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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.

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.

Dordogne Highlights

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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Viking River CruisesViking River Cruises

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Heart of Bordeaux

7 Nights - Bordeaux and back

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 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Heart of Bordeaux River Cruise on the Dordogne, Garonne and Gironde rivers
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CroisiEuropeCroisiEurope

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Bordeaux Wine Cruise

4 Nights - Bordeaux and back

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 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Bordeaux Wine Cruise
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Bordeaux the Gironde and Wine Country

5 Nights - Bordeaux and back

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 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Bordeaux, Gironde and Wine Country
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Bordeaux and Wine Country

6 Nights - Bordeaux and back

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

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Bordeaux and Wine Country
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Bordeaux Wine Country and Arcachon

7 Nights - Bordeaux and back

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 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Bordeaux, Wine Country and the Arcachon Basin
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Scenic ToursScenic Tours

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Bordeaux Wine Region

10 Nights - Bordeaux and back

Scenic Tours 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, Nov
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Bordeaux Wine Region
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UniworldUniworld

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Chateaux and Vineyards

7 Nights - Bordeaux and back

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 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

Chateaux and Vineyards of Bordeaux River Cruise
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Portrait of Majestic France

14 Nights - Paris to Bordeaux

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 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

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