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12 Day Tastes of Bordeaux

12 days with Scenic  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Welcome to Paris
The ‘city of light’ is your host this evening, so kick off your holiday with a delightful welcome reception at your luxurious hotel in Paris’s popular Opera District.
Day 2 Paris > Bordeaux
Traverse the World Heritage-listed landscapes of the Loire Valley in style aboard the TGV to Bordeaux. Your friendly crew will welcome you on board the luxurious Scenic Diamond for your cruise through France’s celebrated southwestern pocket. This evening on board enjoy dinner in Crystal Dining with accompanying wines of the region whilst the lights of the city of Bordeaux glitter on shore. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 3 Bordeaux > Saint-Émilion
Enjoy a relaxing morning on board as you cruise in style into the beautiful 13th century port of Libourne. Whilst cruising, perhaps drop into Scenic Culinaire for a French cooking class to improve your culinary prowess, or drop by River Café for a specialty coffee and delectable treat to be enjoyed with new found friends as your luxury Space-Ship glides it’s way through beautiful riverside scenery. You’ll spend the afternoon in the nearby town of Saint-Émilion, an absolute visual feast and the jewel of this ancient wine growing region. You’ll also get to explore the underground catacombs of the Monolithic Church – a true trip highlight.
Celebrate the two thousand-year history of wine by enjoying a glass at the exclusive estate of Château Siaurac. The owners of this opulent estate will offer Scenic guests a warm welcome upon arrival, before inviting you inside to wander their beautiful family home for a rare opportunity to see behind the scenes of such a fine aristocratic château in this exclusive wine region. Perhaps sample local cheeses with matching wines in the 18th century Orangerie, or take a self-guided botanical walk through the peaceful English garden. Alternatively, partake in the local game of Pétanque on the expansive lawns of the estate, or simply relax in a deck chair and take in the natural beauty of the setting in which you will find yourself. However you choose to spend your time as a guest of the hospitable owners of the Château Siaurac estate, as the vines glow red and gold at sunset, and with a glass of the estate’s vintage in hand whilst a local guitarist provides an acoustic soundtrack, it really is hard to imagine a more elegant way to enjoy this beautiful region. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 Libourne > Pauillac
Awake in charming Libourne.
Enjoy a guided tour of Libourne and view its quaint 16th century town-house and Gothic church. Alternatively, explore the exclusive estate of Château Franc Mayne and taste its Grand Cru Class wine, or view the eclectic city of Bergerac and enjoy foie gras tasting at the charming local farm of Le Ferme de Biorne accompanied by a glass of their locally produced sweet walnut liqueur. Alternatively, be enchanted by the delightful charms of Château Candale where you will be invited to visit the cellars of this Grand Cru Classe estate in the exquisite Pomerol region of France. Reputed to be the oldest wine growing region in all of the country, the impeccable wines produced in this region are ranked amongst the best in the world. After touring the historic cellars of the Château Candale estate, you’ll take your seat as an invited guest within the superb onsite restaurant for a seasonal chef’s selection lunch showcasing the reputable fare that is an absolute favourite amongst gastronomic connoisseurs and locals alike. Surrounded by the vineyard-clad terroir of the estate, with a glass of their sought after wine in hand, it really will be a dining experience you’ll remember fondly for many years to come.
Back on board this afternoon you may opt to enhance your culinary skills with a masterclass in Scenic Culinaire or simply soak in the riverside panoramas while cruising to Pauillac. Enjoy an evening of fabulous local entertainment on board tonight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Médoc
Travel the scenic Médoc wine route today and discover why this region is viewed as the world’s leading red wine producer, and one of the most scenic wine regions in all of France to discover. Afterwards, be invited onto the 70 hectare palatial 19th century estate of Château Phélan Ségur for an insider’s perspective on this unique wine estate boasting Irish origins married in harmony with the expert local traditions of making world renowned wines. The owners of this 70 hectare estate that overlooks the waters of the Gironde Estuary, invite you for a relaxed tasting event showcasing their impeccable Grand Vins paired perfectly with canapés for the ultimate introduction to the viticulture of the famous Médoc wine region.
