Discover Great Bordeaux Wines
River Cruise on the Gironde - 5 nights
Explore Different wines
Steeped in history, wine and natural treasures, the Bordeaux region of France offers an astonishing range of delights that captivate the eyes and taste buds alike. Bordeaux wine country: almost 3060 AOC appellations and 8,000 wine producers. An important seaside destination: the Gironde is the Land of varied waterways: the two biggest lakes in France. An exceptionally rich and varied heritage: with the second largest number of listed buildings and monuments in France (just behind the Ile de France). A family-friendly destination with a wide range of activities.
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■Return Flights from Dublin
■5 nights on 4* River Cruise
■Meals onboard - Full board basis
■Taxes & 15KG Baggage Allowance per person
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14th July 2016
Upper Deck from €1299pp
River Cruise Itinerary
Boarding between 6.00 and 7.00pm. Time to settle comfortably in your cabin. Presentation of the crew, welcome cocktail. Dinner on board followed by an evening of entertainment.
We head down the river Garonne and then join the river Gironde, passing Cazeau island and Patiras island before arriving Pauillac in time for lunch on board. Our optional excursion this afternoon is to visit the Médoc (reservation in advance is essential – see with your agency) – a renowned region and an “away-from-it-all” spot where the most famous of all red wines in the world are cultivated. We pass through most of the great Médoc appelations such as Saint Julien, Margaux, Haut-Médoc and many more, following the famous castles trail. We also have the opportunity to see the “must see” châteaux Lafite-Rothschild, Latour and Mouton Rothschild. We return on board for dinner and an evening of entertainment. We moor for the night in Pauillac.
We set sail early this morning, cruising along the Gironde to the estuary. We pass the marshes, Meschers-sur-Gironde with its steep cliffs, Trogolodyte houses and fishermen’s huts, before arriving in Blaye. We have lunch on board, and arrive in Blaye around 2.00pm. We set off by coach on our optional excursion along the Corniche, or cliff route. As we travel, we catch a glimpse of charming gardens, ancient fishermen’s houses, remarkable dwelling places carved out of the heart of the cliff, not forgetting the famous carrelets, the unique fishermen’s huts perched on wooden stilts on top of the water. The scenery here is a quite unusual combination of river, rocks and vines. We stop in the village of Bourg, a charming city built on a rocky outcrop enclosed by medieval ramparts. We then return to Blaye, where we visit the citadel. Majestic and imposing, it overhangs the Gironde estuary and affords magnificent panoramic views over the Gironde. We return on board for dinner, followed by an evening of dancing. We moor for the night in Blaye.
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, we have an optional excursion to Saint-Emilion. We have a guided visit of the underground monuments of Saint-Emilion village as our guide introduces us to the history of the medieval city. We then visit an exceptional troglodyte settlement – the cave of Emilion, the monk who founded the city, the chapel of the Holy Trinity built in his honour and the catacombs. Finally we see what is undoubtedly the most original of all the monuments – the monolithic church. Carved out entirely from the limestone rocks, it is the largest church in Europe. We next head off to visit a family-run vineyard and wine-producer where we are welcomed by the owner who explains the steps involved in producing the great wines of Saint-Emilion. Naturally we have a tasting to conclude our visit. We rejoin our floating hotel in Cadillac at the end of the afternoon. After dinner on board, the rest of the evening is free. We moor for the night in Cadillac
We have breakfast on board today as we continue our cruise back to Bordeaux, where we arrive in the morning. Lunch on board. We set off on our optional guided tour of Bordeaux. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bordeaux obtained this classification in the category of “cultural site”. Half of the town – the boulevards on the banks of the river Garonne – has also been recognised for its architectural he-ritage. We set off by coach for a guided panoramic tour of the city, and we see the key buildings and monuments before we visit old Bordeaux on foot. From the broad avenues of the neo-classical areas of Quinconces and the Grand Théâtre to the narrow alleyways of the Saint-Pierre district, this tour gives us the opportunity to see the diversity of Bordeaux’s rich heritage. We return on board for a gala dinner, followed by an evening of dancing.
After breakfast on board, we disembark around 9.00am, where the luxury coach awaits us to transport us to the airport and the return flight to Dublin..
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