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The Gironde Estuary and the Dordogne and Garonne rivers

Example 7 Day Cruise aboard MS Princesse d'Aquitaine
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Join a 7-day river cruise voyage through the Gironde Estuary, and the Dordogne and Garonne Rivers. Enjoy daily land excursions to historical towns, world-renowed vineyards, medieval castles, underground monumets, winding streets and vibrant cities. As you explore this marvelous region, enjoy the amenities and fine French gastronomy aboard the MS Princesse d'Aquitaine.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Bordeaux | Embark
Day 2 : Pauillac
Day 3 : Gironde Estuary | Blaye
Day 4 : Libourne | Saint Emilion | Libourne or Bourg
Day 5 : Cadillac
Day 6 : Bordeaux
Day 7 : Bordeaux | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore the renowned Medoc region, home to the most famous red wines
  • Stop at the citadel of Blaye, a World Heritage Site since 2008
  • Discover the history and culture of the medieval Saint-Emilion
  • Observe the steps involved in producing French great wines

Ship

MS Princesse d'Aquitaine

Places Visited

  • Europe
  • France
  • Blaye
  • Bordeaux
  • Cadillac
  • Libourne
  • Pauillac
  • Saint Emilion

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Citadel of Blaye Visit the charming Pauillac Libourne streets Biking past the Place de la Bourse in Bordeaux A vibrant square in Bordeaux

Day 1 Bordeaux | Embark

Board the MS Princesse d'Aquitaine in the evening. Settle in to your cabin and meet the crew during a welcome cocktail party. Enjoy dinner and an evening of entertainment as you set sail toward Pauillac.

Day 2 Pauillac

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail down the Garonne River and join the Gironde River, passing Cazeau Island and Patiras Island before arriving in Pauillac. After a delightful lunch on board, join an optional excursion to visit Médoc, a renowned region where the most famous of all red wines in the world are cultivated. Also view the châteaux of Lafite-Rothschild, Latour, and Mouton Rothschild. At the end of the day, get back on the ship for dinner. 

Please note: reservations for the optional excursion must be made in advance.

Day 3 Gironde Estuary | Blaye

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise along the Gironde to its estuary before arriving in Blaye. In days gone by, this acropolis was the perfect look-out post to watch for invaders. The famous French military engineer Vauban built a citadel here, which is undisputed Blaye's major attraction today. Join an optional excursion along the Corniche, or cliff route. Then enjoy an evening of entertainment on board. 

Day 4 Libourne | Saint Emilion | Libourne or Bourg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cast off early in the morning and cruise to Libourne. The ship joins the Dordogne River, arriving in Libourne early in the afternoon. After lunch, join an optional excursion by coach of Saint-Emilion. Take a guided tour of Saint-Emilion's underground monuments, discovering the history of this medieval city, then visit the fascinating Troglodyte settlement of Father Emilion, the monk who founded the town; the Trinity chapel built in his honor; the catacombs; and the monolithic church, which is undoubtedly the most original monument of its kind. Next, visit a family-run vineyard and wine producer. While you are here observe the steps involved in producing Saint-Emilion's great wines. Depending on docking availability, return to Libourne or sail to Bourg.

Day 5 Cadillac

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, sail for Cadillac. Observe the Cazeau Island and head back downstream along the Gironde before joining the Garonne, passing the city of Bordeaux. After dropping anchor, join an optional guided tour of Cadillac and the Château de Roquetaillade by coach. This magnificent and prestigious medieval castle is considered a historic monument of the 12th and 14th centuries. View the Medieval castle keep, the first Renaissance chimneys built in the region (dating from 1600), and the unique 19th century interiors created by Viollet-le-Duc. Enjoy a free evening of exploration in Cadillac.

Day 6 Bordeaux

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy breakfast and lunch on board as you cruise back to Bordeaux,  arriving early in the afternoon. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bordeaux has obtained is classification as a “cultural site” worth discovering. Set off by coach for a guided panoramic tour of the city which brings you past key buildings and monuments. Continue your visit of historic old Bordeaux on foot. At the end of the day, return to the ship for a gala dinner followed by an evening of entertainment.

Day 7 Bordeaux | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy one last breakfast on board before disembarking at 9.00 a.m.

MS Princesse d'Aquitaine

Per person starting at
$2,021
Cabins aboard the MS Princesse d'Aquitaine
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Main Deck
43 cabins (42 twins, 1 suite) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe. WI-Fi available on board with supplement.
Cabins aboard the MS Princesse d'Aquitaine
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Upper Deck
26 twins equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe. WI-Fi available on board with supplement.

Notes

20% discount on children between 2-10 years
30% discount for 3rd person in triple cabin

For the safety of passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary. The cruise schedule may vary according to tides and arrival times at ports of call may be subject to change.

(1) Depending on docking availability, stopover in Libourne may be replaced by Bourg. In this event, order of excursions could be altered.

This offer includes:
- All meals from dinner the first day to breakfast on the final day
- Drinks including water, wine, beer, fruit juices, and coffee served during meals on board, drinks served at the bar (excluding champagne and wines on the wine list)
- Double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
- Onboard entertainment
- Assistance from an onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
- Excursions mentioned in the program
- Welcome cocktail
- Gala dinner and evening
- Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
- All port fees

This offer does not include:
- Drinks on the wine list, champagne at the bar, drinks served during excursions or transfers
- Cancellation and baggage insurance
- Personal expenses

Formalities:
Valid passport compulsory. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate. Please note: Your passport must be valid for six months beyond the last day of your travels.

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
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