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Brilliant Bordeaux

Brilliant Bordeaux

From
US$2,589 Per Person
 

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.

  • Country / Region
    France / Aquitaine
  • Duration
    8 Days/7 Nights
From
US$2,589 Per Person
 

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.

  • Country / Region
    France / Aquitaine
  • Duration
    8 Days/7 Nights
Description 
  • Cruise Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation Cabin accommodation in a riverview stateroomDrinksDrinks Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water ExcursionsExcursions Excursions including tour options with a local tour guideItineraryItinerary 7-night cruise in Bordeaux along the Garonne and Dordogne riversMealsMeals All meals onboard including welcome and farewell gala dinnersTransfersTransfers Transfers on arrival and departure daysInclusionInclusion Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticksInclusionInclusion Free Internet and Wi-Fi access

Summary

Savor 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 savor the world’s most highly rated wines; and embark upon a study of Sauternes (the region’s famous dessert wine), 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, discover the douceur de vivre(sweet life) for which this region is known.


The River Royale was remodeled in 2012 to capture the essence of the Bordeaux region, with a timeless style that emphasizes elegance and comfort as you sail through southwestern France. Carrying no more than 130 passengers, this intimate ship is a wonderful place to savor the scenery, dine on exquisite cuisine, and relax with friends over drinks in the Salon Gascogne’s Aquitaine Bar and other richly appointed public areas.


Inclusions

  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom
  • 6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided "Go Active," "Do as the Locals Do" and "Gentle Walking" programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients - 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Captain's welcome and farewell receptions
  • Welcome and farewell gala dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • Services of an experienced Cruise Manager
  • All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access

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Dates & Prices 

2019 Departure Dates

Departure Date Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite Grand Suite
April 14 $2,589 $3,009 $3,429 $6,999 $8,899
April 21 $3,199 $3,799 $4,399 $6,499 $8,399
April 28 $2,939 $3,359 $3,779 $7,499 $9,399
May 5 $3,439 $3,919 $4,399 $7,599 $9,499
May 12 $3,439 $3,919 $4,399 $7,599 $9,499
May 19 $3,009 $3,429 $3,849 $7,599 $9,499
May26 $3,439 $3,919 $4,399 $7,599 $9,499
June 2 $3,699 $4,299 $4,899 $6,999 $8,899
June 9 $3,439 $3,919 $4,399 $7,599 $9,499
June 16 $3,289 $3,709 $4,129 $7,999 $9,899
June 23 $3,289 $3,709 $4,129 $7,999 $9,899
June 30 $2,939 $3,359 $3,779 $7,499 $9,399
July 7, 14, 21, 28 $2,799 $3,219 $3,639 $7,299 $9,199
August 4, 11, 18 $2,799 $3,219 $3,639 $7,299 $9,199
August 25 $3,519 $3,999 $4,479 $7,699 $9,599
September 8, 15, 22, 29 $3,999 $4,599 $5,199 $7,299 $9,199
October 13, 20 $3,699 $4,299 $4,899 $6,999 $8,899
October 27 $3,299 $3,899 $4,499 $6,599 $8,499
November 3 $2,899 $3,499 $4,099 $6,199 $8,099
  • All fares are per guest in US Dollars based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted.
  • Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice.
  • Availability of all stateroom categories cannot be guaranteed.
  • Single supplement applies for single accommodation.
  • Itineraries, hotels, and vessels may change, and substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water level fluctuations and other uncontrollable factors.
  • The order of sightseeing and docking ports are subject to change according to port authority assignments.
  • Prices exclude additional port charges of $170 per person.
Itinerary 

Day 1, Bordeaux
Arrive at Bordeaux-Mérignac International Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a representative and transferred to the ship.

Day 2, Blaye, Bourg-sur-Gironde
Featured Excursion:
Bourg sur Gironde Walking Tour

Choice of “Let’s Go” yoga in the historic heart of Blaye Fortress or Scenic drive along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie with Blaye Fortress.

Day 3, Bourg-sur-Gironde, Cussac Fort Médoc, Pauillac la Fayette & Bordeaux
Featured Excursion:
“Let’s Go” bike in the Médoc Vineyards

Choice of Médoc Châteaux route with exclusive wine tasting or Bunker Archaeology tour.

Day 4, Bordeaux, Cadillac & Libourne
Choice of Sauternes vineyard with private artisanal wine tasting at Château de Cazeneuve or The colorful life of Toulouse Lautrec at Château de Malromé

Day 5, Libourne
A full day in Libourne means you’ll have plenty of time to explore the majestic landscape of villages and vineyards. Nestled along the confluence of the Isle and Dordogne rivers, the quaint town is as pretty as a postcard. On the outskirts of Libourne, you’ll find neighboring Saint-Émilion. Discover the wine-making town by foot on a tour of its most picturesque sights, such as the magnificent Monolithic Church, all capped by a wine tasting at a beautiful château.

Featured Excursion: Saint-Émilion walking discovery tour with wine tasting

Day 6, Libourne, Bordeaux
The French insist that the key to their superb wines is the soil in which they’re grown, the terroir. That same terroir also makes for extraordinary produce—the foundation for the country’s acclaimed cuisine—as you’ll discover today at a local farmers’ market.

Featured Excursions:

  • Libourne “Village Day” with farmer's market
  • Night stroll around Cité du Vin

Day 7, Bordeaux
There’s so much to discover with a full day in Bordeaux’ port of Quai des Chatrons. The architecture is impressive, the wine is exquisite and the shopping is to die for. Explore La Cité du Vin, a one-of-a-kind cultural center and museum that brings the heritage of wine to life through interactive exhibits, shows, academic seminars and more. Do as the locals do and uncover Bordeaux’ unique heritage on a walking tour or choose to traverse the city by bike. Celebrate the end to a spectacular trip with a farewell dinner onboard.

Featured Excursion:
Cité du Vin Museum visit

Choice of “Do as the Locals Do” Bordeaux heritage walking tour or ”Let’s Go” bike Bordeaux' backstreets.

Day 8, Bordeaux
Disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Bordeaux-Mérignac International Airport for your flight home. Or transfer by TGV to Paris for the Ultimate France or A Portrait of Majestic France itineraries.

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