The Scottish Mail on Sunday

Discover the tastes of the Rhone with Raymond Blanc



FOR food and winelovers, 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 restaurant­s.


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.


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.

TIME SPAN: The famous ancient bridge over the Rhone at Avignon


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 Century palace.

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