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All Inclusive Waterways of Bordeaux

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(Tour code: BBZ18)

Sail the timeless waterways of Bordeaux

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.

Highlights
  • Bordeaux
  • The Châteaux wine route
  • Blaye
  • Libourne
  • Cadillac and Roquetaillade Chateau
  • MS Cyrano de Bergerac or MS Princesse d’Aquitaine
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • All Inclusive Board Basis
    All Excursions
    MS Cyrano de Bergerac or MS Princesse d’Aquitaine
  • Welcome cocktail on board

All Inclusive Waterways of Bordeaux 2018Tour Details

Print Itinerary
Day 1 To Bordeaux
To Bordeaux

To Bordeaux and embarkation

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.

Includes:
  • Dinner
Day 2 Pauillac
Pauillac

The Châteaux wine route

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.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Blaye
Blaye

Blaye

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.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 St Emilion
St Emilion

To Libourne

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.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Cadillac
Cadillac

Cadillac and Roquetaillade Chateau

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.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Bordeaux
Bordeaux

Return to Bordeaux

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.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 The journey home
The journey home

The journey home

Make the journey back to London, travelling firstly back to Paris then on the Eurostar service into London.

Includes:
  • Breakfast

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise arrival and departure times.

What’s included
What's Included

The River Cruise and All Transfers

  • Return rail travel from London to Bordeaux
  • Transfers to and from your ship
  • 6-night cruise on board the 5-Star MS Cyrano de Bergerac or 4-Star MS Princesse d'Aquitaine

All Meals and Drinks

  • 17 meals including 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners, including a gala dinner
  • House wine, beer and soft drinks whenever the bar is open
  • Welcome cocktail on board prior to dinner
  • Complimentary beer, wines and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
All Excursions
  • Experience the Médoc wine region, including the château of Lafite-Rothschild
  • Drive along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie and visit the citadel of Blaye
  • Take an excursion to the UNESCO-listed town of St Emilion
  • A guided tour of Roquetaillade Chateau
  • A guided walking tour of Bordeaux, followed by free time
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