On this idyllic foodie river cruise through southern France, you'll enjoy a cooking demonstration from one of the world’s finest chefs
For food and wine-lovers, the Rhone region is one of Europe's
ultimate destinations, with its rich burgundies, zesty Provence
rosés and fine cheeses. And on this all-inclusive five-star river
cruise along the Rhone, you'll be joined by Frenchman Raymond
Blanc, one of the fathers of modern British cuisine.
His Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons restaurant has spawned some of
the country's most talented chefs, including Marco Pierre White,
Sat Bains, Heston Blumenthal and Michael Caines, but his passion
for food has its roots in France. 'Most French life revolves around
mealtimes and my family was no exception,' says Raymond.
'For my mother, cooking was an act of love. At an early age, I
was taught to love and respect food, for its beauty, its freshness
and also its price. This simple philosophy has been a strong
influence on my career as a chef.'
You'll see that passion on display as you take part in an
interactive cookery demonstration with Raymond. You will have the
opportunity to taste his creations, enjoy a dinner of local
delicacies from a menu that he will choose, and ask him your
cookery questions during a question-and-answer session and book
signing, where you'll also get a free copy of his latest cookbook
(one per booking).
Your sailing begins in Lyons and you will travel along the Rhone
river, stopping at Macon, Vienne, Viviers, Avignon and Tarascon to
explore these charming destinations and feast on the region's best
bites. You'll tour Roman monuments, visit vineyards, and enjoy
all-inclusive food and wine in the ship's fantastic
Meet Raymond Blanc
You will meet the much-loved chef and take part in a series of
exclusive events with him. Join Raymond for a book signing and
Q&A session while you enjoy a cocktail before seeing him in
action on board the following day during an interactive cooking
demonstration. That evening, you'll feast on a special regional
menu chosen by Raymond.
Ultimate foodie adventure
The Rhone Valley is the jewel in France's culinary crown, and
you'll have plenty of chances to sample its produce. A highlight is
sure to be a meeting with a local farmer who has a specially
trained truffle-snuffling dog, and tasting what it finds -
exclusively for this itinerary. Discover the tastes of the Rhone
with Raymond Blanc.
Cruise in style
Scenic Sapphire is an all-suite Space-Ship, with food and drink
included in the price you pay. Your award-winning ship boasts a
fine restaurant, elegant bar, salt therapy lounge and fitness
facilities, and a sundeck with pool. You'll can also learn
delicious local recipes from our expert chefs, at the on-board
cooking school, Scenic Culinaire.
Choose from a huge range of trips on your eight-day itinerary,
from shopping with a chef and cooking your purchases, to visiting
vineyards and an olive farm and exploring the architectural wonders
of Arles and Avignon. In addition, after the doors close to the
public at Avignon's prestigious Palais des Papes, you'll be invited
for an exclusive Scenic Enrich concert inside this elegant 14th