Day 1 Bordeaux
Raise your glass to the marvellous cruise ahead of you at this evening’s welcome reception. (
Day 2 Bordeaux > Saint-Émilion
Enjoy a pleasant morning cruise on the Dordogne River to Libourne. While cruising, perhaps try your hand at a masterclass in French cuisine in Scenic Culinaire. 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 2000-year history of wine by enjoying a glass at the estate of Château de la Rivière. Surrounded by the vines, mingle with newfound friends, explore the spectacular property or discover the artistic heritage of this region and admire a local artist painting the stunning landscape using paint made from the wine grown on the estate. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3 Libourne
Freechoice: Enjoy a guided tour of Libourne and view its quaint 16th century town-houses and Gothic church. Alternatively, explore the exquisite estate of Château Franc Mayne and taste its Grand Cru Class wine, or view the eclectic city of Bergerac and enjoy a foie gras tasting at a charming local farm.
Cruise the tranquil waters of the Dordogne River before you glide across the wide expanse of the mighty Gironde Estuary bound for Blaye. This afternoon perhaps join your on board culinary team for a cooking lesson in Scenic Culinaire. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 Blaye
Discover the remarkable Blaye region today.
Freechoice: Stroll through the Citadel of Blaye or take an active walk through the town. Alternatively, join a 30 kilometre roundtrip cycle along the Captain’s Road. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a masterclass in Scenic Culinaire or relax as we cruise to Pauillac.
Set in the spectacular surrounds in the Médoc countryside, Château Agassac is truly enchanting. Dating back to the 13th century, the château is one of the oldest winemaking establishments in the region and is the venue for your unforgettable classical concert this evening. Soak in the ambience while live musicians perform classical masterpieces for your exclusive enjoyment. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Médoc
Freechoice: This morning, immerse yourself in the scenic Médoc wine region and discover why it is regarded as the world’s leading red wine producer, then sample the region’s finest at Château Gruaud-Larose estate. Or, cycle throughout this beautiful region stopping along the way for a wine tasting.
Freechoice: This afternoon discover the Carriages Museum in the enchanting Bourg Castle, including a walk through the 16th century passageway to the guards rooms and immense WWII oil tanks. Alternatively visit a local estate, and learn it's fascinating history while sampling some of the extraordinary wines produced on site.
This evening, join Steve Groves as he talks about winning Masterchef: The Professionals and being head chef at Roux at Parliament Square in an exclusive talk in the Panorama Lounge. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Cadillac
Freechoice: Venture into the Sauternes region for a tasting of the prestigious Château Guiraud dessert wines. Or cycle through the rolling vineyards of Sauternes to taste the exquisite Grand Cru Class wines of Château Myrat. Alternatively, take a walking tour of Cadillac including a visit to Château de Cadillac, a truly beautiful château that dates back to the 15th century.
At lunch, enjoy a BBQ hosted by Gregg Wallace and Steve Groves plus an apron signing. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Bordeaux
Today, you will take part in a plating challenge with your creations being judged by Gregg Wallace. Afterwards, enjoy an exclusive cooking demonstration with Steve Groves.
Freechoice: Enjoy a guided tour of Bordeaux or for the more energetic, cycle the historic regions of Bordeaux, passing the Royal Gate, the Palais Rohan and through public gardens back to the luxury of your 5-star floating hotel.
This evening, join Gregg Wallace and hear about his life and career in an exclusive talk and Q&A. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Bordeaux > UK
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return journey home. (Breakfast)
Enjoy an exclusive cruise through Bordeaux, in the company of Masterchef experts. Try a tasting challenge, cookery classes and sample the region’s fine wines and delicacies.
Can there be any finer destination for gourmet-lovers than Bordeaux? With world-class wineries and a culinary tradition to match, this is about as good as it gets.
On this spectacular river cruise, winding its way through the glorious countryside of the Medoc and its surroundings, you will be joined by two special guests who are perfectly placed to help you get the most out of an appetising journey: MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace and a former winner of the competition, Steve Groves. The pair will put you through your paces on a special plating challenge – judged by Gregg. You can also enjoy talks from both men, oyster tasting and a cooking demonstration.You will also get the chance to explore some of the region’s finest wine chateaux as you sail down the Garonne on your five-star Scenic Space-Ship.
20 meals including 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 7 Dinners
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.