Discover the unparalleled riches of Aquitaine and its charming capital city, Bordeaux with. Ship: River Royale.
Though settled by the Romans and formerly ruled by the English, Aquitaine is profoundly French. From its noble châteaux to its breathtaking estuary, Bordeaux (as the region is also known) is an oenophile’s paradise and every traveller’s dream. You’ll sail three stunning rivers—the Garonne, the Dordogne, and the Gironde—on one amazing journey, all aboard your elegant floating hotel.
Savour the unique heritage of southwest France, from delightful Pauillac, the gateway to the storied Médoc wine route, to elegant Bordeaux, the “Pearl of the Aquitaine.” Discover limestone cliffs and picturesque hamlets on the Route de la Corniche Fleurie. Explore Saint-Émilion’s astonishing 12th-century Monolithic Church, and enjoy the beautiful Médoc vineyards from the seat of a bicycle.
Throughout your journey, you’ll be treated to a sumptuous display of culinary magic. Taste regional delights, including duck confit, caviar d’Aquitaine, and oysters. And delve deeply into the Bordeaux region’s exalted wines. You’ll taste lovely Médoc vintages; visit the cellars of Premier Grand Cru in Saint-Émilion, where you’ll savour the world’s most highly rated wines; and embark upon a study of Sauternes (this region’s sweet vin), meeting the winemakers and enjoying a wine-pairing lunch at Châteaux d’Arche.
With great food and wine; the charming towns of Bergerac, Saint-Émilion, and Bordeaux; and ample time to take in the breathtaking scenery, you´ll discover the douceur de vivre(sweet life) this region is known for.
|Cruise Start Date||Cruise Only†||Ship|
|Sunday, April 2, 2017||from $3,249 pp|
|Sunday, April 9, 2017||from $3,349 pp|
|Sunday, April 16, 2017||from $3,349 pp|
|Sunday, April 23, 2017||from$3,649 pp|
|Sunday, April 30, 2017||from $3,749 pp|
|Sunday, May 7, 2017||from $3,949 pp|
|Sunday, May 28, 2017||from $4,049 pp|
|Sunday, June 4, 2017||from $3,949 pp|
|Sunday, June 11, 2017||from $3,949 pp|
|Sunday, June 18, 2017||from $3,949 pp|
|Sunday, June 25, 2017||from $4,049 pp|
|Sunday, July 2, 2017||from $3,749 pp|
|Sunday, July 9, 2017||from $3,749 pp|
|Sunday, July 16, 2017||from $3,749 pp|
|Sunday, July 23, 2017||from $3,849 pp|
|Sunday, July 30, 2017||from $3,849 pp|
|Sunday, August 6, 2017||from $3,749 pp|
|Sunday, August 13, 2017||from $3,849 pp|
|Sunday, August 20, 2017||from $3,949 pp|
|Sunday, August 27, 2017||from $3,849 pp|
|Sunday, September 3, 2017||from $4,249 pp|
|Sunday, September 10, 2017||from $4,249 pp|
|Sunday, September 17, 2017||from $4,249 pp|
|Sunday, September 24, 2017||from $4,249 pp|
|Sunday, October 1, 2017||from $4,249 pp|
|Sunday, October 8, 2017||from $4,249 pp|
|Sunday, October 15, 2017||from $3,849 pp|
|Sunday, October 22, 2017||from $3,749 pp|
|Sunday, November 5 , 2017||from $3,149 pp|
|Sunday, November 12, 2017||from $2,949 pp|
|Sunday, March 18, 2018||from $2,699 pp|
|Sunday, March 25, 2018||from $2,699 pp|
|Sunday, April 1, 2018||from $2,999 pp|
|Sunday, April 8, 2018||from $2,999 pp|
Program offerings are subject to change.
Arrive at Bordeaux–Mérignac International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship. Your ship is conveniently docked right in the heart of the city, so if time allows, stroll to the nearby food markets or visit the popular Saint-Michel antique market.
