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Bordeaux & the Dordogne Rivers

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover the largest wine-growing area in France
  • Explore Saint-Emilion
  • Enjoy Bordeaux, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Holiday details

What is Included?

  • Travel by coach, air or rail and transfers
  • 5 nights full-board cruise
  • Captain’s gala dinner
  • FREE welcome cocktail
  • All meals on board
  • FREE drinks with meals including wine, beer, mineral water and fruit juice plus tea and coffee after each meal
  • FREE drinks available in the lounge bar (excludes champagne and wines from the wine list)

This wonderful river cruise takes us down the River Garonne, around the Gironde Estuary and into the River Dordogne. The highlight of your cruise is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bordeaux, home to some truly stunning architecture. Of course, there’s a chance for you to sample some wonderful wines along the way.


Travel Options

8 days by Coach:
5 nights full-board cruise. 1 night bed & breakfast en route. 1 night half-board post route.

6 days by Air:
5 nights full-board cruise. Return flights & transfers.

6 days by Rail:
5 nights full-board cruise. Return Eurostar standard ticket and onwards by rail to bordeaux.

Optional Excursions

Visit to Medoc
Corniche by coach
St Emillon city and wine tour
Guided tour of Bordeaux

Holiday Details

Sailing Itinerary

Day 1: Bordeaux
Embark the Ms Cyrano de Bergerac or MS Princess d’Aquitaine. Enjoy a welcome drink in the lounge and be introduced to your on-board crew. Dinner will be followed by an evening of entertainment.
Day 2: Bordeaux – Pauillac
We cruise this morning and head down the River Garonne and then join the River Gironde, passing Cazeau Island and Patiras Island before arriving at Pauillac in time for lunch on board. After lunch, why not join our optional excursion to visit Medoc. Return on board for dinner and an evening of entertainment provided by the crew.
Day 3: Pauillac – Gironde Estury – Blaye
We sail early this morning to Blaye. In days gone by, this superb acropolis was an ideal look-out post to watch for invaders. This afternoon you have an opportunity to join our optional excursion along the Corniche, or cliff route. Return on board for dinner followed by an evening of dancing.
Day 4: Blaye – Cadillac – Saint Emilion
We have breakfast as we cruise this morning, heading for Cadillac. Shortly after passing the island of Cazeau, we join the River Garonne and head for Cadillac where we arrive in time for lunch. After lunch on board, there is an optional excursion to Saint-Emilion. We rejoin the ship in Cadillac at the end of the afternoon. After dinner on board, the rest of the evening is free.
Day 5: Cadillac to Bordeaux
Breakfast on board today as we continue our cruise back to Bordeaux, where we arrive in the morning. Lunch on board. Join our optional guided tour of Bordeaux, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We return on board for a gala dinner, followed by an evening of dancing.
Day 6: Bordeaux
After breakfast on board, we disembark.

Join by Coach

Day 1: UK to Northern France
Across to Calais and our overnight stay in Northern France.
Day 2: Northern France to Bordeaux
After breakfast we travel through France to Bordeaux. See Cruise itinerary days 1 to 6.
Day 7: Bordeaux to Northern France
After breakfast we journey back to Northern France to our overnight hotel arriving for dinner
Day 8: Northern France to UK
We travel to Calais for our ferry to Dover and continue home.

Join by Air

Day 1: UK to Bordeaux
Fly to Bordeaux. Transfer to the ship, ready to embark on your cruise.
Day 6: Bordeaux to UK
Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK.

Join by Rail

Day 1: London St Pancras to Bordeaux
Take the Eurostar to Lille, then on by TGV to Bordeaux to join the cruise.
Day 6: Bordeaux to London St Pancras
Join the TGV rail service to Lille then on to Eurostar to London.

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