Overview (2019)

Day 1 - Bordeaux
Day 2 - Pauillac / Médoc
Day 3 - Blaye
Day 4 - Libourne / Saint-Émilion
Day 5 - Cadillac
Day 6 - Bordeaux
Day 7 - Bordeaux
Day 8 - Return Flight

Overview (2020)

Day 1 - Bordeaux
Day 2 - Médoc Royan
Day 3 - Rochefort / La Rochelle
Day 4 - Saintes Talmont-sur-Gironde / Meschers-sur-Gironde / Libourne
Day 5 - Saint-Émilion / Bordeaux
Day 6 - Cadillac
Day 7 - Bordeaux
Day 8 - Return Flight

Spendology - Widgets

Bordeaux & the Rivers of Wine

An improved itinerary on our top-rated vessel for food, visits rival ports of La Rochelle and Rochefort, cruising the Garonne, Dordogne & Gironde to famous vineyards, châteaux & bastide towns

Explore fascinating and scenically stunning areas where beautiful landscapes, châteaux and medieval ‘bastide’ towns are best viewed from the waterways that were once its commercial arteries. Bordeaux itself has classical façades, tree-lined boulevards, elegant squares and excellent museums.

Farms, vineyards and truffle-ground woodlands line the UNESCO Biosphere banks of the Dordogne. The Garonne is part of the Canal des Deux Mers, linking the Med to the Atlantic. On the Gironde, the Ile de Patiras lighthouse stands mid-flow; and all three are punctuated with quayside cafés and characterful towns.

The vine dominates with wines included in practically every regional dish – à la bordelaise. “Great cooking and great wines make a paradise on Earth” – the dictum of the Renaissance King Henry IV sums up southwest France which reveals some of the world’s greatest vineyards. In Plantagenet times Aquitaine prospered under English rule, largely from export of fine wines and Cognac. Whether for the wine, scenery or culture it still attracts the British as residents or frequent visitors.

Key Features

Culture & Riverscapes
Excursions Included
Drinks Included
2 UNESCO  Heritage Sites
No Single Supplement
Solo Group Departure 
UK Tour Manager
Group Size: 6 – 28

Day 1 Fly from London Gatwick to Bordeaux and embark. Classical façades line the waterfront and leisurely exploration reveals tree-lined esplanades, elegant squares and fountains. Grand 18th-century architecture and monuments include the Esplanade des Quinconces, Place de la Bourse and the Grand Théâtre. Welcome drink and crew introduction. (D)

Day 2 Cruise past fishing perches and rocky escarpments down the River Garonne into the Gironde estuary to Pauillac. Learn about regional wine varieties and visit the famous Médoc Châteaux Route. Pre-dinner Jules Verne drinks party. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Sail along the Gironde estuary. At Blaye, enjoy an excursion along the corniche and its vineyards, then a guided walk around the World Heritage Vauban’s citadel. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Sail along the Dordogne and moor at Libourne or Bourg for an excursion to Saint-Émilion including its monolithic church and wine-tasting at a family-run vineyard. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Rejoin the Garonne River and pass Bordeaux to the ‘bastide’ town of Cadillac, visiting its ancient houses, church and Château de Roquetaillade, an amazing concoction of Medieval, Renaissance and Neo-Gothic styles, the setting for many films. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Cruise along the Garonne to Bordeaux for a panoramic tour including its historic bridge, boulevards and old town. Gala dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 7 At leisure for independent exploration of Bordeaux – the wines, history and art of the region may be studied here in the Musée du Vin, Musée d’Aquitaine and the Musée des Beaux Arts. Alternatively, join an optional tour visiting the Arcachon Bay area (£120). Farewell Jules Verne drinks party. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Transfer to the airport for the return flight to London Gatwick. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

Cabins are available from 5pm on arrival and until 9am on departure (before/after this, luggage storage on board is possible).
Whilst the vessel carries more, the group size specified refers to transfers and excursions.
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.

Day 1 Fly from Gatwick to Bordeaux and embark. Welcome drink and crew introduction. Cruise past fishing perches and rocky escarpments down the River Garonne into the Gironde estuary to Pauillac. (D)

Day 2 Learn about regional wine varieties and visit the famous Médoc Châteaux Route. Sail along the Gironde estuary. Panoramic tour of seaside Royan. Pre-dinner Jules Verne drinks party. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Optional full-day excursion to the historic ports of Rochefort on the Charente estuary and La Rochelle on the Bay of Biscay (£125). (B, L, D)

Day 4 Morning visit to Saintes and its Gallo-Roman and medieval remains. Afternoon visit to Talmont-sur-Gironde and Meschers-sur-Gironde. Cruise the Dordogne river and moor at Libourne. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Visit Saint-Émilion and its monolithic church with wine-tasting at a family-run vineyard. Continue to Bordeaux for an evening panoramic tour including its historic bridge, boulevards and old town. Grand 18th-century architecture and monuments include the Esplanade des Quinconces, Place de la Bourse and the Grand Théâtre. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Continue cruising along the Garonne river to the ‘bastide’ town of Cadillac, visiting its ancient houses, church and Château de Roquetaillade, an amazing mix of Medieval, Renaissance and Neo-Gothic styles, the setting for many films. Gala dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 7 At leisure in Bordeaux – the wines, history and art of the region may be studied here in the Musée du Vin, Musée d’Aquitaine and the Musée des Beaux Arts. Alternatively, join an optional tour visiting the Arcachon Bay area (£120). Farewell Jules Verne drinks party. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Transfer for the return flight. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

Cabins are available from 5pm on arrival and until 9am on departure (before/after this, luggage storage on board is possible).
Whilst the vessel carries more, the group size specified refers to transfers and excursions.
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.

2019

per person in a twin/double Main Deck cabin
easyJet from Gatwick

Date Price
July 21 £1845
August 14 £1845
September 7 £1995
October 1 £1845

2020

per person in a twin/double Main Deck cabin
easyJet from Gatwick

Date Price
April 28 £1895
June 15 £2095
July 21 £1995
August 2 £1995
October 13 £2045
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Early Booking Offer

For all 2020 bookings made by 30th January 2020, deduct £60 per person

Solo Group Departure

14 August 2019

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Limited availability on these dates:
2019 & 2020: Jul 21 

Solo Group Departure - 14 Aug 2019
No Single Supplement

Single supplement £545 

Cabin Upgrades

Middle Deck £175 (2019 £145)
Upper Deck £225 (2019 £185)

Extension Options

Extra nights – Bordeaux (2020)
Bayonne Etche-Ona Hotel
(per night) £135
(Apr-Jun £155)
Single supplement £95
Arrival or departure transfer £40

Independent Arrival

Save £150
Arrival transfer add £40
Departure transfer add £40

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 7-night cruise, full board and drinks on cruise vessel, excursions, UK Tour Manager, local expert guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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