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01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Bordeaux the Gironde and Wine Country

This 5-night itinerary from Bordeaux follows the Gironde and Garonne rivers to the top French wine growing areas. Visits to Pauillac, Blaye and Cadillac with optional excursions to the Medoc and St Emilion

Cruise Only
5 nights from £746pp

Fly-Cruise Package
5 nights from £1056pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Bordeaux Pont de Pierre
  • Chateau Latour
  • Caves and fishermens huts, Meschers

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Save 5% on 2020 departures! Discount applies to cruise cost. Prices shown include discount. Book by 30 Nov 2019

Bordeaux the Gironde and Wine Country Special Offer

This part of Aquitaine was fortified by English king Henry II and his successors, leaving ancient castles and fortified bastide towns across the landscape. Returned to France in 1453 after the Hundred Years War, the whole area has interesting historical sights such as hilltop Bourg and the citadel at Blaye.

France's three top chateau are in the Bordeaux area - Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Latour, and Chateau Mouton Rothschild. Bordeaux itself is a World Heritage site with over 350 classified buildings and the small port of Pauillac shipped wines for centuries, brought down by barge along the rivers.

This itinerary travels from Bordeaux down to the Gironde estuary past cliffs and hilltop towns. Noted sights include the old houses carved out of the cliffs, and the carrelets, the famous fishermens' huts built on stilts over the water. Returning upriver on the Garonne, the ship visits Cadillac for an optional tour to St Emilion and its famous underground city before returning to Bordeaux.

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BOS - Bordeaux, Gironde and Wine Country Itinerary

Day 1 - Bordeaux (France)

Board your ship between 6pm and 7pm in Bordeaux. After settling into our cabins, we have a welcome drink in the lounge and are introduced to the crew. After dinner, we have a welcome party on board.

Day 2 - Pauillac

We head down the River Garonne and then join the River Gironde, passing Cazeau Island and Patiras Island before arriving Pauillac. Built long ago by wine merchants or ship captains, Pauillac has managed to preserve the fine stone houses along its quaysides. Our optional excursion this afternoon is to visit the Medoc (reservation in advance essential) - the renowned region where the most famous red wines in the world are cultivated, a strip of land squeezed between ocean and estuary with a mild, humid climate ideal for wine cultivation. We pass through most of the great Medoc appelations such as Saint Julien, Margaux, Haut-Medoc following the famous Chateaux Route and the chateaux of Lafite-Rothschild, Latour and Mouton Rothschild. There is also the optional excursion visiting the Medoc through biking, wine and cheese. We return on board for dinner and an evening of entertainment. We moor for the night in Pauillac.

Day 3 - Pauillac - Blaye

We set sail early this morning, cruising along the Gironde to the estuary. We pass the Meschers-sur-Gironde with its steep cliffs, Troglodyte houses and fishermens' huts, before arriving in Blaye. This superb acropolis was an ideal look-out post to watch for invaders and its fortress is the biggest attraction in Blaye. We set off on our optional excursion along the Corniche, or cliff route. Narrow and picturesque, the road snakes alongside the River Dordogne before reaching the Gironde Estuary. As we travel, we catch a glimpse of charming gardens, ancient fishermens' houses, remarkable dwelling places carved out of the heart of the cliff, not forgetting the famous carrelets, the unique fishermens' huts perched on wooden stilts on top of the water. The scenery here is an unusual combination of river, rocks and vines. An alternative optional excursion visits Blaye and its underground monuments. Moor for the night in Blaye.

Day 4 - Blaye - Libourne - Saint Emilion

Cruise to Libourne at the confluence of the Isle and the Dordogne. Perhaps take the optional excursion to Saint-Emilion, before returning to Libourne. Gala dinner on board. Moor for the night.

Day 5 - Libourne - Bordeaux

We have breakfast and lunch on board today as we continue back to Bordeaux, where we arrive later in the morning. We set off by coach for an optional guided tour of the city, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the key sights and fine buildings on the banks of the River Garonne. Alternatively there is an optional visit to La Cite du Vin and wine-tasting.

Day 6 - Bordeaux

After breakfast on board, we disembark around 9am.

Please note that this schedule may be modified by the Captain in the light of tidal and other factors.

Price Includes

  • Five nights accommodation on board on a full-board basis
  • Unlimited complimentary house wine, beer, mineral water and soft drinks on board
  • Itinerary as described
  • Entertainment on board
  • Cruise Manager
  • Gala farewell dinner
  • Port taxes
  • Flight inclusive package prices include return flights from the UK and transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • Cruise only prices do not include flights or transfers
  • Optional Excursions (must be pre-booked at least 4 weeks before departure or bookable on board subject to availability)
  • Gratuities
  • Personal insurance and expenses

