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Taste of Bordeaux
8 Days

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Tour Overview:
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.

Day 1 (Sep 09, 2021): Embarkation – Bordeaux, France

Embark the ship for your Taste of Bordeaux cruise. (D)


Day 2 (Sep 10, 2021): Bordeaux – Libourne

Take in the romance of Bordeaux as you pass iconic sights on a scenic morning 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 Saint-Émilion solely to discover more of the small historic town. If you prefer a more active adventure, pedal through the vineyard-rich countryside to Saint-Émilion 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. (B,L,D)


Day 3 (Sep 11, 2021): Libourne – Blaye

The Libourne wine region, including Saint Émilion, Pomerol and Fronsac, is one of the major cradles of viticulture in the Bordeaux area, dating back to Gallo-Roman times. The first vines were planted in Fronsac two thousand years ago. In the 18th century, the wines of Fronsac enjoyed the best reputation in the Libourne region, selling for higher prices than their neighbors in Saint Émilion and Pomerol. Today, Fronsac includes several beautiful wine estates such as Château de la Dauphine, Château de la Rivière and Château Gaby. Here you will visit a cellar and taste local wines from one estate. (B,L,D)


Day 4 (Sep 12, 2021): Blaye – Bourg

Once in Blaye, you can join a tour of its 17th-century 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 through the idyllic French countryside to Bourg. While in the ancient village of Bourg, take a walking tour and visit the Carriage Museum, which houses a wonderful collection of horse-drawn 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 labors as well as enjoy live French music and dancing. (B,L,D)


Day 5 (Sep 13, 2021): Cussac Fort Medoc

After arriving in Cussac Fort Medoc, venture to Pauillac, a lovely village on the Left Bank of the Gironde Estuary. This is a 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 Soulac-sur-Mer where you’ll see unique sights, such as the Statue of Liberty and the Cordouan lighthouse known to be the oldest in France. (B,L,D)


Day 6 (Sep 14, 2021): Cadillac

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 golden-hued 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. Or, pedal through the charming town of Cadillac for a guided bike tour. (B,L,D)


Day 7 (Sep 15, 2021): Bordeaux

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 awe-inspiring 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. (B, L, D)


Day 8 (Sep 16, 2021): Bordeaux – Disembarkation

Disembark the ship and prepare for your flight home. (B)

Optional Pre-Cruise: 2 nights hotel Hesperia Bilbao (or similar) and 2 nights hotel in San Sebastián at the NH Collection Aránzazu (or similar), including daily breakfast, city tours, Guggenheim Museum, and transfers between hotels and ship

Optional Post-Cruise: 2 nights Château de Pray Loire Valley and 1 night hotel in Paris at the Pullman Charles de Gaulle (or similar), including daily breakfast, city tours, châteaux visits, and transfers between ship and hotel

 


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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

Book by April 30, 2021 and save $1,000 per person on Cruise Fare
Cabin Type Dbl Occ. (per person)
Category E 4199
Category D 4498
Category C 5198
Category B 5498
Category A 5598
Category A+ 6598
Suite 6898
Pre-cruise 2 nights Bilbao/San Sebastián $1,300/ $1,900 per person
Post-cruise 3 nights Loire Valley/Paris $1,500/ $1,950 per person
* Minimum 2 passengers
* Single travelling alone price is available upon request.

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions:

  • 7-night river cruise in elegantly appointed accommodations
  • Fine dining, including unlimited complimentary hand-selected wines, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • Sip & Sail cocktail hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain’s Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Small group guided shore excursions with a variety of choices and activity levels
  • Live local entertainment
  • Professionally trained Wellness Host leading a variety of exercise classes
  • Services of a professional Cruise Manager

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