FEATURED EXCURSION: Cadillac, châteaux, and Sauternes vineyards with exclusive artisanal wine-pairing lunch at Château de CazeneuveVous êtes arrivé à Cadillac, the area known for producing sweet dessert wines under the celebrated Cadillac AOC designation. Today, you’ll embark on a study of Sauternes, the sweet wine which is named for the region. Sauternes is made from grapes that have been affected by Botrytis cinerea, or noble rot, a fungus that causes a raisin-like decay, resulting in a concentrated and distinctly flavored sweet wine.You’ll meet the winemakers and enjoy an elegant wine-pairing lunch at Château de Cazeneuve, an 85-acre estate with a manor house first built in the ninth century. Enjoy a fabulous luncheon paired with three Sauternes wines of different estates and vintages. You’ll discover the characteristics of each wine: the flavors that result from the different terroir and the different personalities of the wine makers. Learn how easy (and fun!) it is to pair a sweet wine with a whole new variety of dishes. The tour concludes with a stop at another Sauternes vineyard, where you can meet the winemakers and expand your knowledge of this special wine.In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Choice of Médoc city tour with exclusive wine tasting OR exclusive guided “Go Active” vineyard bike ride with wine tasting
Sail the Garonne River and the Gironde Estuary before heading to Pauillac, gateway to the storied Médoc wine route and the prestigious “châteaux road.” You’ll have a panoramic tour of the heart of the celebrated Haut-Médoc wine-growing region and taste wines at one of its estates. If you wish for a more active exploration of the region, take a guided bicycle ride through Pauillac and the lush landscapes of historic estates that have seemingly remained unchanged for centuries. Do all those beautiful vineyards make you yearn to sample their fruit? Luckily, this adventure includes a stop at Château Lynch-Bages for a wine tasting.
FEATURED EXCURSION:Scenic drive along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie with Blaye Fortress. Sail across the peaceful waters of the estuary, where fishing huts rise above grassy marshlands edged by limestone cliffs, as you make your way to the town of Blaye. A visual feast awaits you on a storied road named for the many flowers that line it, Route de la Corniche Fleurie, which winds its way through picturesque hamlets filled with old stone houses. Stop in the medieval walled village of Bourg-sur-Gironde, with a rich historic and architectural heritage, before heading back to Blaye, where you’ll be guided through the imposing 17th-century Blaye Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
FEATURED EXCURSION: Saint-Émilion walking tour with wine tasting. Saint-Émilion offers exceptional historic architecture, and historic vineyards, too. The Romans were the first to plant grapes here, and this was the first vineyard region to be protected by UNESCO. The town, built atop limestone hills, offers many interesting shops, but what makes it extraordinary is what exists below the cobbled streets—Saint- Émilion’s Monolithic Church, which dates back to the 12th century. After touring Saint-Émilion, you’ll visit the cellars of a Premier Grand Cru estate where you’ll taste some of the world’s most highly rated wines.
FEATURED EXCURSION: Libourne “Village Day” with farmers’ market, and exclusive “Bordeaux under the Stars” tour.
How could you visit this rich agricultural land without delving into a farmers’ market? 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. Cap the day off with the “Bordeaux under the Stars” tour via an open-top bus for a view of this extraordinarily beautiful city illuminated at night.
Choice of exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Bordeaux walking tour OR exclusive guided “Go Active” bike ride through the Bordeaux backstreets.
How to spend your last day in Bordeaux? You have two exclusive opportunities to see this magnificent place, whose seamless blend of classical and neoclassical architecture led to its being designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. “Do as the Locals Do” as you stroll the most graceful streets with your local expert, including luxury food halls, local delicacies such as canelés and chocolates, and popular wine bars. If you prefer a more active experience, join a guide for a bicycle ride through the city. Celebrate your last evening onboard with the festive Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Disembark the ship and transfer to Bordeaux– Mérignac International Airport for your flight home.
DISCOVER THE JOIE DE VIVRE OF THE “CITY OF LIGHT”
Included in your 3-day pre-cruise extension:
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Note: For cruises that begin or end in Bordeaux.