Bordeaux vineyards chateaux Dordogne Garonne rivers France

Day 1 – Bordeaux (embark)

Arrive at Bordeaux–Mérignac International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.

Day 2 – Cadillac, Bordeaux

FEATURED EXCURSION: Cadillac, châteaux and Sauternes vineyards with exclusive artisanal wine-pairing lunch at Château de Cazeneuve
Embark today on a study of Sauternes, the golden-hued dessert wine that takes its name from the region. Meet local winemakers, sample a variety of vintages and savor an elegant lunch with paired wines at a centuries-old manor house. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. 

 

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

Day 3 – Cruising the Garonne River and Gironde Estuary, Pauillac

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Médoc panoramic tour with exclusive wine tasting OR exclusive guided “Go Active” vineyard bicycle ride with wine tasting

Cruise the Garonne to Pauillac, gateway to the fabled Médoc wine route. You’ll have a panoramic tour of the celebrated Haut-Médoc wine region and taste wines at a local winery. Or, experience the local terroir in an entirely different way, with a wine tasting and a guided bike ride through lush Médoc vineyards.

Day 4 – Blaye, cruising the Gironde Estuary and Dordogne River, Libourne

FEATURED EXCURSION: Scenic drive along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie with Blaye Fortress

Head ashore for a wonderfully scenic drive along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie, which winds its way through picturesque hamlets filled with old stone houses. Later, you’ll have a guided walk through the imposing 17th-century Blaye Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 5 – Libourne (Saint-Émilion)

FEATURED EXCURSION: Saint-Émilion walking discovery tour with wine tasting

Saint-Émilion was the first UNESCO-designated wine-growing region, with vineyards dating from Roman times. The quaint city of the same name is known for its 12th-century Monolithic Church, carved out of limestone and extending partially underground. After your tour, visit a Premier Grand Cru estate for a wine tasting.

Day 6 – Libourne, cruising the Garonne River, Bordeaux

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Libourne “Village Day” with farmers' market, and exclusive private evening tour of Bordeaux
Libourne’s sprawling farmers' market is a food lover’s paradise, with stands selling fresh produce, cheeses, charcuterie and more. Explore its bounty with a local expert and take a peek inside the workshops of talented local artisans. Later, enjoy an exclusive evening tour of the city of Bordeaux.

Day 7 – Bordeaux

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Bordeaux walking tour OR exclusive guided “Go Active” bicycle ride through the Bordeaux back streets

Discover Bordeaux on a special tour featuring luxury food halls, local delicacies, grand 18th-century architecture and a popular wine bar. Or, see the sights on a guided bike ride. You’ll also have time to explore this charming and historic city on your own. In the evening, enjoy a Captain's Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 8 – Bordeaux (disembark), transfer to the airport

Disembark the ship and transfer to Bordeaux–Mérignac International Airport for your flight home.