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 Discover the great Bordeaux wines 

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

 

 

 

Steeped in history, wine and natural treasures, the Bordeaux region offers an astonishing range of delights that captivate the eyes and taste buds alike.  On this 6-day Cruise you will find yourself marvelling at underground medieval monuments and a Troglodyte settlement one day, and the next touring a cliff side cornice and viewing fishermen's huts perched on wooden stilts over the water.


Days: 6 Days
Code -  BOS
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
  We head down the River Garonne and then join the River Gironde, passing Cazeau Island and Patiras Island before arriving Pauillac in time for lunch on board. 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. Our  excursion this afternoon is 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 of entertainment. We moor for the night in Pauillac.
   
Day 3 PAUILLAC - GIRONDE ESTUARY - BLAYE
 

We set sail early this morning, cruising along the Gironde to the estuary. We pass the marshes, Meschers-sur-Gironde with its steep cliffs, Troglodyte houses and fishermen's huts, before arriving in Blaye. We have lunch on board, and arrive in Blaye around 2.00 pm. 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 by coach 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 dinner, followed by an evening of dancing. We moor for the night in Blaye.

   
Day 4 BLAYE - LIBOURNE - SAINT EMILION
 

We have breakfast as we cruise this morning, heading for Libourne. Shortly after passing the island of Cazeau, we join the River Dordogne and head for Libourne where we arrive in time for lunch. After lunch on board, we have an excursion to Saint-Émilion. 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 at the end of the afternoon. After dinner on board, the rest of the evening is free. We moor for the night in Libourne.

   
Day 5 LIBOURNE - BORDEAUX
  We have breakfast on board today as we continue our cruise back to Bordeaux, where we arrive in the morning. Lunch on board. We set off on a guided tour of Bordeaux. 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 for a gala dinner, followed by an evening of dancing.
   
Day 6 BORDEAUX

After breakfast on board, we disembark around 9 am. End of CroisiEurope's services.

   
 

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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