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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 - Sep, Oct
        2016 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

    • Save 5% on all 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 - Sep, Oct
        2016 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

    • Save 5% on all 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 - 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 - 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 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

    • Exclusive savings of £450pp!

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 - Sep, Oct
        2016 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

    • Fly and save £2500 per couple OR enjoy a free Eurostar Package on 2016 dates!

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 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
        2016 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

    • Save up to £1410pp on 2015 dates - now from just £1465pp!

    • 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 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

AMA WaterwaysAMA Waterways

  • Cruise only, package possible
  • Includes shore excursions
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • Open seating for meals
  • Casual dress code
  • Mainly UK/US/AUS passengers

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    • AMA Waterways Ship - AmaDolce
      AmaDolce
      • Discover the history of the Bordeaux region and sample the sweet Sauternes wines, the popular Medoc wines and the exquisite blends from St Emilion. Includes guided excursions and wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner

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

    • Superb flight inclusive package from just £1399pp!

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 - Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
        2016 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

    • Save £1000pp plus FREE home to airport transfers on 2016 dates!

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

Chateaux and Vineyards of South West France - Review

Fri 31st January 2014

As a fan of French culture and wines, in particular the reds of the Bordeaux area, this CroisiEurope river cruise exploring the chateaux and vineyards of the Aquitaine region of south-west France proved an excellent holiday choice.

Beginning with an overnight stay in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bordeaux, where the superb tram system in the city lends to a simple way of getting round to seeing the sights, I spend time visiting the gothic cathedral of Saint Michel, enjoying lunch at one of the French brassieres in the historic old town and walking along the bank of the river Garonne admiring the architecture of the 18th-century Place de la Bourse with the fountain of Three Graces and the modern water mirror 'Miroir d'Eau' which attracts people of all ages for a paddle!

The second day sees the beginning of the 6-night river cruise which visits the towns of Cadillac, Libourne (for Saint Emilion), Blaye and Pauillac. The optional excursion package I booked meant I was able to make the most of the places at which we stopped. Coaches took me though the beautiful French countryside and small towns passing vineyard after vineyard to local chateaux were I learnt how the regions wines were made and had the pleasure of sampling the produce. This also included a stop at the famous wine growing area of Saint Emilion, with its picturesque town and unique monolithic church and underground catacombs – only available on a tour and certainly worth a visit.

Other optional excursions included visits to the magnificent medieval Chateau Roquetaillade, with its exquisite history and beautiful décor and furnishings created by the French architect Viollet-le-Duc, a coach trip along the Corniche Road with its picturesque gardens and fisherman's huts, a visit to the famous Medoc wine region which included a tour along the chateau route featuring some of south-west France's greatest chateaus including Lafite-Rothschild and a tour of the 17th-century, UNESCO World Heritage listed Citadel at Blaye.

See the 18th-century Place de la Bourse in Bordeaux Spectacular Fountain of Three Graces in the Place de la Bourse Explore the town of Cadillac Princesse d'Aquitaine moored in Libourne From Libourne, visit the famous wine growing area of Saint Emilion Explore the charming narrow streets of Saint Emilion See the magnificent Monolithic Church in Saint Emilion Wine cellar at Chateau de Ferrand, Saint Emilion Discover the medieval Chateau Roquetaillade in Mazeres Enjoy a coach trip along the Corniche Road Visit Chateau Margaux Discover the vineyards at Chateau Simon Enjoy wine tasting at Chateau Prieure Lichine, Margaux Relax in the lounge on board Princesse d'Aquitaine Enjoy superb cuisine in the restaurant Upper Deck cabin on Princesse d'Aquitaine

The river cruise ship, Princesse d'Aquitaine is one of CroisiEurope's 2-deck ships and my cabin, which is on the upper deck, is spacious, clean and very simple with plenty of storage space, flat screen television and a bathroom which, as with most river cruise ships, is small but perfectly formed. The large window offers excellent views of the river.

Dining on board is very much a French affair! The buffet breakfast offers a selection of meats, cheeses, breads, croissants, fruits and cereals as well as cooked options of eggs, bacon and sausage. Lunches on board are a set 4-course menu and dinner is served in one sitting and is a set 3-course menu, both with wine, beer and soft drinks included. I am impressed to find that the included wine is by the bottle and we are provided with a wine menu offering several choices of reds, whites and roses. Table sizes range from 4 to 8 and I am seated with other English-speaking passengers. The food is very good, but it is important to note that lunch and dinner are set menus so passengers with dietary requirements must inform their booking agent.

All in all an excellent holiday on a small and comfortable river cruise ship, with plenty of culture, good food and wine.

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