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Incredible Vineyards of Bordeaux

Great Wines and Architectural Heritage in the Gironde Estuary

Example 7 Day Cruise aboard MS Princesse d'Aquitaine
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Join this 7-day cruise along the Garonne and the Dordogne aboard MS Princesse d'Aquitaine. From Saint-Emilion to Cadillac, passing by Blaye and the inevitable Bordeaux, you will cross the Gironde to discover a very singular cultural life, famous wines, and a rich heritage. Visit the castle of Roquetaillade still inhabited today, which is known both for its imposing defensive structures as well as the elegance of its interior decoration, then admire the Cadillac Castle, a shining example of 17th-century architecture.  

Day-by-Day Summary

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

Highlights

  • Join the guided tour to the hillsides in Cadillac before hiking up the vineyard trails
  • Take your bike to see UNESCO World Heritage sites in Bordeaux
  • Experience the bird's eye view of the numerous châteaux and famous vineyards
  • Visit an exceptional troglodytic site in Saint-Emilion village, the Monolithic church

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

Incredible Vineyards of Bordeaux Libourne (Bordeaux, France) Couple raising glasses with wine Saint Emilion views Cyclists crossing the Pont de Pierre, Bordeaux beside the Garonne River

Day 1 Bordeaux | Embark

Passengers are welcome to board your ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail and evening. 

Day 2 Pauillac | The Medoc

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, you will cruise towards Pauillac. Join the excursions for both packages.

Helicopter ride - fly over the gorgeous Médoc! Experience a bird's eye view of the numerous châteaux and famous vineyards that give the region its reputation. It's a once in a lifetime experience!

In the afternoon, join the excursions proposed:

Classic - Following the trail of the Grands Crus wines of Médoc, a renowned region where the most famous of all red wines in the world are cultivated.

Discovery - Visit the Médoc through biking, wine, and cheese. Get ready to discover the vineyards and châteaux of the region in this exceptionally beautiful area. You'll be rewarded for the effort with a lovely glass of grand cru and some regional cheeses.

Return on board for dinner and an evening of entertainment.
 

Day 3 The Gironde Estuary | Blaye

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise along the Gironde River all the way to the estuary before reaching Blaye.

Classic - The Route de la Corniche Fleurie and the Blaye Citadel, journey through tradition and authenticity.

Discovery - Tour Blaye and its underground monuments on foot. After the tour, you'll get to taste some regional products with an excellent glass of wine.

Return on board for dinner and an evening of entertainment.

Day 4 Libourne | Saint Emilion

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Begin to cruise early this morning along the Dordogne River towards Libourne. Upon arrival, join the excursion for both packages: the tour of Saint-Emilion. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Day 5 Cadillac

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, you will start cruising towards Cadillac. Join the excursions proposed:

Classic -  Guided tour of the Roquetaillade castle and Cadillac.

Discovery- Guided tour on foot of the hillsides in Cadillac. Your walk will take you through the city before a visit of some of the wine cellars followed by a tasting of local specialties and wines.

Afterward, you will return on board. The evening is free to do as you please.

Day 6 Bordeaux

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise back to Bordeaux. Join  the excursions proposed:

Classic -  Guided tour of Bordeaux.

Discovery -  Guided bike tour of Bordeaux. You'll learn about the city and region's wine-making history while visiting the Wine Museum, followed by a wine-tasting session.

Afterward, you will return on board for your gala dinner and evening.

Day 7 Bordeaux | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. 

MS Princesse d'Aquitaine

Per person starting at
$2,241
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

NB: 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.

Note to coach: double-decker buses are not allowed on many roads in Gironde, including Libourne, Saint Emilion, Blaye and Cadillac.

This offer includes :
-Your cruise with 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 our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
-The excursions mentioned in the program
-Welcome cocktail
-The 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
- DISCOVERY package excursions**
-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.
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