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Explore the historic cities and towns of the Bordeaux region

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Bordeaux Roundtrip - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard S.S. Bon Voyage
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Embark on a scenic drive from Blaye to Bourg along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie and marvel at the sights of Blaye Fortress and Lansac Windmill along the way. Slow things down in Libourne and on your return to Bordeaux with multiple wine tastings, village tours, a farmers’ market visit, and Bordeaux Heritage walking tour. Wander through archaeological marvels, historic landmarks, and magnificent vineyards, be treated to a sampling of quintessentially French experiences. Join a showcase of the best Southwest France has to offer.
Libourne (Bordeaux, France)Saint Emilion viewsCyclists crossing the Pont de Pierre, Bordeaux beside the Garonne RiverWander the vineyards of France's Bordeaux regionDiscover the history and culture of BordeauxExplore the historic cities and towns of the Bordeaux region
Highlights
  • Set sail along the Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde rivers
  • Embark on a scenic drive from Blaye to Bourg
  • Join a Bordeaux heritage walking tour
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Bordeaux | Embark

Arrive at Bordeaux-Mérignac International Airport, where a representative greets and transfers you to the ship.

Day 2: Blaye | Bourg sur Gironde

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Route de la Corniche Fleurie…could this be the most beautiful road you’ve ever traveled? Find out today on the drive to Blaye Fortress, passing through one impossibly picturesque hamlet after another. Once you arrive, find your center with a unique and expertly led yoga session in the heart of this historic fortress. This UNESCO-designated citadel once protected Bordeaux from attacks by sea.

In the evening, enjoy a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner prepared for you.

Day 3: Cussac Fort Médoc | Pauillac la Fayette

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The legendary Médoc region abounds with prestigious wine châteaux in a dizzying array of architectural styles, as well as miles of grapevines stretching to infinity. Take a scenic drive through the storied Médoc wine route, followed by a wine tasting at a beautiful wine estate. Enjoy the waters of the Garonne River and the Gironde Estuary before heading to the pretty town of Pauillac, gateway to the storied Médoc wine route, the Atlantic coast, and remnants of the Atlantic Wall erected during WWII.

Day 4: Cadillac

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The French phrase “la douceur de Vivre” is an accurate description of your time in Cadillac, known for its deliciously flavored dessert wines. Visit Château Royal de Cazeneuve, site of Henry IV’s and Queen Margot’s tempestuous love. Meet the owner around a glass of Sauternes in the reception hall.

Note: Sailing this stretch of the Garonne depends on the tides. If it is not possible to sail to Cadillac, transfer to your destination is via motorcoach.

Day 5: Libourne (Saint-Émilion)

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The medieval town of Saint-Émilion is an ideal place to linger. Wander its cobblestone lanes lined with wine shops and bakeries, and stop to admire the impressive rock-hewn church that extends beneath the city’s streets. Another treasure awaiting you underground? A wine tasting in the cellars of a Grand Cru estate. With Libourne as your base, travel to nearby breathtaking Saint-Émilion and immerse yourself more deeply in the region’s history and wine culture.

Day 6: Libourne | Bordeaux

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
France’s rich agricultural tradition is the heart and soul of the region’s exquisite cuisine—and what better way to get a taste for the freshest vegetables, cheeses, breads and fruits than with a visit to Libourne’s lively farmers’ market?

Day 7: Bordeaux

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Discover Bordeaux’s many charms today, either on foot with a local expert or on two wheels—the locals’ preferred way to navigate the city’s charming backstreets. You have a superb selection of active opportunities to see this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In the evening, enjoy a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner prepared for you.

Day 8: Bordeaux | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After disembarking the ship, transfer to Bordeaux-Mérignac International Airport for your flight home.

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S.S. Bon Voyage

S.S. Bon Voyage Lobby
S.S. Bon Voyage La Cafe des Vins
S.S. Bon Voyage Soleil Deck

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S.S. Bon Voyage Classic Cabin
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Classic
Magnificent appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sq m) located on the Beaujolais Deck. Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes and slippers.
S.S. Bon Voyage Deluxe Cabin
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Deluxe
Sumptuous appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sq m) located on the Medoc Deck . Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, back-lit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes and slippers.
S.S. Bon Voyage French Balcony
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French Balcony
Luxuriant appointed riverview stateroom (140 sq ft - 13 sq m) on the Bordeaux Deck with a French balcony. Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, back-lit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes and slippers.
S.S. Bon Voyage Suite
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Suite
Lavishly appointed riverview suite (210 sq ft - 19.5 sq m). Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Hermès bath and body products, plush towels, back-lit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes and slippers. Additional amenities and services are included.
S.S. Bon Voyage Grand Suite
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Grand Suite
Luxurious appointed riverview grand suite (280 sq ft - 26 sq m). Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Hermès bath and body products, plush towels, back-lit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes and slippers, a rain shower and tub. Additional amenities and services are included.

Notes

Included in Cruise Fare:
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water
  • 6 days of excursions, including "Choice Is Yours" options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Let's Go,” “Do as the Locals Do” and “Village Day” programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • 1 country: France
  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
Excluded from Cruise Fare:
  • Prices exclude additional port charges of $190 per person
  • Airfare, international or local
  • Passport or Visa fees
  • Travel protection plan
  • Extensions or land tours 
  • Losses or costs incurred as a result of medical services obtained while on tour
  • Any additional personal expenses
Note: The itineraries presented are subject to modification due to water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided on board on the first day of your cruise.
 
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • All gratuities, shipboard and shoreside 
  • Complimentary beverages aboard ship (including select wines, champagnes, spirits, soft drinks, water, tea and coffee) 
  • Personal headset for excursions. 
  • Complimentary use of bicycles
  • Wifi
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Port Fees

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