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DAY 1 : UK - Bordeaux.

Fly to Bordeaux where you will be met and transferred to your ship for embarkation. Includes Dinner

DAY 2 : Bordeaux - Pauillac.

Today, sail along the Garonne River into the Gironde Estuary and spot the clay-limestone and chateaux that pepper the banks. Have lunch on board your ship at Pauillac surrounded by some of Bordeaux's finest vineyards. This historic town was built by wine merchants and retains many original townhouses along its banks. This afternoon, perhaps join the optional excursion to the Médoc, where some of Bordeaux's most illustrious red wines are cultivated. Drive through great 'appellations' including Saint Julien, Haut-Médoc and Margaux as you trace the iconic 'Châteaux Route', admiring the beautiful châteaux of Lafite-Rothschild, Latour-de-France and Mouton Rothschild on the way. Afterwards, return to your ship for dinner and entertainment. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 : Pauillac - Blaye.

Leave early this morning and drink in the views as you cruise the Gironde Estuary, passing marshlands and the cliffs of Meschers-Sur-Gironde, peppered with troglodyte caves. Next, cruise to Blaye, where, after lunch on board, you can join the optional excursion, driving the cliff road that winds alongside the Dordogne River and Gironde, and catch a glimpse of the region's ancient caves and the stilted fishermen's huts called 'carrelets' en route. After a stop in medieval Bourg, return to Blaye and its 17th-century fortress. Tonight, enjoy dinner and dancing on board. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 : Blaye - Libourne.

This morning, sail past Bordeaux and join the Dordogne to cruise to Libourne. The Dordogne is known for its rich food, heady history, chateau countryside and picturesque villages. Glide into the quaint commune of Libourne, the wine-making capital of northern Gironde. After lunch on board, why not join the optional visit to the enchanting wine town of Saint Émilion? A UNESCO World Heritage site, this postcard-perfect hilltop settlement dates from the 2nd century BC when the Romans first planted vineyards here. Take a tour of its remarkable underground cloisters, catacombs and chapel, built around a cave inhabited by the 8th-century monk Émilion. Visit the Monolithic Church, the world's largest hewn from a single rock. Next, learn about and sample some of the region's acclaimed wines at a family-run vineyard before returning to the ship for dinner and entertainment. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 : Libourne - Cadillac.

This morning, cruise into the Garonne, arriving in Cadillac in time for lunch. This afternoon, join the optional excursion to the fairytale 12th century Château de Roquetaillade, a six-towered castle. Marvel at its extravagant Gothic interiors, created by the 19th-century architect Viollet-le-Duc. The tour moves on to the walled town of Cadillac, home of the Château des Ducs d'Epernon and enclosed by fortifications and gates leading to a charming main square. After dinner on board, the evening is at leisure. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 : Cadillac - Bordeaux.

Relax as you cruise back to Bordeaux, arriving in time for an optional afternoon tour of this bustling city, which started life as a Roman trading post and whose classical architecture has earned its UNESCO World Heritage status. Enjoy a panoramic coach tour of the major landmarks, including elegant 18th-century houses, the Girondin column and the collonaded Grand Théâtre. Next, set off on a walking tour around the old Saint-Pierre district where narrow alleyways, fine churches and fountained squares melt into neo-classical boulevards. Back on board, enjoy a gala dinner and dancing in the evening. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 : Bordeaux - UK.

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Bordeaux with two nights at the Best Western Grand Hotel Francais. Includes Breakfast

What's Included

Flights UK - Bordeaux - UK
Accommodation Outside lower deck cabin
17 Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners
All Inclusive Drinks throughout the cruise
Individual audio system on all excursions
Transfers
All local, port and airport taxes
VIP Private Home Pick-up Service to take you to and from your UK departure point (Terms & Conditions apply)


Cruise Highlights

Bordeaux
Pauillac
Blaye
Libourne
Cadillac