Flavours of Bordeaux

Flavours of Bordeaux

August 2018, 11 Days | From only £3,230pp

Bienvenue, and welcome to Bordeaux, an illustrious French metropolis flanked by the world’s finest wine-growing regions. Join us for an 11-day luxury river cruise in this fabulous part of the world and discover the romantic landscapes, rich history, and refined wine-making heritage that make Bordeaux such a beautiful and enriching destination.

Itinerary:

Day 1 : UK > Bordeaux
Highlights: Welcome reception
Choose from a selection of ways to travel to Bordeaux, all of which are included at no supplement. Pick from one of up to 14 UK regional airports or travel direct from London Gatwick. If you’d prefer not to fly, why not take advantage of our Eurostar No Fly option at no extra cost? Travel Standard Premier Class aboard the Eurostar from St. Pancras International to Paris‡ and on to Bordeaux. Welcome to Bordeaux. Raise your glass to the marvellous cruise ahead of you at this evening’s welcome reception.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2 : Bordeaux > Saint-Émilion
Highlights: Sundowners at Château Siaurac
Enjoy a relaxing morning on board as you cruise in style into the beautiful 13th century port of Libourne. Whilst cruising, perhaps drop into Scenic Culinaire for a French cooking class. You’ll spend the afternoon in the nearby town of Saint-Émilion, an absolute visual feast and the jewel of this ancient wine growing region. You’ll also get to explore the underground catacombs of the Monolithic Church – a true trip highlight.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 : Libourne > Pauillac
Highlights: Foie Gras in Bergerac
After your afternoon at leisure, opt to enhance your culinary prowess in Scenic Culinaire or simply soak in the riverside panoramas while cruising to Pauillac.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 : Médoc
Highlights: Enrich concert at Château Agassac
Travel the scenic Médoc wine route today and discover why this region is viewed as the world’s leading red wine producer. Afterwards, sample the region’s finest at the Château Gruaud-Larose estate, or cycle to Château Lagrange, featured on Napoleon III’s 1855 Classification, for a wine tasting.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 : Pauillac > Cadillac
Highlights: Leisurely cruising
Soak in the Garonne River vistas as you cruise aboard the luxurious Scenic Diamond. Cruising the picturesque landscapes of the Garonne River into Cadillac provides some of the most beautiful scenic cruising in all of the Bordeaux region. Whilst cruising you may choose to further develop your cooking skills with a lesson in Scenic Culinaire. Tonight this remarkable space comes to life when fabulous local entertainers perform live in the Panorama Lounge for your exclusive enjoyment.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 : Cadillac
Highlights: Roquetaillade Castle
Venture into the Sauternes region for a tasting of the prestigious Château Guiraud dessert wines. Alternatively, cycle through the rolling vineyards of Sauternes to the Grand Cru Class estate of Château Myrat for a tasting.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 : Bordeaux
Highlights: Shop with a Chef
A city that exudes atmospheric charm, you’ll enjoy a full afternoon at leisure to immerse yourself in the culture of the Bordelais. Enjoy a special dinner on board showcasing regional delicacies before an illuminations cruise on the Garonne River. A fabulous local soloist will perform live in the Panorama Lounge tonight. What a magical evening.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 : Arcachon > Bourg
Highlights: Arcachon Bay and surrounds
Situated on the northern tip of Europe’s longest coastal beach, Arcachon is the jewel of France’s western coastline.

Late afternoon cruise leisurely into Bourg and in the evening enjoy a lively jazz performance on board.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 : Cognac
Highlights: Tasting at Rémy-Martin property
Today explore the unique northern shores of the Gironde Estuary.

This afternoon, unwind on the Sun Deck cruising on the Gironde River.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 : Blaye > Bordeaux
Highlights: Cycle the Captain’s Road
Discover the remarkable Blaye region, established to protect the Bordeaux region from invasion.

You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive cooking class in Scenic Culinaire or simply relax on board as we cruise past beautiful uninhabited islands bound for Bordeaux.

Dine in style at the Captain’s farewell dinner on board this evening.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 : Bordeaux > UK
Highlights: Farewell
After breakfast, transfer to Bordeaux airport for your return journey home. Fly to one of up to 14 UK regional airports or direct to London Gatwick. Alternatively, travel by first class rail from Bordeaux to Paris‡ and then Standard Premier aboard Eurostar to St. Pancras International.

Meals included: Breakfast

 

For more details of this fantastic river cruise offer call one of our Cruise Specialists FREE on 01229 848249