This all-inclusive holiday along the Garonne and Dordogne rivers explores the heart of Bordeaux, with unique cultural experiences and a fascinating selection of guided tours.
Explore the beautiful walled village of Cadillac, before cruising along the Gironde Estuary past the historic vineyards of Aquitaine to Pauillac in the famous Medoc wine region. During your time here, enjoy an exclusive visit to a family-owned cooperage.
See the sights of Blaye, perhaps explore the impressive Chateau de Cognac on a guided tour and discover the fascinating network of cellars and underground tunnels at Cordeliers Cloister in World Heritage-listed Saint Emilion.
During your time in the charming town of Libourne, perhaps join a guided tour of Bergerac with its beautifully restored Old Town or enjoy a cavier tasting. This superb holiday concludes with an exclusive evening of fine dining at Chateau Pape Clement in Bordeaux.
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Grand Bordeaux Itinerary
Day 1 - UK - Bordeaux (France)
Fly from the UK to Bordeaux and embark your ship docked on the Garonne River for a Welcome Reception. (D)
Day 2 - Cadillac
Pass towering limestone cliffs as you cruise along the Garonne to the walled village of Cadillac. Take a guided tour with highlights including the Bastide de Cadillac before visiting the village of Saint-Macaire. Alternatively, head to Chateau de la Brede and Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte for a tour and wine tasting. The exclusive Signature Experience this evening is to Chateau de Cazeneuve, once home of the Kings of Navarre, for a private tour and dinner in the Grand Salon. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Pauillac
Your ship cruises the Gironde Estuary to Pauillac. Enjoy a visit to a family-owned cooperage where you'll learn how wooden wine barrels are made and the secrets of this time-honoured craft, as well as sampling some red and white wine. Gala Welcome Dinner this evening. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Blaye
Walk around the 17th-century citadel of Blaye which overlooks the Gironde. This afternoon, perhaps head to Cognac for a tour, visiting Chateau de Cognac, a French cognac house. Alternatively, travel to Bourg where you can enjoy a walking tour. Return to the ship docked in Bourg. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Libourne
From Libourne head to the idyllic World Heritage-listed village of Saint Emilion, surrounded by historic vineyards. Venture underneath the village's picturesque cobbled streets to discover the network of underground tunnels and cellars at Cordeliers Cloister. After the tour, enjoy a glass of sparkling wine. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Libourne
See the sights of Bergerac's restored Old Town on a guided tour or perhaps take the excursion to Libourne during which you'll head to a caviar estate for a tour followed by a caviar tasting. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board this evening as you cruise back towards Bordeaux. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Bordeaux
Enjoy a tour of the highlights of the elegant city of Bordeaux, including the Pont de Pierre, tower of Pey-Berland and spectacular Miroir d'eau which reflects the splendid Palais de la Bourse. The ships docks overnight in Bordeaux, giving plenty of time to explore the city at leisure by night. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - Bordeaux
After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)
For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary. Visit sequence, tours and times may vary. Key: B - breakfast; L - lunch; D - dinner