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Meals included: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
Famous for fine wines, rolling hills and lush vineyards, a journey through Bordeaux is unique. Explore the historic citadel of Blaye and the underground catacombs of Saint Émilion, and soak up the wine, gastronomy and architecture of this inspiring region.
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Fly to Bordeaux where you will be met and transferred to your ship for embarkation.
Today, sail along the Garonne River into the Gironde Estuary and spot the clay-limestone and chateaux that pepper the banks. Have lunch on board your ship at Pauillac surrounded by some of Bordeaux's finest vineyards. This historic town was built by wine merchants and retains many original townhouses along its banks. This afternoon, perhaps join the optional excursion to the Médoc, where some of Bordeaux's most illustrious red wines are cultivated. Drive through great 'appellations' including Saint Julien, Haut-Médoc and Margaux as you trace the iconic 'Châteaux Route', admiring the beautiful châteaux of Lafite-Rothschild, Latour-de-France and Mouton Rothschild on the way. Afterwards, return to your ship for dinner and entertainment.
Leave early this morning and drink in the views as you cruise the Gironde Estuary, passing marshlands and the cliffs of Meschers-Sur-Gironde, peppered with troglodyte caves. Next, cruise to Blaye, where, after lunch on board, you can join the optional excursion, driving the cliff road that winds alongside the Dordogne River and Gironde, and catch a glimpse of the region's ancient caves and the stilted fishermen's huts called 'carrelets' en route. After a stop in medieval Bourg, return to Blaye and its 17th-century fortress. Tonight, enjoy dinner and dancing on board.
This morning, sail past Bordeaux and join the Dordogne to cruise to Libourne. The Dordogne is known for its rich food, heady history, chateau countryside and picturesque villages. Glide into the quaint commune of Libourne, the wine-making capital of northern Gironde. After lunch on board, why not join the optional visit to the enchanting wine town of Saint Émilion? A UNESCO World Heritage site, this postcard-perfect hilltop settlement dates from the 2nd century BC when the Romans first planted vineyards here. Take a tour of its remarkable underground cloisters, catacombs and chapel, built around a cave inhabited by the 8th-century monk Émilion. Visit the Monolithic Church, the world's largest hewn from a single rock. Next, learn about and sample some of the region's acclaimed wines at a family-run vineyard before returning to the ship for dinner and entertainment.
This morning, cruise into the Garonne, arriving in Cadillac in time for lunch. This afternoon, join the optional excursion to the fairytale 12th century Château de Roquetaillade, a six-towered castle. Marvel at its extravagant Gothic interiors, created by the 19th-century architect Viollet-le-Duc. The tour moves on to the walled town of Cadillac, home of the Château des Ducs d'Epernon and enclosed by fortifications and gates leading to a charming main square. After dinner on board, the evening is at leisure.
Relax as you cruise back to Bordeaux, arriving in time for an optional afternoon tour of this bustling city, which started life as a Roman trading post and whose classical architecture has earned its UNESCO World Heritage status. Enjoy a panoramic coach tour of the major landmarks, including elegant 18th-century houses, the Girondin column and the collonaded Grand Théâtre. Next, set off on a walking tour around the old Saint-Pierre district where narrow alleyways, fine churches and fountained squares melt into neo-classical boulevards. Back on board, enjoy a gala dinner and dancing in the evening.
After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Bordeaux with two nights at the Best Western Grand Hotel Francais.
The following cruise optional excursion package can be purchased at the time of booking from £207 per person and includes:
Day 2: Drive through the scenery to the Médoc and trace the Château route
Day 3: Cliff road drive and Corniche Road
Day 4: Visit to the Chateau de Roquetaillade and tour of Cadillac
Day 5: City tour and wine tasting experience
Day 6: City tour
Note: All optional excursions are subject to change and a minimum number of participants are required for them to operate.
Sail in Bordeaux along the Gironde estuary whilst onboard the MS Princesse d’Aquitaine. The 4 Anchors Class Ship has 2 decks and was first built in 2001 and then recently refurbished in 2011. At 110m in length and with a width of 11.4m, she offers only 69 luxury cabins to 138 passengers, providing a more intimate and personal river cruise.
The cabins offer guests the perfect view for their large picture window, and are very spacious and tastefully decorated with the option of double or single beds. An ensuite is provided with shower, W.C. and a hairdryer. For extra comfort central heating is available during the Winter season and air-conditioning for the Summer season.
For your entertainment a satellite tv and radio are provided for you to use at your leisure.
There's no need to shop around. Find a cheaper like-for- like tour from another company, and we’ll not only match their price but also give you a £50 discount when you book with us.
They have in-depth knowledge of the places you’ll visit and will be on hand every step of the way with commentary entirely in English. 96% of customers rate them 'excellent' or 'good'.
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