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Bordeaux and the River Dordogne

Overview

Travel by Rail 0 Days
4 Optional Excursions
  • Discover the largest winegrowing area in France
  • Enjoy Bordeaux, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Admire magnificent views of the River Garonne, Gironde Estuary and River Dordogne

Sail with us down the River Garonne, around the Gironde Estuary and onto the River Dordogne, discovering the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bordeaux. Be sure to join us in sampling some wonderful wines during our river cruise!

This Holiday is Great For

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Itinerary

Day One UK to Bordeaux
We meet and board our Eurostar service at London St Pancras, travelling to Paris Gare du Nord where we transfer Paris Gare Montparnasse for our onward service to Bordeaux. We are met and transferred to the MS Cyrano de Bergerac, where we embark and enjoy a welcome drink. Dinner will be followed by an evening of entertainment.

Day Two Bordeaux to Pauillac
We cruise down the River Garonne to join the River Gironde, passing Cazeau Island and Patiras Island, before arriving at Pauillac. Why not join our optional excursion to visit the Medoc region? Return on board for dinner and entertainment.

Day Three Pauillac – Gironde Estuary – Blaye
We sail early this morning to Blaye. In days gone by this superb acropolis was an ideal lookout post to watch for invaders. This afternoon you will have an opportunity to join our optional excursion along the Corniche Fleurie and Blaye. Return to the ship for dinner, followed by an evening of dancing.

Day Four Blaye to Libourne or Bourg
Cruise to Libourne/Bourg, where we can join an optional excursion to Saint-Emilion, including a superb wine tasting experience. On our return to the ship, we enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Day Five Libourne or Bourg to Cadillac
Cruise to Cadillac, passing the island of Cazeau. Enjoy lunch on board. Following dinner there is an evening of entertainment by the crew as we moor in Cadillac.

Day Six Cadillac to Bordeaux
Enjoy breakfast and lunch on board as we cruise to Bordeaux. Upon arrival, consider our optional tour of Bordeaux, after which we return to the ship for our gala evening.

Day Seven  Bordeaux to UK
After breakfast, we disembark and transfer to Bordeaux station for our return journey to Paris Gare Montparnasse. We are met and transferred to Paris Gare du Nord for our Eurostar service to London St Pancras.

Extras included on this holiday

Free Drinks on Board

FREE drinks on board including beer, fine wines, spirits, mineral bottled water, fruit juice, soft drinks, speciality coffees and teas  

The Local Area


Optional Excursions

Corniche Fleurie by Coach

Join us as we explore the Corniche Road, a narrow and picturesque route that runs alongside the Dordogne, before opening into the Gironde Estuary. Admire beautiful gardens, historical fishermen’s houses, cliff-side scenery, and the famous ‘carrelets’ - curious fishermen’s cabins perched above the water.

We continue to Bourg, a charming village situated on a rocky outcrop. Bourg is known for its medieval ramparts which surround the village. After time to explore, we continue to Blaye, where we visit the Citadel. This majestic UNSECO World Heritage Site overlooks the Gironde Estuary and offers magnificent views.

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Guided Walking Tour of Bordeaux

Explore the UNESCO city of Bordeaux with us today, taking in the beautiful boulevards and riverbanks. We enjoy the opportunity to admire its many sights and attractions, while also learning more of its interesting history.

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Saint-Emilion City and Wine Tour

Today we enjoy a guided tour of Saint-Emilion, a beautiful medieval town. Admire the many sights here, such as Trinity Chapel and the town's Monolithic church, which is also the largest of its kind in Europe. We will then continue to a family-owned wine-growing estate, where we will experience a wine-tasting session.

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Visit to the Medoc region

The Medoc is a lovely wine-making region of France, home to over 1,500 vineyards, and with some of the Bordeaux region’s finest wines being produced here. During our excursion, we will enjoy a scenic drive through this unique landscape, and will also pass the castles Lafite Rothschild, Latour and Mouton Rothschild, stopping at one to enjoy a wine tasting experience.

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