The spectacular Médoc countryside boasts many fine aristocratic châteaux but none more opulent than Château Giscours. You’ll be escorted this evening to the charming 18th century Farm Suzanne on the Giscours estate to enjoy unforgettable four-course dining with Grand Cru Class wines and live musicians performing classical masterpieces for your enjoyment. A truly wondrous evening offering a befitting climax to an unforgettable day in France’s Médoc region. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Pauillac > Cadillac
Soak in the Garonne River vistas as you spend a luxurious full day aboard the Scenic Diamond. Cruising the picturesque landscapes of the Garonne River into Cadillac provides some of the most Soak in the Garonne River vistas as you spend a luxurious full day aboard the Scenic Diamond. Cruising the picturesque landscapes of the Garonne River into Cadillac provides some of the most beautiful scenic cruising in all of the Bordeaux region. Whilst cruising you may choose to implement your cooking skills with a lesson in Scenic Culinaire with your expert culinary team on hand to guide you in the art of French gastronomy. The Panorama Lounge comes to life this evening when fabulous local entertainers perform live for your exclusive enjoyment. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Cadillac
Venture into the Sauternes region for a tasting of the prestigious Premier Grand Cru Class dessert wines at the exclusive 18th century estate of Château Guiraud. Offering a breathtaking setting where centuries-old vineyards stretch to the horizon in all directions, broken only by the opulence and grandeur of the château itself that rises out of the landscape as though it’s the bejeweled crown of the terroir, you’ll enjoy a special tasting of the estates mouthwatering vintages paired perfectly with delectable canapés for your exclusive pleasure.
Remain on board and join a master class in French cuisine in Scenic Culinaire. Or visit Roquetaillade Castle, founded by Charlemagne it’s one of the region’s most impressive historic sites and you’ll tour it with the family that now lives within its walls. Alternatively, discover the medieval village of Saint Macaire, or perhaps enjoy a 12 kilometre roundtrip hike from Cadillac to the neighbouring village of Loupiac. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Bordeaux
Bordeaux boasts one of France’s most distinguished culinary cultures and it’s yours to discover intimately when you Shop with a Chef at a local food market before using your freshly bought produce to cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire back on board your Scenic Space-Ship. Or enjoy a guided tour of Bordeaux and her many attractions. For the more energetic, cycle the historic regions of Bordeaux. Cross beautiful bridges to witness sites such as the Royal Gate and the Palais Rohan, before cycling through public gardens back to the luxury of your floating hotel.
A city that exudes atmospheric charm, you’ll enjoy a full afternoon at leisure to immerse yourself in the culture of the Bordelais amidst a setting of architectural grandeur compared only in style and opulence to that of the city of Paris. Whet your appetite with a tasting of regional delicacies such as the highly sought after oysters of the Arcachon Bassin on board before a special dinner prepared by a reputable local host chef who’ll tantalize your taste-buds with his culinary creations for your exclusive enjoyment in Crystal Dining this evening. Have your cameras at the ready during your illuminations cruise on the Garonne River after dinner before enjoying a fabulous local soloist performance in the Panorama Lounge tonight. What a magical evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9 Arcachon > Bourg
Situated on the northern tip of Europe’s longest coastal beach, Arcachon is the jewel of France’s western coastline.
For those fancying something sweet, why not stay on board and enjoy a fabulous Mademoiselle de Margaux chocolate and wine pairing event in Scenic Culinaire. Alternatively, explore Le Teich Bird Reserve, home to over 250 bird species. Or climb Europe’s largest sand dune and drink in the expansive panoramas. You may choose instead to join a walking tour of Arcachon including a visit to the lively Baltard produce market where the very best local chefs shop for the freshest of produce and where the local stall owners will offer you tastings of their delicious fare.
In the afternoon, cruise leisurely into Bourg and, in the evening, enjoy a lively jazz performance on board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10 Cognac
Today explore the unique northern shores of the Gironde Estuary.
Discover the Carriages Museum in the enchanting Bourg Castle including a visit to the 16th century passageway to the guards rooms and immense WWII oil tanks. Alternatively, spend a full day exploring the fortified town of Cognac, renowned for its production of fine brandy. Afterwards, enjoy a special tasting lunch where each delicious course is prepared by a Michelin Star chef and paired perfectly for your enjoyment with a glass of the acclaimed Rémy Martin varietals.
This afternoon, unwind on the Sun Deck cruising on the Gironde River into the historic port of Blaye. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11 Blaye > Bordeaux
Discover the remarkable Blaye region, established to protect the Bordeaux region from invasion.
Stroll through the charming Citadel of Blaye, or join a 30 kilometre roundtrip cycle along the Captain’s Road which is so named in honour of the WWI Captain’s who chose to purchase their homes along this beautiful stretch of waterway in the early 20th century.
You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive cooking class in Scenic Culinaire or simply relax on board as we cruise past beautiful uninhabited islands bound for Bordeaux.
Dine in style at the Captain’s farewell dinner on board this evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 12 Bordeaux
Disembark after breakfast, with memories of a truly unforgettable journey. Then transfer to Bordeaux Airport or Bordeaux Train Station. (Breakfast)
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All This Included
From Paris to Bordeaux, enjoy the gastronomical and cultural wonder that France has to offer. This 12 day cruising experience will leave you breathless.
  • 5-star Scenic Space-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
  • 1 exclusive Enrich experience
  • Your choice of 19 Freechoice activities
  • Exclusive Scenic Culinaire
  • 1 Sundowners event
  • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade
  • 30 meals – 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 10 dinners
Accommodations on this Tour
Paris: To be determined
Cruising: Cabin onboard Scenic Diamond
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.

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