Scenic Gem was crafted especially for the rivers of France.

Three luminaries of Australian television and journalism have been signed by river cruise brand Scenic to host travellers on three themed river cruise itineraries tailored to their respective fields of expertise scheduled for next year.

Travellers will have the chance to cruise with Catriona Rowntree, long-time host of Channel Nine’s travel program Getaway, as part of an 11-day cruise along the Seine River in Paris. This itinerary departs and returns to the same place, between which it will visit Honfleur, the beaches of Normandy, Monet’s garden and the home of Vincent Van Gogh. Inclusive of return airfares from Australia, this cruise is priced from $8,190 per person twin share.

Catriona Rowntree has been everywhere but never loses her passion and enthusiasm for travel.
Catriona Rowntree has been everywhere but never loses her passion and enthusiasm for travel.

Guests with an interest in Australian wartime history might prefer to depart on 29 June instead, on a cruise hosted by journalist, author and wartime historian Peter FitzSimons. This cruise will take on more of a wartime history theme, with the guest host conducting several lectures about the topic onboard. In addition, guests will have a chance to visit the Somme Battlefields, Villers-Bretonneux and the beaches of Normandy, their experience amplified by the knowledge, experience and extensive research that FitzSimons will be able to provide.

Finally, legendary journalist & TV presenter Ray Martin will welcome guests on an eight-day cruise along the Mekong River from Siem Reap, Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam onboard the brand new small ship Scenic Spirit. This itinerary will include a visit to the capital Phnom Penh and the towns of Tan Chau and the Cao Dai Temple among many other highlights. This itinerary is priced from $3,595 per person twin share, with bookings made before 30 April 2017 earning a $250pp discount.

Scenic travellers can cruise with Ray Martin along the Mekong in August 2017.
Scenic travellers can cruise with Ray Martin along the Mekong in August 2017.

In addition to the three celebrity-hosted itineraries, Scenic has also lined up a number of themed river cruises designed for fans of cycling and fine food.

There are multiple opportunities to explore Europe on two wheels while onshore, notably on the eight-day ‘Gems of the Danube Cycling Adventure Discovery’. Two departures running between Budapest and Nuremburg will take place on 24 May and 05 June 2017, sailing onboard Scenic Amber and Scenic Jade respectively.

Both cruises will feature opportunities to explore the region by bicycle, including Vienna, Durnstein, Melk, Linz, Passau, Regensburg and Nuremburg. We recently visited these ports and you can learn more about them HERE.

Scenic will run two river cruises in 2017 designed for cycling enthusiasts.
Scenic will run two river cruises in 2017 designed for cycling enthusiasts.

Fans of fine food, gastronomy and general epicurean wonders might opt instead for Scenic’s foodie itinerary, which next year is the 11-day ‘Bordeaux’s Culinary Delights’.

Sailing round-trip on 09 July 2017 from the French town onboard Scenic Diamond, this cruise takes guests along the Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde rivers, with the region enveloped by harmonious landscapes, wineries and tiny villages with shops which will welcome guests and put forth some of its famous produce including wine and cognac, oysters, cheese, fruits and chocolate varieties, just to name a few.

This cruise will also serve as the launch event for Scenic’s recently announced onboard cooking school, Scenic Culinaire, which will host cooking demonstrations and gourmet tasting sessions onboard the ship, while travellers will also be able to learn some of these cooking techniques themselves at specially hosted cooking classes.

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