Taste of Bordeaux

Wine Cruise

Introduction

Travel to France’s legendary wine capital, Bordeaux. Iconic châteaux, timeless vineyards and delicious wine tastings are plentiful as you visit Libourne, Blaye, Bourg, Pauillac and Cadillac. This trip is a must for anyone interested in the best of French culture, lifestyle, wine and food.
 

On this cruise, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. In many cases, you will have a choice of excursions, such as standard tours, bike tours, hikes and Special Interest Tours. Large variety of activities so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.

7 Nights from £3,117pp

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What's included?

• Flights Included
• 7 nights luxury accommodation
• Entertainment on Demand system featuring, movies, TV shows, news and music
• All onboard dining in a variety of venues
• Personalised service from a highly trained Cruise Manager
• Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
• Sip & Sail Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
• Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
• Immersive tours in every destination
• Sun deck whirlpool and walking track

Ports Of Call

Embark the ship for your Taste of Bordeaux cruise. 

Take in the romance of Bordeaux as you pass iconic sights on a scenic cruise. Later in the day, dock in Libourne, a gateway to
one of Bordeaux’s most elite wine regions. Join an excursion to Saint Émilion, known for its celebrated vineyards, and while here, explore the monolithic church carved
out of one piece of limestone rock, and then go under the church to discover its catacombs and caves. Afterwards, enjoy a Grand Cru Classé wine tasting at either
Château de Ferrand or Château de Pressac. Alternately, you can enjoy an excursion to Saint­Émilion solely to discover more of the small historic town. If you prefer a
more active adventure, pedal through the vineyard­rich countryside to Saint­Émilion and then to Château Soutard for a Grand Cru Classé wine tasting. You can also
choose to tour the magnificent Château Vayres, one of the most prestigious historic buildings of Aquitaine.

Stroll through the colorful, open­air market, tasting some of the region’s specialties. You can also choose to enjoy a tasting of local
wines from one of the beautiful wine estates in the Fronsac region. Or, you can get your heart pumping by venturing deeper into town by hiking through one of
Libourne’s renowned vineyards. Later in the day, set sail for Blaye, where you’ll enjoy an evening at your leisure.

Once in Blaye, you can join a tour of its 17th­century citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For a more active excursion, take a bike ride around Blaye. Later in the day, you can choose to bike from Blaye to Bourg or towards Les Etauliers discovering beautiful châteaux through the idyllic French countryside. While in the ancient village of Bourg, take a walking tour and visit the Carriage Museum, which houses a wonderful collection of horse­drawn vehicles.
Later in the day, experience the hospitality of this charming medieval village with an exclusive wine festival. Meet the local wine growers and taste the fruits of their labours as well as enjoy live French music and dancing.

Pauillac, a lovely village on the Left Bank of the Gironde Estuary, is gateway to the famed Médoc region, renowned for producing some of the world’s finest Bordeaux wines. You will see some of the most beautiful and famous wine estates, including Château Latour, Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Pichon Longueville. You’ll then visit either Château Gruaud Larose or Château Léoville Poyferré for a tasting of Grand Cru wines. Alternately, you can visit Lynch Bages, a quaint wine estate and village, followed by a wine and local specialties tasting. Or, enjoy a coast drive to Soulac­sur­Mer where you’ll see unique sights, such as the Statue of Liberty and the Cordouan lighthouse known to be the oldest in France.

Visit the impressive Castle of Roquetaillade, an amazingly preserved masterpiece of medieval military architecture owned by the same noble family for 700 years and travel to the Sauternes wine region to either Chateau de Rayne Vigneau or Chateau Guiraud to taste the highly prized golden­hued sweet wines produced here. For those wishing to explore more of the history on the decadent castles, you can enjoy a visit to the Roquetaillade castle and Cadillac castle.
Alternately, be treated to a Sauternes wine tasting where you’ll taste more of the highly sought­after sweet wines. Or, pedal through the charming town of Cadillac for a guided bike tour.

The breathtaking capital of the wine world, Bordeaux is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and classified as a ‘City of Art and History.’ You’ll have an opportunity to experience much of the rich culture and architecture on a city tour followed by a visit to the famed indoor Les Halles de Bacalan market for a tasting of local specialties to please the palate. Bike enthusiasts will wish to join a tour along the city’s amazing network of bicycle paths. Depending on your interests, you have a choice from three excursions in the afternoon. Enjoy a visit to the immersive and interactive Bordeaux Wine Museum, housed in an awe­inspiring building.
Alternately, be treated to a spectacular sound and light show, Les Bassins des Lumières. Or, explore the enriching city of Bordeaux at your own leisure. In the evening, enjoy a spectacular illumination cruise, gazing at the iconic structures of Bordeaux as they glow against the night sky.

Disembark the ship and prepare for your flight home.

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