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Cruise from Bordeaux in South West France

Explore the Bordeaux area of Aquitaine and the top French wine growing areas along the Dordogne and Garonne rivers, with excursions to chateaux and along the Wine Route and its famous vineyards

The city of Bordeaux has long connections with the English and the wine trade. A World Heritage Site, Bordeaux has many 18th century buildings around the Grand Theatre and impressive facades lining the quays along the river. The city centre has extensive pedestrian areas and street cafes to enjoy the city bustle.

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CroisiEuropeCroisiEurope

  • Cruise only, package possible
  • Fixed seating for meals
  • Informal dress code
  • Mainly European passengers
  • Unlimited complimentary house wine, beer, mineral water and soft drinks on board (1 April – 31 Oct departures only)

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    • CroisiEurope Ship - Princesse d'Aquitaine
      Princesse d'Aquitaine
      • Journey from Bordeaux with the opportunity to see prestigious wine areas including St Emilion and the Medoc. Unlimited complimentary house wine, beer, mineral water and soft drinks on board, with optional shore excursions

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
        2016 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

    • Save 5% on all flight inclusive package prices!

    • CroisiEurope Ship - Princesse d'Aquitaine
      Princesse d'Aquitaine
      • A new itinerary with plenty of opportunities to visit some of Bordeaux's best-known wine-growing towns and villages. Unlimited complimentary house wine, beer, mineral water and soft drinks on board, with optional shore excursions

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
        2016 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

    • Save 5% on all flight inclusive package prices!

    • CroisiEurope Ship - Princesse d'Aquitaine
      Princesse d'Aquitaine
      • Journey through the wine country around Bordeaux, with optional excursions to the Medoc, St Emilion and Entre Deux Mers areas. Unlimited complimentary house wine, beer, mineral water and soft drinks on board

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
        2016 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

    • Save £100pp on all flight inclusive package prices!

    • CroisiEurope Ship - Princesse d'Aquitaine
      Princesse d'Aquitaine
      • Explore the rivers and wine-growing areas around Bordeaux, plus the picturesque coastline of the Arcachon Basin and the amazing Dune of Pyla. Unlimited complimentary house wine, beer, mineral water and soft drinks on board

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
        2016 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

    • Save £100pp on all flight inclusive package prices!

APTAPT

  • Includes travel from UK
  • Includes shore excursions
  • Includes gratuities
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board (and at all times on some itineraries)
  • Informal dress code
  • Open seating for meals
  • Casual dress code
  • Mainly UK/AUS/US passengers
  • Home-to-airport transfers within 75 miles of chosen airport

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    • Choice of APT Ships
      Choice of Ships
      • An all-inclusive Royal Collection cruise through the heart of Bordeaux with visits to magnificent chateaux and wine tastings. Includes return flights from the UK, private home to airport transfers, unlimited complimentary drinks on board plus a superb selection of guided excursions and Signature Experiences

      • River Cruise
      • 2016 - May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct, Nov

    • Book by 31 May 2015 to save up to £2000 per couple!

ScenicScenic

  • Travel package from UK
  • Butler service in all cabins
  • Shore excursions included
  • Balcony cabins available
  • Complimentary drinks on board throughout cruise
  • Gratuities included
  • Informal dress code
  • Choice of restaurants
  • Open seating for meals
  • Mainly UK/AUS passengers

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    • Scenic Ship - Scenic Diamond
      Scenic Diamond
      • Sample the best wines of the Medoc and Bordeaux, taste the local gastronomic delights and visit historic chateaux on this all-inclusive river cruise. Includes shore excursions, travel package from the UK, butler service, complimentary drinks and gratuities

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct
        2016 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

    • Save £2000 per couple on 2016 dates - now from just £3145pp!

UniworldUniworld

  • Includes return travel from UK
  • Includes shore excursions
  • Unlimited beverages on board (excludes premium wine and premium spirits)
  • Open seating for meals
  • Informal dress code
  • Mainly UK/US passengers
  • All gratuities onboard and onshore

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    • Uniworld Ship - River Royale
      River Royale
      • Discover magnificent chateaux, terraced vineyards and traditional cuisine in Bordeaux on board River Royale. Includes return flights from the UK, guided excursions and unlimited drinks onboard

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
        2016 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

    • Exclusive Blue Water package with savings of up to £1450pp!

    • Uniworld Ship - River Baroness
      River Baroness
      • This holiday combines a 7-night cruise along the River Seine, made famous by Impressionist artists, with a 7-night cruise through the wine region of Bordeaux. Includes return flights from the UK and unlimited beverages on board

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

Viking River CruisesViking River Cruises

  • Includes travel from UK
  • Includes shore excursions
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with meals on board
  • Open seating for meals
  • Informal dress code
  • Mainly UK/US/EUR passengers

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    • Viking River Cruises Ship - Viking Forseti and Viking Rinda
      Viking Forseti and Viking Rinda
      • Discover scenic terraced vineyards, magnificent World Heritage Sites and spectacular architecture on this superb itinerary on a Viking Longship. Includes excursions and flight package from the UK

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
        2016 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

    • Exclusive £1050pp discount on 2016 dates - now from just £1045pp!

This part of Aquitaine came under English control with the marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine to Henry II in 1152. The border with France was fortified by Henry II and his successors, leaving ancient castles and fortified medieval bastide towns across the landscape and overlooking the Gironde river. Returned to France in 1453 after the Hundred Years War, the whole area is packed with interesting historical sights.

There are some 10,000 wine producing chateaux in the Bordeaux region, including some of the most expensive wines in the world. Five ‘premier cru’ wines - Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Latour, Mouton Rothschild, Margaux, Haut-Brion are here. Visit Pauillac, capital of the Medoc area, and Blaye, both noted centres for wine culture.

Between the rivers Garonne and Dordogne is the Entre deux Mers wine area. Up the Garonne river from Bordeaux is Cadillac, a bastide town fortified by the English king in 1280 and subsequently a chateau built for the Dukes of Epernon. On the Dordogne call at the market town of Libourne, and from here or Cadillac travel to the village of St Emilion, noted for its catacombs and huge underground church as well as its wine.

The citadel at Blaye St Emilion

Blaye (France)

The landmark of Blaye is the vast citadel built by Vauban which encloses a Gothic castle where the former King of Aquitaine, Charibert II is buried. Excursions might include a drive along the Corniche, a cliff-top road through picturesque fishing hamlets, or a trip to Bourg.

Blaye

Bordeaux (France)

Bordeaux is a large and elegant city on the Garonne River, and the ideal starting-point for a river cruise in one of the world's most important wine-producing regions. Stroll in the Jardin Public, the pretty district of Saint-Eloi and the beautiful bridge of Pont de Pierre.

Bordeaux

Libourne

The pleasant town of Libourne is the capital of wine-making in the northern Gironde. The pretty arcaded square is bordered by merchant houses, and in the interesting Fozera area is the Tour du Grand Port, the remains of a gateway in the town's fortifications.

Libourne (France)

Pauillac

On the River Gironde, Pauillac is the gateway to the Medoc wine-producing region. Tours may take in the villages and chateaux of distinguished producers like Margaux, Haut-Medoc and Lafite-Rothschild.

Pauillac (France)

St Emilion (France)

This historic hill-top town is laced with cobbled streets and ochre-painted houses. Beneath the town is an underground church and catacombs, dating back to the 8th century. Wine tastings at one of the many vineyards in the region may be possible.

St Emilion

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