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The exceptional Wines & Castles of  Bordeaux

BORDEAUX - PAUILLAC - BLAYE - LIBOURNE - SAINT EMILION - BORDEAUX

 
  

    

The Bordeaux Region offers an incredible range of attractions for anyone who appreciates fine food, fine wines (particularly the world renown red's of the Medoc region), and fine buildings – including chateaux, fortress, world heritage sites, catacombs  and the medieval cities of Blaye, Bourg & Saint Emilion.  Experience it all on this 5-day cruise.

Days: 5 Days
Code -  BOQ
NOTE: 2017 CRUISES INCLUDE THE "CLASSIC" SIGHTSEEING PACKAGE
Itinerary

Day 1

BORDEAUX


We board the Gironde Princess between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm in Bordeaux. After settling into our cabins, we have a welcome drink in the lounge and are introduced to the crew. After dinner, we have a welcome party on board.

   
Day 2

BORDEAUX - PAUILLAC - THE MEDOC

 

We set sail early this morning, and have breakfast as we cruise. We head down the River Garonne and then join the River Gironde, passing Cazeau Island and Patiras Island before arriving Pauillac at the end of the morning. Built long ago by wine merchants and ships' captains, Pauillac has managed to preserve the fine houses belonging to the old nobility that were built from great blocks of stone along its quaysides. After lunch on board, afternoon excursion to visit the Médoc - a renowned region and an "away-from-it-all" spot where the most famous of all red wines in the world are cultivated: a strip of land squeezed between ocean and estuary. Here a mild, humid climate has made it easy to cultivate and develop the vines. We pass through most of the great Médoc appellations such as Saint Julien, Margaux, Haut-Médoc and many more, following the famous Châteaux Route. We also have the opportunity to see the "must see" châteaux of Lafite-Rothschild, Latour and Mouton Rothschild. We return on board for dinner and an evening's entertainment provided by our crew. We moor for the night in Pauillac.

   
Day 3 PAUILLAC - BLAYE - LIBOURNE
 

We leave Pauillac early this morning, and have breakfast on board as we cruise. We arrive in Blaye around 9.00 am. In days gone by, this superb acropolis was the perfect look-out post to watch for invaders. Vauban had a citadel built here and this fortress is without doubt the biggest attraction in Blaye. We set off on our excursion along the Corniche, or cliff route. Narrow and picturesque, the road snakes alongside the River Dordogne before reaching the Gironde Estuary. 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 lunch, and continue our cruise towards Cadillac. Shortly after passing the island of Cazeau, we join the River Dordogne and head for Libourne, where we arrive during the evening. We return on board for a Gala dinner followed by an evening of dancing. We moor for the night.

   
Day 4 LIBOURNE - SAINT EMILION - BORDEAUX
 

After breakfast on board, we have an excursion to Saint-Émilion this morning. We have a guided visit of the underground monuments of Saint-Émilion village as our guide introduces us to the history of the medieval city. We then visit an exceptional Troglodyte settlement – the cave of Émilion, 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-Émilion. Naturally we have a tasting to conclude our visit. We rejoin our floating hotel in Libourne for lunch on board and continue our cruise to Bordeaux, where we arrive around 6.00 pm. After dinner on board, we set off on our  guided tour of Bordeaux by night. 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 heritage. 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 and moor for the night.

   
Day 5

BORDEAUX

 

Arrival in Bordeaux.  After breakfast on board, disembarkation around 9.00 am.  End of our journey.

   
 

This itinerary is a guide only. For reasons of navigational safety, the captain and crew of the boat alone may decide to modify the itinerary.

Please note Croisi cruises are bilingual with on board commentaries in both French & English. Sightseeing tours are guaranteed in English with either bilingual guides or audiphones.

                         
 
INCLUSIONS





This offer includes: The cruise on full board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the final day, local wine, beer and fruit juice at lunch and dinner (on board meals only), Open bar including a variety of French and regional wine and spirits  (excluding Champagne and premium drinks),  accommodation in a twin air conditioned cabin with shower and WC, entertainment, the assistance of our hostess on board, the welcome cocktail, the gala evening, port taxes and pre paid English sightseeing (subject to minimum numbers)

   
EXCLUSIONS

This offer does not include:  insurance, personal expenses, Drinks - wine selected from the premium drinks list and those purchased on shore excursions, shore excursions.

   
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