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Vineyards of France

European Classic Cruise - Bordeaux

Example 7 Day Cruise aboard Rosa
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Discover the hub of the famed wine-growing region of France aboard the luxury barge Rosa for a 7-day intimate cruise. Visit the medieval town of Saint Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage site and center of the most famous of the Bordeaux appellation. Cruise across the beautiful bridge of Pont Canal d'Agen. Experience French life with its world-class wines, rich cognacs, and sunset cocktails.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Boé | Embark
Day 2 : Boé to Serignac-sur-Garonne
Day 3 : Serignac-sur-Garonne to Buzet-sur-Baise
Day 4 : Buzet-sur-Baise to Le Mas d’Agenais
Day 5 : Le Mas d’Agenais to Meilhan-sur-Garonne
Day 6 : Meilhan-sur-Garonne to Castet-en-Dorthe
Day 7 : Castet-en-Dorthe | Disembark

Highlights

  • Tour of the famous Saint Emilion
  • Visit the impressive Château de Duras
  • Explore the Bastide village of Vianne and ancient Barbaste
  • Taste the famous local wines and cheese of the Bordeaux region

Ship

Rosa

Places Visited

  • Europe
  • France
  • Boé
  • Buzet-sur-Baise
  • Castet-en-Dorthe
  • Le Mas d'Agenais
  • Meilhan-sur-Garonne
  • Serignac-sur-Garonne

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Incredible Vineyards of Bordeaux Biking past the Place de la Bourse in Bordeaux Delicious cheeses and wines enjoyed at a vineyard Gothic cathedral entrance Rosa Cruising Vineyards of France

Day 1 Boé | Embark

Guests are met in Bordeaux and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Rosa. Following a champagne welcome, there is time for a stroll before returning for your first dinner on board.

Day 2 Boé to Serignac-sur-Garonne

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Morning cruise to Serignac-sur-Garonne, where you will cross the Plan Canal d’Agen, one of the longest aqueducts in France which spans the River Garonne. After lunch, you will be able to visit the medieval town of Nerac and tread in the footsteps of King of France Henry IV and Queen Margot. The château was built in the 15th century, but much was destroyed during the French Revolution and today only the impressive north wing remains. Finally, you will stop at the Lapeyrade Estate for a cellar tasting of Armagnac, the oldest alcohol in France. Dinner on board.

Day 3 Serignac-sur-Garonne to Buzet-sur-Baise

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, you will depart early to enjoy the colorful market of Aiguillon and then cruise to our mooring at Buzet-sur-Baise, a pretty fortified village with pastel-colored houses. After lunch you will head to the 13th-century bastide village of Vianne and see a skilled glassblower at work, then en route back to the barge, you will visit the cork museum at Mezin to learn about the history of cork-making. In the evening you can go to Barbaste with its fortified mill, protected by four square towers, and the nearby 12th-century bridge with its 12 curved arches. Dinner ashore at ‘Le Moulin des Saveurs’, a local auberge in Barbaste.

Day 4 Buzet-sur-Baise to Le Mas d’Agenais

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You will start the day with a relaxing cruise to the lovely little village of Le Mas d’Agenais, with time to walk or cycle the towpath through the stunning countryside. This afternoon you will visit a cheese workshop to see the different stages of manufactured cheese and enjoy a tasting of goats’ cheeses, including some flavored with ash and chili. On the way back to the hotel barge you will visit the Romanesque Church containing an original masterpiece by Rembrandt. Dinner on board.

Day 5 Le Mas d’Agenais to Meilhan-sur-Garonne

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Morning cruise to the village of Meilhan-sur-Garonne with a view over the valley of the Garonne. In the afternoon, you will visit the 14th-century Château de Duras, an architectural wonder, which has been both a fortress and a stately home over its 900-year history.  You can wander through its 35 rooms and museum before returning to the hotel barge. Dinner on board.

Day 6 Meilhan-sur-Garonne to Castet-en-Dorthe

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, your final cruise is to Castet-en-Dorthe, following the nearby River Garonne. In the afternoon you will visit the medieval town of Saint Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage site and center of the most famous of the Bordeaux appellations. Later, we stop at Château Beau-Sejour-Becot, producer of the premier and grand crus wines, where you can discover the secrets of the vine and, of course, enjoy a tasting.  Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 7 Castet-en-Dorthe | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Bordeaux.

Rosa

Per person starting at
$4,550
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Stateroom
Two double staterooms and two twin staterooms that feature individually controlled air-conditioning and heating as well as full en-suite facilities.

Notes

Rates Include:
  • Accommodations
  • Private shower
  • All gourmet meals
  • Selected regional wines and alcoholic beverages
  • All sightseeing tours and admittance fees
  • Use of the vessel's bicycles
  • Roundtrip transfers from specified meeting point
Rates Exclude:
  • Air transportation
  • Airport taxes
  • Visas
  • Health or accident insurance
  • Trip cancellation insurance
  • Superior Châteaux vintage wines
  • Crew gratuities
  • Optional activities such as hot air balloon flights or items of a personal nature such as laundry, communication charges or purchases
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