests to sightsee villages and the countryside on their own. Onboard Scenic Sapphire, you can take in spectacular views from the observation lounge's open-air deck at the bow of the ship. Relax with a good book in the library after a long day of sightseeing, or try your luck at bridge or a board game in the lounge.

At night, relax and take in the passing landscape from the floor-to-ceiling windows in the panorama lounge and bar, or sip a cocktail under the stars in the open air lounge on the sun deck. Local performers and artists are invited onboard for after dinner entertainment, and a piano player entertains the lounge every night. Of course, there will be plenty of activities at night: cooking classes, show cooking, discussions, dancing and others.

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers, at your convenience
  • Authentic local entertainment and activities
  • Balcony suites, including a scenic sun lounge
  • Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages all day, everyday
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet
  • Cruise director to guide and assist
  • Exclusive scenic personalized GPS for self-guided touring and on board commentary
  • Superb vegan meals (full board)
  • The freedom of e-bikes - electronically assisted - bicycles
  • Anything not mentioned above.

Arrival by airplane

Arrive at Marseille Provence airport (MRS) or at Nice Cote DAzur airport (NCE) and Vegan River Cruises will pick you up. The pick-up is included in the price.