Sail the timeless waterways of Bordeaux, discovering the charming villages and towns that line the Garonne and Dordogne rivers, as well as the Gironde Estuary. Taste local wines and enjoy all inclusive hospitality on board your 4 or 5-Star river ship.
Travel on the Eurostar from London St Pancras International to Paris Gard du Nord. From here you'll need to catch the connecting service to Bordeaux from Paris' Montparnasse station.
On arrival in Bordeaux, a coach transfer will be waiting to escort you to your ship, the MS Princesse D'Acquitaine or the MS Cyrano de Bergerac. To welcome you on board the staff will be waiting to greet you and there will be a complimentary cocktail as you get to know your fellow passengers. From here on in, all your drinks, meals and excursions are included.
Setting sail this morning, you'll enjoy your breakfast alongside a serving of scenic views as the ship makes its way along the Gironde Estuary. Docking in the laid-back town of Pauillac after lunch, home to many famous vineyards in the wine-producing region of Médoc, you head out by coach to celebrate the characteristic red wines which begin their life here, as grapes grown in sloping vineyards overlooking the river. The excursion follows the famous Châteaux route, with views of the area's noted stately homes, including the spectacular château of Lafite- Rothschild.
Spend a relaxing morning cruising further into the Gironde Estuary, passing the atmospheric marshlands and ancient Troglodyte dwellings that feature prominently around this stretch of the river. You'll also pass through Meschers-sur-Gironde, which is characterised by its dramatic, brooding cliffs overlooking the river. Following another three-course lunch on board, you'll pull into Blaye, your jumping off point to an afternoon of discovery which begins with a guided tour of the town's imposing citadel.
Constructed in the late 17th century, the majestic fortress is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and affords a magnificent panorama over the river and estuary.
Journeying up to the citadel along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie or 'the route of the ledged flowers', you'll be afforded wonderful views; passing along the superb, narrow cliff -top road overlooking the Dordogne and flanked by lush vineyards, some of which belong to Château Eyquem - a winery that holds the title for creating the world's most expensive bottle of white wine. A rare vintage dating back to 1787 was bought in 2006 for over £75,000. Back on board this evening, you'll sit down to another three-course dinner, followed by entertainment and dancing.
Early this morning your ship leaves Blaye and continue our cruise, navigating the Gironde and joining the peaceful Dordogne River as it makes its way to the attractive wine town of Libourne. Disembarking after lunch, you'll travel to the medieval site of St Emilion for a guided tour of this UNESCO listed city before visiting the exceptional Troglodyte cave of St Emilion himself, as well as the largest monolithic church in Europe. Legend has it that it was in one of these natural caverns, the 8th century monk Emilion took refuge, living a simple life as a way of worshiping his God. Soon he was joined by other followers and the church here was erected in his honour out of one solid piece of stone over the course of 300 years.
En route back to the ship's mooring point, you'll make a detour via a nearby family-run vineyard. Here you'll get to taste for yourself what makes the local wines here so popular and distinctive with a private tasting.
Following a leisurely morning's sailing, today you'll arrive in the marvellous walled town of Cadillac, a region celebrated for its locally produced white wines, and which has a rich history dating back to the 13th century. Afterwards take a tour of the Roquetaillade Chateau, originally built by Charlemagne in the 11th century, it wasn't completed until the 14th, and since then has remained in the same family for over 700 years.
This afternoon arrive back into Bordeaux, a beautiful city brimming with 18th century grandeur. With its broad boulevards and quaint Old Town, the UNESCO-protected city boasts a diversity that makes it exciting to visit. Explore its delights on a guided walking tour, after which you are free to explore this lively city's many attractions at leisure. To celebrate a wonderful week in France, tonight you will enjoy a gala dinner and dancing with your fellow passengers.
Make the journey back to London, travelling firstly back to Paris then on the Eurostar service into London.
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