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01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Grand Bordeaux

An all-inclusive luxury cruise through the heart of Bordeaux with visits to magnificent chateaux and wine tastings. Includes flights from the UK, unlimited complimentary drinks on board plus excursions and Signature Experiences

Fly Cruise
7 nights from £1895pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • St Emilion
  • Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux
  • Libourne
  • St Emilion
  • St Emilion
  • Chateau in Cadillac
  • Enjoy exclusive vineyards to vineyards
  • Enjoy champagne and truffles on board

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday


Save £1000pp on 2017 departures! Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Book by 31 May 2017

2018 just released - special offer launch prices plus exclusive £50pp discount! Book by 29 Apr 2017

Grand Bordeaux Special Offer

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.

A170 Operated by APT


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

Price Includes

  • 7 nights all-inclusive cruising in an outside cabin aboard an Aria Class ship
  • Home-to-airport transfers by private car within 75 miles of your chosen airport
  • Flights from regional UK airports with transfers between ship and airport
  • Complimentary beverages throughout the cruise
  • Room service and champagne on arrival for selected suite categories
  • Freedom of Choice Touring and Signature Experiences
  • Services of a professional Cruise Director
  • Butler service for selected suite categories
  • In-cabin entertainment system with flat screen TV, keyboard, free internet access, film and music library
  • Choice of open seating dining venues including main restaurant, casual lounge and alfresco on selected evenings
  • Welcome Reception, Captain's Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Evening entertainment including music performances, folklore dances, lectures and piano interludes
  • Guided excursions in small groups with personal headsets
  • All tipping and gratuities included
  • Complimentary use of bicycles
  • Port taxes

Special Features

  • Signature Experiences:
  • Enjoy a private tour and dinner at Chateau de Cazeneuve
  • Visit to a family-owned cooperage in Pauillac
  • Freedom of Choice Touring in Libourne, Cadillac, Bergerac and Sauternes

2017 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Departure Date Brochure Price Blue Water Price
APT Aria Class
Apr 27£2895£1895
Jun 01; Jul 06; Aug 24, 31£3095£2095
Sep 21, 28£3195£2195

2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Departure Date Brochure Price Blue Water Price
APT Aria Class
Apr 26£2495£2445
Jun 07; Jul 19; Aug 02, 30£2695£2645
Sep 27£2795£2745

Price Information

  • Prices are per person based on two sharing a Cat E cabin.
  • Cabin Upgrade Supplements:
  • Cat D: from £200pp
  • Cat C: 2017 - from £250pp 2018 - from £500pp
  • Cat B/B+: 2017 - from £400/450pp 2018 - from £650/700pp
  • Cat A: 2017 - from £550pp 2018 - from £800pp
  • Cat A+: 2017 - from £1100pp 2018 - from £1350pp
  • Owner's Suite: 2017 - from £1250pp 2018 - from £1500pp
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