Special Features

  • CroisiEurope is the leading French river cruise company. Their ships have a distinctly French flavour, the service and the food having received much praise from Blue Water Holidays customers. Staff and passengers come from many European countries and there may be other English speaking passengers on board.
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2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • October
    • Oct 20th - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £878
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £878 Cruise Only from: £1004 Cruise Only from: £1031 Cruise Only from: £1319 Cruise Only from: £1445 Cruise Only from: £1472
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1188 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1314 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1341 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1629 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1755 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1782
    • Oct 23rd - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Princesse dAquitaine From: £746
      Main Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Suite Upper Deck Suite Main Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £746 Cruise Only from: £859 Cruise Only from: £859 Cruise Only from: £972 Cruise Only from: £1120 Cruise Only from: £1233
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1056 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1169 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1169 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1282 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1430 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1543
    • Oct 25th - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £878
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £878 Cruise Only from: £1004 Cruise Only from: £1031 Cruise Only from: £1319 Cruise Only from: £1445 Cruise Only from: £1472
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1188 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1314 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1341 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1629 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1755 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1782

2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • April
    • Apr 1st - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £842
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £842 Cruise Only from: £973 Cruise Only from: £995 Cruise Only from: £1283 Cruise Only from: £1414 Cruise Only from: £1436
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1152 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1283 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1305 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1593 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1724 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1746
    • Apr 6th - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £842
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £842 Cruise Only from: £973 Cruise Only from: £995 Cruise Only from: £1283 Cruise Only from: £1414 Cruise Only from: £1436
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1152 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1283 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1305 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1593 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1724 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1746
    • Apr 18th - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £842
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £842 Cruise Only from: £973 Cruise Only from: £995 Cruise Only from: £1283 Cruise Only from: £1414 Cruise Only from: £1436
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1152 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1283 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1305 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1593 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1724 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1746
    • Apr 23rd - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £842
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £842 Cruise Only from: £973 Cruise Only from: £995 Cruise Only from: £1283 Cruise Only from: £1414 Cruise Only from: £1436
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1152 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1283 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1305 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1593 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1724 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1746
  • May
    • May 5th - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £932
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £932 Cruise Only from: £1063 Cruise Only from: £1085 Cruise Only from: £1373 Cruise Only from: £1504 Cruise Only from: £1526
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1242 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1373 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1395 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1683 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1814 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1836
    • May 29th - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £983
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £983 Cruise Only from: £1114 Cruise Only from: £1136 Cruise Only from: £1424 Cruise Only from: £1555 Cruise Only from: £1577
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1293 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1424 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1446 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1734 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1865 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1887
  • June
    • Jun 22nd - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £983
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £983 Cruise Only from: £1114 Cruise Only from: £1136 Cruise Only from: £1424 Cruise Only from: £1555 Cruise Only from: £1577
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1293 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1424 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1446 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1734 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1865 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1887
  • July
    • Jul 4th - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £889
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £889 Cruise Only from: £1020 Cruise Only from: £1042 Cruise Only from: £1330 Cruise Only from: £1461 Cruise Only from: £1483
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1199 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1330 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1352 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1640 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1771 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1793
    • Jul 16th - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £889
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £889 Cruise Only from: £1020 Cruise Only from: £1042 Cruise Only from: £1330 Cruise Only from: £1461 Cruise Only from: £1483
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1199 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1330 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1352 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1640 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1771 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1793
    • Jul 28th - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £889
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £889 Cruise Only from: £1020 Cruise Only from: £1042 Cruise Only from: £1330 Cruise Only from: £1461 Cruise Only from: £1483
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1199 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1330 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1352 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1640 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1771 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1793
  • August
    • Aug 9th - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £889
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £889 Cruise Only from: £1020 Cruise Only from: £1042 Cruise Only from: £1330 Cruise Only from: £1461 Cruise Only from: £1483
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1199 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1330 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1352 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1640 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1771 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1793
    • Aug 21st - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £889
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £889 Cruise Only from: £1020 Cruise Only from: £1042 Cruise Only from: £1330 Cruise Only from: £1461 Cruise Only from: £1483
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1199 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1330 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1352 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1640 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1771 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1793
  • September
    • Sep 26th - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £983
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £983 Cruise Only from: £1114 Cruise Only from: £1136 Cruise Only from: £1424 Cruise Only from: £1555 Cruise Only from: £1577
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1293 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1424 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1446 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1734 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1865 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1887
  • October
    • Oct 8th - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £983
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £983 Cruise Only from: £1114 Cruise Only from: £1136 Cruise Only from: £1424 Cruise Only from: £1555 Cruise Only from: £1577
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1293 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1424 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1446 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1734 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1865 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1887
    • Oct 20th - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £842
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £842 Cruise Only from: £973 Cruise Only from: £995 Cruise Only from: £1283 Cruise Only from: £1414 Cruise Only from: £1436
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1152 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1283 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1305 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1593 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1724 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1746
    • Oct 25th - Bordeaux and back - Sailing on: Cyrano de Bergerac From: £842
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £842 Cruise Only from: £973 Cruise Only from: £995 Cruise Only from: £1283 Cruise Only from: £1414 Cruise Only from: £1436
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1152 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1283 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1305 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1593 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1724 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1746
Map for Bordeaux the Gironde and Wine Country