Scenic launches new Culinary and Taster Cruises

As the interest in culinary travel continues to grow, Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours have launched two new culinary cruises sailing in France from April 2021

In addition, for those ‘new-to-cruise’, the brand has introduced a five-day mini-cruise along the Danube. Sailing between Vienna and Budapest, the new itinerary will allow guests to sample one of Europe’s most iconic rivers.

The 11-day Tastes of Southern France sailing allows guests to set their senses ablaze in the south of France while sailing on this round-trip from the gastronomic capital, Lyon, taking in the famous wine-growing region of Beaujolais, Avignon and Viviers. In addition to on-board cooking lessons, tastings and presentations, highlights of the 11-day itinerary include:

  • Learn the tricks and techniques of truffle farming on a guided tour with a local farmer before enjoying a tasting of their delicious produce
  • Visit the restaurant of acclaimed chef, Georges Blanc, for a cooking demonstration
  • Taste the premium wines and tour the Château Meursault wine estate
  • Attend an exclusive interactive workshop at the Valrhona Cite du Chocolate museum

Prices for the Tastes of Southern France river cruise start from £3,745 per person based on 27 April 2021 departure.

Sail through the Médoc region on Scenic’s 11-day Flavours of Bordeaux while embracing the stunning landscapes, delicious fare and refined winemaking. The 11-day itinerary sails round-trip from Bordeaux taking in the region’s most spectacular sites and flavours from sampling local delicacies at a local truffle farm to visiting a Lillet wine producer. Additional culinary experiences include:

  • Learn about the traditional craftsmanship of barrel-making with a local cooper
  • Attend a blind wine tasting to enjoy the complexities of the different varieties
  • A local tasting of cheese, bread charcuterie and cocktails at the estate of Château de La Rivière
  • A tasting of fresh oysters with champagne and dinner of fresh seafood, sourced from Arcachon Bay

Prices for the Flavours of Bordeaux river cruise start from £3,745 per person based on 20 April 2021 departure.

The new five-day mini-cruise, Tastes of Imperial Europe is the perfect opportunity to enjoy Europe’s medieval towns, Baroque palaces and fairy-tale castles whilst enjoying life on-board Scenic’s 5-star Scenic Space Ship featuring a personal butler service.

Starting in Vienna and travelling through Bratislava towards Budapest, highlights from this new itinerary include:

  • A guided tour behind the iron curtain to discover Bratislava’s communist-era history
  • Visit the underground labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock, set underneath the city’s castle district and built in secret during World War II
  • A hike up the World Heritage-listed Buda Hill for a rejuvenating experience
  • Attend an exclusive private classical music concert in the second-largest Baroque Palace in the world

Prices for the Tastes of Imperial Europe river cruise start from £1,635 per person based on 25 April 2021 departure.

All prices include return flights, transfers, gratuities, exceptional wining and dining experiences, a personal on-board butler, a selection of exclusive once-in-a-lifetime Scenic Enrich experiences and daily Scenic Freechoice excursions, in which guests can choose from to tailor their trip for a truly personal experience.

For more information or to book, call 0808 271 5355, visit, or talk to your local travel agent.

About Scenic

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 31-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations and, since 2008, truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in Europe, South East Asia, Russia and Egypt on its 15 Space-Ships. In August 2019, Scenic introduced the world’s first Discovery Yacht, the 228-guest Scenic Eclipse, and a sister ship to launch in 2020. Sister brand Emerald Waterways has eight Star-Ships offering European river sailings with an eighth (Emerald Harmony) launching in 2019 for SE Asia’s Mekong River. Exclusive charters are offered on South East Asia’s Irrawaddy River and the Volga River in Russia.